Melbourne, June 3: Whether it’s by ski, snowboard, snow shoe, toboggan or dog sled, Victoria’s alpine region can be enjoyed be all. Within easy driving distance of Melbourne, Victoria’s snowfields are the most accessible in Australia making for the perfect winter short break.
Lake Mountain Victoria’s most accessible alpine playground, just a two hour drive from Melbourne, Lake Mountain provides families with year-round adventure and during the alpine season, becomes a winter wonderland.
With nearly 40 kilometres of well-marked and world-class cross country ski trails, toboggan slopes, snowshoe trails, and the popular Flying Fox and tube run, visitors can take advantage of an affordable family day out at a convenient location.
A first-rate team of instructors is on hand to guide share tips and tricks with all levels and all ages – from the basics all the way to refining racing skills. At the Lake Mountain’s Fischer Fun Park, kids aged 4 -10 can get a taste of cross country skiing with a free 20-30 minute lesson including professional instruction and equipment. This year they can also try snowboarding while mum and dad watch on.
Best places to stay: There is no on-mountain accommodation at Lake Mountain, so the best place to stay is Marysville, at the foot on the mountain just 90 minutes from Melbourne.
Vibe Hotel offers 101 rooms, a spa and wellbeing facility and Radius Bar & Grill, where ingredients are sourced from local producers.
Marysville Garden Cottages is the ideal destination for couples, with eight cottages featuring luxuries such as a claw foot bath and gas log fire place – all nestled within an old-style garden.
Mount Baw Baw Melbourne’s closest downhill ski resort, Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village offers fun, safe and affordable snow experiences throughout winter. More than 35 hectares of downhill terrain, seven lifts, two terrain parks, 10 kilometres of cross country ski trails, three snow play areas and unlimited terrain offer visitors the chance to explore the slopes amongst the snow gums.
The resort will offer a host of activities and events for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels throughout the winter season.
First time skiers and boarders will be safe hands with the team of trainers, while a range of activities will keep the whole family occupied. These include sled dog tours, snowshoeing, snow groomer tours, a gym and spa pool.
Nestled in its foothills, Walhalla’s Star Hotel provides twelve modern suites in the centre of the historic township.
So just plough into the SNOW for an early Christmas mood!