Falls Creek, VIC
4 hours 30 minutes from Melbourne
At the Falls Creek Alpine Resort, avid snow bunnies can enjoy a wealth of experiences on over 450 hectares of skiable terrain. For avid skiers and snowboarders, there are over 90 runs for intermediate skiers and experts, as well as lessons and programs for those just getting started. Accommodation and dining facilities are available.
The resort also has an activities roster, with toboggan rides and snowshoeing, as well as themed events such as Gay Ski Week, Oktoberfest, Twilight Tuesdays, and the Fireworks Fiesta.
Lift passes and costs: Those travelling to Falls Creek require a Falls Creek Moutain Access Card, which is reloadable for lift tickets and lessons. Prices are available closer to the snow season here.
How do I get to Falls Creek? Driving is one of the quickest routes from Melbourne. Travellers can also look into options such as the Falls Creek Coach Service, V-Line, Private Transfers or regional air or helicopter into Albury (two hours’ drive).
Mt Baw Baw, VIC
2 hours 45 minutes from Melbourne
The closest downhill skiing resort to Melbourne is Mt Baw Baw, which makes it a popular option for those who may just want a day trip.
The resort offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing experiences, as well as a range of ski and snowboard lesson for beginners. It is fitted with accommodation, as well as dining and transportation options.
Those looking for fun snow experiences can also enjoy snow play at the Frosti Frog Toboggan Park, as well as a range of experiences and events like Christmas in July, the Dog Sled Dash, Night Skiing and more.
Lift passes and costs: Ski lift passes can be purchased online, and start at $55.00 for adults. They also offer the 'Toboggan Magic Carpet Lift Pass' which is $10 (or $15 with toboggan hire).
How do I get to Mt Baw Baw? As one of the closer snow resorts to Melbourne, driving is a quick option. Bus transfers are also available from Melbourne and Gippsland, as well as a train and bus combo through the town of Moe.
2 hours from Melbourne
A little closer to Melbourne lies Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. A cross-country ski resort, the mountain (which, by the way, has no lake) is home to 11 different ski trails over 35 km of powder. The resort offers lessons and ski gear for hire, as well as areas for tobogganing, snowshoeing, winter walks and snow play.
Passes and costs: Resort entry is $54.00 for a car online, or $60.00 at the gate until 3 pm.
How do I get to Lake Mountain? When driving, the resort is approximately 30 minutes from the nearby town of Marysville, where those who wish to make a weekend of it can opt to stay, or even book a shuttle bus to Lake Mountain on weekends and school holidays.