Skiing and snowplay
Mountains in Victoria’s national parks becoming enchanting, whisper- quiet playgrounds for skiers, toboggan riders and sightseers in the crisp months of winter and early spring. Their pure white landscapes are more often easily accessible and open a natural white stage for family fun and wilderness adventure for the gifted cross-country skiers. Make plans to revel in the snowfields, for planning is the key to an exhilarating experience on the slopes.
There’s no business like snow business. If you’re heading out for some snow play this winter, keep yourself safe by following these tips:
- Expect cold, wet and windy conditions in alpine areas, be prepared with the right clothing and match your activity to your skills and fitness.
- Dramatic weather changes are common so please always check the weather forecast, snowpack and be aware of hazards.
- Check that the park is open before travelling, by looking for the Change of Conditions on the park’s page.
- If a car park is full, no more people can visit that site. Find an alternative site to visit. Do not join vehicle queues or park illegally.
- Be self-sufficient with extra warm clothing, spare dry clothing, food, water and personal hygiene products, including hand sanitiser.
- All visitors must follow current Covid-19 restrictions, including physical distancing, group sizes and wearing masks if required.
- Be mindful of gathering size limits when visiting refuge huts in Alpine areas. These huts are relatively confined spaces where the virus may persist in the air and on surfaces.
- If you’re out in remote back country areas you need to take extra care and be mindful of the additional risks and hazards. Backcountry skiing especially is an inherently dangerous activity that requires experience and knowledge of the terrain and conditions.
Snow areas close to Melbourne, such as Mount Donna Buang and Mount St Gwinear, are likely to be extremely busy and may quickly reach safe visitor capacity at peak times.
Follow these simple tips and make your visit to the snow a safe and memorable one!