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Published August 6th 2013
Victorians love to go skiing snowboarding or just a play on toboggans in the snow, however it can become an expensive exercise - so how can this be done and where are the cheapest snowfields around Melbourne?
Mt Buller Bourke St Snow Play *Image: Wikimedia COmmons, Author: Bleakcomb
Mt Sterling is one of the cheapest snowfields and located just three hours from Melbourne or 30 minutes drive from Mt Buller, it has over 68 km of well maintained trails with lots of woodlands that you can explore.
It is one of the quieter options for tobogganing and snow play with the children, with three separate tobogganing areas.
There's no accommodation available at Mount Sterling, but you can stay nearby at Mt Buller and the entry fees to Mt Buller and Mount Sterling are included in the one entry fee, therefore it is easy to drive, ski or take a snowshoe walk in between the resorts.
Lake Mountain is possibly the closest option to Melbourne - just two hours away and is a great idea for families looking to enjoy just a day out in the snow. You can leave home in the morning and be back in time for dinner and there's plenty of options for cross country skiing, tobogganing or snowman building.
I generally find Lake Mountain resort tends to be the cheapest way to take the children cross country skiing for the day.
You can hire all of your equipment, including toboggans at Marysville, which will work out even cheaper than hiring them once you are up on the mountain. As you drive through town, just look for the "hire" signs.
Mt Buller is also fairly close to Melbourne, just a few hours away and they have often less visitors than some of the bigger snowfields.
Mt Buller's impressive runs cover over 22 different lifts and therefore skiers and boarders will be able to cover terrain over 300 ha.
Another inexpensive snowfield is Mount Baw Baw, it does not take quite so long to get there and is usually a little less busy than some of the others.
With all of these places food can become expensive, hence take your own if you possibly can - especially if you're just going for the day.
Mt Baw Baw promises the cheapest tickets in Victoria allowing you to enter and get onto the slopes for under $100, they also have big savings on seasons passes.
Erica and St Gwinear are also good inexpensive days for a day of snow play.
For ways to save money on skiing boarding and snow play, you may also like to look at the other article I wrote for weekend notes on - snow on the cheap!
Where is your favourite place to go skiing for the day?
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