Melbourne Winter Short Break
With one of the best ski seasons on record, NOW is the best time to visit Victoria's ski fields, with ski fields Mt Buller and Lake Mountain, an easy day trip from Melbourne.
Victoria's Ski FieldsVictoria's High Country is the region for snow, snow and more snow. The major resorts of Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek are regarded among the best in the country and offer downhill ski and snowboard runs, tobogganing and cross-country treks.
Whether you're a beginner or a pro, there's a resort to suit you. Lake Mountain is strong on mountain sports like cross-country skiing, and Mt Buller has a big mountain feel with lodges and luxury hotels. Mount Hotham is definitely the place for serious powder freaks, and if you want it all, then Falls Creek is great at combining the lot.
If you're a snowboarder, you'll find enough challenging terrain and cliff drops to make an extended visit to the region worthwhile.
When to hit the slopes
The snow season starts in June, and winds up in the first week of October (but keep your eye on the snow report!).
Victoria offers a variety of accommodation above the snowline, from backpacker to cosy lodges and chalets, unlike many interstate and overseas resorts.
If you are looking for budget options, stay off the mountain at nearby towns such asDinner Plain, Bright, Mansfield, Mount Beauty, Bogong Village, Omeo, Harrietvilleand Marysville. Many of the lodges and apartments are self-catering and you'll also find great restaurants, cafes and bars to eat out.
For more information on accommodation, visit the accommodation section of theofficial alpine resort websites below: