Six of the Best Places to Ski Near Melbourne in 2020
Victorians are pretty spoilt when it comes to snowy winter activities. They have some of the best mountain resorts available and as a bonus, they’re not very far away.
From day trips to proper getaways here are six family-friendly places to find some real snowcapped adventures this winter 2020.
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 a good spot for newbies.
Lessons are available, and so is wine when it’s finally aprés ski time!
The skiing season starts from 8th June. 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 (22 at last count), and 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 – or the other way round, depending on your preference.
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, there’s something for everyone.
The skiing season starts on 1st June. Get the Mount Buller Snow Report.
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/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 a child care on-site that will mind your tots while you ski, but if the trip is a family affair, there’s plenty of events on offer to keep every snow bunny happy – don’t miss the fireworks!
Skiing season runs from 8th June to 6th October (may vary depending on conditions). Get the Falls Creek Snow Report.
Can you say “kids five and under ski free”? We can! Kids are free with a paying adult of course, but ski trips can quickly deplete a bank account, so that is still a good deal.
More genius still is the Parents’ Pass, where parents have to divvy up who’s riding the slopes and who’s looking after the kids! You can buy a full or half-day lift pass and the second parent can purchase the Parents’ Pass at almost half price.
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.
Skiing season runs from June to October. 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 1okm of cross-country snow gum-filled trails, or get your thrills by husky dogsledding – there’s a story you can tell everyone back home!
The skiing season starts on 8th June. Get the Mt Baw Baw Snow Snow Report.
If you prefer cross-country skiing to weave in and out of people, Mt Stirling with its mostly-untouched alpine summit has got you covered. If you like saving money, Mt Stirling is also a winner, as the trails are free to use; although you can book and pay for tours and packages.
If you’re brand-new to skiing or it’s been a while, there are quite a few lesson options on offer: public and private classes, children’s classes (ages 6 to 14), and cross-country programs on Sundays.
The skiing season starts on 1st June. Get the Mt Stirling Snow Report.
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