Looking to travel interstate to Vic for the mid August period as we've redeemed free Virgin flights for Melb. We'll be there just around a week.
Looking for say 4 nights/5 days in a ski resort. I've been to Mt Buller before but wondering what other mountains would be 'accessible' like buller (we took the bus from federation square for Buller which was 'easy' vs hiring a car, last we went a few years ago when that super snow dump storm hit).
Is it mainly just Mt Hotham and Falls Creek? We are past beginners and more intermediate snowboarders. Nothing fancy, but decent enough to whittle our way down on our own around the place and have a good time.
The other issue is how easy are these to drive a car up and get chains put on (are they required)? Being from sunny state we don't use chains, but i presume it's a no brainer (take caution, slow speeds yada yada).
Also - how reasonable are the drive ins from picking accommodation in towns near mountains e.g. Mt Hotham or Falls Creek? Usually overseas staying in the villages are great: short bus or walk to the ski lifts, snowboard until end of the day and walk home then walk to some cosy eats and drinks. It seems abit less of a fun experience to have to transport back wet and soaked in a car down the mountain each evening (and up again the next AM) but the prices on mountain are extortionate from what is left on booking.com currently?!
Also with the whole COVID situation most are non refundable and for 4 nights mid august close to $1500-2500 (is this normal?). I would normally commit - as Annual leave is booked, and we can pay the money/afford it, but am worried about snap state border closures. The towns are the cheaper non refundable options e.g. Harrietville for Mt Hotham, should the unfortunate (Covid leak, snap state shutdown/quarantines) happen.
How was the snow season last mid August? Were resorts running as per normal, anything else to "note" for outsiders who aren't as familiar locally? Appreciate any advice!