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Looking for a way to get fit, enjoy incredible vistas and explore the mountains at your own pace? Hit the trails for a dose of cross-country skiing. Options abound at all Victorian ski resorts, from Lake Mountain and Falls Creek to Dinner Plain, Mount Buffalo and Hotham. You'll find plenty of trails to suit all ages and abilities, and equipment is available for hire from most of the on-mountain rental outlets. Best of all, access to cross-country trails is usually free.
Alpine trails and mountain views
Lake Mountain, renowned as Australia's premier cross-country ski resort and the third most-visited cross-country alpine resort in the world, offers a network of well-marked beginner and advanced trails spanning 39 kilometres. Falls Creek is another popular resort among cross-country afficiados, featuring 65 kilometres of groomed and patrolled trails along with the 'Nordic Bowl', an excellent spot for beginners and children alike.
Mt Buller is known for its downhill slopes, but it's worth taking some time to explore its nine kilometres of cross-country trails with panoramic views of Mt Stirling and the Bluff. Located just 30 minutes away, Mt Stirling offers 68 kilometres of pristine cross-country trails and snow camping sites. Looking for a challenge? Test your stamina on the fantastic 10 kilometre trail from Dinner Plain up to Mt Hotham through beautiful bushland and snow gums.
Keen to find that perfect place for kids and beginners? Head to Mt Buffalo and wind your way along 10 kilometres of marked ski trails, through gently undulating snow plains and snow gum woodlands
Big day out
The highlight of the Victorian cross-country skiing calendar is The Kangaroo Hoppet, Australia's premier long distance cross-country ski race. It's held at Falls Creek on the last Saturday in August each year.
Known as the 'powder capital' of Australia, Hotham is the highest Victorian resort and is renowned for its double black diamond terrain.
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Throw the kids in the car and head to the slopes of Mt St Gwinear for a great day of toboggan rides, snow play and cross country skiing.
Mt Stirling offers inexpensive and accessible snow fields for the whole family including cross country skiing, snow shoeing and toboggan areas.
Ski from the slopes to your front door at this alpine wonderland nestled high on the ski fields, with quaint lodges, family digs and luxury hotels.
Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the closest downhill ski area to Melbourne, making it a popular destination for day-trippers and families alike.
Falls Creek Alpine Resort is Victoria's largest ski resort and is renowned for its reliable snow cover, cross country trails and terrain parks.
Renowned as Australia's premier cross-country ski resort, Lake Mountain is the third most visited cross-country alpine resort in the world.
Falls Creek: 65 km
Lake Mountain: 30 km
Mt Stirling: 68 km
Hotham: 35 km
Dinner Plain: 10 km
Mt Buller: 10 km
Mt Baw Baw: 10 km
Mt St Gwinea: 20 km
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