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Snowtacular days ahead for the Victorian Alpine Ranges

By Meteo Expert Felim Hanniffy
13.07.2017

Now that the weather looks set to take a more wintry theme in the coming days with snowtacular conditions expected across the Alpine ranges of Victoria resulting in sizeable accumulations across the highest peaks.

Its time to dust off the skis and hit the slopes of just get out and experience the thrill of a winter wonderland!

Check out these snow spots to visit which are within an easy reach of Melbourne.

A day escape! – less then a 2 hour drive

Mount Macedon

Beautiful Macedon region of Victoria Australia
The Macedon region of Victoria, image courtesy of Annie Leong

Located about a one hour drive north west of Melbourne at a height 1001 metres is considered the closest area to the city in which one can experience the joy of a light wintry dusting of snow when conditions are right.

Famed for it’s collection of 19th century gardens and local wineries this elevated region captures the seasonal climate shifts in the stunning colours of the autumnal foliage across this forested region. Regardless of the time of year this region is always worth a visit.

 

Mount Donna Buang

Mount Donna Buang Yarra ranges Victoria
Tobogganing on Mount Donna Buang in the Yarra ranges, image courtesy of Greg Brave

Located close to Warburton a leisurely 1.5 hour trip north east of Melbourne on the Yarra ranges at a height of 1250 metres. Though not a ski resort it is still a great place to enjoy the thrills and spills of winter snow, and embrace atmosphere it brings to both adults and children alike.

 

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

A snowy Lake Mountain Resort located in the Victorian Alpine ranges
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, image courtesy of TripAdvisor

Located close to Marysville about 2 hours north east of Melbourne.

Explore the 37 kilometres of cross-country trails on skis and snow shoes, race downhill in a toboggan, or revel in an afternoon of snowball fights and snowman building. Contains a wide range of cross country trails for all ages and skill levels.

Height above sea level No of lifts No of Runs Open
1480 metres 0 11 June – Sept

 

 

Got a few days! – 2 – 5 hour drive from Melbourne

 

Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort 

Ski slopes Mount Baw Baw Alpine ranges of Victoria
A view from one of the ski runs at Mount Baw Baw, image courtesy of TripAdvisor

courtesy of Annie Leong

Located approximately 2.5 hours east of Melbourne on the south western side of the north east ranges.It is the smallest of the three main resorts it contains 30 hectares of mainly beginner to intermediate ski runs.

Height above sea level No of lifts No of Runs Open
1561 metres 7 15 June – Sept

Mount Buller

A view from the top of Mount Buller Alpine ranges of Victoria
A view from the top of Mount Buller, image courtesy of http://www.grollogroup.com.au

Located 3.5 hours north east of Melbourne and renowned for its downhill runs, this ski resort is a must for any winter sport enthusiast with slopes to cater for all levels of experience.

Height above sea level No of lifts No of Runs Open
1707 metres 22 25 June – Sept

 

Mount Sterling

The beautiful and snowy Mt Stirling on the Alpine Ranges of Victoria
A view from Craigs hut located on MT Stirling, image courtesy of http://www.skichute4.com.au

Located 3.5 hours north east of Melbourne and in close proximity to Mount Buller Alpine resort.
At a height of 1749 metres above sea level its is popular spot for avid cross country skier and those who prefer a more uncommercialised setting.

 

Mount Hotham Alpine Resort

Mount Hotham ski Resort Alpine Ranges Victoria
A view from one of Mount Hotham’s many ski slopes, image courtesy of FiledIMAGE

Located 5 hours north east of Melbourne this commercialised resort contains 320 hectares of ski area and caters for both the beginner and seasoned pro. For those you are brave enough why not try “the steep Mary’s slide” considered to be one of Australia’s most difficult runs. It is also home to Australia’s only biathlon range.

Height above sea level No of lifts No of runs Open
1849 metres 14 72 June – Sept

 

Falls Creek

Falls Creek located on the Victorian Alpine Ranges
A view from one of Falls Creek’s cross country ski runs, image courtesy of Ashley Whitworth

Located 4.5 hours north east of Melbourne and claims the prestigious allocate of having Victoria’s largest skiable terrain at 450 hectares.
On an average year the mountain can expect around 4 metres of snow, so given the fickle Australian snow season this particular area can be considered a safe bet during the winter months.

Height above sea level No of lifts No of runs Open
1765 metres 14 92 June – Sept

 

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