Mt Hotham is Australia’s only upside down resort with the village at the top of 320 hectares of shreddable terrain. With an average base of 1.5m and plenty of open bushland to ride, Hotham is widely regarded as the resort to hit for the best powder in Oz. Hotham also has a fleet of 104 snowmaking guns that cover an amazing 33 hectares! With over $4.4 million spent on snowmaking, Hotham can easily back up their snow guarantee.
- Access: Fly into Melbourne and take the Great Alpine Road to Wangaratta, then to Harrietville, then to Hotham (about 4.5 hrs). You can get snow chains and fuel in Harrietville. You will need to organise a Resort Entry Permit before entering the resort by car. Alternatively you can fly into Albury airport from Melbourne, Sydney or Canberra. Albury is a 2.5hr drive on to Hotham. You can also fly into Hotham airport by private charter from Melbourne. Hotham airport is only 20km from the resort.
- Season: 10 June to 1 October 2017
- Number of Lifts: 13, with 10 Chair lifts
- Lift Ticket Prices: $129-1 day pass, $245-2 day pass, $342-3 day pass. Children 6-17 and Seniors 65-69 start at $72. Under 5’s and over 70’s ride for free. Discounts available if you book earlier on line.
- Park Facilities: 2 Parks – The Basin Rail Park and Summit Terrain Park, plus an SBX track
- Top Features: Hotham’s snow guarantee – Over 100 snowguns in operation. Hotham 365 – an all season, indoor downhill gravity experience.
- Events: Mt Hothams Brand New Day – 1 day pass, 5hr lesson, equipment hire, coffee, lunch and a apres drink all for $59. Night riding – Wednesdays and Saturdays, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, only $12! The Hotham Junior Freeride Series – Running throughout the season with comps in rails, banked slalom, moguls, SBX, free-ride and slopestyle.
Hotham offers a great snow experience for riders of all abilities. Along with steep flowing tree runs and easily accessible backcountry, they also have a dedicated learners program. Two large learner’s areas have been laid out with a huge family tobogganing, tubing and snow play area set up in the lower village of Dinner Plain. Just above Hotham Central is an area to work on your first turns, then head down to the Big D centre. Here they have a quad chair servicing a nice easy slope for beginners.
Test your speed on the Wall of Death
For intermediate to advanced snowboarders some of the best riding can be found directly below the resort. With long blue and black trails running down to the valley floor, there are plenty of opportunities to duck into the trees. Test your speed down “The Funnel” then onto the “Wall of Death!”. There is plenty of fun to be had on this face including the gnarly ridge lines off the Heavenly Valley quad chair.
If you’re in Hotham for a few days then don’t miss out on the back bowls off the Gotcha and Keogh’s chairs. Off the right of Gotcha in particular has some really steep, extreme terrain with chutes accessible off the ridge run funneling out into deep powder bowls. The Orchard chair has some cool open rolling tree runs as well and you’ll usually have them to yourself.
Take advantage of Hotham’s free backcountry Kat service
Also be sure to take advantage of Hothams FREE backcountry Kat service that leaves from the top of Spargos every 15 minutes. If you can get there early enough after snow then you should score some powder stashes in the trees.
When you’ve had enough of tree runs and natural features, take the Playground chair up to the Road Runner. This chair will take you right over The Great Alpine Road up to The Summit where you can session the Summit Terrain park.
Hotham offers two parks to rip
Hotham offers two parks to rip. The Basin Rail Park is located behind Hotham Central under Swindlers deck. It features a range of beginner, intermediate to advanced boxes and rails. You can take a break on Swindlers Balcony for lunch or a frosty beverage whilst watching the crew hit some jibs.
The Summit park is off to the right of the Summit Chair. It is an all inclusive park with jumps and rails designed for beginners right through to experts. It’s a nice big park with a great flow and has plenty of features, so it never feels to busy or crowded. They also have a boardercross course to test your skills.
Hotham has two villages, Dinner Plain just outside the resort (10km from the lifts) and Hotham Central which is conveniently located at the top of the runs. Village services include supermarkets, a medical center, plenty of restaurants and accommodation options for over 7,000 guests.
Hotham and Dinner Plain have over 20 different restaurants, cafes and bars to frequent. For a good relaxed meal try the Arlberg Bar & Bistro. Their bistro is open for breakfast and dinner from 5pm for craft beers and hearty meals of generous portions. They also have a gourmet pizzeria that is open till late for eat in or takeaway. For more craft beers and good casual dining, check out The Bird Cafe. It has a killer view and acoustic cover performers 3 days a week.
If a European atmosphere and hearty winter food is what you’re after, then get into Zirky’s or Acro-Ski Lodge for your schnitzel fix. Zirky’s is a family run, Austrian inspired hotel that has a restaurant, cafe, bistro and bar. With its convenient ride-in, ride-out location, it’s a great place to meet for coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. Acro is a Bavarian Bier Hall serving big, hearty German meals, 1lt steins of Arcobräu beer and an awesome range of schnapps and gluehwein.
Swindlers Bar is one of Hotham’s many après options
For apres options the Swindlers Bar is just off the village chair. It has a pub style vibe with a huge decked area and Hothams biggest screen so you don’t miss the game. They run apres deals on jugs of beer and buckets of Coronas and you can party here late into the night. After that check out the stylish little local run restaurant and bar, The Last Run. They have a great wine list and an open fire.
The General is another place to party on late, with live entertainment booked most nights. From DJs to darts nights, live music to comedy with DJ Eddy, the General has something for everyone.
If you are group of beginners, a family, a park rat or a powder hound, then Hotham has you covered. Deceptively big with nice long, wide runs and good snow coverage, Hotham is fun for every snowboarder.