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Mt Hotham

Mt Hotham3.5/58
Mt Hotham3.5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews
  • Recommend
    88%
  • Would Revisit
    88%
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Mt Hotham - Reviews

Mt Hotham - Reviews

Mt Hotham

Archie03/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    12-17
  • Month Visited:
    September
  • Admin Rating
    1

Mt Hotham

Archie03/09/2019
We visited Mt Hotham in early September.

There was great snow and it was generally uncrowded. The lifts are not very fast or new, but there are quite a few lifts so that makes up for it mostly. It is very child friendly.

Epic

Sam12/09/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    August

Epic

Sam12/09/2018
Hotham is Australia's #1 Freeride/Backcountry resort. The terrain is second to none and they are know for their powder, which is hard to believe for Australia but the past three seasons have made that clear!

F&B is not the focus, terrain is. So if you want fancy meals head to Falls but if you want to shred, Hotham is the one.

Good for Advanced, intermediate and beginners - Stay on snow

Mark Elliott14/05/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    July

Good for Advanced, intermediate and beginners - Stay on snow

Mark Elliott14/05/2018
I was lucky enough to have been there with proper powder snow and it was amazing. There are lots of great tree runs, gullies and short steeps. Lots of fun.
On the flip-side my children really enjoy Mt Hotham. Ski school is great and the Big-D area is good for kids to learn on.
We have stayed at Hotham once but generally we go stay at Dinner Plain (15-20mins by bus) because it is cheaper and we can rent a house.
There is a small slope at Dinner Plain which is good for night skiing with the kids.
The cross country skiing is also very good.
The big attractions for Hotham are; staying on the snow and good terrain. The negatives are it's a long drive from Sydney.

Antipodean treat!

Eric24/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    August

Antipodean treat!

Eric24/09/2017
Down in Perth, Oz from Europe and I knew there might be a chance of a weekend off, so packed my ski suit.
Hallelujah, I have the weekend off so fly Perth Melbourne, Pick up a car and I'm in Mt Hotham by Friday evening.
Up early on Saturday - wow! My expectations weren't very high so I was well impressed with what was on offer. Perfect snow conditions reasonable vertical drop and a variety of lifts - all well served with chairs.
Nothing very steep but some techie way-outs from the gullies and quite a lot of off-piste - I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Early to bed after quite a few beers with Chris & Co. (thanks fellas, really enjoyed it), so Sunday was up early and; hell, this is the place that just keeps on giving. 4-5 inches of powder overnight meant fantastic skiing conditions - unfortunately I was a bit hung-over and didn't have goggles with me (yeah, yeah - excuses) so it was mid morning before I could really enjoy myself and by that time a lot of the powder was skied out, but I still managed to find some.
All in all, it was a rare treat for me to be skiing in August and I'd def go back if opportunity arises.
Thanks Hotham!

Very bad experience

Peter13/06/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
  • Month Visited:
    June

Very bad experience

Peter13/06/2017
Was very disappointed the setup is really bad . The parking is very poorly set up . If you're stayiing at you're accomodation you cannot leave you're car there entry fee is redcicolusly priced . Everything way to expensive . The anomoshere was not professional at all. It felt like I was in a chook den just treated like a number . It has the potential to be great but it is way below par

Fun in the gullies

JoJo02/07/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    July

Fun in the gullies

JoJo02/07/2016
I love snowboarding at Hotham. It's just fun. You make the most of what you have and even though it's a small resort , I can't wait to get back every year for a number of reasons.

I snowboard extensively every year . I've been to many great places like Jackson Hole, Laax, Niseko, Furano, Verbier, St Anton, Aspen, Zermatt , Courchevel , Vail etc. As much as these places are great, I still would never miss a Hotham season.
Apart from Dick's Ditch in Jackson Hole and some terrain through Gate 7 in Niseko, Hotham has the most fun series of gullies you can drop into and climb the walls. Ducking and weaving under the gum trees above Black Snake run on a powder day is always exhilarating.

Rushing out to the Orchard area after a dump of snow and getting first tracks is always satisfying. The runs are short but there are numerous little hits that you scope out on the lift on the way up that you are going to fun on all day.

Not having to wait for a lift to open for freshies is great. You just drop in along the road that goes across the top of the mountain that Hotham sits along, into the valley below to lifts at the bottom.

I love that the lift system is old school and sometimes you are sitting on a block of ice. The liftys are always chatty and have jokes of the day ready to go.

The narrow kat tracks sharpen your riding skills as you dodge jams of people at times and you will never see more people careering into each other anywhere in the world I don't think than Slalom Gully. I have also seen the best collection of snowboarders dodging through trees, people and laying down some amazing tricks than at any other mountain I've boarded on.

Ok. Terrain park at Vail has the best but Hotham boarders really rip and I saw nothing in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Telluride, Japan to compare.

There is excellent food at Hotham. The Bird and Chill Bar and Zirky's do excellent lunch. Swindler's is great for après . The General has a great vibe and amazing views. Live music at The Bird and The Chill Bar some afternoons. Excellent food at Yama Kitchen. Splurge once to try it.

I love how Hotham runs a lift from 7.30am from Wed-Sun. Last lifts at 5 although there is night skiing at Big D on Thursday and Saturday. That being said...Night skiing/boarding is totally overrated and not sure why resorts do it. I've been to 5 Japanese resorts and they all do it and hardly anyone bothers.

There is a wide variety of accommodation at Hotham. Absolute ski/ski out is available and can be expensive but look at staying at a lodge for good value.

Alternatively, stay at Dinner Plain, a super pretty Australian style ski town 9km away. The drive in is pretty or catch the bus. There is an Onsen Spa/ gym there with gorgeous hot spring under the gum trees. Nice pubs, restaurants and cafes. Studio apartments up to 7 bedroom houses and ski lodge accommodation all available at all price points. Husky dog sledding, a beginner ski slope, cross country skiing , snowshoeing options for anyone not wanting to take on the steeps and deeps of the main resort.

There aren't big long runs in Hotham. There is some really good steep challenging terrain. The runs through the trees and along the creek are very pretty. You can hike out and get to some good back country areas. When the Boarder X track is up and running, you could find yourself on a lift next to Chumpy Pullin , World Champion and Olympian. The Canadian Ski cross team trained there in 2015 and they had a gold and bronze medaled Olympians in that crew.

I have had incredible powder days there with overnight falls of 40cm. I missed the 70cm night! It's a great place to go with a group. You don't lose each other. You will sharpen your reflexes. The big jumps on Summit are easily accessible.
It's very Aussie. There is a lot of dressing up and high jinx. It's old school . You might see an echidna or a wombat in the snow. I have. That's Aussie. 👍🏽

Steepest resort in Victoria

Daniel Sherwin01/07/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Steepest resort in Victoria

Daniel Sherwin01/07/2015
Hotham is the best choice in Victoria for freeriders who prefer terrain options over facilities. Hotham is surrounded by good side and backcountry. The options of the Razorback and Mt Feathertop are available from just down the mountain road.

Lodges are the best place to find accommodation at Hotham and they are truly a great plus in it's favour. They are both cheaper and more social. It's the prevalance of the lodges which personally leads me to prefer Hotham to Falls Creek.

Finding untracked is somewhat difficult due to the competition during times of good snowfall. However, heading out of the open boundaries should yield good results. Golden Point is a popular sidecountry stash.

Best suited to: Advanced, younger riders who can't afford the accommodation costs of Falls Creek nearby and/or who prefer terrain to expensive shops

Pros:
Best terrain in Victoria
Good intermediate park most years
Good lift system
Reasonable side country

Cons:
Limited options for good lunch food
Short runs compared to overseas
Limited snow compared to many other O/S resorts

Favourite Ski Resort in Australia

POWDERHOUNDS.COM29/11/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Favourite Ski Resort in Australia

POWDERHOUNDS.COM29/11/2013
This is our favourite ski resort in Australia.
 
Powder days don't come that often, but when they do, this place is soooo much fun. The steep terrain of Mt Hotham is its major strength.

See our overview of Mt Hotham for our thoughts on the pros and cons of this alpine resort.