June is wintertime in Australia, and the start of the ski season. While New South Wales is usually considered the ski capital of the country, Victoria comes a close second in the ski stakes with some great resorts spread out northeast of Melbourne, most within easy reach of the city. Some of the country's best cross-country skiing can be found at Falls Creek, while the village resort of Mount Baw Baw near the town of Noojee is great for beginners. The closest resort to Melbourne is Lake Mountain, about 75 miles (120km) from the capital, a top cross-country ski destination that is rated as the third most visited alpine resort in the world. Mt Hotham in the northeast of Victoria offers Alpine skiing, off-piste with narrow valleys.