Snow way! Our top four places to hit the slopes in Victoria…

Yes, it may be a balmy 20 degrees in Melbourne. But did you know you can ski and snowboard in Victoria? Nope? Well follow us, non-believers, on a three hour drive from Melbourne to the High Country and prepare for a dose of the white stuff…

Snowboarding at Mt Baw Baw near Melbourne Victoria

1. Best for a quick trip

An easy three hour drive from Melbourne, Mount Buller is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia. Nestled right in the heart of the snowfields, this picturesque village offers some serious skiing and boarding, from the wide beginner’s slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur, to challenging black runs at Chamois. Plus, time it right and you could take part in some cool events, including the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Mt Buller Sculpture Award and Exhibition. To get there, Grayline, APT and Bunyip Tours offer easy transfers to the mountain on a daily basis.

2. Best for beginners on a budget

Can’t ski, won’t ski? Hotham Alpine Resort offers a range of enticing alternatives, including snowshoeing, sled dog tours and ski pilates. The resort is running a ‘Learn to Ski Week’ from 16 – 22 June, aimed at newbies who want to hit the slopes in a supportive environment.  Australia’s powder capital offers a snow guarantee and some of the best value accommodation packages on the slopes. For great deals, try Ultima Apartments and Zirkys Apartments.

3. Best for apres-ski

Love a little apres-ski? For spas, bars,  cosy lodge-style retreats and luxury penthouses, Falls CreekVictoria’s largest ski  resort, is the perfect choice for skiers who want to rest aching feet in style after a long day on the slopes. For fine dining, try the the chic Astra Lodge or Summit Ridge restaurant, where dishes include more-ish and hearty dishes like pasta with white anchovies, ox heart and local lamb. Don’t worry about indulging. With over ninety ski runs and terrain suitable for snow bunnies and beginners alike,  you’ll have plenty of chance to ski it off…

4. Best for families

The closest snow resort to Melbourne, Lake Mountain is the perfect place for families to try tobogganing, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing. Just a two and a half hour drive from Melbourne, perched on the edge of Baw Baw Plateau, Mount Baw Baw is also fantastic for anyone with children in tow. Check out Frosti Fun Club for talent shows, tobogganing, hot chocolate and popcorn parties.

Shoop shoop…

The ski season in Victoria officially runs from 9th June through September 2012.

To find out more about Victoria’s snowfields and watch a video on the villages in the snow visit skivic.com

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