Family holidays to the snow are becoming ever more popular during the winter season. If you’re planning on taking the kids to the snow this year, you may be wondering what activities and events that are on to keep the little ones entertained. The great thing about snow getaways are that they can be taken as a day trip which will see you on the snow nice and early in the morning and returning to the city of Melbourne before bedtime.
There are so many activities and events on at Mt Buller that you’ll be spoilt for choice! If you want to spend a day off the slopes, you can make your way to the day spa or even catch a movie at the highest cinema in Victoria. There’s the Gnome Roam for the kids which transport them to the magical world of gnomes, where the little ones can explore the gnome way of life and even maybe spot a few along the way! Visit the Gnome Home in the mystical Mountain Ash tree and grab a keepsake souvenir booklet from Alpine Central.
The Mt Buller History Hunt involves the whole family and will take you on a journey through the village where you’ll learn about the people that played a major role in the development of the mountain as well as do a heritage walk through the historical buildings on Mt. Buller. Pick up a map from Alpine Central and discover the clues that will have the children excitedly ready to find all the answers.
The Buller Air Zone is open to kids of all ages, expert athletes and anyone in the general public who wants to bounce around. The area features trampolines where one can practice their aerial skills or freestyle, and an indoor climbing wall fun for everyone who wants a physical challenge that isn’t on the ice!
The history of Mt Buller is a journey from that of a cattleman’s settlement into Victoria’s premier alpine resort. The evolution of the snow fields is displayed through snowboards, photographs and old equipment that will amaze and wonder you.
Skiing at Mt. Buller has never been easier as there are slopes for every level. Beginners should make their way to the green runs like Bourke Street which features easy turns that can be mastered at your own pace. After this, take the chairlift up to Baldy or Burnt Hut Spur, a favourite amongst visitors to the mountain due to its long and wide slopes. Intermediate blue runs include shakey knees, Little Buller Spur and the Summit for those who feel confident enough that they have mastered the beginner stage. For the advanced skiiers and snowboarders, the black runs Federation trail, and the Men and Women’s downhill tracks are perfect for those expert skiers who are after a challenge. On weekends, you can ski till 8:30pm under a myriad of lights for a different experience.
Tobogganing and Tubing
Kids of all ages will love the thrilling feeling of sliding down the mountain on a toboggan. This activity is great for the little and big kids and is both easy and safe. There are junior and advanced slopes to try depending on how old the kids are and how comfortable they feel.
Tubing is another fun activity for the kids which involves sliding down purpose builts trails in a dedicate snow tubing park. It’s also cheap at about $15 dollars per person for hire.
Snowboarding is a popular sport on the snow and it’s a lot easier to learn than skiing which is why most first timers might gravitate towards it. It allows for a lot more creativity and expression on the part of the snowboarder.
For those that want to make a snowman and throw a few snowballs, snowplay is available at multiple spots along the park. If you’re not keen on trying snowboarding or skiing, or its your first time at the snow, you may just want to take a relaxed approach for your first visit.
Sled Dog Tours
Meet Siberian Huskies, have your photo taken with them or join a sled dog tour that will see you travelling along with a guide or even by yourself if you’re up for the challenge!
For the ultimate alpine journey, and for a family activity that is bound to excite even the littlest kids, try snowgaining; high altitude orienteering. At Mt. Buller you’ll be able to trek through the mountain to each of the 9 checkpoints around Buller to complete your checkpoint control card. The walk takes around 3 hours, so we recommend starting it in the morning.
At the end of a long day on the slopes, what better way to relax than at a meal at one of the 30 bars and restaurants on offer. If you’re after a cosy and warm setting, try BT Gourmet Pizzeria in the Breathtaker Hotel & Spa for divine pizzas made fresh with locally sourced ingredients.
Visit the iconic Koflers Restaurant for swiss style food perfect to recharge yourself during the day with their legendary food items.
There’s one famed drink that is consumed more than anything else on the mountain and that’s Hot Chocolate. Head to Coffee Garage to try their delicious beverage, where you can even toast marshmallows with the kids at their open fire pit.