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Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort
View from the summit of Mt. Baw Baw
View from the summit of Mt. Baw Baw
Location Mount Baw Baw
Nearest city Melbourne
Top elevation 1,567 metres (5,141 ft) AHD
Base elevation 1,460 metres (4,790 ft) AHD
Skiable area 35 hectares (86 acres)
Runs 15+
Longest run 750 metres (2,460 ft)
Lift system 7 lifts
Terrain parks 3 (snow dependent)

Mt. Baw Baw Alpine Resort is an Australian ski resort located approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Melbourne and 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of the Latrobe Valley in Victoria. The Alpine Resort is an unincorporated area which borders the Baw Baw National Park and the Australian Alps Walking Track. The summit of Mount Baw Baw (1567m) falls within the boundaries of the resort and is accessible by lift or walking trail.

The resort is the closest alpine resort to Melbourne and takes 2.5 hours to access. Road access to the resort is via the Mount Baw Baw Tourist Road (from the west) or the unsealed South Face Road (from the east).

In 2018, Mt. Baw Baw is set to become the second ski resort in Australia to operate a TechnoAlpin Snow Factory capable of producing snow in any outdoor temperature.

Ski runs

The resort provides has 7 surface lifts which provide access to its 15 ski runs and toboggan areas: Maltese Cross T-Bar, Summit T-Bar,Big Hill Poma, Painted Run T-Bar, Tank Hill Platter, Hut Run Platter and the Magic Carpet. The resort categorises 25% of runs as beginner, 64% intermediate and 11% advanced. The resort also provides access to over 10km of groomed cross country ski trails.

Climate

The Mt. Baw Baw Summit receives more annual precipitation than most places in mainland Australia and frequent snow in winter. Frequent heavy cloud cover means the mountain is often shrouded in low cloud or mist. Summers are cool and temperatures rarely rise above 25 °C (77 °F). During the 2009 Victorian heatwave most of the state saw highs of above 45 °C (113 °F), while the temperature on Mount Baw Baw's summit reached a comparatively cool maximum of just 31.3 °C (88 °F).

Climate data for Mount Baw Baw Summit
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.9
(87.6)
31.3
(88.3)
26.1
(79)
20.0
(68)
16.2
(61.2)
11.6
(52.9)
10.0
(50)
13.1
(55.6)
15.7
(60.3)
20.8
(69.4)
26.0
(78.8)
27.7
(81.9)
31.3
(88.3)
Average high °C (°F) 17.4
(63.3)
16.8
(62.2)
13.9
(57)
9.7
(49.5)
6.4
(43.5)
3.5
(38.3)
2.1
(35.8)
3.0
(37.4)
5.7
(42.3)
8.8
(47.8)
12.5
(54.5)
14.3
(57.7)
9.5
(49.1)
Average low °C (°F) 8.6
(47.5)
8.4
(47.1)
6.3
(43.3)
3.7
(38.7)
1.6
(34.9)
-0.5
(31.1)
-1.6
(29.1)
-1.4
(29.5)
-0.1
(31.8)
1.7
(35.1)
4.4
(39.9)
5.7
(42.3)
3.1
(37.6)
Record low °C (°F) -2.0
(28.4)
-1.0
(30.2)
-2.2
(28)
-5.7
(21.7)
-5.0
(23)
-7.0
(19.4)
-6.0
(21.2)
-6.6
(20.1)
-6.1
(21)
-6.4
(20.5)
-4.5
(23.9)
-3.1
(26.4)
-7.0
(19.4)
Rainfall mm (inches) 94.0
(3.701)
101.0
(3.976)
101.8
(4.008)
142.9
(5.626)
121.8
(4.795)
139.7
(5.5)
161.8
(6.37)
158.9
(6.256)
149.5
(5.886)
146.2
(5.756)
154.5
(6.083)
143.8
(5.661)
1,615.9
(63.618)
Humidity 71 73 75 81 83 88 89 87 85 82 77 73 80
Avg. precipitation days 12.5 11.5 13.7 15.3 15.4 15.5 19.1 18.7 15.6 17.4 15.7 15.0 185.4

Ownership and operation

The resort is operated by the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board who are also responsible for management of the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort.

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