Stay safe in the snow

Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Victoria’s stunning alpine regions are a great place to visit during winter and offer a range of snow activities, from snow play to backcountry skiing.

With the right preparation and planning, a trip to the snow is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Just be sure to keep yourself safe. 

 

 

Put your safety first 

 
Whether you’re snow camping, hiking, driving, or back country skiing, it is important to understand the risks of winter in the Alpine region.  
 
Dramatic weather changes are common and there are many hazards to be aware of, including unstable snow, steep icy slopes and avalanches.
 
Planning to visit the backcountry? Read our special safety tips for remote parks: www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/visitor-safety-tips-in-parks/remote-parks  
 
If the forecast is miserable or severe weather warnings are issued, consider changing your plans. Don’t worry, our parks will still be there if you postpone your visit! 

 

Before you visit any of Victoria's parks, make sure you know the latest public health information and follow current advice. Find the latest information at coronavirus.vic.gov.au.

Four friends go cross country skiing on the Horn Road at Mount Buffalo

 
 

Tips to stay safe 

 
Check park conditions  
 
Visit the specific park page at www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963. 
  
 
Prepare for the weather 
 
Check www.bom.gov.au or download the BoM app for forecasts. 
  
 
Follow the signs 
 
Whether on the roads on in the parks, our signs are there to keep you safe. 
 
Snow-covered car park surrounded by tall trees. Yellow sign stating 'CAR PARK CLOSED'. Another sign indicating this is the Mount Buffalo Gorge Day Visitor Area.
  
 
Note seasonal road closures 
 
Most take effect from Thursday 17 June 2021, after Queen’s Birthday weekend. Check www.parks.vic.gov.au/get-into-nature/safety-in-nature/seasonal-road-closures
  
 
Pack the right gear 
 
Protective clothing, appropriate footwear, plenty of water, extra food, wilderness first aid kit, map, compass and GPS. 

 

Two friends camp at Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo during winter

 
Carry snow chains and check road conditions  
 
When driving in snowy conditions, drivers should always carry snow chains and fit them if directed by authorities. Visit the VicRoads website for more tips on snow and winter driving, www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/safety-and-road-rules/driver-safety/snow-and-winter-driving.  
  
 
Stay in touch  
 
Let friends or family know your plans. Avoid walking alone and remember that phone reception may be limited. 
  
 
Rubbish is not fire fuel 
 
Do not put rubbish in campfires. Take all rubbish with you when you leave. 
  
 
In an emergency  
 
Call Triple Zero (000). Be aware you may travel out of phone range. 
  
 
 

Not sure where to go?  

 
 
 

Now you’re ready to plan your visit to the snow. Have fun and stay safe!

 

A young boy throughs a snowball while his sister gathers snow into a ball

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