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MOUNT HOTHAM

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

The village at Mount Hotham, VICTORIA , AUSTRALIA is perched high on top of the summit with spectacular sweeping views of the extensive terrain falling away below it.

The 2009 winter season welcomed the introduction of the Hotham, Falls Creek and Perisher‘Super Pass’.  The super pass is a value for money season pass allowing the holder unlimited skiing and snowboarding at all 3 resorts over 2,000 hectares of terrain and 75 lifts.

Mt Hotham Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding

The terrain at Hotham has a vertical drop of close to 400 meters consisting of steep chutes, moguls, groomed corduroy tree lined trails and beginner slopes.

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Andrew Barnes / Mount Hotham Skiing Company

Hotham has a large percentage of terrain suited advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The double black diamond bowl area where Marys Slide, The Chute and the Gotcha runs are located is some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in Australia. The powder in the trees at the base of the bowl is deep and fun after a good snowfall!

In the mornings the long Hoggs Back trail is good for a few speedy warm up turns before heading right to the Village Chairlift to tackle the bumps and jumps on the Wall Of Death and Hackers Horror.

Free Kat Skiing Adventures were introduced in the 2008 winter season at Hotham with the purchase of a valid lift pass.  Open only to intermediate level and above skiers and snowboarders snow groomers travel outside the resort boundaries to access the untouched and steep powder terrain of Golden Point.

Mt Hotham Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding

As with most Australian Resorts intermediate skiers and snowboarders can happily cruise the entire mountain on groomed tree lined trails. The Orchard Chairlift services a back bowl full of challenging intermediate trails while well groomed wide terrain around the Blue Ribbon Chairlift attracts crowds on the weekends.

A new German Kassbohrer PB400 grooming machine was recently purchased by Hotham the state of the art groomer ensures perfect groomed corduroy trails everyday of the season.

Mt Hotham Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding

The wide gently sloping terrain of Big D, located on the upper terrain of Hotham is where beginners learn the basic skiing and snowboarding skills.

The Summit Run located on the left of The Summit Chairlift is also an easy gentle beginner run; once confidence grows try tackling Sun Run as far down as the Road Runner Chairlift.

Hotham’s Snowsports Centre has experienced instructors catering for first timers needs in single or group lessons plus classes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Mt Hotham Night Skiing and Snowboarding

Hotham has night skiing and snowboarding twice a week throughout the season at the Big D Express Chairlift. More activities at Hotham

Mt Hotham Terrain Park

There is always one Terrain Park open at Hotham a second opens in great snow conditions. The main terrain park is well designed scattered with jumps, tabletops, rails and boxes suitable for intermediate and advanced riders only. It is maintained every night throughout the season.

Mt Hotham Restaurants

Hotham has a variety of restaurants and cafes suited to all levels of budget. The fully licensed AJ’S Café located in Hotham Central is open everyday for delicious lunches.  The menu at the Arlberg Avalanche Bistro changes nightly and specialises in gourmet pizza, it is family friendly and inexpensive.

For fine dining go to Zirky’s Restaurant owned by Andrew Blake serving excellent imaginative fresh dishes complemented by an extensive wine list.

Shopping at Mt Hotham

The Hotham Village boasts ski and snowboard stores stocked with the latest equipment to buy or hire. Pinnacle Hotham has all the gear you could want as well as Hotham merchandise ranging from mugs to caps and vests. Fashion boutiques, gift stores and a fully licensed supermarket are also located within the village.

Mt Hotham Nightlife

Hotham just never seems to sleep!  Straight off the slopes head to Zirky’s Bar for drinks and tapas served between 4pm and 8pm.  After dinner Swinders Bar attracts big crowds every night with DJs and live bands playing throughout the season.

The General is the most well known night spot at Hotham every night something is happening, it could be a famous DJ performing, a well known comedy show or a darts competition - it really caters for all tastes.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,106
1,861
Base
4,757
1,450
Average Snowfall
118 inches
Lifts
13
Trails - view map
85
600 acres
Terrain %
advanced
40
intermediate
40
beginner
20
Halfpipe
1
Terrain Park
1
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