Snow season 2020
Snow season 2020 is on now. Strict capacity limits are in place, so things are a bit different this year. You must book ahead - even if you're just visiting for the day. Make sure you have booked resort entry, lift passes, and accommodation if you plan to stay the night. COVID-19 restrictions apply, which means physical distancing is in place on the slopes and throughout snow villages. Secure all the elements of your trip before you go and consider booking for mid-week or off-peak times. Plan ahead. Be safe. Be kind and enjoy the snow. Find out everything you need to 'snow' before you hit the mountain. Check resort websites and stay up to date with the latest advice on Victoria's travel restrictions from DHHS.
Getting to the snow
You can drive, fly or catch a bus to Victoria's snowfields. Most of Victoria's alpine resorts lie to the north-east of Melbourne. Over-snow shuttles in the skifields whisk you and your gear to your lodge on the final leg of your long journey. Just how you and your group get to that point depends on the method of transport you choose.
Driving distances from the city:
- Lake Mountain – 100 kilometres to the east, 2 hours drive
- Mt Baw Baw – 160 kilometres, two and a half hours drive
- Mt Buller and Mt Stirling – 250 kilometres, 3 hours drive
- Hotham and Falls Creek lie further to the north-east, 357 kilometres, approximately four and a half hours drive
Mountain roads are usually cleared of snow, but you will occasionally need to fit chains to your tyres for better grip. It is compulsory to carry chains at all times in the mountains and fit them when directed. Hotham, Mt Buller and Falls Creek have chain-fitting bays and some resorts have staff available to assist guests to fit their chains. Chains can be hired at ski shops in Melbourne or at the towns at the base of each ski area.
Travel in daylight hours whenever possible. It is difficult to judge distances in the snow at night, even when you’re an experienced alpine driver. To avoid engine damage from low temperatures make sure there is anti-freeze in your radiator.
If you drive a diesel-powered vehicle, fill up with alpine-mix diesel from a service station close to the snowfields to prevent the fuel freezing. Dual-fuel vehicles (LPG/petrol) should switch to petrol before entering alpine areas. Before you drive up the mountain, make sure your tank is topped up because bad weather can cause delays and you may need to keep your motor running. There are no fuel stations at the top for the public.
Buses are also a great way to get to a Victorian alpine resort, taking the hassle out of having to organise chains, directions and car parking.
The Lake Mountain Snowbus runs from Lilydale, Healesville and Marysville during snow season. Mid-week services operate during school holidays. For more information, see lakemountainsnowbus.com or lakemountainresort.com.au
Baw Baw Betty operates year-round from Federation Square, Melbourne and Warragul railway station. Call 03 5165 1136 or see mountbawbaw.com.au for more information.
Mt Buller transport options are available from Melbourne, Mansfield and Mirrimbah. For more information see:or . To charter a coach, see
Hotham is the only Victorian ski resort accessible by public transport, with the Winter Alps Bus Link running from Wangaratta, Bright, Omeo and Bairnsdale. Security car parking and transport is also available from Melbourne, Albury, Bright, Harrietville and the airports. For information see hoysskis.com.au or,
Multiple Falls Creek options are accessible from Melbourne, Sydney, Albury, Bright and Mt Beauty. Visit fallscreekcoachservice.com.au,
minibushiresydney.com.au or contact Richard on 0438 826 379 for more information. Find more transport information here: fallscreek.com.au
The Hotham Airport is just 20 kilometres from the resort. QantasLink offers direct flights from Sydney with connecting flights from all capital cities. Flights are also available into Albury from major destinations with a bus service to Falls Creek.