Best Winter Activities in Victoria’s Ski Fields
Looking for some things to do in Victoria’s Ski Fields over winter? Whilst a bumper ski season is predicted, it doesn’t have to be all about skiing or snowboarding. Even the most committed snow bunnies need a break from the slopes every now and then, and with so many other enticing things to do in Victoria’s ski fields, it’s worth factoring some time into your trip to explore the wider region.
There are plenty of activities for those who live for black runs at high speed, as well as those who prefer a slower pace. The options – and surrounding areas to explore – are endless. You could push the boat out with a helicopter ride or even give your dog a photo shoot in the snow (yes, really), but we’ve compiled a list of other ideas so you can cherry-pick the best ones for your next snowy escape. Here are some of our local suggestions:
High Country Horse Riding, Bogong
Image Credit: Spring Spur
If you’ve ever seen The Man from Snowy River, horse-riding through Victorian High Country might hold added appeal. But that film is now 40 years old, so just know that it’s possible to ride up to the region’s highest points to revel in the crisp, fresh air and breathtaking views. High Country Horse Riding in Bogong has something for everyone. Rides range from two hours to full days, and keen beans can even tour in a group for up to eight days – a spectacular way to adventure through Alpine country.
Husky Sledding, Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham
Image Credit: Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours
For something a little different, sled rides are a great option for anyone seeking a more relaxed, family-friendly activity. Choose between a 30-minute ride or 75-minute tours with Howling Husky Sled Dog Tours, who are running their Huskies between Dinner Plain (daily) and Mt Hotham (Thursday to Sunday) over the 2022 season. You’ll explore a winter wonderland of trails, and even get time to thank and pat your dogs on return.
Tobogganing, Mount Buffalo and Dinner Plain
A great way to get the family on the slopes without the pressure – or cost – of learning to ski is with tobogganing. Try Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley on Mount Buffalo or Cobungra Platter Slope at Dinner Plain, which boasts Australia’s longest toboggan run. Come dressed in snow gear, then hire toboggans and snowshoes – available from the visitor centre at Dingo Dell, or from several places at Dinner Plain and surrounds. Entry is free, and you can toboggan to your heart’s content.
Snow shoeing, Mt Hotham
Similar to cross-country skiing, snow shoeing is an excellent way to explore the snow. Anyone new to snow shoeing can start by joining a guided group, and Traverse Hotham is one of several companies in the region that offers experiences to suit first-timers, including those with minimal fitness. Their trips range from 90 minutes to a full-day’s adventure that travels across scenic backcountry from Hotham to Dinner Plain.
Spa treatments, Hotham
For possibly the most relaxing thing to do in Victoria’s ski fields – and a necessity for all those aching muscles after time on the slopes – spa and massage treatments are recommended. There are plenty of options throughout the region, including Mountain Wellness Co. With locations in Bright and Hotham, expect personalised treatments and service, and they can even come to your accommodation for the appointment.
Après-Ski with Local Wine and Cheese
This Winter season, enjoy the best apres-ski at home. Here at Billy Button Wines, we’re have a selection of local produce and deli items in our cellar door fridges, to complete your visit to our cellar door, on your way to the Victorian ski fields. It’s a chance to enjoy some of the best of our local wines and produce in the comfort of your accommodation.
Choose from our large range of eclectic wines and add some cheese, fruit paste and crackers – the large range on offer will leave you wanting more!
Forgot to stop by? Get in early, and we could arrange delivery with Hotham Freight* (before midday for next-day deliveries – Monday to Friday).
Alternatively, if you’re heading back down the mountain pop by and try some of our award-winning wines in either our Bright or Myrtleford Cellar Doors. With over 30 wines to taste your way through, we guarantee you’ll find a favourite!