Queens Birthday long weekend. Official start to Melbourne's Ski Season.
It’s the Queen’s Birthday long weekend heralding the official start to Melbourne’s Ski season.
Melbourne experienced a milder Summer and Autumn this year so the lead-up and the arrival of a Winter blast, guaranteed perfect conditions for snow falling right on cue, making for an awesome 2017 Ski Season.
Victoria’s snowfields are the most accessible in Australia, catering to all enthusiasts needs. There’s no easier place to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, snow tubing and not forgetting dining and wining. From novices, seasoned daredevils, to family vacations, all are an easy driving distance of Melbourne making for the perfect winter short break.
Snuggling in a cosy lodge, watching the snow cascading down the window with a glass of red in front of an open fire, watching kids cutting up the snow and making us enviable of their natural flare, to rewarding your aching muscles in a Spa, Victoria’s slopes are beckoning for those dreaming of a fluffy white adventurous winter.
Just three hours' drive from Melbourne, Mt Buller is close enough for a day’s escape yet far enough away for a holiday. Mt Buller Alpine Resort is 250km north east of Melbourne and rises to an altitude of 1600 metres above sea level. Mt Buller has everything you need for the perfect winter snow experience.
The Resort embodies some of Victoria's most spectacular alpine and sub-alpine terrain. With 300 hectares of skiable terrain, two toboggan parks, there is something to appeal to all levels of ability, Mt Buller has all the facilities and activities to guarantee a memorable ski break.
Mt Hotham has all your adventure’s covered. Outstanding ski and snowboarding terrain (for all abilities), first class resort facilities (including extensive ski-in-ski-out accommodation options), and scenery that will take your breath away.
And of course, snow - lots of it! In fact, because of Mt Buller’s location, they have higher natural snowfalls than any other Victorian ski resort. (And an extensive high-tech snowmaking system ensures the season - and the fun - lasts even longer).
So, go on and experience the Victorian Alps. It's the best place to be this winter.
Life in Falls Creek brings an escape from the everyday.
People say it's the magic mantle of soft snow that covers the alpine landscape, chalet roofs and snow gums which make Falls Creek so special. Or is it the charm of the pretty village nestled in the mountains which create that friendly and relaxing atmosphere? But let's not forget the allure of snow right to your door allowing you instant access to endless snow-white terrain options. Perhaps you like walking snow covered streets where kids build snowmen and impromptu snow battles occur. Then again maybe it's the spectacular views from a balcony while sipping a latte, slipping into a hot tub or sampling a fine regional wine that grabs you. Whatever it is, Falls Creek has the perfect escape for you this season.
Mt Baw Baw Alpine Village is Melbourne’s closest downhill ski resort offering a fun, safe and affordable snow experience through winter and endless hours of outdoor adventure year round.
Situated at the Southern boundary of the Victorian Alps, Mt Baw Baw boasts over 30 hectares of downhill terrain, seven lifts, two terrain parks, 10km of cross country ski trails, three snow play areas and unlimited terrain amongst the snow gums to explore.
Mount Sterling Resort is three hours’ drive North East of Melbourne via Yea and Mansfield on the Maroondah Highway. In winter, from June to October, Mt. Stirling offers 60km of cross-country ski trails, while in summer the resort is one of the major access points into the Australian Alpine National Park. Offering recreational activities such as bushwalking, camping, four-wheel drive tours, fishing, horse and camel riding.
SURVIVING THE SLOPES
With boundless energy, just how do you prepare for skiing at high altitudes?
The fitter you are, the better you will be able to cope and the less you will be prone to injuries.
To help prepare you, do some running or bike riding before hitting the mountains, or better still join a gym to get those muscles working.
If you’re up there for over a week, take the 3rd day off from skiing as this will be the day you will feel the most score (unless you ski often).
Try a different activity such as tobogganing, snowmobiling, warm lunch in front of an open fireplace, or even just wonder and explore the surrounds of the resort you’re staying at by riding around on the ski lifts
Start each day with a casual warm-up run to loosen up those muscles and get your ski legs prepared. Then stretch after each day of skiing as this will help reduce any soreness. Remember the Jacuzzi as this will also help
It's always best to dress in layers ensuring that the outer layers of your clothing such pants and jackets are waterproof. Subsequent layers should consist of a fleece / warm comfortable jumper, and not forgetting Thermal underwear.
Dressing in layers allows you to peel off when you get too hot. Don't forget about your head, by wearing a beanie (any type of hat will do) and sunglasses or goggles as the sun beaming of the snow is blindingly bright. Lastly water proof gloves for your hands.
If it is your first adventure to the slopes hire as much clothing and skiing gear as you can. Remember you may not even like the sport! Don't rush out and buy the best of everything.... I’m going to call it, another tip – Aldi - have the best affordable and not too drab fashionable snow accessories required at seriously affordable prices. Aldi in-store ski clothes ( including accessories – boots, gloves, head, and goggles) sales usually start mid-May.
Almost all slopes that you intend to visit offer skiing lessons, and it's highly recommended that you take lessons from professionals to avoid learning from friends or family as to not pick up any bad habits or misguided information.