SOMETIMES it's great just to hang out with your girlfriends, be silly, look like a dag and have a blast without thinking about boyfriends, husbands, kids, dogs or bosses.
While the beach is always a welcome respite, there's nothing quite like jumping into a field of powdery white snow, chucking well placed snowballs, building bad looking snow men and trying to look elegant après ski in clumpy boots and Michelin Man ski suits.
HOME to serious skiers and fun bunnies alike, this popular ski resort is everything it's cracked up to be.
Get in before the peak season (or just afterwards) to take advantage of a great weekend away at one of the most exotic lodges - Huski Luxury Apartments.
Huski features an outdoor heated plunge spa pool, private hot tub on the balcony, barbecue on the terrace area and spectacular alpine vistas, plus beautifully appointed, fully self-contained, award-winning private luxury apartments.
A special discounted package in a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment costs $380 per person (six share apartment) and includes heaps of extras.
This package is tailored for a fun weekend in the alps during June 5-25, or September 6 onwards. Peak winter prices also are available.
■ For more, phone (03) 5758 3150, 0429 11 00 60 or visit www.huski.com.au
BEAUTIFUL Mt Buller is totally on the road to recovery after the devastating bushfires of February.
Mt Buller itself is untouched and the ski fields are promising a fabulous season of ski fun.
Mt Buller is Australia's most accessible major alpine resort, an easy three-hour drive from Melbourne.
The resort offers skiers and boarders more than 300ha of terrain and has the largest lift system in Victoria, as well as beginner and snow play areas for visitors who are experiencing snow for the first time.
Get together with your best girls and head to Rossignol Ladies' Days on July 25-26.
This is a fantastic opportunity for women to test the latest skis, have a lesson from top instructors and sit down to a delicious champagne lunch with a winter Olympian.
Package 1: Friday and Saturday night accommodation in a Breathtaker on High one-bedroom suite, buffet breakfast daily, 30-minute foot relaxation treatment and use of the Breathtaker water experience area.
Cost: $715 per adult, twin share. Valid July 24-26.
Package 2: Friday and Saturday night accommodation at the ABOM - triple room, cooked breakfast daily, 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage and use of the Breathtaker water experience area. Cost: $414 per adult.
Both valid July 24-26.
■ For bookings on all of the packages above and right, and for more information, call 1800 BULLER (285 537) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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