Explore the Victorian Snowfields
There's only a month or so left in the Victorian ski season (technically 11 June to 2 October 2016), and with one of the best seasons of the past few years, you've got every reason to hit the slopes.
If you've never tried skiing or snowboarding before, or maybe just not in Melbourne, you'd be surprised how great the resorts are for a short weekend away or a day trip. Make the most of the cold by planning a snow escape!
4.5 hours from Melbourne
Falls Creek has been described as the ideal place for beginners to hit the slopes. It's also one of the most picturesque and most popular mountains and is perfect for a weekend trip to allow you take full advantage of the ski in ski out accommodation.
Not keen to ski or board? No problems. There's an awesome new toboggan slope, fatbike (basically bikes with fat tyres) trails and snow tubes so you can still enjoy the epic snow!
3 hours from Melbourne
Perfect for a day trip, Mt Buller is the most accessible major snow resort in Australia and has the largest lift network in Victoria! To ensure you're going to get a soft fluffy snow experience, the resort boasts the largest snow-making system in Victoria with 244 guns spurting out snow all season long.
If you're an experienced boarder, you're going to love the terrain park but if you're not such a dare devil they also offer tobogganing, sled dog tours and snowshoeing.
4.5 hours from Melbourne
Home of the pow pow (powder or fresh snow)! With some of the best snow and black runs in Australia, you'd be right to assume Mt Hotham is a favourite for those with a little more experience.
They even have a special chairlift dedicated to taking people to the freshest stuff as well as a Snow Kat that goes beyond the boundaries to access untracked powder in the side country and both are included in the price of a lift pass.
15 minutes from Mt Hotham
Another mountain to add onto a trip to Mt Hotham, this alpine village is home to over 200 private chalets with great restaurants, cafes and bars. This is a great spot for beginners to test out their skills before heading to the big boy slopes at Mt Hotham.
Dinner Plain is also home to Onsen Spa and Retreat, a massage and wellbeing centre that features a Japanese-inspired outdoor onsen as well as an indoor heated pool. Imagine spending a few hours here after a day on the slopes! Bliss!
3.5 hours from Melbourne
The best spot for those who aren't keen to actually ski or snowboard but want to check out what the snow is all about and be able to throw a snowball or two. While they do have a ski school, Mount Buffalo is known for it's mountaineering, abseiling and caving which we've heard are all pretty incredible this time of year!
2 hours from Melbourne
Super popular with families and is a winter wonderland for those wanting to escape the city for a day to see the snow. With nearly 40km of well-marked and world-class cross country ski trails, toboggan slopes, snowshoe trails, and the popular Flying Fox and tube run, there's fun for everyone!
Mount Baw Baw
2.5 hours from Melbourne
While you can snowboard and ski at Mount Baw Baw it's better suited to those looking to toboggan or just check out the snow. That said, it's really pretty and being so close to the city it's a beautiful spot to explore. By dogsled perhaps?
Thanks to Visit Victoria for helping us put this article together.