This was a good trip for the money paid, and eliminated the hassle of driving up to the snow. We wanted to go to Perisher, but were convinced by our guide to go to Thredbo as we were beginners. If you do intend to go up to Perisher, make sure that you board the right bus. Other than that, there were many positives from the trip. The ski rentals were cheaper than usual. It was $29 AUD for both ski pants and jacket. The ski lift prices were bundled with the ski equipment rental, which cost AUD $209 for skiers and $219 for snowboarders. It was $10 AUD for two 2-hour lessons for the two days. We boarded the first bus that left Sydney central. All of the payments for the lift passes and hire stuff were done and paid in cash on the bus, After the payment we received a receipt that detailed our purchases to use when we arrived to get our ski equipment and clothing. The bus ride was comfortable, and people were having a good time at the back of the bus. Sit in front if you intend to sleep on the bus. Our guide was very helpful; he kept us on time and answered any questions we had. On the snow we had lessons, and the quality of the lessons depends randomly assigned trainers. I would recommend them to any beginner, as it really gives you a head start for only AUD $10. Accommodation was adequate and NOT luxurious. I shared a room with 6 other skiers. Portable heaters were working well, though. The washroom and shower were clean, and hot water was available always. Breakfast and Dinner were served hot and were average. Go early to avoid the queue, as there are 300 people at the resort. All in all, it was a good trip for any ski newbie!