When we announced on Twitter that we were going to learn how to snowboard on a day trip from Melbourne, a couple of the responses really surprised us.
“There’s snow in Australia?”, was one that we heard.
Sure, Australia is famous for its beaches but the answer is yes – there is snow here. The snow resort of Mount Buller is a comfortable three-hour drive from Melbourne and before you know it you’re out of the city and high on the slopes! It’s absolutely perfect for Melbournians like us who work during the week or those who visit Melbourne during winter.
After arriving at Buller and taking the shuttle bus to the village, our first stop was Freeride where we were fitted for our snowboard, boots and bindings.
The friendly staff at Freeride also gave us a helmet and wrist guards (essential for beginners!) and then we were on our way onto the Blue Bullet chairlift and up to Buller’s Bourke Street run. It was here where we were to take part in our Level 1 Discover Snowboard Lesson, perfect for those who are stepping onto a snowboard for the first time.
Our instructor Ryan led our group of 7 to flat ground and showed us how to strap one foot into the bindings. We then started gliding across the snow successfully without falling over and after a few minutes were confident enough to give the real thing a go!
We strapped our other foot into the bindings as Ryan demonstrated heelside sideslipping and how to control our speed and stop. It looked pretty easy but once we got to our feet, we discovered that it was actually a lot more difficult than it appeared.
Even just keeping ourselves standing up and stationery was a challenge!
There were plenty of tumbles along the way and the two of us seemingly spent more time on our backsides than we did on the boards.
Meanwhile, there were kids aged no older than five making it look simple. They flew down the run, probably laughing at us as they went past.
But we both persevered as Ryan taught us more techniques including how to turn and change direction. After reaching the bottom of the mountain we took the chairlift back up for a second run and you know what? We had improved significantly already!
The only issues we had were controlling our speed, direction and knowing how to stop. But at least we were able to move without falling over straight away – gotta give some major credit to Ryan for that!
We learned that snowboarding is definitely one of those things that takes time to get the hang of but we’re determined to improve our skills and become “good” at it eventually. Our day at Mount Buller was fantastic and the two of us can’t wait to return here again very soon!
The Details – Mount Buller
Mount Buller is located 248kms north-east of Melbourne via Mansfield (3 hour drive).
Snow season starts in mid-June through to October.
Resort Entry Cost Per Standard Car – $37
Discover Pass – $108 (1 Day Limited Lift Pass + FREE 2 Hour Discover Lesson)
See Mount Buller’s First Timer Info section for more information on visiting the resort.
Disclaimer: A big thanks to Gillian and Rhylla for providing us with complimentary Discover Passes and Equipment Hire at Mt Buller. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.