AlpineHabitats (20)Escape the busy city for a welcome break at Alpine Habitats this winter. Whether your family is looking for a relaxing time just enjoying the peace and quiet, or wants to get active and adventurous in the snow, the habitats are the perfect haven for a family winter holiday.

Nestled in the scenic Crackenback Valley in the NSW Snowy Mountains, the 18 individual two bedroom habitats blend in to the surrounding alpine bushland with 360 degree views across the valley floor, gentle hills and undulations, rocky outcrops and natural woodlands which are home to both native and farm animals.

For families, there’s plenty to do. With 40 acres of land for the kids to run around on, and an educational walking trail for them to explore, it’s a great addition to all the other fun things they can do and see in the region. In autumn and early winter they can spend a day learning to horse ride, then as it gets colder, learning to ski, or just throw the cold stuff around.  This can be complemented with a day on the Alpine Habitats property just playing in the outdoors, spotting local wildlife, riding pushbikes or kicking a ball around on the mowed area.

And for the parents, enjoy the intimacy of sharing a quiet drink and nibbles out on the verandah as the sun sets behind the mountains. Then as it starts to get more chilly, head inside for a glass of wine by the Eco Smart fire. There’s no better way to end a gorgeous day in the Snowies – and it’s a lovely way to relax and reflect upon your family’s activities.

The habitats are in walking distance to Thredbo Valley Distillery where you can sample schnapps in all the flavours of the fruit basket. It’s a lovely spot to spend an afternoon – grab a Distillers Platter, or sample the family friendly cafe menu – and enjoy the sweeping views through the valley.

The kids will love the habitats from the moment they arrive. They can delight in discovering which habitat is theirs with each individual habitat named after the flora and fauna of the region including echidna, pygmy possum and rainbow trout.  The habitats offer an optional children’s theme that transforms the eco retreat into a children’s wonderland. They’ll find games, toys and equipment in bright, fun colours to entertain.

Alpine Habitats was built by family men with children in mind and so all units are child friendly – from the basic comforts of heated polished concrete floors, to the leather lounges, making it easy to clean up those inevitable little spills. The bedrooms can be set up with kid’s themed furnishings, children’s tables and chairs in bright colours. There’s also a child step to make going to the toilet or brushing their teeth a lot easier. High chairs, port-a-cots and baby baths are also available for the tiny tots.

And with the habitats being Eco certified, it means you can enjoy 4 ½ star comforts and leave feeling a little better for the experience – not only are you getting back to nature, but you’re helping to preserve it for your family’s future.

Located along the scenic Alpine Way, Alpine Habitats is less than 10 minutes drive from Jindabyne making it easy to grab supplies to cook up a family feast during your stay.  There are also plenty of restaurants, cafes and food stops in Jindabyne and Thredbo, and gourmet breakfast hampers are available in-room. It’s just a short drive from Thredbo village and snowfields and the Kosciuszko National Park, where your family can delight in seeing the lofty snow covered mountains.

For more information on Alpine Habitats visit www.alpinehabitats.com.au. More information on what there is to do and see in the NSW Snowy Mountains can be found at www.snowymountains.com.au or www.thredbo.com.au.

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