Faq’s

TRAVEL AND ENTRY QUESTIONS

Will I need wheel chains if I am planning to drive to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort?
On occasions, due to heavy snow fall it is necessary to carry and fit snow chains to two-wheel drive vehicles. Check out the daily snow report before you leave in the morning on the home page for chain requirements for two-wheel drive vehicles, or contact the resort directly. Traffic advisory signs are also located at Marysville where chains can be hired. Chain days are called in the morning around 6am on the day, as snow conditions can be unpredictable days in advance.

How much do wheel chains cost to hire? And where can I get them from?
Chains can be hired from any of the Ski Hires in Marysville or Narbethong before you begin the climb to Lake Mountain. The cost is approximately $30 for the day, and you will be shown how to fit the chains when hiring.
For more information on chains click here

How much does it cost to enter the mountain during the snow season? (June – September)
The entry fee is quite similar to paid parking, it is $56.00 per vehicle – regardless of how many people are in the car. A vehicle must have under 10 seats, if it has over 10 seats it will be classified as a bus. Click here to check out the bus pricing.

How long will it take to get to Lake Mountain from MELBOURNE?
By car, we suggest allowing 2 – 2.5 hours when travelling from Melbourne CBD. Here’s a link to a few helpful maps and driving directions

What time should I arrive?
The gate at the base of Lake Mountain opens at 7.30am, and the facilities including ski hire, retail and bistro open at 8am every day over the snow season. We suggest you arrive before 11am, this way you can make the most of your day pass and have a full day in the snow.

Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is subject to closure for periods of time during peak periods on weekends throughout the snow season when maximum capacity is reached in the carparks. It is recommended that visitors arrive before 11am to avoid disappointment.

Is there public transport to Lake Mountain from Melbourne?
Public transport to Lake Mountain is limited as it is situated out past the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The only public transport option is to catch a METROPOLITAN TRAIN out to LILYDALE on the LILYDALE LINE. Time it in with the McKenzies Bus Service which runs once or twice daily to EILDON.

Please see the Bus Time Table here

This option will require you to stay one or two nights in the township of MARYSVILLE, in order to catch the Lake Mountain Bus organised by Country Touch Tours up to Lake Mountain from Marysville. Please contact them directly on 0417 633 753 or info@countrytouch.com.au to get a quote, bus timetable or organise a place on their tour bus.

BOOKING QUESTIONS

Do I have to prebook anything?
Nope, too easy, just arrive on the day and purchase what you need as you go!

Can I book accommodation at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort?
No… sorry, there is NO on mountain accommodation available, as the facility is for DAY VISITORS ONLY. The gate is locked at 6.30PM every night, we suggest heading down the mountain before 5pm as it tends to get dark around then.

I’d like to organise to bring a school group up, where do I start?
Please check out our schools page

There you can fill in the SCHOOL RESORT ENTRY AND BOOKING FORM. This contains all of the different packages and pricing we offer school groups visiting midweek.

FACILITIES AND ACTIVITY QUESTIONS

Are there chairlifts at Lake Mountain?
No, there are no chairlifts. Lake Mountain is a Cross Country Ski Resort only.

What’s a toboggan? Pronounced TO-BOG-GAN
sledge Here at Lake Mountain we have 4 dedicated toboggan runs. Toboggans are available for hire from our On Mountain Resort Hire Outlet for $13.50 each per day.
Here’s a little more info

Will I be able to purchase food once I get there?
Yes! Our bistro is open 7 days a week over the snow season, serving up delicious hot meals, like pizza, fish & chips, pies, soups etc and healthy salads, wraps and sandwiches. We also offer Hot drinks including barista made coffees and hot chocolates and alcoholic beverages including beer and wine. GLUTEN FREE and VEGETARIAN options are available.

What’s the difference between Cross Country Skiing and Downhill Skiing?
As there are no lifts at Lake Mountain, skiing here takes a little more effort as you need to propel yourself UP and down the ski trails. Don’t worry though, the trails aren’t steep like regular downhill ski trails. There are 37KM’s of trails winding their way through trees covering Lake Mountain. If you’re new to Cross Country Skiing,
book in for a lesson at our Snow Sports Centre, they will get you skiing in no time. More details here.

I don’t have any snow gear; can I hire some?
Yes! Our on mountain Equipment and clothing hire outlet stocks a large range of sizes in both PVC and Padded Outerwear. As well as snow boots to keep your feet nice and dry. The only thing you CANNOT HIRE are GLOVES and BEANIES, this is due to hygiene regulations. Don’t stress though, we have a range of kids through to adults gloves and beanies for sale in our retail outlet up on the mountain. With gloves starting around $20, you’ll be set to tackle the wintery conditions.

Where are there public toilets?
The public toilets are located in the Bistro building (larger of the two) with Male, Female, Disabled and a Mothers Room available.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

When is the best time to visit?
This is always a tricky question as every snow season is different from the last, there is no certain way to know weeks or months in advance what the conditions will be like. When planning your visit make sure you check the snow reports and weather forecast!

Lake – Mountain – Alpine – Resort – Where’s the Lake?
Funnily enough, there is no Lake at Lake Mountain, the mountain was named after the surveyor George Lake. Unfortunate for those planning on bringing their boat!

Where is the closest place to stay?
MARYSVILLE!! Lovely little Marysville is located at the base of Lake Mountain, about a half hour drive from the top of Lake Mountain. Please check out some of the accommodation options here. Or give the Marysville Visitor information Centre a call on 03 5963 4567.

Can I bring my dog to Lake Mountain?
No pets of any kind are permitted at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort.

What should I wear to Lake Mountain?
Starting with a good base layer is key to keeping warm in the snow, if you have thermals we suggest you wear them. If you don’t, layer up with warm comfy clothing. Layering works well as conditions can change quickly in the snow, this way you can take layers off or put more on as you need them. A waterproof layer on the outside is also advisable. Click here for more information – http://snowsafe.org.au/clothing/