Where to go when you’re stuck in a West Australian winter rut

Skiing by Dave CAstro
Fancy skiing? Apparently it’s snowing in the mountains near Melbourne. 

 How’s the weather with you?

Here the wind is howling, and we are stuck in a West Australian winter rut. I can see the tall Tuart trees bending this way and that, rain is sleeting against the window, the sky is a grizzly grey and I’m wrapped up in a warm fleece.

It’s so cold that I’m thinking of snow.

Winter in Western Australia begins in June, and us ‘sand gropers’ as we’re fondly known, will need to baton down the hatches until spring arrives on September 1st.

Summers in WA are gorgeous. Hot sunny days on tap (from about December to April) and weekends can be spent outside, walking, swimming, boating or just chilling on the beach. Bliss.

But right now I’m thinking of snow.

Skiing and snow by Dave Castro

Wouldn’t it be fun to be skiing right now!

In the cold damp winter I often start thinking about travel – generally I yearn for the tropics; Bali or the Philippines, and Queensland definitely.

Bali by Dave Castro

In winter my thoughts often drift to tropical climes, like Bali

Today though my thoughts have done an about turn and deep in my winter rut I’m thinking wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere really cold, where there’s not just wind and rain, but where there’s that white stuff – you know SNOW :)

Yes we do get some snow in West Australia. Deep down south in the Stirling Ranges you’ll find it occasionally right at the top on the peaks when the temperatures drop sufficiently, although I don’t think there’s ever enough to actually ski on.

I’ve been lucky to go skiing in Europe a few times. France and Italy were lovely. Now I live in Australia, I’d love to hit the slopes again but for that I’d need to head over to Victoria.

Skiing by Dave CAstro

Skiing when our children were little

Mount Buller springs to mind. Friends say it’s nice. It’s where Australia’s winter Olympic skiers train.

Wide slopes, a variety of terrain, a vibrant village with bars, restaurants, nightclubs and a choice of ski-in, ski-out accommodation.

Sounds alright to me.

The official Victorian Ski Report  says the snow depth right now is 31cm and the last snow was a few days ago when there was a big dump of fresh snow across the snowfields. They say a strong cold front is carrying a cloud bank and it won’t take long to fall as snow at most ski resorts across Victoria which augers well  for all you skiers out there.

Ho Hum. I’m looking out a sleeting rain that’s coming down like stair rods.

I’m thinking very much of the soft, white, crisp stuff.

Funny really. Snow isn’t the sort of thing you immediately connect to Australia. Are some of you a little taken aback that skiing is a winter past-time in the Antipodes?

Don’t take my words for it thought. Check out the facts and figures, ski packages and some Mt Buller accommodation and see for yourself.

Mount Buller Fact File

300 hectares of skiable terrain

Wide beginners’ slopes and black runs too

Extensive lift system and 3 terrain parks for all ski levels

A village toboggan park and snowmaking machine

30 bars and restaurants

And the ski season is from June – October (weather permitting)

Mount Buller is a 3 hour drive from Melbourne.

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Comments

  1. Snow – are that gorgeous cold wet stuff that we don’t get here in WA except if you get up really really early and climb to the top of Bluff Knoll on the right day before it melts….
    So the first time I saw snow was only a few years ago when we went to Tasmania in October. We were so excited to see snow for the first time – firstly on Mt Wellington in Hobart – oh my goodness I have never felt a wind so cold! And then walking through the snow when it was falling at Cradle Mountain. Oh bliss. Loved it! You can keep skiing to yourself – too old to try now – but walking in the snow at Cradle Mountain? Yes! would love to go back and do it all again.
    Thanks Jo for another great post.
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  2. Tracey
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    Congrats Jo,

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    Please send me your address to claim your prize.

    Do you think you could write your name in the snow?
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  3. I’m going to try Tracey! I’ll start practicing on the lawn at home! Thanks! This is going to be a hoot, and probably become a ‘gadget’ I cannot live without!! Have dm’d addy on Twitter :)

  4. I can just picture you walking through the snow Jill :) I can also feel the cold wind. That’s the other side of the soft white stuff – it doesn’t come without some non-benefits! I’ll come with you to Cradle Mountain :0 What a wonderful spot, def on my wish list. Thanks for reading x

  5. Snow, huh?! I spend all winter trying to get AWAY from the cold, but the thought of snow makes me almost see the point of it!

  6. Can definitely see you doing some kind of snow challenge Tracey! Thnks for popping by :-)
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  7. Hi Red, oh I can see you whizzing down the ski slopes with great aplomb! (There’s a gremlin in the works and your ‘comment luv’ has got knocked off this one. Please repost it :)

  8. Annie Bass says:

    Hi Jo, enjoyed your comments about snow. yep, it’s wonderful at first and there are times I do miss it. (I was born near Ballarat in Victoria). But winter here has a certain charm also. Without the slush. I love sitting around the fire with a lovely Margs red and the X Factor of a beautiful day like today following. Your post did help me dream of youth and the snowfields though. Thankyou!

  9. Yes, that’s true. The lovely days of a WA winter like today are too gorgeous and why would we ever want to be anywhere else? Skiing memories tend to be of the white crisp stuff, not the cold slush when a bitter wind is blowing and icy rain bites at your face! Still, it’s an adventure and as you infer, something to be done when limbs are young and supple – go kids, while you can!

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