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Victoria's cross-country ski trails are a unique and memorable way to experience the winter wonderland of the High Country. This well-marked trail winds through a woodland of snow gums, with their gnarled, brilliantly-coloured trunks a vivid contrast to the white surrounds, and meanders across the snowy expanses of Paw Paw Plain, offering glimpses of Mount Tabletop and the Dargo High Plains. It drops to Mother Johnson Flat, named after the somewhat disreputable owner of a wine shanty on the way to the goldfields, and then past the old cattleyards of JB Plain before crossing several small creeks and springs as it heads to Dinner Plain.
There are numerous access points along the Great Alpine Road, and the section from JB Plain to Dinner Plain is suitable for beginners. It is also a great walking trail during summer, when the High Country is dotted with colourful wildflowers.
Location: Mt Hotham
Ski: 4 hours one way
Track: Groomed (when sufficient snow)
Start: Hotham Heights General Store
Finish: Dinner Plain Village
Nearby: Mount Hotham/Dinner Plain
Best time: July/August.