FAQ - YMCA Howmans Gap
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Can I hire ski gear?

Yes, we have everything you need to stay warm and become part of the action whilst at the snow!

Brand new ski equipment is available for rent at the Falls Creek Cross Country Centre. Not sure what gear you need? Don’t worry, the team there are passionate about their skiing and can sort you out.

Where can I hire a tabbagoon?

Tobogganing is a great affordable activity for groups and families. You can hire tabbagons from [x] at [price]

How much does a ski lift pass cost?

Ski lifts can be purchased at Falls Creek and some ski shops in Mt Beauty.  To find out the latest ski lift prices please visit Falls Creek. Significant discounts are available if purchased online.

How much does it cost to get into the ski fields?

There can a be range of costs getting onto the mountain including mountain entry, to see the prices visit the Falls Creek website.

Can I park on the mountain?

Yes, there is ample parking available at the Falls Creek Cross Country Centre located at Windy Corner. There are also sheltered picnic tables open to the public, the Windy Corner Café serving hot coffee, sandwiches and snacks and easy access to the ski trail head.

Where can I hire chains for my cars? How much does this cost?

Chains can be hired at many Ski Hire Shops and service stations in Mount Beauty or Tawonga South and cost around $40 for day. Discounts are available for extended visits.

During the declared snow season it is a mandatory requirement to carry chains and for them to be fitted when specified on road signage.

Guests with diesel cars are also reminded to fill up with ‘Alpine Diesel’ in Myrtleford/Mt Beauty to reduce the chance of fuel going syrupy.

How far are you from Melbourne?

Howmans Gap is located five hours from Melbourne. It is an easy four hour drive along the Hume highway and one hour picturesque drive through the mountains. The heart of Falls Creek is only 10 minutes away from Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.

What do you offer for families?

Howmans Gap Alpine Centre is the perfect base for families looking for a comfortable, affordable and fun snow experience in Falls Creek, or for an outdoor adventure year round. As well as a range of family accommodation and package options (see here) our facility includes a games room, a cosy lounge room for board games and family fun and large drying room. We also have a large meeting room complete with audio-visual and workshop facilities.

Can I bring my own food to Howmans?

Yes, our self-catered cottages have fridges and kitchen facilities.

Those using the private shared accommodation can use several guest fridges but cooking facilities are not available. Communal spaces can access a fridge, however we do not have a kitchen for cooking.

We do offer affordable meal options prepared by our in-house professional cook. Find out more here.

Can I buy food at Falls Creek?

Yes, there is a well-stocked supermarket at Falls Creek providing a diverse range of groceries, fresh food and a liquor store. There is also a diverse range of dining out options for those looking for an experience of the apres ski culture.

We also offer affordable meal options prepared by our in-house professional cook. Find out more here.

Can groups or families do camp activities (rock-climbing, ropes course, archery?)

During winter, we are able to run some adventure activities, though these are somewhat limited by the snow and weather.  Please enquire at your time of booking to find out what is available.

Is there mobile phone reception?

There is limited phone reception for those with services provided by Telstra. But the upside is that less screen time means there’s more snow time!

Is there WIFI?

Our remote location continues to provide real challenges for the roll-out of effective WiFi services.  Please ask the friendly staff at Howmans at your time of booking – they can provide an update on the availability of internet services.

In the mean-time, enjoy the high country!

What is the heating like at Howmans Gap?

In short: it’s pretty awesome!

Given our Alpine location and the usual presence of snow around the facility during winter, we do offer hydronic heating throughout the facility.  In the bedrooms the hydronic panels have individual thermostat controls so you can dial your own optimal temperature. This is coupled with curtains, double glazing, a terrific supply of hot water and a warming wood fire in the communal lounge.

Cottages are heated with individual electric wall panels to allow a temperature just right for every room.

How do I get there?

We are located at: 2587 Bogong High Plains Road – and the nearest road junction for your GPS is Junction Spur Fire Trail.

Howmans Gap is half a day drive from Melbourne and a day’s drive from Sydney.

From Sydney or Melbourne the best way is to travel along the Hume Highway and take the turnoffs at either Glenrowan (from Melbourne) or Wodonga (from Sydney).

In winter the only approach is via Mt Beauty. Outside the snow season there is an additional approach via Mt Hotham and Omeo which is better suited to those traveling from the Gippsland region.

All drivers ought be aware of icy roads and be alert for wildlife.

Who stays at Howmans Gap?

Anyone who wants to go to the snow! We cater for everyone, including families, groups and school groups.

How cold does it get there in winter?

Depending on the cycle of weather the temperatures hover between 0 and 10 C. On the right night however, it can get down to -10o C!

For this reason, those of you travelling with diesel cars are well advised to make sure you work fill your car in Myrtleford or Mount Beauty to make sure you have a high volume of ‘Alpine Mix’ – which contains an additive to reduce the chance of the fuel turning syrupy.