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Hotham

Hotham Ski Resort Guide

Hotham, Australia

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift6,102ft
Resort Height5,741ft
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Hotham

The highest resort in Victoria and thus one of the most snow-sure. Hotham is characterised by world class ski terrain, it's mountain top setting and every accessibility (Hotham has its own airport). There is also plenty to do with restaurants, shops, bars, spas, sunset tours, etc.

Summary

The Australian ski resort of Hotham is at an altitude of 5,741ft.

Hotham has direct access to 40 marked pistes, served by a total of 13 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 5,741ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Hotham?

The next notable snow forecast is 1in, expected on 25 October.

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Ski Area Stats

Hotham Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
33
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
26
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 
Cross Country
Total Length
22 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
13

Altitudes

Hotham Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift6,102ft
Resort Altitude (Hotham)5,741ft
Lowest Trail4,757ft
Max Vertical1,345ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Hotham
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Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
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Apres-Ski

Hotham Overview

One of Australia's most popular ski resorts, and the one with the most reliable snow, Mount Hotham lies almost 400 kms from its state capital, Melbourne - no distance at all for the Aussie traveller! Skiers have been coming here since the 1920s and it is now a magnet for Antipodean winter sports enthusiasts. Although it's much smaller than nearby Falls Creek many Australians favour Hotham for its cosy, friendly atmosphere, the renowned powder skiing and challenging free riding.

Hotham is one of the few resorts in the world where the village is situated at the top of the mountain, with visitors skiing down to the bottom of the chairlift from their accommodation. Ten kilometres (six miles) from the resort of Mount Hotham is the new, developing area of Dinner Plain where there is some skiing for beginners as well as a pub, general store, ski hire and restaurants. Dinner Plain is linked to Hotham by shuttle bus.

Skiing

The south easterly facing slopes virtually ensure not merely good snow cover but huge dumps of dry powder. The skiing is divided by the road which cuts through the resort into two areas, beginner - intermediate and good intermediate - advanced. The flatter area rising above the road offers good snow and a mix of gentle, wide slopes for novices and cautious intermediates. Below the road, linked by a bridge, is the steep, wooded terrain favoured by the expert and adventurous intermediate.

Aside for the near-legendary powder skiing at Hotham, good skiers won't have much to challenge them with only 5 kms of tough trails around. Hotham, of course, shares a lift pass with the much larger resort of Falls Creek where there are a further 80 kms of trails - the helicopter link is quite affordable.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Snowboarding has taken off in a big way at Hotham and the boarding community will find a warm welcome and some fine terrain for carving and free riding.

Hotham has one of the most accessible rail parks in Australia as well as boardercross events.

Location and Map

Where is Hotham?

This ski resort is in Victoria, Australia.

Map

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How to get there

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 13 ski lifts are able to uplift 24,485 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 6 miles of ski runs, with 40 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Hotham open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

 Closed.

Usual opening is Early June, and usual closing is Mid Sept.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Hotham, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Hotham Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Hotham

Mentions in recent J2Ski News Items and Snow Reports from our users...

Aprés Ski

Raging, as the Australians like to call partying, is big in Hotham, with a large selection of pubs and clubs competing for skiers' and snowboarders 'custom. Indeed, the budget-conscious could happily avail themselves of the many happy hours on offer, and wander from pub to pub until they have all but lost the will to live... For those who last the pace, Hotham puts on all sorts of after dinner entertainments, usually of the musical kind, with live bands, discos and clubs for those dancing the night away.

Various bands perform regularly throughout the season and there are also popular theme nights.

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