Skiing And Snowboarding
Bright is a great base for your skiing and snowboarding, where you can enjoy all the valley town's shops, restaurants and activities and choose the days you want to hit the snow. On the best days, or after a day or twos rest, travel up to Mt Hotham or Falls Creek in just over an hour for a day in the snow. All your gear and snow chains can be hired in Bright.
Mt Hotham is the highest snow resort in Victoria and is unique in the fact that the village is on top of the mountain, right at the crest of the Great Alpine Road.
Affectionetley known as the "Powder Capital", Hotham has 14 lifts and over 80 downhill runs, from gentle beginner slopes to advanced pitches that test the best, as well as an adult's and children's snowsports school that caters to all levels.
There is also a day care centre, 2 spas, plenty of shopping, restaurants, nightlife and even kiteboarding, sunset tours and mini-skidoo rides for the kids.
For more information about Mt Hotham Alpine Resort simply go to www.hotham.com.au
Falls Creek is home to the highest driveable road in Australia and hosts the largest international snowsport event in the Southern Hemisphere, the Kangaroo Hoppett. It has been voted number one in terrain parks in 2005.
Falls Creek caters for beginners with Wombat Ramble to expert skiiers with Wishing Weel a 3km run. It has 14 lifts and over 92 runs. A snow sport school catering for all levels is available to day visitors.
Groomed cross country trails of over 60 kms in length allow you to ski across the picturesque Bogong High Plains.
A toboggan run is open most of the ski season if there is sufficient snow and there is a day centre and many places to eat and relax during your day at Falls Creek.
Dinner Plain is well worth a visit in winter to see the unique building designs of the village. There is one ski lift available for use and the village can be used as a base to start on some beautiful cross country ski trails through the high plains.
Mt Buffalo has a day shelter, toilets and first aid facilities at the Cresta area, which is ideal for tobogganing and snow play. Tobogganing is available at Cresta or Dingo Dell dependant on snow.
There is no downhill skiing or snowboarding at Mt Buffalo as the ski lifts and snow making are not operating.
However there are 11 km of scenic cross country trails dependant on the snow, which are groomed when and where appropriate, and there are no trail head fees.
For winter 2010 a cross country ski school will be based at Cresta Valley which will run seven days a week beginning on the first weekend of the school holidays, subject to snow.
Snow Shoe Shuffles, both advertised and booked will also run at Mt Buffalo in 2010, subject to sufficient snow.
Refreshments and toboggan hire are available at Dingo Dell and if sufficient snow, the tubing park at Dingo Dell runs as well.