The Victoria ski resorts are spread in a relatively wide area northeast of Melbourne around the Alpine and Mt Buffalo national parks.
At Falls Creek, a 375-kilometre drive from Melbourne, you can ski out from the lodge straight to the ski lifts and the slopes. Some of the countrys best cross-country skiing can also be found here.
The closest to Melbourne, after Mt Donna Buang (which is mainly for sightseeing and tobogganing), is Lake Mountain which is known as Australia's premier cross-country ski resort and the third most visited cross-country alpine resort in the world. Lake Mountain is some 120 kilometres from the heart of Melbourne and is reached through the town of Marysville.
Mt Baw Baw
The relatively small Mt Baw Baw resort, which is 173 kilometres east of the Victorian capital and reached through the town of Noojee, is said to be a popular destination for day-trippers and an ideal place to learn to ski. Close to Melbourne, it has a village atmosphere and a large number of club lodges.
Mt Buffalo, which is the closest to the Victoria-New South Wales border at Albury, through Wangaratta, is another area popular with families. Its slopes range from gentle, and ideal for beginner skiers, through to fun intermediate areas, with just a couple of advanced areas to keep skiers, including cross-country skiers, challenged.
Mt Buller, less than three hours from Melbourne, is probably the most popular of the Victoria ski resorts. The disadvantage in its popularity is that it gets quite crowded at the height of the ski season. Three hours' drive from Melbourne.
Mt Hotham, five and a half hours away from the capital, is Victoria's highest ski resort. In northeast Victoria at the heart of the Great Alpine Road region, it offers Alpine skiing, snow boarding, dining, accommodation. There is off-piste skiing in narrow valleys as well as challenging cross-country. The nearest airport is at Hotham for those who wish to fly.
Other Victorian skifields are at Mt Bogong, Mt St Gwinear, Mt Stirling, and Mt Donna Buang which is less than 100 kilometres from Melbourne.
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