Six of the Best Places to Ski Near Melbourne in 2020
The Victorian Premier has announced that the snow season will commence on 22 June 2020 - just in time for school holidays - and resorts are busy preparing for a new, COVID-safe season.
The snow season generally runs from June to the first week of October, and Victorians are pretty spoilt when it comes to snowy winter activities, with some of the best mountain resorts that are not very far away.
From day trips to proper getaways here are six family-friendly places to find some real snowcapped adventures this winter.
There and back again in a day from Melbourne is a real drawcard - no wonder Lake Mountain is a popular spot for families! The pretty drive there helps too.
Get your skis on 10 runs over 37 kilometres (7 toboggan runs if your kiddos prefer) or even borrow a snowmobile if hurtling down snowy mountains on your own two feet just isn’t enough adrenaline for you. There are quite a few child-friendly gentler runs, so it's a good spot for newbies. Lessons are available, and so is wine when it’s finally aprés ski time!
Get the Lake Mountain Snow Report.
A little further afield, Mt Buller has ski runs for little ones (Bourke Street) and big ones (Chamois) and everything in between. If enjoying a lift ride is your thing, then Mt Buller is your place – they have the largest network in Victoria, with a variety of options on offer.
The kids can (literally) chill out in one of two toboggan parks while you get a facial in the Breathtaker on High Alpine Spa Retreat, Australia’s highest day spa. As far as accommodation goes, there are budget options for the wallet-conscious, or you can splash out and stay on the mountain in style.
Get the Mount Buller Snow Report here.
Between June and October, Falls Creek is a hotbed of skiers and snowboarders crisscrossing the 92 alpine runs and 21 cross country trails. It’s also the most beginner and child-friendly of the Victorian snowfields - almost 80% of Falls Creek is dedicated to newbies.
If your kiddos are just a bit too young (ski lessons start from age 3 and snowboarding from age 5), there is on-site childcare to mind your tots while you ski, but if the trip is a family affair, there’s plenty on offer to keep every snow bunny happy. Don’t miss the fireworks!
Get the Falls Creek Snow Report.
Can you say “kids five and under ski free”? We can! At Hotham, kids are free - with a paying adult of course. Ski trips can quickly deplete a bank account, so that is still a good deal.
14 lifts will get you to 790 acres of ski-able mountain, with the longest run clocking in at 2.5km. If you fancy a bit of a challenge, Hotham is host to Mary’s Slide, one of Australia’s most difficult runs. There is a range of fun and effective lessons and programs for the whole family, including Kids Club.
Get the Mount Hotham Snow Report.
Mt Baw Baw
The closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne, Mt Baw Baw is super newbie and child-friendly. The accommodation is no more than 100m from the slopes (which is a godsend if you’ve ever had to drag more than one ultra tired kid off the slopes), and there is a price point to suit everyone.
Alongside your usual alpine ski and tobogganing, you can also fling through 10kms of cross-country snow gum-filled trails, or get your thrills by husky dogsledding – there’s a story you can tell everyone back home!
Get the Mt Baw Baw Snow Snow Report.
Mt.Stirling is the largest of all Victorian Alpine resorts but remains the most undeveloped, offering a natural winter wonderland with plenty of safe space for snowballs to be thrown and snowmen to be built.
If you’re brand-new to skiing or it’s been a while, there are quite a few lesson options on offer in the Ski School, plus a range of guided tours. If you prefer cross-country skiing to weaving in and out of people, Mt Stirling, with its mostly-untouched alpine summit, has got you covered.
Get the Mt Stirling Snow Report.
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