WINTER is here and it’s time to hit the slopes and enjoy the best of Victoria’s snow resorts. Plus, stand a chance to win a Mt Buller getaway worth more than $2300 for you and three friends.
Experience Victoria’s Snow Fields this winter. Give yourself a break from studying and head out to the slopes where skiing or snowboarding among the gum trees is a truly breathtaking experience.
The crisp alpine air, the adrenaline rush from conquering a slope, and the sheer joy that comes with messing around in the snow, is an experience every international student should experience at least once in their time overseas.
Victoria’s 2012 snow season is set to start on June 9 and will run to September 30, with snowfall typically peaking in the months of July and August.
Skiing, tobogganing, and snow play are definitely worth a go, and those who have never been to the snow before can book themselves in for a beginner’s ski lesson.
You can choose to either stay overnight on the mountain to enjoy the nightlife, or simply take a day trip from Melbourne. There are several alpine resorts in Victoria, and each one is worth a visit.
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort is Victoria’s highest alpine resort, which means it gets higher natural snowfall than other Victorian ski resorts. Built on a spectacular mountain ridge, the resort has outstanding ski and snowboarding terrain and scenery that will take your breath away.
Falls Creek is Victoria’s largest alpine resort with a true ski-in, ski-out village. The village also has great nightlife with a diverse range of bars and restaurants.
Mt Buller is an easy three-hour trip from Melbourne, and offers a range of activities on and off the snow, a true mountain village atmosphere and plenty of bars and restaurants.
Mt Baw Baw is Melbourne’s closest downhill ski resort. This smaller resort offers safe, sheltered ski runs and inexpensive lessons and is a great place to learn downhill skiing.
Lake Mountain Resort is a cross-country ski resort. It’s also close to Melbourne, and offers a range of non-ski or snowboard activities including Snow Shoeing and snow play.
Did you know?
Falls Creek, Hotham Alpine Resort and Mt Buller are situated in the heart of Victoria’s High Country. Offering the perfect winter escape, this region is also well known for its gourmet food and boutique wineries. In addition, the region has a rich history of Aboriginal migration, gold, bushrangers, and cattlemen who worked and lived on the land.
Mt Baw Baw is situated in the region of Gippsland, while Lake Mountain Resort is situated in the Yarra Valley region. These regions also offer excellent food and wine and other outdoor experiences.
Before you go…
A trip to the snow requires some planning ahead of time, and is most affordable and fun when you gather a group of friends to do the journey together. Some university clubs and societies also plan annual ski trips for its members, and it may be worth signing up for one if you’re not much of a planner.
Make sure you choose a destination that’s best suited to the kind of snow holiday you’re after. Consider too the kind of equipment you’ll need. Do you want to buy or hire gear? Whatever the case, it needs to suit your size and your needs.
When you’re there…
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned expert who can navigate the steepest slopes with ease, you’ll get more out of your snow holiday if you ski the runs that are best suited to your level. Victoria’s alpine resorts offer a variety of terrains to suit every ability.
If it’s your first time skiing, then head for the Beginner (Green) Runs.Take your time learning to ski on the wide, gentle slopes of the green runs. Booking a group or individual lesson is a great way to learn the basics.
If you’re already familiar with the basics, then challenge yourself at the Intermediate (Blue) Runs and practice the moves you learnt on the green runs.
The Advanced (Black) Runs are reserved for the experienced skiers. Head for the chutes and steeps of the black runs, and get ready for that adrenaline fix.
Enter the draw to win a Mt Buller trip for you and three friends. All you need to do is enter your details.
This great prize is worth more than $2,300, and includes:
- Return coach transfers from Melbourne city
- Mt Buller entry
- Overnight accommodation at Buller Backpacker or similar
- Two day lift pass – Standard Pass or Discover Pass (Discover Pass includes a two hour lesson and access to seven beginner lifts)
- Jacket, pants and ski hire for two days
Take advantage of these student deals
Don’t miss out on the student deals available throughout the week
Mt Buller – Tertiary Deals
50 per cent off lift passes on Tuesdays
Plus 20 per cent off all lift tickets, lessons and equipment hire during the week
Mt Baw Baw – Wicked Wednesdays
$49 student lift passes
Falls Creek – Tertiary Fridays
Up to 50 per cent off 1 day only lift passes
Hotham Alpine Resort – Lecture Free Fridays
50 per cent off 1 day only lift passes