Winter Is Here!
For the first time in years, Mount Baw Baw Alpine Resort opened three lifts to service the snow covered slopes, marking the start of the winter season. Although the Queen’s Birthday long weekend has historically been known for the absence of snow in Victoria, today, the closest downhill ski resort to Melbourne showed a strong start to the season with a white alpine wonderland.
Showcasing the best in alpine adventure, Mount Baw Baw hosted fun activities for families both on and off the slopes to ring in the snow season.
Mount Baw Baw’s Resort Manager Alex Flint said visitors revelled in the rarity of having snow for opening weekend.
“The atmosphere on the mountain has been incredible. Skiers and boarders just can’t believe they can use the runs. Kids have been tobogganing, making snow angels and having snowball fights. Everyone is just having an absolute blast,” said Flint.
The 2014 season saw over 60,000 visitors to the mountain, and record-breaking numbers are expected again.
“Last year, the snow came quite late in the season but we still had strong numbers on the mountain. Going to the snow is such a part of the childhoods of so many Victorians. We can’t wait to welcome our regulars earlier this season as well as introducing snow sports and activities off the slope to first-timers, too,” said Flint.
Mount Baw Baw has made major improvements to ensure this season is the best yet, including a new Frozen Snow Play Park with igloos and ice sculptures, a fresh range of great stay-and-play packages, alpine adventure activities and a variety of arts and culture events. Night skiing will be offered every Saturday evening during the season from 6-8pm, with lift tickets available for just $10.
Mount Baw Baw boasts over 35 hectares of downhill terrain for all ski levels. It claims the mantle as Australia’s best place to learn to ski and snowboard. The mountain’s alpine village charm, community atmosphere and snow activities for non-skiers make it Victoria’s best family friendly mountain.
Although Mount Baw Baw is close enough to Melbourne for a day trip – just two-and-a-half hours from the CBD – its affordable accommodation makes it an attractive destination for a weekend away or extended stay, offering something for all budgets and travellers. Lift tickets are available from $40, and accommodation from just $45.