Accommodation in Hotham is fully self-contained and offers a variety of choice for those looking to save money or looking to stay in luxury. Hotham accommodation is fantastic for snow enthusiasts who like to be able to ski right to the door or retreat to the more secluded Dinner Plain area for some great restaurants and Apre ski delights.
|Hotham Mountain Statistics|
|Total Number of Lifts:||13|
|Total Number of Runs:||66|
|Features:||4 terrain parks|
Staying at Mt Hotham is a unique alpine experience due to the fact the the entire village is on top of a mountain. At an elevation of 1,750m, Hotham is the highest resort in Victoria, This means that you get to not only ski but stay, dine and party way above the snowline 24/7. Characterised by its fantastic snow reliability, unsurpassed terrain, an awesome range of apre ski activities and accommodation options to suit a wide range of budgets. Hotham is a first class resort that caters to group both small and large
A free shuttle service operates throughout the season with a number of bus stops connecting the village and car parking areas. This service runs daily from 6:45am until late enabling guests to travel easily about the resort, from car parks to restaurants to accommodation. Buses stop at all village stops approximately every 15 minutes - just wait by a bus stop and enjoy the ride. Your valid Resort Entry Permit fees include village shuttle bus transportation so no tickets are required, and bus stops are clearly marked throughout the resort. Village shuttle buses are equipped with exterior ski racks and can carry passengers with skis or snowboards.
Hotham Snow Guarantee
How it works
If, due to lack of snow, there are less than 3 lifts (inclusive of at least 1 lift that services an intermediate trail) operating at Hotham 48 hours prior to the check-in time of your snow holiday, you may choose to receive a credit or full refund on all pre-paid accommodation and lift company products.
If you decide to wait less than 48 hours before your check-in time to see if further lifts open, the credit or refund will be granted based on the number of lifts operational due to lack of snow on the day you request a refund. You may not cancel your holiday on the check-in date.
This snow guarantee only applies if a lift cannot be opened due to a lack of snow on the major trail it services. The guarantee does not apply if lifts are on wind hold due to high winds, low visibility or a combination of these weather elements or undergoing temporary maintenance.
List of lifts covered by the snow guarantee:
Minimum of 3 to operate including one lift that services an intermediate trail
- Roadrunner Quad Chair*
- Summit Quad Chair
- Heavenly Valley Quad Chair*
- Big D Quad Chair
- Village Quad Chair*
- Playground Double Chair*
- The Drift T-Bar*
- Gotcha Quad Chair*
- Keogh’s Orchard Quad Chair*
- Blue Ribbon Chair*
- Summit Trainer Poma
*Denotes lift that services intermediate terrain
Hotham Lift Tickets 2016
Please find below Hotham lift ticket, ski lesson and children's program (ski school) pricing. Rates are correct at time of publishing however, may be subject to change and package discounting. So always check with one of our friendly consultants when purchasing your Hotham snow holiday accommodation package.
- Low Season: 11 June - 1 July & 4 September - Season close
- Value Season: 17 - 29 July
- Child age: 6 - 17 years
- Senior 65- 69
- Group lesson times: Value Season - Adults 10am; Children 10am
- Group lesson times: Peak Season - Adults 10am & 1.30pm; Children 10am & 1.30pm
Lift and Lesson Pricing
Your lift pass provides you with access to 13 ski lifts and enables you to also use all Hotham terrain parks. Group lessons are not available for children, children must be enrolled in one of the Children's programs listed below.
All lift passes require a RFID card to the cost of $5 per person. This price is not included in the below pricing.
Lift ticket Pricing
|2 day weekend||220||123||123|
|2 midweek days||238||133||133|
|3 consecutive days||332||186||186|
|4 consecutive days||435||244||244|
|5 of 7 days||531||298||298|
|6 of 8 days||619||347||347|
|7 of 9 days||700||392||392|
|Learn to Ski/Board||Adult||Child (15-17years)|
|2 consecutive days||201||141|
|3 consecutive days||380||270|
|4 consecutive days||521||368|
|5 of 7 days||640||453|
|Add a lesson (lift ticket required)||Adult||Child (15-17years)|
|2 consecutive days||112||112|
|3 consecutive days||168||168|
|5 consecutive days||263||263|
|7 consecutive days||343||343|
Children's Programs (Ski School)
Hotham children's programs include Milo Mighty Mites for 3-5 year olds (skiing only), and Kids Klub for 6-14 year olds (skiing) & 7-14 year olds (snowboarding).
- Half Day Mighty Mites program is 8:30am - 12 noon and includes lift ticket, morning lessons and progress card.
- Half Day Kids Club program is 9:15 - 12:30pm and includes lift ticket, morning lessons and progress card.
- Full Day Mighty Mites program is 8:30am - 3:30pm and includes lift ticket, lessons, lunch and progress card.
- Full Day Kids Club program is 9:15am - 3:30pm and includes lift ticket, lessons, lunch and progress card.
- Helmets are strongly recommended for all children's programs & ski school.
|Full day programs||Child|
|2 full days||323|
|3 full days||468|
|4 full days||604|
|5 of 7 full days||732|
|6 of 8 full days||847|
|7 of 9 full days||929|
|Half day programs|
|2 half days (am)||240|
|3 half days (am)||348|
|4 half days (am)||449|
|5 of 7 half days (am)||541|
|6 of 8 half days (am)||624|
|7 of 9 half days (am)||700|
Other great lift package options and deals at Hotham:
Hotham now offers child prices up to the age of 17!
Lift / Lesson / Equipment Rental
Packaging your lift passes, lessons and rental together is a great way to save even more money. You can also choose to just a lift pass only and rent equipment (Ski's Boots & Poles or Snowboard & Boots).
Driving to Hotham:
Hotham is located 380km from Melbourne via Bright. Bright is the closest town to Hotham, and you can stop here to collect tyre chains and groceries (if required) before you drive up the mountain. From Bright, Hotham Resort is around a 50 minute drive, but this can vary with traffic and snow conditions.
Travel Distances: Distances are based on the most direct route.
From To Hotham
All vehicles accessing Hotham Resort or staying overnight in the resort must carry tyre chains by law. Chains can be hired from a number of outlets in Bright – specific chains are required for different types of vehicles. Note: Diamond pattern chains are the only chains permitted in Hotham Resort. Ladder chains and spider chains are not permitted.
Resort Entry for Hotham must be purchased online. This can be done via Alpine Easy Access which is smart phone compatible allowing you to purchase your resort entry in advance or even on the way up the hill to the resort – a number plate recognition system applies so getting your vehicle plate details correct is very important. If you don’t pre-purchase your resort entry, you can make use of many Alpine Easy Access self-purchase iPad terminals which are available for guest use at Hotham Central, Hoyts, Hotham Sports and the Resort Management Office. If you prefer not to use the self-purchase iPad stations, head to the Resort Management Office and you can arrange payment by cash or eftpos here.
Resort Entry pricing for 2017 is $47 per day if purchased online, or $52 per day in resort
Parking within Hotham Resort is for day visitors only – long term parking is located just outside the village on the Dinner Plain side. When you arrive in the resort you can unload your luggage in one of many 15/30 minute parking areas near your accommodation. You will then need to take your car to the overnight car park where the free village shuttle bus will pick you up and take you the bus stop nearest your accommodation.
Note: some accommodation options have on-site parking – be sure to confirm with your consultant at the time of booking.
A free village shuttle bus operates throughout the season with a number of bus stops connecting the village and car parking areas. This service runs from 6:45am until late, enabling guests to travel easily about the resort, including accommodation, restaurants and car parks. Your resort entry permit includes this service, so travel on all shuttles is free within the resort. Exterior ski and snowboard racks mean hassle-free transportation throughout the resort.
- When you are leaving Hotham, ensure all snow is cleared from your vehicle – fines and demerits apply for driving with snow on the roof of your vehicle, as this is a hazard for a number of reasons
- Before you leave home, ensure your vehicle has anti-freeze and that windscreen wipers, demisters and battery are in good working order
- Different vehicles require different types/sizes of chains. Ensure you have the right type for your vehicle by researching and hiring from appropriate sources
- Diesel fuel contains paraffin which can solidify in temperatures below 0 degrees – Alpine Diesel is available at most service stations in the alpine region to prevent this when you arrive in Hotham
- When parking, don’t leave your handbrake engaged as moisture in the mechanism can freeze and cause the handbrake to become stuck in the engaged position. It is also a good idea to lift your windscreen wipers when leaving the vehicle for an extended period so they don’t freeze to the glass
Sparkling Sunset Tours
Enjoy a sunset you will never forget at 1861m above sea level. Majestic views include Crosscut Saw National Park, Mt Buller, Mt Stirling, Mt Feathertop, the Bogong High Plains and on a clear evening, Mt Kosciuszko in NSW. Relax and enjoy gourmet nibbles, Brown Brothers wines and beer, a ride in a heated snow grooming machine and incredible once in a lifetime views. Bookings are essential and can be made with Hotham Guest Services.
Be treated to a whole new view on the resort while learning the science behind Hotham's perfectly groomed corduroy slopes. The 30 minute tour takes place in a comfortable, heated snow grooming machine and can be booked with Hotham Guest Services.
Heli-Link and Scenic Flights
Ski two mountains in one day using the Falls Creek - Hotham HeliLink! This amazing 7 minute ride will take you over snow-capped mountains such as Mt McKay, razor-sharp Mt Feathertop and if you're lucky, some famous wild brumbies. Bookings are essential and seats are limited, so book now on 130 731 450 for the ride of a lifetime!
On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, the lights come on and the Big D Quad chairlift runs from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, giving you a truly unique skiing or boarding experience.
Snow Play Park
Situated at the snow play and toboggan area, there is a great range of snow play activities including:
- The Zipfy - a compact mini luge toboggan made out of moulded plastic, ideal for kids and safer than a standard toboggan because you can steer them. Zipfy are available to hire on-site
- Kids snowmobiling - specially designed for kids over the age of 5 years and up to 50kg, kids snowmobiles are heaps of fun!
- Snow play - hire snowman moulds, snowball throwers, shields and awesome snow castle moulds to create a whole new world and play with friends and family
- Snow BBQ - on selected weekends in the school holiday period, enjoy a classic Australian sausage sizzle
Dog Sledding Tours
Get immersed in the pawesome world of dog sledding in a 30 or 75 minute tour including cuddles, puppy play and amazing views. On the way you'll learn about the history of dog sledding while you run under a cover of snow gums and let the dogs show you what they love.
Harry the Snow Dragon Show
Hotham's celebrity snow dragon will shake his tail and dance up a snow storm every Wednesday and Saturday nights at Big D! While the free, fun-filled 20 minute show featuring singing, dancing and glowsticks is best suited to kids aged 3-7 years, everyone is welcome to join in the fun and get into the perfect warm up for night skiing.
Snowshoe & Fondue
A new and unique snow experience, the Snowshoe & Fondue tour offers a truly memorable night in the snow, where you begin with a snowshoe walk through a hidden eco-village, enjoying a heart and tummy warming glass of Gluhwein outside by the fire. You will then be invited into the Central tipi with a fireplace, where you will enjoy a traditional, mouth-watering French fondue, learning the secret of the recipe along the way.
Cross Country Skiing
Hotham's many cross country trails won't disappoint, whatever your ability - with a variety of difficulty levels and areas to cover, you can explore to your heart's content. Look for wombat tracks and enjoy the truly peaceful nature of cross country skiing, with over 35km of trails ranging from 2 - 15km circuits.
Spas and Beauty Therapy
Experience a massage, skin care or body treatment, or simply submerge in a Japanese inspired Onsen. The Onsen Retreat and Spa in Dinner Plain also provides plunge pools, gym, sauna and a 15m lap pool, while the White Spa in Hotham Central enhances your mountain experience with massage, alternative therapies and body and facial treatments. The aqua therapy room and mountain water and teas will revive you and your sore muscles after a big day exploring Hotham.