MT. HOTHAM, Australia
Located high in the Victorian Alps, Mt. Hotham is known as ‘The powder capital of Australia’. It holds the record for the most annual snowfall in Victoria over the last 10 years. Expert skiers can conquer steep valley runs and the many natural gullies, half-pipes and tree runs. Hotham is home to one of Australia’s steepest and most difficult runs: the black diamond Mary Slide. All skiers and riders can find terrain to their liking here, not just experts. There are plenty of good cruising runs for beginners and intermediates as well as the Big D designated learning area. Hotham also offers night skiing twice a week and three terrain parks. Non-skiers have snowshoeing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and toboganning.
When to go: Early June through the end of September
Terrain: 605 acres: 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, 40% advanced
Longest run: 1.5 miles
Apres-ski: Hotham has more than 20 bars and restaurants. Favorite après-ski spots include Swinders Bar, The General and Zirkys Bar.
Resort facilities: Hotham Snowports Centre and kids’ club, day care, snow sports rental shop, retail outlets, two spas, medical centre, bars and restaurants, and more than 7,000 beds in hotels, lodges and apartments.
Ski pass prices: A one-day lift ticket is $110 (AUD)
Transportation: Hotham Airport is just 12 miles away. Direct flights arrive here from Melbourne and Sydney. If driving from Melbourne (4.5 hrs), it is a very scenic journey as Hotham is located at the highest point of the Great Alpine Road. A resort entry fee is applied and there is ample overnight parking.