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Blitzing at Mount Baw Baw

A trip to Melbourne's closest downhill snow resort packs in much more than just skiing and snowboarding.

Learn the ropes
Whether you’re looking to learn how to snow plough or finesse your schussing, the various snowsports programmes here make lesson times truly memorable. The group lessons at Kids’ Club have those aged four to 13 covered with either three- or six-hour options in a safe environment with fantastic, friendly instructors. Froglets (aged four to six) are only able to ski, but seven and up have the option of testing their snowboarding prowess. Alternatively, private lessons are also on offer for those who would like to speed up the learning process or focus on specific goals.

Sherpa snowmobiles
Another exciting away to see the mountains is with a ride on the Sherpa Snowmobile. The zippy experience lasts 20 minutes and takes you around the village and crosscountry trails. We reckon by the time it ends kids will be saying, “Let’s do that again!”

Go for a slide
If you have your own toboggan, it’s 100 per cent free to use it at Baw Baw's two toboggan parks; otherwise toboggan hire is easily available on the mountain. Plus, visit Frosti Frog Hollow Toboggan Park on a weekend and you may even get to hang with the resort’s mascots, Frosti and Philly!

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Meet the huskies
Exploring the mountain scenery is even more fun on a dog sled. In the Village Bowl at Howling Huskys you’ll find Jake and his canine friends ready and raring to give you a tour of places you probably didn’t even know existed.

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Try new tricks
Baw Baw has two permanent park builders who continue to ramp up its terrain-park offerings. Currently there are two parks assisting freestylers wanting to practise their tricks. At one you’ll even find the 9m-wide and 15m-long Big Air Bag where those with advanced or intermediate skills can safely practise their grabs and spins. The other is Kicker Park on Tank Hill which is complete with a dedicated lift line, fun structures and snow guns for the ultimate freestyle enjoyment.

Never go hungry
If you want to refuel on the slopes, Skiosk is open all winter long and offers an abundance of quick eats. Alternatively, those who want to hold off till the end of a run can head to the Alpine Bistro in the village centre for a pub-style lunch or dinner. Those wanting a more leisurely dining experience can head to the Village Restaurant, which provides excellent food, local wines and even a winning view over the Latrobe Valley from its Skydeck.

Have a soak
For mums and dads with body aches at the end of the day, little can beat a spell in the sauna or the Rock Pool Spa at the Wellbeing Centre. The latter lets you soak away any ailments while surrounded by large windows that look out over the frosty snow gums. Sessions for both can be booked via the Guest Services team in the Adventure Hub.

Event-ertainment
Baw Baw packs its calendar with a bunch of fun goodies, so be sure to check what’s on when you plan your trip. You can usually expect things like Christmas in July celebrations and a ‘retro day’ that lets you bring your tight-and-bright attire onto the slopes sans embarrassment.

Sleep tight
Nothing tops off a day on the slopes better than retiring to your on-mountain accommodation, and Baw Baw boasts a bounty of family- and group-friendly cabins, apartments and lodges that help make this dream come true. To sweeten the deal, the whole area is buzzing with a warm, alpine atmosphere and accommodation packages are also available.

Mount Baw baw

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Information
www.mountbawbaw.com.au


Getting there
2.5-hour drive from Melbourne.


Mountain lowdown

Stats

Beginner 25%, Intermediate 64%, Advanced 11%

Altitude

1460m

Ski area

35 hectares

Lifts

Seven (including one Magic Carpet)

Runs

15

Longest run

750m





Image credit: Mount Baw Baw

Image credit: Mount Baw Baw

Image credit: Mount Baw Baw

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