The hills are alive
The resort boasts 35 hectares of terrain, and Mother Nature has really turned on the snow for our visit. On offer are 25 downhill runs, 10 kilometres of groomed terrain, cross-country trails, seven ski lifts, snow play areas, winter hiking and tobogganing – and the many families around us are absolutely loving it.
After taking in the beautiful surrounds, we head back to our on-mountain accommodation – conveniently located within a very short walking distance to the slopes. The Altitude Apartments are a cosy and very comfortable option to rest, recuperate and warm up.
I recommend packing ample snacks, drinks and nibbles to stock the cupboards throughout your visit, as on-site food shopping options are limited.
After settling in, we head down to Mount Baw Baw Village Store and Rentals to get fitted out by the friendly and helpful staff for our first time on skis.
First time on skis
The sun is soon out with a piercing blue sky, so we slap on the sunscreen and hobble off in our ski boots for our first lesson.
Our instructor couldn’t be more encouraging or patient as we join the toddlers on the beginners’ slope to learn the basics of skiing. We’re surprised at how fast we pick it up, and I’m the only one who ends up flat on my bottom – just the once – before it all starts to come very naturally. To book lessons, click here.
Tired but thrilled by our first afternoon on skis, we head back to the apartment for some rest before a delicious and hearty dinner at The Village restaurant. Make sure you’ve booked in advance as it is very popular.
The next day we head off to experience a very different way to enjoy the alpine environment. Howling Huskies offers a variety of different dog sled rides on Baw Baw, ranging from a brisk 15 minutes, to hours-long explorations of the surrounding bushland and slopes.
Most of the dogs have been rescued from animal shelters, and the company has a no-kill policy, so aged dogs and those who no longer wish to work are comfortably retired.
But there are no doubters on display among the husky team we meet – they can’t seem to get enough of their day job, howling with excitement and enthusiasm as we prepare for a run.
Getting in to the dog sled, we’re soon off for a rapid run through the forested landscape as we fly around corners and over bumps, stopping only for the dogs to enjoy the smells and a quick rest before we’re off again.
Arriving back at the base, we then get 15 minutes of cuddles with the huskies.
Meeting the locals
Getting up very close and personal with Warragul, a beautiful pure alpine dingo female, we learnt all about an animal which has been much maligned down through the years.
While definitely not a domestic dog, and a creature to be respected at all times, Warragul is a friendly and gentle girl who enjoyed a lot of snuggle time with us, shattering stereotypes about Australia’s native dog in the process. The centre also offers more for nature lovers, including plenty of information on the critically endangered Baw Baw Frog.
WATCH: We meet Warragul, Mount Baw Baw's pure alpine dingo
Missing you already!
Our weekend at Baw Baw coming to an end, we retired knowing we’ll return to the slopes again, hopefully sooner rather than later.
For more information on Mount Baw Baw, and to plan your visit, check out: mountbawbaw.com.au