Highlights - Great Reasons To Go
Mt Hotham is a fantastic destination for escaping the city, whether for an exhilarating sports adventure, a cosy romantic getaway, or to take in the awe-inspiring 360 degree alpine views. As the days cool and the snow begins to fall, Mt Hotham draws skiers, snowboarders and tobogganists from Melbourne and beyond, to enjoy the high quality ski fields and the energetic nightlife of the Winter season.
The mountain’s deep gullies, smooth hills and plentiful Winter snowfalls (Hotham often posts the highest annual snowfall in Victoria) has spawned the name "the deep n' steep powder capital of Australia". Hotham has an array of ski runs in a variety of conditions, from groomed runs to epic cross country trails, and caters for the novice through to the experienced, with the usual lessons and equipment hire available. If you're adept at hitting the slopes, you'll be pleased to know Hotham is considered a serious skiers paradise, with the only ‘double black’ grade runs of any Australian mountain resort!
All the ski services and accommodation options on the mountain are collectively run under the auspices of The Mt Hotham Village and Ski Resort. Owing to the many people staying there, Mt Hotham Village, or ‘The Village’, has quite the array of restaurants, bars, spas and nightclubs, and is a popular place for the youth of Melbourne to work (and party) for a few months over the ski season. Unlike many ski resorts, it's quite unique in that it's placed at the top of a mountain not the base, so you ski down the runs and catch a lift back to the top.
Whilst Mt Hotham’s peak season is definitely Winter, it is also immensely popular in Spring and Summer as the mountain hill sides thaw and bloom and offer a wide range of activities. Compared to the negative temperatures of the cooler months, Summer is pleasant and balmy, averaging 25 degrees Celsius. One of the most popular Summer pass-times is bush walking; the high aspect of the mountain paths providing stunning panoramas of the surrounding countryside. A walk through the Australian Alpine landscape is quite different to one you may experience in the more ‘traditional’ and higher alpine areas of Europe or North America, showcasing wide-open and brilliantly green plains lined with Snow Gum woodland.
In Summer, mountain bike paths mirror the wandering cross country ski trails, four wheel drive tracks trace the hills and people can be found fishing in the many creeks and streams. It is lovely at this time, off peak accommodation prices are considerably lower and you can avoid the masses and just relax. Compelling argument! But whatever the season, it’s lovely country in the Victorian highlands with much to experience and much to explore.