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Where’s A Good Place Near Melbourne For Toboganning?

Tobogganing is a fantastic way to introduce your young children to snow and maybe even spark the little skier or snowboarder within them!! From Melbourne, Lake Mountain (90 mins) and Mt Baw Baw (2.5 hrs) are the closest alpine areas for tobogganing and both cater to families with children, with clothing and toboggan hire available on site, as well as cafes and restaurants (and toilets) to make your day go smoothly.

If you’re keen to go to one of the bigger, downhill ski resorts (Mt Baw Baw offers downhill skiing and boarding, however only has surface lifts, T-bars, pomas and platters) such as Mt Buller or Mt Hotham, all of the bigger resorts have dedicated tobogganing areas and gear for hire too. Do not take toboggans on ski runs, only use designated tobogganing areas for your own safety

Ensure your kids have proper clothing (jacket and pants or an all-in-one), gloves, socks and boots so they stay dry and warm and enjoy their time at the snow!

Teah

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    Is it Necessary To Carry Chains In Australia?

    It is a legal requirement that all vehicles, both 2WD and 4X4, always carry chains when heading up the mountain regardless of the weather conditions. Each snow resort will display whether chains are required to be fitted or not depending on current weather situations. Handy tip: carry a dirty rag and a pair of rubber dish washing gloves in your chain bag, the last thing you want is to rip your nice leather ski gloves to shreds!

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    What Would Be The Best Mountain To Visit For Families?

    If you are going to the snow and introducing your family to the snow for the first time then you have to decide which mountain will suit your needs best.

    Mt Buller and Falls Creek are probably the most family friendly mountains as they have many beginner slopes. If there is lots of snow then between Mt Buller and Falls Creek you could say that Mt Buller has more black and challenging off piste runs to enjoy.

    Mt Hotham is more of an intermediate to advanced mountain with more challenging runs so if you are big into skiing then this is probably the choice for you.  At Falls Creek there are more ski-in, ski-out locations for accommodation.  Mt Buller also has this too but a lot of the accommodation is also around the village area.  This isn’t a problem as there is a free shuttle bus which loops around the village and takes you to the slopes on a regular basis. All mountains have many eating places and activities so really it’s about how long you will visit for, if you only have a few days then maybe the closest mountain to you will be more beneficial if it has the slopes that you want.

    Here is some information on all of the above mountains, Mt. Buller, Falls Creek, Mt. Hotham.

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    What Do I Need To Know Before I Go To The Snow At Mt. Buller?

    Travelling to Mt Buller is a beautiful scenic 3 hours drive from Melbourne. There are many ways to travel there, by car, bus and helicopter if you choose.  If you are going by car and are going to be staying overnight then you must carry wheel chains, these can be hired in Melbourne or on the way to Mt Buller at most ski shops. Buller Sports is located on the way  it is recommended  to check with them to make sure that they have your size chains in stock.

    You may be driving in snow and icy conditions which is very different to what you would be used to and you will need to adjust your driving to stay safe.

    Once you arrive at the Resort Entry Gate you will pay a resort entry fee, See Costs. and at this point you can purchase your taxi fare tickets if you are staying overnight, these tickets will take you from the car park to your accommodation on the mountain. If you are going to the snow for a day trip then you can jump on one of the mountains complimentary shuttle buses.  Everything is within walking distance when you are on the mountain and you can jump on a free village shuttle bus that goes around the village regularly.

    If you are wanting to take ski/board lessons these can be booked prior to you arriving on the mountain that way you won’t be disappointed if you can’t get the time slot that you want, check the prices and different types of lessons available here.

    There are many eating places on the mountain day and night including pizza, lodges, hotels and a noodle restaurant. There are also many places to buy food and beverages during the day while you are out on the slopes, see here for more details on where to eat and drink while staying at Mt. Buller.

     

     

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    How Can I Make Going to the Snow Cheaper For My Family?

    Going to the snow in Australia is expensive so using ways to reduce the cost is important.  If you are going with another family then look at sharing accommodation. You can book accommodation in a lodge and many of the rooms have bunks in them so you may be able to accommodate all the kids in one room. These places have kitchens so taking your own food is much cheaper than eating out. You may also be able to share the drive this way you will only need to hire one set of wheel chains.

    Going to the snow Monday – Friday works out cheaper for the accommodation.

    If you haven’t got any gear then if possible borrowing jackets and pants is good but buy your own helmet, gloves and goggles. Ski and Board Online has great range of affordable snow gear and items.

    If you are a student then lift passes are at a reduced rate.

    Another option is to stay off the mountain so if you are going to Hotham stay in Dinner Plain, Falls Creek stay in  Mount Beauty, Thredbo stay in Jindabyne and Mount Buller stay at Mansfield or Merrijig.

    During the snow season there generally  4 different rates for accommodation, Winter-fest is early in the season, Shoulder June/July, Peak in August and Spring which is September until close. By booking out of season and midweek can save hundreds of dollars.

     

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    When is The Best Time To Go To The Snow in Australia?

    The best time to go to the snow in Australia is between mid June to mid September.

    Generally the middle to later part of the season is usually the best as the snow has been falling and there will be a good base to build on. The more snow that there is the more slopes become available to ski which gives great variety for the whole family on the mountain.