Victoria is an ideal place for snow-based activities, whether it be skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or just sightseeing or building a snowman.
The High Country region is home to a number of ski resorts. The larger ones - Falls Creek, Mount Buller and Mount Hotham - all have a large selection of accommodation to suit all budgets, shopping, restaurants, nightlife and even day spas. Other snow resorts can be found in Gippsland and the Yarra Valley.
Situated between Mount Hotham and Omeo, the picturesque Alpine village of Dinner Plain has an extensive collection of cross country ski trails. There is a snow park which provides a fun and safe environment for kids and beginners to experience the snow. Resort facilities include a selection of shops and hire outlets, restaurants, a supermarket, day spa and a range of accommodation options. During the warmer months, visitors can enjoy tennis, fishing, bushwalking and bike riding trails.www.visitdinnerplain.com.au
Falls Creek is Victoria's largest alpine ski resort and is located 30 kilometres from Mount Beauty. For alpine skiers and boarders, there are 14 lifts and over 90 runs to choose from, while cross country skiers can enjoy a network of 65 kilometres of groomed trails. The resort includes many restaurants and bars, a supermarket, day spa, community gym, snow gear retail outlets and rental, and an extensive range of accommodation. Falls Creek hosts Kangaroo Hoppet - an annual international cross country ski marathon. During summer, visitors can enjoy bushwalking, fishing, tennis, bicycle riding and horse riding.www.fallscreek.com.au
Lake Mountain is Melbourne's closest alpine resort, situated 21 kilometres east of Marysville. The mountain summit rises to 1,433 metres and during the snow season there are 2,400 hectares which can be skied, 37 kilometres of ski trails and 3 toboggan slopes. Outside of the snow season, the mountain is ideal for bicycle riding, bushwalking and observing the stunning wildflower display during the summer. The resort near the mountain peak includes a large restaurant, cafe, ski hire centre and a retail outlet selling clothing and souvenirs.www.lakemountainresort.com.au
Located 45 kilometres east of Noojee and 47 kilometres north-west of Walhalla via South Face Road, Mount Baw Baw is nestled on the southern tip of the Great Dividing Range. It offers a range of skiing and snow activities in winter, with visitor facilities including restaurants, cafes and accommodation. During the warmer months, the mountain is delectably covered in wildflowers, with bushwalking and cycling being popular activities. The Mt Baw Baw Summit Walk climbs through snow gum woodland to the mountain's summit, and on a clear day, offers views across West Gippsland to the Bass Strait.www.mountbawbaw.com.au
Mount Buffalo is accessed via the Great Alpine Road at Porepunkah. It offers alpine and cross country skiing without the crowds of the larger resorts. There are two ski and tobogganing areas - Cresta Valley and Dingo Dell. Slopes are mostly gentle and suitable for less experienced skiers and boarders, though there are areas for the more advanced in Cresta Valley. For cross country skiers, there are 9 kilometres of marked trails. Accommodation on the mountain is limited to camping spots within the national park.www.visitmountbuffalo.com.au
Located 48 kilometres from Mansfield and 29 kilometres from Merrijig, Mount Buller is the most easily accessible of Victoria's major ski resorts for those coming from Melbourne. Best known for alpine skiing, there are 9 kilometres of cross country trails and 25 lifts which give skiers and boarders access to over 80 downhill runs. Resort facilities include bars, restaurants, a supermarket, cinema and an extensive range of accommodation. During summer, the mountain is transformed into a spectacular natural wonderland with magnificent views and activities including bushwalking, abseiling, fishing horse rising and mountain biking.www.mtbuller.com.au
Located 18 kilometres from Warburton, Mount Donna Buang rises to a height of 1245 metres. During the snow season, visitors can enjoy snow play and there are three toboggan runs. The lookout tower at the peak is 21 metres high and offers panoramic views. Part way up the mountain is the Rainforest Gallery with its spectacular skywalk aerial walkway through the tree tops.www.parks.vic.gov.au
Located between Harrietville and Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham is an alpine village which receives higher natural snowfalls than any other Victorian ski resort. It is set atop a ridge overlooking the surrounding countryside with more than 80 ski runs and 13 lifts in operation when conditions are at their peak. As well as offering outstanding ski and snowboarding terrain, there are first class resort facilities including supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, bars, snow gear hire outlets, and accommodation for thousands of people ranging from motels to lodges and chalets. During the summer, enjoy bushwalking, road cycling, cross country mountain biking and challenging 4WD tracks.www.mthotham.com.au
Located within the Baw Baw National Park and rising to a height of 1,509 metres, Mount St Gwinear is known as the natural mountain, free from commercial development and free year round entry. During the snow season, visitors can enjoy snow play, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.www.parks.vic.gov.au
Situated near Mt Buller, the alpine resort of Mount Stirling is largely undeveloped. It offers first-class cross-country skiing during the winter with around 70 kilometres of maintained trails. Snowboarding and telemark skiing can also be undertaken. Facilities at the resort include a cafe, equipment hire centre, ski school and public shelter. During the summer, the mountain blooms with wildflowers.www.mtstirling.com.au