On Walkabout At: The Mt. Hotham Ski Resort

The Mt. Hotham Ski Resort is located about 350 kilometers northeast of Melbourne and provides the best ski conditions in all of Victoria. Mt. Hotham is 1,861 meters high and the ski resort is known as “Australia’s Powder Capitol” due to its high levels of annual snow fall. When you drive up to Mt. Hotham the level of snow fall is quite evident but the ski resort isn’t. The first thing you see is this small ski run:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

When I saw this I was left thinking, “This is it?” However, once I drove to the other side of the mountain the full ski resort opened up:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

Mt. Hotham for Australia is actually quite a big resort though not quite as big as Mt. Buller which is located further south and closer to Melbourne thus making it more popular. Mt. Hotham does get its fair share of skiers though and was quite busy:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

You had to wait a little while to get on the ski lifts but all in all it really wasn’t that bad:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

Mt. Hotham has 14 ski lifts spread out across the mountain which were all operating when I was there. These pictures kind of give you an idea of what the ski runs are like:

Mt. Hotham Ski Resort

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

Obviously Mt. Hotham is not the Rockies or the Alps, but is good enough to have some fun on for people here in Australia. If you are into cross country skiing than Mt. Hotham is the place to go because cross country ski trails here are quite outstanding. Here is a view of the ridge line known as the razorback leading to Mt. Feathertop that is really popular with cross country skiers:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

The scenery is just spectacular. If you look closely you can see the skiers on the ridge line:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

Mt. Hotham has 35 kilometers of cross country ski trails to check out. I have never tried cross country skiing but it does look like fun and maybe sometime I will try it out:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

If skiing isn’t your thing there is also areas where you can go sledding as well:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Australia

All in all Mt. Hotham is a pretty good ski resort and I encourage everyone to at least try going to one of the Australian ski resorts at least once during their time Down Under.

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4 Responses to On Walkabout At: The Mt. Hotham Ski Resort

  1. Rachel Harvey says:

    I chanced upon your photos, whilst searching for bushfire photos of feathertop and razorback. These are the best photos I have seen. Just gorgeous. You have an obvious love for this area. I hike up Mount bogong and when time permits Feathertop. Lovely photos!!

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