Mt Buller is the closest ski field to Melbourne, which is why it's best to avoid on weekends. This mountain top resort sits above the cloudline and is a quaint ski in ski out village. It's also home to Australia's ski jumping champions, Alyssa Caplin and Jacqui Cooper, both Olympic medalists.
The ski area is a three hour drive from Melbourne and has extensive snow making facilities with a new recycled water snow making programme for 07. In a good season this mountain rocks, in a bad its usually the worst of all the fields in Australia, simply due to it's geography. Hence the increase in snowmaking.
The kids school programme is excellent but try to avoid Buller during ski holidays as this is Melbourne's local mountain and you'll be overrun with grommets.
The apres scene is fun with Pension Grimus the first stop of choice for the leiderhosen and accordian playing host. The rest is a mix of bars, pubs and restaurants amongst ski in ski out accommodation.
There's over three hundred and sixty skiable hectares with some decent pitch on Federation to challenge.