Skiing with kids in Gippsland

Family skiing holidays in the Victorian Snowfields are becoming more popular every year. Kids are becoming just as competent on their ski’s as their parents and they are loving the snow holidays Gippsland has to offer. Skiing with kids in Gippsland is the perfect way for any level of skier to enjoy a weekend in the snow, especially with the kids in tow!

Where can I go skiing with kids in Gippsland?

Snow holidays Victoria can be taken at any of the 5 resorts in the state. Snow Resorts in Victoria number 5. They are Mount Buller, Mount Baw Baw, Dinner Plain, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek.

Let us take a look at some of the family-friendly programs for kids that run at the 3 downhill snow resorts in Victoria

Mount Hotham with kids

Mount Hotham in the east Victorian snowfields caters to families with its programs for all age groups. Mt Hotham kids ski and ride schools encourage a social environment and interaction with its participants.

Mount Hotham Australia
By Giggy – Own work, CC BY 2.0,

What does Mount Hotham offer families?

  • Mighty Mights 3-5-year-olds
  • Kids club for 6-14-year-olds for skiing
  • Kids club 7-14 for year-olds snowboarding
  • Kids learn to ski and ride 6-14 years old with no experience
  • Burton Riglet for 3-6-year-olds snowboarding

The Burton Riglet program is impressive for families if you have young children. Getting kids on a snowboard early in age is great for their future progression in the snow.

For more information, you look at the Mount Hotham website here!

Where is Mount Hotham?

Mount Hotham is between 375 and 456 kilometres from Melbourne depending on which way you go. You can take the Hume Highway via Bright and the Great Alpine Road or you can take the M1 Princes Highway and Great Alpine Road. One is North and one is east.

Mount Hotham accommodation

You have so much to chose from when you stay at Mount Hotham. There is everything from budget accommodation to luxury. Some people choose to stay in Omeo on the east side of the mountain or stay in Bright on the north side of the mountain.

Mount Baw Baw for kids

Mount Baw Baw has the lowest elevation of any of the downhill resorts in Victoria. What it lacks in height it makes up for in facilities. Baw like the other resorts caters well for a family skiing holiday in Victoria.

Mount Baw Bar skiing with kids in Gippsland
By Alex Cohen – Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 3.0,

What does Mt Baw Baw offer skiing families?

  • Rowdy Rippers aged 3-6
  • Gully’s Groms aged 3-6 snowboards
  • Frosty Kids aged 7-12
  • Teen Program aged 13 – 17

Mount Baw Baw kids ski programs offer small groups only. the size is limited daily so get in early and book your lessons. Small groups are great for getting a more personalized lesson and instructions for your kids in the Victorian snowfields.

For more information, you can access the Mount Baw Baw website here

Where is Mount Baw Baw?

Mt Baw Baw is a short 1-hour drive from the heart of Gippsland, 2 1/2 hours from Melbourne and 3 hours from the Mornington Peninsula. Plan ahead and drive safely.

Family friendly accommodation at Mount Baw Baw

There are plenty of places for families at Mount Baw Baw. Find your perfect Mount Baw Baw accommodation below.

Dinner Plain with kids

fin in the snow at Dinner Plain

Dinner Plains history stretches back well over a century to when the stagecoach that crossed the mountains would stop here for lunch, thus the name Dinner Plain. Today Dinner Plain is a popular 365 day a year destination with a wide range of activities. The town has over 200 chalets and lodges plus shops, pubs and restaurants. In the summer months, activities such as bushwalking, horse riding, mountain biking and tennis are popular with visitors.

What does Dinner Plain offer skiing families?

  • Dinner Plain has combined Adult/Child beginners lessons.
  • Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays commencing at 10.00 am
  • 1-day Dinner Plain lift pass, 2-hour ski lesson
  • For kids-only lessons, check out the Mighty Mites and Kids Club programs at Big D at Hotham.

The all-year-round tubing park is highly popular with kids and adults alike. For the more advanced you can take a trip 20 minutes up the road to Mt Hotham one of Australia’s premier ski destinations. For more information check out the Dinner Plain website here

Where is Dinner Plain?

Dinner Plain is located next to Mount Hotham in the high plains. Dinner Plain is a beautiful snow village that comes alive in the winter months.

Dinner Plain accommodation for families

When at Dinner Plain we can highly recommend Ramada Resort. It is your all in accommodation destination for winter and summer. For more information click here

For more accommodation option in Dinner Plain check the responsive map below

When does the ski season start in Gippsland?

The Victoria snow season starts at different times at all the resorts depending on how much snow has fallen. Opening day of the Victoria snow season is usually very close to the first day of winter. Snow Holidays Victoria can usually be taken up to the end of September.

Snow day trip from Melbourne and any other region of the state are possible. All the Resorts are in the North East Of Victoria. Your cars will need to be fitted with snow chains to get there.

What do I need to keep warm in the snow in Gippsland?

Before you head to the snow make sure you are well prepared. You will need to buy a snow jacket, gloves, waterproof pants, thermals and a beanie at the least. If you don’t have the right clothing you will have a cold and miserable day.

We hope this has inspired you to take a family holiday to the Victorian Snow Fields. The snow resorts in Victoria are easily accessible by car from Melbourne and other locations. Be prepared for the snow and enjoy your time.

A ski trip in Gippsland is an awesome way to see the area and epic addition to your Travels in Gippsland We hope you enjoyed this article, you can find more of the best of Gippsland on our Sports in Gippsland page.

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About the Author

Mark has grown up and lived in the Gippsland area all his life. Being born and raised in Gippsland he knows a thing or 2 about this amazing region. When Mark is not working he is out exploring the best of Gippsland with his wife and kids

4 thoughts on “Skiing with kids in Gippsland”

  1. Great guide. It’s been years since we’ve taken the kids home to Melbourne and so much of this is where their grandad grew up, you’ve really excited us to make sure we get a snow trip on our agenda

  2. You know I am originally from Gippsland & learnt to ski at Mt Baw Baw. Your post brings back so many great memories.

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