When winter snows begin falling in June in Victoria’s inland mountains, Melbourne residents grab their jackets and make the drive to Lake Mountain. As the closest alpine ski resort to the streets of downtown Melbourne, Lake Mountain Alpine Ski Resort is a convenient, scenic winter escape from the hustle of urban life. With its 23 miles of cross-country trails, the resort exclusively features cross-country skiing as opposed to downhill or snowboarding. Tobogganing is fun for younger visitors, and especially those who live near the beach and rarely encounter snow.
From the nearby town of Marysville, wind your way upwards into the mountains to over 4,000 feet, and immerse yourself in towering timbers where snow hangs off of the boughs. In summer, skiing is replaced by mountain biking, hiking, and riding the flying fox, and the resort is a great place to escape the heat of summer down near the coast. Sip a coffee in the bistro on site while gazing out over the mountains, and take a deep breath of mountain air overlooking the Yarra Valley. While Australia’s mountains might not be tall, they still offer alpine escapes, and Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is just the place to find it.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is located two hours northeast of Melbourne and 24 minutes from Marysville. The “white season” officially kicks off on the first weekend of June, and admission is $54/vehicle for cars with up to 10 passengers.