Mt Buller is one of the better places to ski in Australia
Rundown: A favourite of Melbournites given its proximity (about 250kms from the city), Mt Buller divides because of the sometimes marginal conditions but conquers because it is so well-appointed.
New in ’05: Northside Chairlift. The only new one in Australia this year.
The Good: Lift system, terrain and nightlife.
The Not So Good: Leanest of the major resorts when it comes to snow. Its status as an “outer suburb of Melbourne” means it’s invariably very busy on weekends.
$ YHA: Cheap, cheerful and superbly located. From as little as $47 a night.
Website: www.mtbuller.com.au/yha Phone: 03 5777 6181
$$ The Whit, Ski Club of Victoria: A standard midweek room can be picked up for $192 a night. Historical and handy.
Website: www.skivictoria.com.au Phone: 1300 554 709
$$$ Breathtaker: Refers to both the view and prices of this plush on-mountain hotel and spa retreat. Studio Apartment from $890 a weekend.
Website: www.breathtaker.com.au Phone: 1800 088 222