Great news from Dinner Plain who will be offering both Australia’s longest dedicated toboggan slope plus the return of skiing and snowboarding to the village in winter 2021.
Visitors to the alpine region in Victoria will be able to enjoy free access to Australia’s longest dedicated toboggan run, measuring approximately 100m long. Operating every afternoon from 1:30pm, the slope will be supported by snowmaking and grooming in a snowplay experience unmatched at other Australian snow destinations.
Dinner Plain’s ski and snowboard poma will return to winter operation following a hiatus in the COVID-19 interrupted 2020 season. Cobungra Platter is a popular run for beginner skiers and snowboarders, offering a gentle slope that is serviced by an all-ages poma.
In a groundbreaking arrangement, the 2021 season will see Dinner Plain’s main slope offering skiing and snowboarding between 9am to 1pm then being repurposed for tobogganing from 1:30pm to 4:30pm daily. This will allow all three popular snow activities to be offered on the one slope, facilitated for longer throughout the season with snowmaking and grooming.
This arrangement has been confirmed for the 2021 snow season. Poma operations will commence on the June 12 opening weekend, joined by a free all ages outdoor snow party and grand fireworks display. After the Queen’s Birthday Weekend celebrations, skiing and snowboarding will operate daily from the June school holidays depending on snow conditions, with tobogganing continuing to operate daily as soon as conditions allow.
Alpine Shire Council has welcomed the arrangement as one that offers visitors the best range of ski and snowplay activities. Alpine Shire Mayor John Forsyth said this will be particularly popular with families.
Visitors to the snow are always looking for value in their holiday. Tobogganing offers fun, fast-paced thrills and is essentially free to access. This new arrangement will mean there are two great slopes offering tobogganing plus skiing, snowboarding and general snowplay all alongside easy car parking, toilets and great food and drink options.
Dinner Plain has a strong history in offering beginner terrain for skiing and the village’s poma is a favourite with locals and visitors. We’re really pleased to see it operate once more and offer skiing and snowboarding every day from the school holidays.
Last year Council trialed using Cobungra Platter for tobogganing and the response was immense.
During the school holidays Dinner Plain saw an average 420 people each day use the toboggan slope, peaking at over 600 visitors on a single day. With no charge to enter the village we think this activity will be just as popular, if not more so this winter.
Cobungra Plattter is over 150m long and the section used for tobogganing makes Dinner Plain the longest toboggan slope in the country. Tobogganing can take a back-seat at most ski resorts so to see it front and centre on a big slope with snowmaking and grooming means visitors will get an experience unlike anything else.
Dinner Plain’s snow season commences with a free outdoor party and fireworks event on June 12.
For more details on the destination please see the Dinner Plain official website here