For a long time the boys weekend away at the snow has reigned supreme. And while I don’t care to know what happens on those weekends, I’m here to show you how us girls can also have a killer weekend away at Mt Buller with equal parts shredding, spa soaking and sangria.
I’ve long lived with the motto that anything boys can do girls can do just as well cause you know, gender equality and stuff.
So hold on to your cheese platters ladies! Here’s how to have the ultimate girls weekend at Mt Buller.
Itinerary – Weekend at Mt Buller
Load up the car, get some snacks and listen to significantly more Beyoncé than you usually would. This time is for catching up, gossiping and singalongs to build the excitement. Arrive on the mountain and check in to your accommodation. Head on down to the Kooroora Hotel to have a late drink and check out the local talent… you know what I’m talking about.
Breakfast: Ski past The Grimus Grind to get an on the go coffee and jaffle and get out on the mountain as early as possible to score some fresh tracks (snow talk).
Board: No longer is snowboarding reserved for the boys. You didn’t come all this way not to get out on the snow and carve it up (technical term). If you are new to the whole snowboarding thing, why not book a private group lesson with your squad? You can learn the basics and have a few laughs as you try not to get a face full of snow. Some of my fav beginner and intermediate runs include Burnt Hut, Shakey Knees and Baldy.
Lunch: All that shredding and carving will have you working up an appetite. There are no shortages of options for good quality food up here. Head to Cattleman’s Cafe at the bottom of Bourke Street for some soul warming soups, foccacia’s and maybe even a hot chai latte.
Board: If you are feeling a bit more adventurous spend your afternoon hitting Wombat and Little Buller Spur runs over on the South side of the mountain
Sled: Spend some time with Mt Buller’s cutest residents on a Huskie sledding tour – what snow dreams are made of.
Pre-dinner drinks: After all that boarding grab yourself a seat at the Bird Cage and let the cheeky boys at the bar take care of you with a cocktail jug or two as you share stories of epic face plants on the slopes before you head back and get changed for dinner. See I told you there would be sangria!
Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner in Oli’s Kitchen at Buller Central with home-style Italian favourites like slow cooked osso bucco, minestrone and great pizzas & pasta. If you are looking for something a bit fancier check out the incredible Black Cockatoo at Mt Buller Chalet.
Breakfast: If the look of the Acai Bowl or Pumpkin toast caught your eye yesterday then head back to the Bird Cage for some breakie to fuel you for the day ahead. But if you are in a hurry then check out the Coffee Garage at the Ski Club of Victoria. You can toast a marshmallow over their fire pit while you wait for your coffee and takeaway breakfast. Check out of your accommodation and store your bags before you hit the slopes for the morning.
Lunch: You don’t want to leave the slopes ’cause you only have a few more hours left. So head to Tirol at the top of Shakey Knees run for a pizza on the deck surrounded by the snow. Don’t forget to snap some instaworthy photos of your squad with this killer view.
Spa: If your muscles are too sore for more shredding this afternoon then head on down to the Breathtaker On High Spa Retreat. It wouldn’t be a girls trip without some luxury. My pick would be the soothe massage to restore your body after a weekend on the slopes. They also have a heated relaxation pool that you can enjoy for 30 minutes before and after your treatment with girls. If treatment is not your thing then why not try their water experience. For $35 you can purchase a water pass that allow you to access the 20 metre lap pool, heated spa and steam room. Perfect for tired muscles, don’t forget to tell them I sent you!
Home Time: I’m sure all the boarding, bar hopping and blissful massages have you all tuckered out. Jump in the car and head home, gossiping about the weekend and vowing to return to nail that 180 next year.
Accommodation at Mt Buller:
Budget: BULLER BACKPACKERS – Stay on the mountain, right in the center of the village from just $55 a night. Dorm rooms sleep 4 and have plenty of room for all your gear. You can even book out a whole room for your gang!
Mid Range: BULLER HOLIDAY APARTMENT RENTALS – A range of comfortable 1 to 4 bedroom self catered apartments and suites placed in the heart of the Mt Buller Village. Prices start from $230 a night. Choose from St Anton Apartments, ABOM Apartments located on Bourke Street, Courchevel Apartments and Chalet Suites inside the Mt Buller Chalet Hotel on Bourke Street.
Luxury: BREATHTAKER ALL SUITE HOTEL AND SPA – The best of Mt Buller with incredible service and beautiful rooms. Extra plus – you are already at the spa. WIN!
Getting to Mt Buller:
Mt Buller is just over three hours drive from Melbourne. Mansfield is the closest town to Mt Buller. It is a great place to stop for a coffee and pick up your hire gear and wheel chains. If you are staying on the mountain then it is a requirement by law to carry chains. I recommend Mansfield Discount Ski – Snowboard Hire on the left when you first enter Mansfield – Look for the orange signs!
You will need to pay for resort entry to drive and park your car on the mountain which you can do so here!
So when are you gathering your squad and heading to Mt Buller?
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