I have been mulling over getting back into the snow for a while now, and as I now have a 13 month old, it seems like a great time to consider it again. In terms of accommodation for a week or two each year, what's the best option? We live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, so I figure one of the Vic mountains is preferable. I have seen talk on here that Buller is best kept as a reserve option if the weather looks good - but not as somewhere to go every year? As near as I can tell, the options are: Apartment, managed. Limited access, but booking and such are handled by (hopefully) professionals. Apartment, unmanaged. Organise holiday rentals and cleaning on my own? Lodge membership - not sure what this entails. What I am wanting is good accommodation for a family of (eventually) 4, with the option of the kids bringing friends/others joining us - so maybe a lodge? Falls Creek for the on-snow/village experience? I'm happy to do the sums and figure out what's best on a dollar basis myself, but for that I need to know what outgoings I would be up for? Am I better off just winging it and going with separate accommodation each year?