- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
The closest ski resort to Melbourne. A family-friendly resort. Perfect to 'experience' snow. One of the most-extensive cross-country trail networks in the world.
Because of its low altitude, snow can be marginal in poor years, and at the start and end of a season. However, Lake Mountain has a reputation as a spring mountain, so don't discount skiing there until well into October in a good year.
Phone: (03) 5957 7231
Fax: (03) 5957 7231
Postal: Lake Mountain Alpine Resort via Marysville Vic 3779
PLEASE NOTE: ALTHOUGH MUCH OF LAKE MOUNTAIN WAS BADLY AFFECTED BY THE BUSHFIRES, IT WILL OPEN FOR 2009. THE MAIN BUILDING REMAINS INTACT, AND TEMPORARY BUILDINGS WILL BE BROUGHT IN FOR TOILETS, FAST FOOD, AND SKI PATROL.
update 2/7/09 due to a small fire in one of the buildings ski hire and food are temporarily not available on mountain
About 1.5 hours or 120 kilometres from Melbourne, via Healesville, Narbethong, Marysville.
There is no on mountain accommodation during the winter.
Due to the 2009 bushfires, there is very little accommodation, expected to be available in Marysville. Try booking with the Tower Motel, Crossways or Delderfield. Accommodation is available in Narbethong at the Black Spur Inn, the Black Spur Caravan Park, Woodlands and Chestnut Glade, or Silverstream in Buxton.
Trail fees are applicable to skiers and snow-shoers. The trail system is inaccessible to sight-seers during the winter unless they don skis or snow shoes. Trail tickets can be bought on mountain or at selected ski hires off mountain. In 2008, trail fees are $12 (adults) and $6 (children)
A well-staffed ski school is located on the mountain and lesson are recommended for all beginners and others as their ability progresses.
There is only one off-mountain ski hire (Mystic Mountains Ski Hire in Narbethong) that wasn't destroyed by the bushfires. 3 of the Marysville ski hires (Lake Mountain Ski Hire, Cross Country Ski Hire and Marysville Ski Centre) plan to operate out of temporary buildings in Marysville. Action Ski Hire and Narbethong Ski Hire are not planning to operate in 2009. Some older gear may be available from the roadhouse in Narbethong. The ski hire on the mountain is the most expensive way of doing it but offers the advantage of being on mountain.
All the facilities are easily accessible on foot (other than the ski trails)
Get there before about 9am on weekends if you want to park at Gerratys. Otherwise you can expect to park at a lower car park and take the complimentary shuttle bus up to Gerratys.
- CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Classic and skate skiing on groomed trails. Lessons strongly recommended for beginners
- SNOW SHOEING
Don a pair of snow shoes and some poles and explore the winter wonderland that is Lake Mountain. No experience necessary
- SNOW PLAY
Toboggan runs, tube run, make snowmen, have a snowball fight
Lake Mountain has a licensed bistro and a take away food shop. Or, you can bring your own picnic lunch.
Bars & Entertainment
The bar in the bistro overlooks the main toboggan run. The bar and bistro are only open during the daytime.
Majority of the runs are Beginner (38% Green Circle) and Intermediate (34% Blue Square) standards. Some Advanced (28% Black Diamond) runs available for XC skiers wishing to test their skills.
The extensive mix of runs here is pretty even- however ther are slightly more beginner runs.
37 km of groomed runs
Out of Bounds
Huge areas of cross country. Trails of all difficulty.
Outside the visitor centre, there is a wide open area that is perfectly suitable and designed for snowplay.
Note: Be careful that you and your children are not blocking the Cross Country access trials in any ways.
A relatively flat mountain at an altitude of about 1480m high.