A mum of three, engineer, scientist, educator, and all around dabbler, I'm far better at finding interesting things to do than I am at doing housework.
Published July 6th 2012
The snow season is finally here, and the mountains are turning white. Skiing sounds appealing, but the long drive to the ski fields not so much so. If you'd rather spend more time on the snow than in the car, or if a day trip is all you can manage, you might be interested in a skiable mountain that's only a 3 hour drive from Melbourne.
Mount BawBaw, is approximately 3 hours easy drive from Melbourne, yet boasts a full array of winter activities. For ski enthusiasts, there are both downhill and cross country facilities, with ski hire and lessons available for both styles, albeit with less runs to choose from than are available on the larger mountains such as Falls Creek. Snowboarders are welcome too, with classic runs and a potential three terrain parks to choose from. (Terrain parks are developed as snow cover allows).
Beginners are particularly well catered for, with a "magic carpet" ride up a very gentle and short slope being an ideal introduction to the thrills of skiing. This is the location for ski and board lessons for absolute beginners. For those with children taking their first lessons, there is even a very well located "skiosk" which allows parents to sit and watch those first tentative runs with a coffee in hand. (Just be sure to be prepared for those ski resort prices!)
For those who just want to experience the snow and don't want to try skiing or boarding, there is no shortage of snow-play options. There are three toboggan runs, with toboggans and suitable clothing available to hire on mountain. Even better, there's no cost to use the toboggan runs, and toboggan hire is only $8.
If you'd like to see some of the mountain without needing to strap on your skis there are also dog sled and snowmobile tours available. Or if that sounds a little noisy, why not try out snow-shoeing? You can take a tour, or hire shoes and explore the trails.
And if a day trip is not enough, there's a variety of accommodation options available on mountain, including a number which are ski-in/ski-out.
So if you'd like to experience the snow for the first time this season, or you're an experienced snow-addict looking for a quick fix, Mount Baw Baw could be the answer. Don't forget your warm clothing, and make sure you've got your snow chains in the boot, and I might see you there.