Skiing in Melbourne
Where can I can go skiing in Melbourne, or (shudder) snow boarding?
If we are talking about 'snow' skiing, well the answer is not in Melbourne, but Victoria has a number of excellent ski resorts, some less than 3 hours drive away.
Pop over to our guide to Victorian Ski Resorts for everything you need to know about skiing in Victoria.
We do get asked, where would you go skiing? You may have spotted we are not big fans of snow boarding but hey, we remember when ski's were made of wood.
While all seven resorts in Victoria have something special to offer when it comes to accommodation, restaurants, snow and skiing, the top two are Mount Buller and Falls Creek.
Mt Buller, less than three hours from Melbourne and the most popular of the Victoria ski resorts but does get quite crowded at the height of the ski season.
Great for newbies and people looking for a day trip to the snow, but if you are a seasoned skier looking to hit the slopes, then Falls Creek is the go.
The Mt Buller Village is situated picturesquely at the heart of the mountain, offering ski in, ski out accommodation and a huge range of bars and restaurants. With a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, there is something to cater for all needs.
An extensive lift system gives you access to over 300 hectares of skiable terrain, with something to appeal to all levels of ability.
You can ski from the lodge straight to the ski lifts and slopes of the country's best cross-country skiing at Falls Creek, 375-kilometre drive from Melbourne.
Falls Creek has some fabulous runs, covering all classes from easy to black runs. Great for a weekend (Friday to Sunday) with excellent accommodation, restaurants and bars coupled with top skiing.
If you are looking for accommodation in Falls Creek, then you cannot go past our good friends at Alpine Woodsmoke. Luxury With Altitude!
Like all ski resorts in Australia (Victoria and N.S.W.) 'snow' or lack-thereof is the biggest question each year. Australia basically enjoys a sun-loving climate but we do get good snow falls in some years.
Huge advances in technology mean that man-made snow covers some slopes but the reality remains, if there is little or no snow then the advanced runs are not much fun.
Want to know which resorts have the best snow coverage, without being handed a snow-job (ha!)?
The Alpine Regions Weather Forecast at ski.com.au is as good as anything we have seen. Live and up-to-date.
Sadly when we checked snowaustraliareport.com Mid June after the start of the season, a message declared "daily snow reports will start on 24 June 2013". Bit poor if you are heading off to the snow before then.
Also see www.vicsnowreport.com.au
The Victorian ski season officially starts each year on the Queen's Birthday long weekend, and goes through until the start of October. If the snow is good before or after these dates, then the bigger resorts tend to open.
One year, we booked a tour to Falls Creek and enjoyed a fabulous weekend without having to worry about travel and accommodation. We jumped on a bus in Melbourne on Friday evening, and 4 hours later were checking into a hotel on the mountain. Following morning, bright and early we were up skiing from our front door.
Victorian Tour Operators
Snow Scene - Whether you are taking the family for the first time or you are a seasoned ski enthusiast, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and firsthand experience to create memorable snow holidays for our valued travellers.
Skimax delivers quality ski packages at the right price together with solid and uncomplicated service. As one of Australia's leading skiing holiday specialists, you'll find a great range of information on this website to help you plan for your perfect snow skiing or snowboarding adventure.
Hoys Skis has over 50 years experience at Harrietville, Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain.
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