Rachael Oakes-Ash tells us why Lake Mountain Resort is still a cool place to be in 2011.  Best for: Cross-country skiers and first-timers to the snow.

Where is it: 120km from Melbourne or 22km from Marysville.
Total skiable area: 2400 hectares.
Number of lifts: 0.
Number of runs: 30km of groomed cross-country ski trails and 10km of non-groomed, plus four toboggan slopes. Cross-country trails are divided into four beginner trails, four intermediate and two advanced.
Lift pass prices: No lift pass required.
Why this resort has always rocked:
It has the best toboggan slopes in Australia, and extensive cross-country skiing make it a family adventure experience.
What’s new?
* A new three-storey day lodge with a 1000-seat restaurant and wood-fired pizza oven will open in 2011 to replace the infrastructure lost in the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009.
Event of the season: A Family Fun Day kicks off the season on June 12 with toboggan races, snowman sculpting and photo competitions.
The details: lakemountainresort.com.au; (03) 5957 7222.
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