The Best Things to do During Ski Season in Victoria
From husky-drawn sleds to apres activities by the fire, these are the fun things to do during Victoria's ski season.
Ski season is officially here, and while many will be eager to hit the slopes there’s so much more to do and explore. Snow resorts both big and small offer a range of extracurriculars that will add excitement to your holiday, from lively après ski and indulgent spa days to thrilling snowmobile rides and even igloo stays. Don’t delay – book your trip ASAP and make the most of the season!
Go your own pace on cross-country ski fields
While seasoned skiers head straight for the downhill runs, those looking for a more relaxed experience can hit up cross-country ski fields. Suitable for all ages and abilities, it’s a great way to exercise, see incredible vistas and explore the mountains at your own speed. There are myriad options at all Victorian ski resorts, for example – Lake Mountain is home 39 kilometres of well marked trails ranging from beginner to advanced, while Mount Buller’s cross-country trails offer panoramic views of Mount Stirling and the Bluff.
Entertain the family with playtime in the snowfields at Mt Baw Baw. While the older kids practise their skills on easygoing runs and cross country trails, little ones will love sliding down the mountain on toboggans, plodding along on snow shoe tours or simply rolling around in snowy playgrounds. Mt Baw Baw is known for being particularly family-friendly, with a range of low intensity activities for young and old.
Explore the historic township of Bright
Bright’s close proximity to the Victorian Alps has made it a popular base for snow holidays, but it’s definitely worth allocating some time to explore this picturesque township. You can relax in retro cafés, craft breweries, wine bars and acclaimed restaurants, or head out for meandering walks around the river. Love a tipple? Visit cellar doors at Billy Button Winery and Reed & Co Distillery to taste some of the best in the biz, or make your way through the many taps at warm and welcoming Bright Brewery.
In what must surely be the cutest mode of transportation possible, you can experience the joy of a husky-led snow tour right here in Victoria. Howling Husky run tours at Mt Hotham, Dinner Plain and Mt Baw Baw that range from from snappy half hour snow dashes to five hour adventures through wilderness and back country trails. Prefer a slower pace? You can also let a retired sled dog take you on a fun, meandering snowshoe walk.
Embark on family-friendly thrills with a snowmobile tour at Falls Creek. All you need is a current drivers licence to take one for a spin, following experienced guides as they take you through the vast back-country areas of Falls Creek. Tours go past Mt McKay, Frying Pan Spur and Howman’s Gap, with stunning Alpine scenery all the way. Finish the trip with snacks at the iconic Snonuts Donuts, a ritual stop for donuts, baked spuds, toasties, crepes, milkshakes and hot chocolates.
What better way to cap off a day on the slopes than a soak in a Japanese-inspired outdoor onsen? Mt Hotham has its own onsen where you can sit among the snow while warming up in 38 degree waters. Relax your muscles in thermal pools, followed by therapeutic treatments at their luxe onsite spa. There’s foot and leg recovery massages, volcanic hot stone massages and replenishing facials that’ll have you feeling rejuvenated.
Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain
We love a good après ski, that time when you can shake off the snow and warm up with drinks, music and dancing. Every self respecting ski resort has its own spot for music and hot toddies, although one worth checking out this season is the newly opened Moosehead Whisky & Blues Bar at Mount Buller. Located within Abom Hotel, they’re a new go-to spot for live music and slope-side cocktails. Swing by for a nightcap next to the hearth while rotating jazz, rock and blues bands do their thing on stage.
16 Athletes Walk, Mount Buller
Level up your snow season with an unforgettable snow adventure that includes staying in a real igloo. Alpine Nature Experience’s Skidoo to Igloo experience begins with a sunset snowshoe tour followed by a French cheese fondue dinner in a heated tipi. You’re then shown to your very own snow igloo, where you’ll enjoy a magical night in a comfy bed under lots of warm sheepskins. The next morning, you’ll wake up to a hearty breakfast and scenic snowmobile ride.
Acclaimed photographer Tony “Harro” Harrington travels the globe capturing breathtaking images of snow and surf, with his work displayed on 150 magazine covers and in galleries around the world. He’s opened a new art space in Mount Buller where you can see his work up close, whether that’s capturing the harsh peaks of Alaska or 20 metre waves in Tahiti. Swing by to see a view of mother nature like you’ve never seen before.
Village Square, Mt Buller
Take a break from the slopes with a luxurious afternoon at Astra, one of the best ski spas in Victoria. You’ll be replenished head-to-toe with treatments including hot stone therapy, reflexology, superfood facials and body scrubs. If you’ve just come from the snow, warm up with their signature massage treatment which commences with a calming plunge in an aromatherapy oil-infused hot tub.
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