Published 8 May 2019
Lake Mountain is one of Melbourne’s closest snow-go zones. Just over two hours’ drive from the CBD, this scenic roadtrip will see you Find Your Self in nature in a whole new way!
Getting the most out of your snow trip is easy when you plan ahead and pack a few simple ‘creature comforts’ that make snow time easy. The closest township to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is Marysville. There are many thigns to do and places to stay in Marysville and a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants.
Here are our top ten tips to make a fun snow day even better!
- Pack a full change of clothes for the drive home – being dry and comfortable is essential and let’s face it the more fun you’ve had pelting each other with snowballs and sliding down toboggin runs the wetter you will be! Don’t forget fresh socks and underwear!
- Staying warm will make all the difference – thermals, extra layers, double socks, hats and gloves (waterproof is best) are all on your list, but consider also adding things like pocket warmers (available everywhere including $2 shops) and even hot water bottles can be useful.
- Snow play comes in all shapes and sizes – there really is something for everyone. From cross country skiing and snowboarding, to tobogganing, from snow ball fights to building snow sculptures, little kids and big kids will find something awesome to do. Go for a walk, take some magical photographs or sit in the Lake Mountain Café and drink hot chocolates while you watch the white stuff outside – everything will make your day. There’s also a ‘Moving carpet’ (kids under 4 free) to help you get back up to the top of the toboggin run with ease! No more tired legs! Pack buckets and spades and make snow castles and snow men that are worthy of an Instagram tag!
- Hiring, borrowing or buying snow gear is advisable and if you can get the family sorted out ‘at home’ you can hit the slopes ‘running’ when you arrive. You can hire full snowsuits and all the trimmings on Lake Mountain (and good news you can pre-order on their website), and always check whether snow chains are required (always a good idea to have on board). You can hire toboggins and other equipment on the mountain or if you’re planning a couple of trips (you’ll love it so much you will want to return) investing in your own gear and equipment makes good sense. It’s cold in the snow, and even on sunny days, the wind chill factor can make it feel colder than it actually is.
- Plan ahead for a possible change in weather conditions – the winter period can be unpredictable, and leaving the mountain at the end of the day can often be a busy time on the roads. Expect some delays (especially if roads are slippery) and take it slowly. Leave a little early to drive home, stay overnight or plan ahead with ready-to-eat snacks in the car, activities for the little ones and a little patience as you make your way off the mountain.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged (and bring a back-up phone charger – you might drain your battery with all those winter wonderland photos you’ve taken) and you have a full tank of fuel.
- Check conditions before you leave home and during the day – weather reports can change at any time and typically snow falls overnight, so road conditions will change too. On occasion, due to heavy snowfall or predicted heavy snowfall, two-wheel drive vehicles will be required to carry wheel chains. Please check current road conditions, snow reports & forecasts before you leave.
- If you’re unsure about the snow - and that’s perfectly fine when you’re a first timer, consider joining a tour. You can explore the snow regions with a personal charter tour (see tour operators on our website), or try an organised tour – Autopia Tours do a Melbourne CBD pick up.
- Snow making machines mean once season starts (typically the first week of June) snow cover is likely but nothing is guaranteed. Rain washes away snow and conditions can vary enormously depending on the weather (sun, wind and foot traffic all impact on the snow cover). The mountain might also be closed because it is full, or if conditions become too wild for safe use. Authorities can make this call at any time to ensure everyone’s safety.
- Have fun! Take lots of photos and tag us #yarravalley_official so we can repost!
Mountain Access – Car entry from $57 (season passes also available)
Moving Carpet – Village Toboggin Run $5
Toboggans – $14
A range of snow play packages and gear can be hired on the mountain (return by 4pm).