Snow Bound in 2021
Whether it’s for a day trip to just see the snow and build a snowman or to stay in a ski village and ski or snowboard, Victoria’s snowfields have now reopened.
Now that Victoria’s travel restrictions have improved, our ski resorts are eager for us to visit and support them this snow season. Whether it’s for a day trip to just see the snow and build a snowman or to stay in a ski village and ski or snowboard, Victoria’s snowfields are easily accessible. This year, as with most other activities, a trip to the snow will be unlike any other. Planning ahead is essential as entry to the resorts and mountain activities are limited and require pre-booking.
All visitors aged 12 and over are required to get tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result within 72 hours of arrival at alpine resorts. This is a prerequisite to heading to the snowfields this season, but we’re sure it will be worth the wait.
At present 11 lifts are open at Mt Buller as they wait for further snowfalls and only a limited number of lift tickets are being progressively released. The cold weather has provided the ideal conditions for snowmaking on many of the runs. The Northside Express chairlift is open for sightseeing with tickets available to be purchased online.
All the resorts have strict social distancing and hygiene protocols in place which will see limits on all lifts, “tip to tail” queuing and sanitisation stations throughout the resorts. At Falls Creek they are calling the season “business as unusual” as they navigate the COVID requirements. At present there is 125cm of snow depth at Falls Creek and 14 lifts are operating.
The Toboggan parks at both Mt Buller and Falls Creek have reopened and Australia’s longest toboggan run, the Cobungra Flat slope at Dinner Plain is open daily from 1.30-4.30pm. Entry is available only to people who register for contact tracing and produce a negative test prior to arrival. It is walk up access only with no pre-booking required.
Mt Baw Baw
One of the closest ski resorts to Melbourne is Mt Baw Baw, only 2 ½ hours away by car. The resort offers tobogganing, snow play as well as skiing and snow-boarding. Entry to the resort, lift tickets and toboggan course passes must all be booked in advance and are limited in number.