When things cool down and the summer activities become less appealing there are a range of ways to take full advantage of the Victorian winter. Peak snow season in is typically from June to September, but can be quite variable season to season.
There are a number of ski fields and resorts 2-6 hours drive from Melbourne. Last year the club ran several day trips to places like Mt St Gwinear and Mt Baw Baw where many people were able to try cross-country skiing for the first time. There were also a few day and weekend trips up to Mt Buller for resort skiing/snowboarding action.
For the more experienced or adventurous, multi-day snow camps and ski tours (essentially bushwalks on skis) to places like Feathertop or Mt Stirling are a good option. The club has a few keen telemark skiers and split-boarders that are always looking for more likeminded backcountry folk.
If skiing is not your thing, snowshoe hikes are also a great way to enjoy the snow and Victorian high-country.
As always, you need to be well prepared for the cold and any bad weather, with multiple layers, thermals, and waterproof clothing. But otherwise, the club has a selection of suitable gear available for hire including: metal-edged cross country skis, leather boots, touring poles, four-season tents, down sleeping bags and snowshoes.
Skiing Reps: Donna Kabel & Robert Pierce