Lake Mountain is just 120km from Melbourne, making it ideal for short and weekend trips, so it’s little wonder it’s the most visited snow resort in Australia. It specialises in cross-country skiing and snowplay, including tobogganing and snowshoe walking. It also holds numerous events including snow sculpture competitions and its own music festival.
Its unique sub-alpine environment is a great introduction to the snow and the majority of the trails are for beginners and intermediate cross-country skiers. It’s important to note, however, that snowboarding is not permitted, as Lake Mountain isn’t a traditional downhill ski resort. There’s no resort accommodation, but there are plenty of great places to stay nearby in the Yarra Valley, Marysville Triangle and Alexandra. The aftermath of the 2009 bushfires can still be seen, but the resort has just completed a brand-new visitor centre and the snowgums are regenerating fast.