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7 Best snow destinations near Melbourne | Man of Many


Best snow destinations near Melbourne at a Glance

Our list of best snow places near Melbourne goes like this:

1. Mt Donna Buang

Mt. Donna Buang is fun to say. It’s also the closest mountain to Melbourne making it perfect for a day trip. If you find yourself in the Victorian capital Googling ‘snow near me’, this little spot in Warburton in the Yarra Valley is just two hours away from the city. Check out the toboggan rental with three unique toboggan-specific runs. To seal the deal, it’s a completely free spot to enjoy toboggan runs and snow play. If you’re planning on heading up with children, you won’t find amenities or snow runs for skiing. This is really suited for those who don’t want to make the trip to Melbourne’s larger mountains, and for those who want to see snow and be back in the city before dinner.

2. Falls Creek

Falls Creek is Victoria’s biggest plot of ski land, making it perfect for cross-country trails and intermediate and advanced skiers. Falls Creek also caters for children and people visiting who aren’t avid skiers. If you’re looking for epic luxury hotels, Falls Creek’s QT hotel is the perfect destination to enjoy the high country in style. If you are heading up with children, drop them off at ski school while you and your adult friends take on steep slopes or enjoy the ski resorts. Be sure to take a break from the powdery slopes and visit the award-winning Astra Day Spa for a day of pampering and spa treatments.

3. Lake Mountain Alpine Resort

The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is a stunning little mountain during the Victorian snow season. It’s just a few hours from the city, making it super easy and still offers a scenic drive.  It’s important to note is that there are no actual lakes on the mountain. It’s named after George Lake, but icy activities it’ll provide by the boatload. You’ll find tobogganing slopes and a long tube run, so be prepared for a full day of action. If you’re not after sliding on the snow, you can grab some snowshoes and head off on any of the five snowshoe trails.

4. Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort

If you’re looking for a less intense snow experience, Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort gives you a cosier downhill snow time. It’s perfect for seeing snow for the first time if you aren’t quite ready to make the snowboarding or skiing leap. It’s a great place to explore the highlands via a Howling Husky Sled Dog Tour and also brings a cross-country ski trail to the table for those still keen for some snow action.

5. Mt Buller

Mt Buller is easily the most famous mountain in the Victorian highlands. You’ll find everything at Mount Buller, from nightclubs to pubs, fine-dining and cosy ski lodges. This is the perfect place to settle down with a hot cup of mulled wine by the fire while your friends or family enjoy the ski slopes. From the city, it’s about a three-hour drive. Mount Buller has a structured transportation process will take you to your lodgings or hotel. The Mount Buller car park is one to four kilometres away from Mount Buller Village (you can’t access Mount Buller Village). People tend to panic if they haven’t organised transportation from the car park however, transfers can be bought on the mountain if you haven’t collected them. Mount Buller is a family-friendly mountain, there are plenty of activities for children, and the Mount Buller ski school is perfect for parents who’d like to lay down fundamental skiing foundations for their children. Access to all runs stems from the infamous Bourke Street in the heart of Mount Buller Village.

6. Mt Stirling

Mt Stirling is less of a dedicated ski spot and, with no lifts, is less friendly to newbie snow freaks. But the cross-country trail is a solid journey. Never be deterred by the exercise, for those more experienced in the winter arts Mt Stirling is well and truly up your alley. If you’re keen to get your alpine tree knowledge on there’s plenty of snow gums across a couple of gorgeous trails, with camping spots dotted along for the true alpine explorer to unleash their inner Shackleton. Just don’t forget the snow shoes! The mountain is just under four hours away from Melbourne, so make the most of the accessible snowfields.

7. Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham is a Victorian skiing treasure. This relaxed alpine village is nestled amongst the best snow cover in Victoria. If you’re looking to head up in peak season, you’ll need to book your ski resort the year before as Hotham is full of snow resorts, but next to Falls Creek and Buller, it’s the most famous mountain in Victoria. You must make a note to ensure you have transport from the car park to your lodge. You’ll enjoy night skiing and ski fields full of powder. There are a solid set of three terrain parks and plenty of ski lifts to bring you to the various difficulties of runs.
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Key Things to Consider for Best Snow Destinations Near Melbourne

With an editorial team full of adventurers, Man of Many has had the unique opportunity to directly sample and experience snow destinations from the best spots near Melbourne. It is also based on our experience, in-depth research and customer reviews of snow destinations near Melbourne. As expert journalists who guide people between competing products and services, we have provided our independent opinion in formulating Man of Many’s selections. Man of Many has utilised Steve Kavakos’ knowledge of his home city. Our editors have taken into account travel time, snow cover and accommodation while also making a concerted effort to highlight a few spots outside of the CBD. You can review our editorial policy here surrounding how we maintain our independence in our editorial reviews.

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