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Give me a Break: Perisher Valley

Thursday, July 2, 2009
Jason Dundas recently launched a brand-new Getaway segment. We've called it "Give me a Break" and it's something very different.

We've asked the bosses of Australia to nominate their most hard-working team member for a weekend away they won't soon forget. The Getaway crew will then surprise them at the office and whisk them away.

Click on the link below to nominate your favourite employee in need of a break!

With a lot of furtive behind-the-scenes goings on, it was time for Jason to head to Baulkham Hills North Public School in Sydney to surprise Samantha Nutt, a teacher there. Her friends and colleagues reckoned Samantha was definitely in need of and deserved a break and we were happy to accommodate her.

She was very surprised to see Jason in the school's quadrangle and even more surprised that she was the reason for his visit.

According to Ms Asmanis-Ploeg, the school's principal, Samantha takes on roles far beyond her classroom responsibilities. Nothing is too much trouble and she works very hard outside the school. She also has a part-time job on weekends, so there isn't much time for Samantha to relax and spend time with her boyfriend, Rocky.

Ms Asmanis-Ploeg arranged a relief teacher to take care of Samantha's students who were just as excited as they waved and yelled goodbye. Samantha boarded her waiting limousine and was more than surprised to see Rocky already there. He had packed a bag for her and all the girls in the Getaway office were wondering what sort of job he did. It turns out he did very well.

The excitement grew when Samantha was told they were going to Perisher Valley for a romantic weekend. She had never seen snow so, of course, had never tried snow skiing and it was all about to happen.

The trio flew to Canberra and drove to Perisher. It takes around six hours to drive all the way, but flying cuts the time in half and gives you more time on the slopes.

Lake Crackenback Resort

Located on the border of Kosciuszko National Park between the Perisher and Thredbo ski fields and surrounded by the Snowy Mountains, Lake Crackenback Resort is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts or those who fancy a romantic getaway. It's wonderful year round.

There is 4.5-star accommodation with one-, two- and three-bedroom Overwater Apartments, each with private balcony, kitchen and laundry. There are also 23 five-star Mountain View Chalets ranging from studio to three-bedroom suites. They have mountain views, open fireplaces or gas heating and outdoor entertainment areas. Some have indoor and outdoor spas, billiard tables and home theatre rooms.

Lake Crackenback has fantastic cuisine options matched by the breathtaking views. The bar has a great selection of cocktails, schnapps, cognacs, liquors, beers and wines from around the world.

The resort has a heated indoor pool day spa, gym, steam room and sauna to help those muscles relax after a day in the snow. In summer guests canoe on the lake, fish, play golf, tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton or try their hand at archery. There's also plenty of wildlife around including kangaroos, wombats, emus, echidnas and wild brumbies.

Perisher Snowsports School

From the resort it was a short ride in the ski tube for Samantha to see snow for the very first time. Everyone agreed she was pretty good at her first attempt at skiing. She was even better at making snowballs and her aim was pretty good. A team of experienced ski instructors gives lessons to people of all ages.

The ski or snowboard programs for adults and children are designed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The 2.5-hour group lessons are recommended as the best way to learn new skills.

Mountain Workshops are a good option for advanced skiers and boarders. Instructors carefully grade students to ensure maximum learning potential.

Well, it was obvious to everyone that Samantha was thrilled and surprised by being Getaway's first "Give me a Break" recipient and that's just the beginning. If you are a boss and want to become the best boss, visit and tell us why one of your workers should get a "Give me a Break' surprise.


On the border of the Kosciuszko National Park.


Lake Crackenback Resort midweek accommodation starts at $295 a night in a Mountain View Chalet and from $409 a night in Overwater Apartments. Hot breakfast and resort activities are included. There is a minimum two-night stay. Massage and beauty treatments start at $95.

Perisher Ski Resort two-hour private lessons are $204 per person or $248 for two people. The 2.5-hour group lessons with a lift pass start at $112 per person. Private lessons can be arranged at any time. They run between the June long weekend until the October long weekend.

Prices correct at July 2, 2009.

For further information

Lake Crackenback Resort
1650 Alpine Way
Crackenback 2627
Ph: 1800 020 524 or (02) 6451 3000
Fax: (02) 6456 1008

Perisher Snowsports School
Ph: 1300 655 811

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