Lake Mountain is a 1,433-metre-high mountain and cross-country ski resort that is located in Victoria, Australia. Approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) from Melbourne. You can travel from Melbourne and be playing in the Lake Mountain snow in just two hours. This is the closest snow resort to Melbourne, Lake Mountain is an ideal option for families looking to enjoy a day in the snow.
The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is situated in a saddle between Lake Mountain and Echo Flat and provides access to a 37 kilometres (23 mi) cumulative trail network through the surrounding Yarra Ranges National Park. You can explore all 37 kilometres of cross-country trails on skis and snow shoes, race downhill in a toboggan, or revel in an afternoon of snowball fights and snowman building. With a wide range of cross country trails for all ages and skill levels on offers, there's plenty to keep the kids occupied and on the go.
It is an exclusively cross-country skiing resort, but the majority (80%) of the visitors to the resort throughout the year are a family demographic, with family groups being the main constituents. There are up to seven toboggan runs, though two main runs, which are open to the public.
The centre was opened on 12 June 2004 at a cost of A$3.7 million along with the refurbishment and restructuring of two other buildings, a toilet block and visitor's locker room area, and the Ski Patroller's Centre, the main area for the coordination and first aid treatments employed by the Ski Patrollers. It has several other facilities, such as two fully equipped conference centres and a licensed café bar. The Heights Bar and Café remains open all year round, to accommodate bushwalkers and bike riders.
In 2005, the Ski Patroller's Centre was equipped to operate as "Snow Gum Lodge" during the off-season, generally available between November and May, for secluded and private overnight stays. It was the only accommodation on-mountain but was destroyed in the 2009 bushfires
Melbourne is the nearest airport
Travel east from Melbourne along the Eastern Freeway. Drive along the Maroondah Highway to Healesville and continue on to Marysville. From Marysville, take Lake Mountain Road up to the resort.
Number of trails: 10+
Number of toboggan runs: 7
Highest altitude: 1480m
Groomed area: 30 km
Cross-country trails: 37 km
Beginner terrain: 13 km
Intermediate terrain: 10 km
Advanced terrain: 8 km
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