Planning a midweek holiday might take a bit of schedule-wrangling, but when it’s for a trip to the snow, it’s completely worth it. When you’re skiing and snowboarding during the working week, you’ll have more than just wide open slopes to enjoy – there will also be loads of special events happening at places like Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Mt Buller and Mt Stirling.
Here are our top picks for the snow experiences you can only get between Monday and Thursday.
Every Monday during the ski season at Mt Buller, you can finish off a big day on the slopes off with a trip to the Ice Bar for some apres-ski indulging. Hosted by Taittinger champagne, ski right up to the bar and enjoy fresh oysters and unlimited champagne from 3.30pm until 5pm. Tickets are $75 and need to be booked in advance.
Not much is better than a day on the slopes followed by roasting marshmallows. Every Tuesday through July and August, Falls Creek is hosting a street party from 3.30pm until 5.30 pm, with roasted marshmallows, games and music. Adults can join in the fun, or head to the Falls Creek Hotel for ‘Harvey Hour’ – featuring live music and Harvey Wallbangers by the jug.
Once you’ve mastered skiing and snowboarding during the day, you can start to enjoy skiing under the stars. Every Wednesday night at Mt Buller from 5pm until 8.30pm and at Falls Creek from 6pm until 9pm, the floodlights will illuminate the piste for Twilight Sessions, where you can ski and snowboard under the night sky. You’ll need a special ski pass to take part, so make sure you book ahead.
On Wednesday nights at Mt Hotham, you can eat your dinner in a ti-pi. Hosted by All Terrain BBQ and Snow Stuff Park, from 5pm each night you’ll take a short walk to an eco-village among picturesque snow gums and enjoy a glass of wine or hot chocolate by the fire. Then head into the ti-pi for a big barbeque dinner (complete with its own fireplace). Dinner is served alongside live entertainment, with comedy acts, live music and trivia running in different weeks. The end time depends on how much chatting is happening, but generally it will wrap up between 9pm and 10.30pm. A hearty smorgasbord of barbequed food will be cooked up for you to enjoy. Tickets are $95 and must be booked in advance.
On Thursday nights through July and August, Falls Creek lights up the alpine village and mountains with a huge fireworks show. Get cosy in your accomodation and watch the show from home, or head to The Village Bowl for more of a front row view. We recommend having dinner at one of the restaurants in The Village Bowl while you watch the show, which starts at 7pm each Thursday.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Victoria’s Alpine Resorts and Victoria’s High Country.