Kick against those winter blues with a holiday or day trip to Hotham, one of Australia's highest alpine villages. Built on a spectacular mountain ridge, the resort features majestic views, terrain to suit all abilities, along with a host of activities to keep you entertained, both on the slopes and off. Hit the snow on skis, snowboards and toboggans. Gear up for a bit of cross country, biathlon or night skiing action and let the kids' try out the mini snowmobiles.
With 13 lifts catering for over 24,000 people an hour, downhill runs up to two and half kilometres long, and cutting-edge snow-making facilities, you won't be wasting time in queues or waiting for the right weather to come through. And that means a lot more time on the slopes.
Whether you're a first time skier or a seasoned pro you'll find plenty to get the heart racing and test your skills. There are lessons for novices of all ages, private tutorials, as well as a variety of programs to help intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders hone their skills.
Finish your action-packed day with a massage, skin treatment, spa or sauna at one of the two lavish day spas on the mountain and then try out one of the 20 nearby restaurants and bars. For something a bit different, take to the skies on a helicopter ride over the mountains, join a dog sled adventure, or enjoy a glass of bubbly and panoramic views on a sunset tour.
With access to 4,500 beds in Hotham and 2,500 in Dinner Plain, there's no shortage of accommodation to suit every taste and budget, from luxurious chalets to self-contained family accommodation and shared budget options.
Check out the Kids Snowzone, where children from 3 to 14 can learn how to ski or board. Featuring an extensive range of tailored lessons and programs, children of all ages will be out on the slopes in no time.
Need a break from the kids or just an hour to work on your jumps? Drop off the little ones at the Hotham Daycare for a full day, half day or even by the hour. Suitable for kids of 3 months to 5 years, the centre boasts three fun-filled playrooms and a separate family room.
- QantasLink flies you direct to Hotham Airport in comfort and style from Sydney with easy connections from all capital cities. Charter flights are available from Melbourne.
- The 357 kilometre drive from Melbourne to Hotham Alpine Resort takes approximately four and a half hours (via Bright) and 8 hours from Sydney.
- It is a legal requirement that all vehicles entering the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort during the declared snow season be fitted with diamond pattern snow chains (ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted). Chains can be hired locally at the base of the mountain in Harrietville and Omeo.