We skipped the weekly family movie night at home last Friday in favour of night skiing & pizza at Corin Forest.
It’s certainly something different to do on a week night, especially once we figured out that the teen in the house had never been skiing before! Plus there aren’t too many capital cities which offer skiing after dark, so it was great taking advantage of the perks of winter in the Canberra region.
Over winter Corin Forest transforms into a small rustic ski retreat, all just 45 minutes from Civic. It has long been known as a place for kids and first-timers to experience snow. This year, Corin Forest has introduced night ski and ride sessions for skiers and boarders. So we embraced the opportunity and as the sun was setting last Friday, we took the scenic drive from Canberra to Corin Forest arriving just as the the stars were coming out.
Being a household of novice skiers, we did not have any snow gear or equipment but Corin Forest had everything available to hire (from ski pants and jackets to skis and boots). Once correctly fitted, we emerged into the crisp air and crystal clear night sky of the Tidbinbilla Mountain Ranges for a mini lesson with one of the instructors before skiing up an appetite.
We headed to the warmth of the open fire and some wood fired pizzas for dinner at the cafe which also offers sweet treats, hot chocolate, coffee and giant marshmallows ideal for roasting.
Corin Forrest was a perfect Friday night out with the family, we headed out after work and were back and tucked into bed before 10 o’clock and the teen ticked off two new activities – skiing and roasting marshmallows.
The lights shine bright every Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm, with each night being a different theme:
Wednesday – Park Night
Thursday – Girls Night (girls bring a girlfriend for free and enjoy free coaching to improve skills)
Friday – Family Pizza Night (all wood fired pizzas are $10)
Saturday – All in!
What you need to know:
Bookings for Corin Forest can be made online – http://www.corin.com.au
There are minimum age recommendations for access to the ski area and ski lessons – so this is a great activity for older children.
To maximise your time on the slopes arrive at least 30 minutes before your session to check in and be fitted for snow gear & equipment.
BYO sticks (for roasting marshmallows)
* Sophia and her family enjoyed the night ski session, rental hire and mini lesson as guests of Corin Forest but happily paid for the delicious pizzas and marshmallows at the cafe!