The Victorian High Country
Ski Trail in Mt Hotham
Mt. Hotham is a self-contained village on top of the mountain and boasts a childcare centre, supermarkets, other shopping options and all the amenities you would could find in a modern ski resort. Mt. Hotham is considered to be the serious skier's resort!
Mt Hotham is located 369km north-east of the Victorian capital city of Melbourne and is situated 1861m above sea level in the Victorian Alps. It offers 245 hectares of superb skiing terrain and mountain sightseeing.
The drive time from Melbourne is five hours and about nine hours from Sydney. What also great is Mt Hotham has an airport with direct flights operating from Sydney and Melbourne, giving it access to Australians and overseas visitors alike.
The Hotham ski fields have 85 marked runs of true powder snow and the great fall line skiing has more than enough to challenge the advanced skier. It is a place for the serious skier, but beginners are not left out as the Big D is an area set aside and designed for all the first-timers.
The trails are ablaze on Wednesdays and Saturdays nights with the night skiing.
Intermediate skilled skiier may head to the Summit to try out The Orchard and the more advanced skiers will find the Extreme Zone and One Tree Hill a thrill.
Mt Hotham also has a snow or lift guarantee, that is to say they offer a minimum of three to operate including one lift that services one of the intermediate trails.
Hotham Village has much to offer too, there are a number of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and great accommodation to suit most budgets. Hotham is a first class resort and its facilities are second to none.
MT HOTHAM RUNS
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Mt. Buller is only a comfortable short three hour, 248 kilometres north east drive of Melbourne along the Hume Highway or Maroondah Highway, it is picturesque drive with great scenery. If a comparison was warranted, Mt Buller is Victoria's equivalent to NSW's Thredbo.
Mt Buller offers three well designed terrain parks with something to appeal to all levels of ability. There is a half-pipe and an ultra-cross course, there are twenty five lifts that service 80 km of groomed runs on the 300 hectares of ski fields and are able to carry over 40,000 people an hour.
Mt Buller is the great all-round winter resort and is suitable for all levels of skiing. The slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur are great for beginners, Intermediates will enjoy the wide blue runs off the Emirates Discovery chair lift, and Little Buller Spur and Wombat are still favourites. Advanced skiers should consider Federation as it is Mt Buller's signature advanced run and the Wombat Bowl's Outer Edge is fantastic. The Village Run is fun and the north-side black run, is picture quality skiing through the gum trees.
Snowboarders are not forgotten, Shakey Knees and Tirol are great! Cross country skiers are catered for, from the gate entry, (includes entry to Mt Stirling) is set up to open up access to that mountain. There is also other fun things to do visit the cinema, gym, the spa retreat can be fun. Mt Buller will not disappoint!
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Falls Creek offers it all regardless to your preference is skiing, snowboarding or just mucking about. You will have a good time at Falls Creek. Falls Creek is a resort where everyone can have fun.
Travelling in from Melbourne will take you about four hours and about nine hours from Sydney. There are 92 runs at Fall Creek nearly all are for intermediates and there are also excellent terrain parks and a super pipe. The longest advanced run is wishing well just on 3 kilometres and the longest beginner run is Wombats Ramble is just over 2 kilometres. Cross country skiing, there are 21 trails covering 65 kilometres, the longest being The rocky Valley dam loop 21k.
This is worth while; Falls Creek has introduced a week long program designed specifically for the newbie's (beginners). Check it out on their website we believe it comes with video analysis, a souvenir group photograph and certificate.
Beginners should make their way to Drovers Dream and children, the Fox Trail terrain park where you will find small jumps for them to express themselves. Just getting going or for the intermediates skiers, Sun Valley and the Towers chairlift. You might also try the Scott and Ruined Castle chairs, Oest Wand has a nice testing pitch for intermediates and above.
Advanced more experienced skiers and snowboarder try The Maze it is fun skiing through the trees, Village Bowl and Mt McKay are good. Cabbage Patch has good steeps. Shadow Ridge is a hidden gem off the Scott chair. Free riders look to Terrain parks near the Ruined Castle chairlift.
Falls Creek is a major tourist destination and one of the most popular winter spots to visit in Australia and offers a great range of activities and attractions. Just remember Falls Creek is a car free village. You will have a great snow holiday a Falls Creek.
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Mt Buffalo is located 8 hours from Sydney and 3.5 hours from Melbourne. The only way to describe Mt Buffalo is as a boutique enchanting winter playground. Mt buffalo is well known and has attracted families and skiers for some 60 years.
Mt Buffalo is smaller and usually does not attract the crowded over some other resorts. The slopes range from gentle, which is suitable for beginners and the newbie's. There are fun intermediate areas and the advanced skiers are not left out. Cross country is also covered 15kms of trails and snow shoeing take you to some of the very best lookouts. Because the slops are gentler, those learning to ski or snowboard will find it fun and easy.
Mt Buffalo's has three poma lifts and 2 chairlifts mostly servicing the beginners and intermediate areas. The Cresta Poma and Cresta Valley chairlift for the little more experienced and advanced skiers and snowboarders and be sure to visit Dingo Dell.
A great ski holiday is to be had at Mt Buffalo.
Mt Baw Baw
Mt Baw Baw is set in the southern tip of the Great Dividing Range and is surrounded by National Park it is another nice boutique style resort. It is the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne being a bit over two and half hours' drive and for those coming down from Sydney; you can expect to be on the road a good twelve hours.
At Mt Baw Baw there is 30 hectors of skiing fields, there are seven lifts and sixteen runs, plus there are ten kilometres of marked trails that will suit every level of cross country skier. It is also an excellent place for beginners with trails close to the village providing the newbie the right introduction to cross country skiing. What's nice about skiing at Mt Baw Baw is wherever you ski you will be a part of the spectacular scenery and the wonderful views over the LaTrobe Valley all the way to Western Port Bay and Bass Strait.
Advanced skiers should look to the five kilometre trail. Experienced and advanced skiers take advantage of the beautiful Baw Baw plateau, Mt St. Gwinear, Mt St. Phillack, Mustering Flat and the Alpine Walking Track. There are maps showing you all the trails to help you along.
Snowboarders are not left out, check out the hot spots, Mt Baw Baw, the Jeep track and its natural half pipe, there is a wonderful carving terrain and numbers of tree lined natural obstacles, specially prepared jumps and tubing is fun, all this is waiting to be explored.
Mt Baw Baw is a unique snow holiday experience for the whole family.
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Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is under two hours from Melbourne, about 120 kilometres drive and is situated on the great Lake Mountain plateau. This is a fantastic, beautiful alpine environment with trails that wind through snow gum woodlands. The resort and known as Australia's best Cross-Country skiing area. There are over 37 kilometres of trails and numerous toboggan runs. It is a top destination for the newbie's. The resort is well known for its excellent ski school and the seasoned advanced skiers are not left out.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has a vast picturesque skiable area of 2,400 hectares and is set in a beautiful location with a more than perfect backdrop for beginners and advanced skiers. There are a number of toboggan slopes and trail runs, one of which is just over six kilometres long. The skiing terrain is almost perfectly designed for families.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort offers a terrific amount of snow activities ranging from just enjoying the snow, sled rides, tube runs and tobogganing. It is a beginner paradise, but lots to do for the intermediate and advanced skiers. There is snow shoeing and ski orienteering. Ski Orienteering is a combination of cross-country skiing skills, map reading and GPS navigation. A great place to visit and enjoy.
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