Discover why Mt Baw Baw is the place to be this winter, with Rachael Oakes-Ash. Best for: This family-focused resort is also a big hit with snowboarders and freestyle skiers lured by its world-class terrain park.
Where is it: A 2½-hour drive from Melbourne.
Total skiable area: 35 hectares.
Number of lifts: 7.
Number of runs: 30km of skiable trails including cross-country skiing. The terrain is divided into 50 per cent beginner, 40 per cent intermediate and 10 per cent advanced.
Lift pass prices: Adult $64; child $44.
Why this resort has always rocked: Mt Baw Baw is the closest alpine resort to Melbourne, making it an easy-access weekend destination. The boutique resort has a dedicated terrain park with competition staircase, rainbow rails, timber cannon boxes, picnic tables, butter boxes and kickers. Mt Baw Baw was the first alpine resort in Australia to offer the Big Air Bag for a cushioned landing for freestylers practising jumps. The resort also has a Wellness Centre and Rock Spa Pool, set in natural stone and surrounded by snow gums.
* The terrain park crew have installed a new terrain feature: a VW car for snowboarders and skiers to jump and slide over.
* Husky dog-sled rides will also be offered for the first time every weekend this season.
Event of the season: The Battle at Baw Baw is held on last weekend in July and is an international snowboarder event.
The details: www.mountbawbaw.com.au; (03) 5165 1136.