Mt Buller is one of the easiest skiing or snowboarding spots to access from Melbourne. It's about a three-hour drive, and it offers tons of budget options. Booking early is key, and if you stay mid-week, you can take advantage of discounts on on-mountain accommodation and lift passes. If you're taking the family, you'll be pleased to hear that Buller also offers some 'kids stay free' deals. Concerned there's going to be no snow on the weekend you've planned? No problem – Buller has a 'snow guarantee', which means you'll get your money back if the runs aren't open. Check out all the deals on the Buller bargains page.
Let's face it: while Victoria has some spectacular ski resorts and snowfields, taking a trip to the snow isn't the cheapest of holidays. Mostly, that's because we have a much shorter snow season than our colder cousins. However, that doesn't mean you need to be rolling in dough to hit the slopes; many alpine destinations offer sweet deals during the winter months.
First, one thing to note: if there's one thing you shouldn't skimp on, it's proper equipment. You can hire all your gear at any of these spots, and it's also a good idea to bring proper thermals, waterproof gear, thick socks and sunscreen.
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