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June 7, 2019 Ski No Comments Email Email

With steady snowfall over the last few days and more expected throughout this week, ​Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort has transformed into a winter wonderland with a current snow depth of 45cm – just in time for its 2019 snow season.

Set to open for winter this Saturday – with lifts guaranteed to be turning and the toboggan park certain to be covered in snow, the resort is looking forward to another bumper snow season.

Acting General Manager at Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort, Sally Brook, said, “With the Bureau of Meteorology predicting anywhere up to 80cm of snowfall over the next few days, this is shaping up to be the best start to the season in over 10 years.”

Free resort entry is among the many perks of visiting Australia’s most accessible downhill ski resort this weekend. Other Opening Weekend highlights include a ​Gunaikurnai Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony along with​:
A refreshed toboggan experience While other Australian ski resorts have banned tobogganing, Mt Baw Baw is fully embracing it. Located in the heart of the Village, Frosti Frog Hollow Toboggan Park is guaranteed to be ready for action, with a dedicated snow machine pumping new dumps on the popular slope daily. Australia’s first downhill ski resort to have a Magic Carpet lift on the toboggan park, the return journey no longer means a strenuous struggle back up the hill. Access to the Magic Carpet and Toboggan Park is $10 per day, or covered by the cost of a lift pass. Outdoor competitions Set to ramp up the competitive steak for families, friends and couples, there will be a range of activities including Snowball Throw and Archery Attack Zones, giving snow-goers the chance to challenge one another​. The annual Opening Weekend Tug of War competition will take place on Saturday, where teams of six will fight for the title. Free 15 minute snowboarding sessions for kids New for 2019, Mt Baw Baw is offering the chance for littlies to dip a toe in the snow before diving right in, with free taster snowboarding lessons. The ‘Come and Try’ sessions are available for children under six and are designed to let them get a feel for the board before committing to a full three or six hour session.

Live music + entertainment Family-friendly activities off the slopes include kids face painting and performances by ‘Magical Happenings’. Plenty of live music will entertain all ages, with Indigenous musician, Nicky Moffatt set to perform along with other acts scheduled to take place all day and into the night.

Howling Husky dog sled rides and snow-shoeing tours Jump on board a dogsled and be led through the snow gums by a team of eight huskies. Ranging in length from 30 minutes to four hours (the longest commercial dog sled trail in Australia), the tours weave through the mountainous terrain, amongst the snow gums and onto open plateaus. Those who prefer to do the hiking themselves can don a pair of snowshoes and harness themselves to a retired husky for a One Hour Day Tour or Two Hour Sunset Tour with Powder Pup Snowshoe Tours.

Meet the Dingoes

Rowdy and Warragul are set to experience their second full winter on the mountain as the star attractions at Mt Baw Baw’s NUTRO™ Dingo Resource Centre. Rowdy (ginger fur) is an alpine/desert dingo cross and Warragul (light fur) is 100% Alpine Dingo. Meet the Dingoes sessions and talks are available throughout the season. The centre also offers the chance to learn about the critically endangered Baw Baw Frog, Leadbeater’s Possum and other local flora and fauna.

Cross country skiing Come ride Baw Baw’s cross country trails and experience the majestic snow gums, moss hollows and alpine meadows. Over 30 hectares of downhill terrain, and access to 10 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails are available for snow getters to explore.

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