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Chee’s guide to the snow in Victoria

Welcoming the winter ahead

I am hopeful that, following this lockdown, we will be able to get to the snow in Victoria once again! We all need something to keep us active and moving and Victoria has plenty on offer.

For some, winter means we will spend more time resting indoors. On the other hand, I prefer to put on my snow gear and head outdoors.

Finding adventure in the Victorian High Country, our snowy backyard, motivates me to keep myself fit throughout the winter. This involves doing regular Pilates sessions in our studio.

If you plan to do any skiing or snowboarding this season, be sure to get your legs ready with a strengthening routine. Read Sheree’s blog on how to stay injury free while enjoying the snow here: https://portmelbournephysio.com.au/ready-to-ski-stay-injury-free/

You could also visit us for a Physiotherapy assessment to create a individualised exercise program. Furthermore, you could  join a clinical exercise class. We have 1:1 and group exercise sessions available for all levels.

If you’re interested in taking the family skiing or didn’t even know that you could visit the snow in Victoria, now is the best time to discover it!

Here’s a rundown of some places I will be visiting this season:

Downhill skiing and snowboarding:

There are three major mountains for downhill skiing and boarding in Victoria. These are:

  • Mount Buller
  • Mount Hotham
  • Falls Creek.

You’ll be glad to know that all resorts offer ski school for children starting at 3 years of age. Without a doubt, a group of 3 year old children skiing is extremely adorable!

Mount Buller, being 3.5hrs from Melbourne, is a good weekender. If you have the flexibility to do a 5-7 day trip, I’d highly recommend you stay at one of Falls Creek’s many ski in-ski out lodges.

Mount Hotham is good for advanced riders . It provides steeper terrain, especially during July/August when snowfall is deepest and all of the 72 runs are often open.

 

Snow hiking, tobogganing, cross country skiing:

There are many lesser-known locations for snowshoeing, tobogganing or just to see snow. Mt Baw Baw, Lake Mountain and Stirling are some of the many snow destinations. Here, you can hike, snow shoe, bush walk and cross country ski from June-September and sometimes beyond!

In conclusion, it is important to do whatever motivates you to stay active, look after your body and have fun this winter!

~ Chee
Physiotherapist

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