On Walkabout On: Mt. Feathertop’s Razorback Trail – Part 2

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As I began my walk across Australia’s Razorback Trail, the weather was cold, but overall I had clear skies and most importantly little to no wind that had thwarted my prior attempt to hike across this exposed ridgeline.  This map shows how trail crosses the ridgeline from the Diamantina Hut Carpark to the 1,922 meter summit of Mt. Feathertop:

The hike to the summit of the mountain is 11 kilometers and then it is 1 kilometer to reach Federation Hut and then another 10.5 kilometers down Bungalow Spur back to Harrietville for a total distance of 22.5 kilometers. Here is a Google Earth image that shows the entire trail from Mt. Hotham to Harrietville:

This is an all-day hike so it is necessary to leave early in order to avoid bad weather that can sweep into the Victorian high country in the afternoons if this hike is attempted in one day.  Federation Hut is a great place to camp out if the hike is attempted in two days like many people do.  Below is a picture of the Razorback as viewed from the trailhead:

Picture from Mt. Feathertop

I started off on my hike across the Razorback and immediately there are beautiful views of the Victorian high country in all directions.  Here is a view looking towards the southeast:

Picture from Mt. Feathertop

Here is the view looking towards the south where out in the distance the rugged Mt. Buffalo is easily seen:

Picture from Mt. Feathertop

The Razorback Trail follows long ridge line spur that is mostly exposed with few trees:

Picture from Mt. Feathertop

As I looked towards the highest peak in Victoria, the 1,986 meter Mt. Bogong out in the distance I could see that the clouds were building up over the high country as well as feeling a slight breeze:

I was hoping that the weather was not going to thwart my effort to climb Mt. Feathertop again, but to make sure I began to pick up my pace to cover more ground towards the summit.  Something I was surprised about while hiking across the Razorback was how few other hikers their were on the trail.  It was late autumn and it was cold outside, but I figured there would be more people out here on such a beautiful weekend day.  I saw two small groups of hikers pass by me coming in the other direction and I caught up and passed these two hikers that were ahead me:

Later I saw a pair of hikers at the summit of Mt. Feathertop and then there was a few people camping out at Federation Hut.  So it ended up being a good time of the year to hike because of the few other hikers on the trail.  I have heard from others that the trail and Federation Hut in particular can get often clogged full of hikers during the summer; that is definitely not the case in the fall.

Anyway I continued down the Razorback and up ahead I could see where the trail enters the tree line ahead of me:

Here is a picture of the trail looking back behind me towards Mt. Hotham:

The trees that engulfed the trail were a bunch of old gnarled snow gums which are probably the toughest trees in all of Australia due to their ability to grow at such an altitude that faces frequent cold weather:

Here are some dried out dead flowers I saw that I believe are Billy-button that I have seen on other mountains in the Australian high country:

After a short while the trail exited the tree line and was once again following an exposed ridge line:

As I continued up and down the various peaks of the Razorback, the highest peak of them all, the 1,922 meters (6,306 feet) Mt. Feathertop continues to hover up ahead in the distance:

As I continued to hustle down the trail and Mt. Feathertop was becoming ever closer:

Eventually the peak was right in front of me and the clouds were getting darker at the same time.  I was going to have to continue to hustle and get up to the summit of the mountain:

From the Razorback Trail, Federation Hut eventually came into view:

At this large old snow gum tree is where the Razorback Trail intersects with the Bungalow Spur Trail that leads hikers down to Federation Hut and further down the mountain back to Harrietville:

I instead took the short trail that led up to the summit of Mt. Feathertop.  Here is the view looking back towards that large old snow gum tree as I headed up to the summit of Mt. Feathertop:

From the trail junction it is only about 1.5 kilometers up to the summit of Mt. Feathertop, but it is a some what steep hike:

As I hiked up the trail I noticed the Melbourne University Mountaineering Club (MUMC) Hut:

For those interested more details about the hut can read at the above link.  There is a trail that leads down to the hut, but due to the oncoming weather I had no time to check it out and just continued to push forward to the summit of Mt. Feathertop, would I make it before the bad weather hit?:

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On Walkabout On: Mt. Feathertop’s Razorback Trail

Basic Trail Information

  • Name: Razorback Trail
  • Where: Mt. Feathertop, Victoria
  • Distance: 22.5 kilometers
  • Difficulty: moderate to difficult
  • Time: 9 hours
  • More Info: www.visitvictoria.com

Here is a Google Terrain map of the Trail:

Narrative

The Razorback Trail was one of the best hikes I completed in Australia.  It is a trail that crosses a rocky spur that leads to the summit of beautiful Mt. Feathertop in the Victorian Alps.  However, it takes a scenic drive up The Great Alpine Road to access the trailhead to this popular walk.  The Great Alpine Road travels for 308 kilometers over the heart of Victoria’s high country between the inland, farming city of Wangaratta and the seaside city of Bairnsdale:

The Razorback Trail is located just outside the half way point of the drive at Mt. Hotham.  I have been up to Mt. Hotham before and even attempted the Razorback Trail before but had to turn around due to bad weather that can at any time hit the Victorian high country.  The day I attempted to hike the Razorback again it was a mostly cloudless and beautiful fall day.  As I drove up the Great Alpine Road once again I could see the round summit of Mt. Hotham where the trail begins out in the distance:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

To the west of Mt. Hotham I could see the ridgeline the Razorback Trail follows to the summit of Victoria’s second highest peak, the stunning 1,922 meter Mt. Feathertop:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Here is a closer look at Mt. Feathertop that had a slight dusting of snow on it from a recent autumn snow storm:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

You can see plenty more prior pictures I took of beautiful Mt. Feathertop at this link.  I think it is the mainland Australia’s most scenic mountain.  I say mainland because the most beautiful mountains in Australia in my opinion are found on the island of Tasmania, most notably Cradle Mountain.  The glaciers that once blanketed Tasmania during the Ice Age carved extremely rugged peaks on the island.  However, these glaciers didn’t blanket the mainland thus causing the mountains there to have rounded features instead of having dramatic rocky peaks like those found on Tasmania.  That is what makes Mt. Feathertop so unique, it is one of the few large mountains on the mainland that is not completely rounded and actually has some rocky features to it.

The Great Alpine Road that takes visitor deep into these mountains is a steep, winding journey up to the top of the Victorian Alps:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Eventually the road reached the top of the mountains and I pulled over to take this picture of my Jeep at Danny’s Lookout:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

From Danny’s Lookout the rugged Mt. Buffalo can be seen out in the distance:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Here is a view of the Great Alpine Road as it snakes its way up the rounded summit of Mt. Hotham:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

The Mt. Hotham ski resort lies just on the other side of the mountain out of view.  Here is a view of the Great Alpine Road that I already traversed as it snakes its way along the side of these steep mountains:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

From this lofty perch there is also plenty of beautiful views of the adjacent valleys that lie between the steep slopes of these mountains:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

It is these steep slopes that make for such good ski conditions in this part of the high country.  Just a short drive from the trailhead for the Razorback is where one of Australia’s premier ski areas, Mt. Hotham Ski Resort is located:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

The resort is quite nice, very large, and usually very busy during the winter ski season:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

You can view pictures of how busy Mt. Hotham is during the winter ski season at this link.  During the summertime many people come up to Mt. Hotham for mountain biking and to hike the various trails in the area.  However, since it was late fall and pretty cold outside the place had the feeling of a ghost town:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Anyway I headed over to the trailhead for the Razorback Trail that is located just a short drive from the ski resort:

Picture from Mt. Feathertop

My wife dropped me off at the trailhead and proceeded to drive back to the cabin we were renting in the small town of Harrietville at the base of Mt. Feathertop.  My plan was hike from Mt. Hotham across the Razorback to the summit of Mt. Feathertop and then walk down the mountain to our cabin in Harrietville.  This was an ambitious hike to complete in one day but I had an early enough start and was fit enough to complete this long hike; I just needed the weather to cooperate with me this day and not force me to be turn around like what happened before.  From the trailhead it appeared that weather was not going to be a problem on this day as blue skies and a few puffy clouds backdropped the beautiful summit of Mt. Feathertop:

Picture from Mt. Hotham, Victoria

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Picture of the Day: A Snowy Summer Down Under

Here is a picture of summer time in Australia:

Australians usually can only dream of a white Christmas, but not this year. A freak weather pattern has brought significant snowfall to the eastern states of New South Wales and Victoria (pictured, Mount Hotham), RedOrbit reports.

Various locations reported up to 4 inches of snow, though The Telegraph of London reported as much as 11 inches in parts of New South Wales.

“It’s white, everything is white,” Michelle Lovius, general manager of the Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel at Charlotte Pass, told the Telegraph.

“First thing this morning everything was just very still, very peaceful and every single thing was just blanketed in a thick cover of white.”  [CNN]

This really isn’t all that unusual because when I lived in Australia there was a couple of summers when it snowed in the mountains.  By the way I recommend checking out my prior pictures of Mt. Hotham, the Mt. Hotham Ski Resort, and the winter weather in the snowfields of northern Victoria.

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Pictures From Mt. Hotham

These pictures may not be as nice as the ones I took before of winter on Mt. Hotham ;-) , but they still should give readers a good indication of how much snow has fallen on the mountain in recent days:

You can see more pictures here.

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Late Spring Snow Blankets Victoria High Country

This past winter has been the coldest in Victoria in the past ten years and these record cold temperatures are now extending well into spring:

VICTORIA’S wild weather looks set to continue, with predictions of further flash flooding, gale-force winds and hail and snow in some parts overnight and today.

State Emergency Services responded to more than 200 calls for help across the state yesterday, mostly because of fallen trees and powerlines.

Two women were rescued after a tree collapsed on their car in Emerald. The driver, aged in her 50s, and passenger, aged in her 80s, were treated at the scene for hand injuries and taken to hospital.

For the third time in three years, East Gippsland residents sandbagged homes and businesses.

SES Victorian co-ordinator Stephen Warren said moderate flood warnings were in place for four rivers in East Gippsland.

“If we get a lot more rain it would affect towns such as Orbost and Bairnsdale. And predictions are we will,” he said.

At Mt Hotham, the coldest place in Victoria at -2.7C, there was a surprise snowfall.

Falls Creek also experienced a November fall, which residents said was the first in five years.  [Herald-Sun]

Here is a picture of the snow from a Mt. Hotham ski camera:

Keep in mind that in recent years these late snows are not unsual.  Last year snow fell in the middle of summer time on Mt. Hotham and two years ago it snowed across the Victorian high country on Christmas Day:

This is just another example of where this eco-loon can find his snow. 

Thanks to Andrew Bolt for linking to this prior posting on the great snow season we have had once again in Victoria.

Note that you can see high quality images of winter time on Mt. Hotham here.

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On Walkabout At: Mt. Buffalo National Park, Australia

Basic Information

  • Name: Mt. Buffalo
  • Where: Victoria, Australia
  • Elevation: 5,652 ft (1,723 meters)
  • More Information: Parks Victoria

Narrative

Victoria has a wealth of great mountains that compose the Victorian Alps that are well worth checking out. My favorite mountain in Victoria is Mt. Feathertop but If there was one mountain I would recommend tourists to Victoria to visit, it would be Mt. Buffalo:

Mt. Buffalo is in the northeast of Victoria and received its name from the explorers Hume and Hovell who thought the mountain looked like a buffalo from a distance. The mountain is bordered by both the Buckland and Ovens Valleys that are lush with farms and wineries due to the ample amounts of water these stunning mountains provide:

Mt. Buffalo was first accessed by European settlers who used the top of the mountain as grazing land for their cattle. However, before European settlers arrived the mountain top was actually long used by the local Aboriginal tribes who made summer ascents of the mountain to feast on large bogong moths which annually flock to the Victorian high country every summer. The Aborigines enjoyed eating these moths because they were very rich in protein. The Aborigines no longer remain but the scenic wonders of the mountain does. To protect this scenic attraction, the Australian government designated Mt. Buffalo as Mt. Buffalo National Park in 1898.


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I say that Mt. Buffalo is the best mountain for tourists to the state to visit simply because its many spectacular scenic attractions are easily accessible due to a well paved road that travels to the top of the mountain:

When I was driving up this road I constantly found myself wanting to stop and take in the spectacular scenery around every turn on the road. The rock formations that compose Mt. Buffalo are really quite stunning.  At times if you look closely at the massive rock formations you can even see waterfalls falling off the sides of the mountain:

Here is a closer look at the above waterfall:

However, not all of the mountain is scenic because large swathes of the forest that covers Mt. Buffalo has been burned down in recent years due to the periodic bush fires especially the massive 2006 fires that scorched large portions of the mountain. However, even the areas that are scorched are interesting to see because of how quickly the forest is regenerating from the bush fires:

For whatever reason though the scorched areas on the mountain are not recovering as fast as the scorched forests around Mt. Buller are. This could be because the fires burned more severely on the mountain compared to Mt. Buller as well as wetter climatic conditions on the mountain.

As the road begins to get above the tree line the massive rocky sides of the mountain become accessible for me to do some rock scrambling on:

From here I was also rewarded with a beautiful view looking back towards the Ovens Valley:

The snow capped peaks of the Victorian Alps was also easily visible from the rocks:

After finishing doing some walking on the rocks I then got back into my Jeep and continued driving to the top of the mountain. The top of Mt. Buffalo is actually a relatively flat plateau with various massive rock outcroppings:

Most of these rock outcroppings have trails accessible from the main road for visitors to take a short walk up to get some spectacular views of the areas such as from The Monolith pictured below:

Here is a closer look at The Monolith:

A complete listing of the trails on Mt. Buffalo are available on the Mt. Buffalo National Park brochure that lists 23 different walks on the mountain.  However most visitors including myself, the first place they go is over to the Mt. Buffalo Chalet:

The Chalet was first opened in 1910 and has to have one of the best views of any hotel in all of Australia from its perch of 1,337 meters overlooking what is known as The Gorge:

From The Gorge Lookout there a beautiful view of the snow capped Victorian Alps:

From the Chalet Victoria’s highest peak Mt. Bogong at 1,986 meters is easily visible to the northeast of Mt. Buffalo:

You can read about my hike to the summit of Victoria’s highest mountain at the below link:

The steep rocky cliffs of The Gorge are quite popular in Australia with both rock climbers and hang gliders which after having seen this rocky gorge myself, I can understand why. However, you do not have to be an active person to enjoy this area. The view itself makes visiting The Gorge and the Chalet well worth it.

After checking out The Gorge and the Chalet I then proceeded to head over to the beautiful Lake Catani:

There is no fishing at Lake Catani but it does serve as the main camping area for visitors to the park. Just up the road from Lake Catani is the hulking rock giant called the Cathedral:

Like most of the rock outcroppings on the mountain The Cathedral has a trail that allows visitors to access its summit. Further down the road was the Mt. Buffalo ski area:

The ski area is very simple with a single lift and not a whole lot of snow when I visited. This area is popular with beginning skiers but I saw a few people there sledding and even snowboarding on the limited snow. From the ski area the summit of Mt. Buffalo, the 1,723 The Horn was easily visible:

Some dark clouds were brewing over the mountain so I wanted to hurry up and get to the top of it before some bad weather moved in.  So from the ski area I walked across the high alpine plain to the trail head leading to the summit of the Horn:

There is actually a road that goes to the start of the trail but due to the snow it was closed thus leaving me to walk a little bit farther then anticipated which wasn’t a problem:

The footing was a bit slippery trying to go up the mountain but I reached the official start of the trail to the summit with few issues. The view just from the start of the trail was quite scenic so I could only imagine how spectacular the view from the top must be.

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Heavy Snow Falls on Victorian High Country

Heavy snows have been falling in the Victorian high country leading to some of the best ski conditions in years. For example in Falls Creek they have over a meter of snow on the ground now which is the most in the entire state right now:

Falls Creek Ski Resort
Falls Creek Ski Resort

Mt. Hotham Ski Resort located not to far from Falls Creek is likewise blanketed in heavy snow:

Mt. Hotham Ski Resort
Mt. Hotham Ski Resort

Mt. Hotham is reporting 24cm of new snow and an average depth of over 100 centimeters.

Victoria’s other major ski resort Mt. Buller also has plenty of fresh snow:

Mt. Buller Ski Resort 2008
Mt. Buller Ski Resort

The snow season this year is quickly turning into a quality one with this recent dumping of snow in the high country. For anyone thinking about going skiing in Australia now is definitely the time to do so.

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On Walkabout On: Australia’s Razorback Trail

Last month I made the drive up Australia’s very own Great Alpine Road in Victoria’s northeast:

The Great Alpine Road travels for 308 kilometers over the heart of Victoria’s high country between the inland, farming city of Wangaratta and the seaside city of Bairnsdale. I wasn’t planning to drive all the way to Bairnsdale but instead to the half way point at Mt. Hotham.

I have been up to Mt. Hotham before for skiing last year and have been meaning to get back up to this area in order to hike one of the most famous trails in all of Australia, The Razorback Trail:

The trail ran along a ridgeline between Mt. Hotham and to the summit of Victoria’s second highest peak, the stunning 1,922 meter Mt. Feathertop:

The weather the day I decided to drive back up to Mt. Hotham was absolutely perfect, between the city of Wangaratta and the small mountain hamlet of Harrietville, was nothing but blue skies and the temperature was around 23 degrees.

From Harrietville, The Great Alpine Road begins its steep, winding journey up to the top of the Victorian Alps. Eventually the road reached the top of the mountains and I pulled over to take the picture below at Danny’s Lookout:

The lookout provided a stunning view of the Victorian Alps which included even distant views of Mt. Buffalo. Also from the lookout I could look down into a number of steep valleys that gave me great perspective of how high up in the mountains I was.  Despite the great view the first I noticed at the lookout however was how cold it was outside. I looked at the digital thermometer in my Jeep and noticed that the temperature had dropped to 5 degrees Celsius outside compared to the 23 degrees in Harrietville.

From the lookout I had a short drive left to go on The Great Alpine Road in order to reach Mt. Hotham and the start of my planned hike:

I eventually reached the location where the hike began, just below Mt. Hotham’s summit and parked my Jeep along the side of the road and took in the beautiful landscape of The Razorback lying in front of me:

I walked down the road to the start of the trail and saw that the distance to Federation Hut just below the summit of Mt. Feathertop is 10.5 kilometers:

I figured to get to the summit of Mt. Feathertop was probably about 11 kilometers and then add in the return walk, that would make the entire trip about 22 kilometers. It would probably take me three hours or more each way on this trip which meant it would take about 6-7 hours total to complete the hike. It was now 10AM which meant that I would finish the hike around 4:00-5:00PM, well before sunset.

Everything was going according to plan accept the cold, but I had actually packed plenty of warm clothes for just this possibility. I put on my winter jacket and beanie hat and headed down the trail confident that the hike itself would warm me up just fine.

The hike was really stunning with gorgeous views thanks to the mostly clear blue skies. However, something I hadn’t planned for before I took off on the hike began to occur. The farther I hiked the more the wind seemed to pick up. As I continued down the trail the wind was battering my face with a biting cold and was making walking on the trail twice as difficult.

I continued on though and the trail began to go up and down the various hills that composed the ridgeline. Eventually the trail dropped and wrapped behind one of the hills providing me a much needed windbreak:

However, once I came out from behind the hill I was once again on an exposed ridgeline with the winds absolutely pummeling me as I walked:

The picture I took above may look like a nice calm day, but it was actually 5 degrees out with strong blowing winds that made even taking this picture quite difficult. Also the act of requiring to remove my gloves to use the camera was quite unwelcoming as well. Despite this, I continued on, hoping to get to the far off tree line that could serve as a much needed windbreak.

However, I was quickly falling behind schedule on this walk which would make my return later then expected and possibly I might not get back before night fall if I kept this pace. This was not a welcoming prospect in this cold weather. I also figured that once I reached the higher altitudes the winds would only get worse and thus prevent me from making up any time I had already lost. Because of these reasons as well as the fact this walk had ceased to be of any fun and decided to turn around.

I hadn’t even walked halfway across The Razorback yet and I had already walked 1.5 hours. I took one more look at The Razorback and Mt. Feathertop looming ahead before turning around and heading back to the trailhead:

On the walk back the conditions didn’t improve but I did try to take some more pictures knowing that warmth would soon be found once I got back to my Jeep. In the below picture you can really get a good since of how jagged this land is with its steep hills and narrow valleys:

If you look closely in the above photo, you can even see Mt. Buffalo hovering in the background. Walking back the wind wasn’t hitting me in face as much anymore and I was actually able to enjoy the scenery a little more as well as appreciate how scenic The Razorback Trail really is:

Eventually the summit of Mt. Hotham was looming in front of me and it would only be a short walk later until I was back in my Jeep with the heater turned up as high as possible:

It ended up being a good thing that I got back to my Jeep when I did because if you look closely at the last two pictures you can see the dark clouds moving in. I got off the mountain and back home without any weather issues but on the Monday afterwards the big news story was the amount of snow that fell on the Victorian Alps that weekend, which I had just missed.

Even though I didn’t reach the summit I was glad I didn’t get stuck in a snow storm and really the missed opportunity to summit Mt. Feathertop has only made me that much more eager to attempt to hike up again.

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Update: Since this posting I have in fact competed the hike across the Razorback and to the summit of Mt. Feathertop.  You can read my travelog about this hike at this link.

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On Walkabout In: Winter on Mt. Hotham, Victoria

Here are some final scenes from Mt. Hotham as I drive down the mountain and back to Melbourne. The first picture is out towards Mt. Bogong which is the tallest mountain in all of Victoria at 1,986 meters:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

Mt. Bogong is pretty much just a big high plateau that is supposed to have some excellent cross country skiing. The top of the mountain had long been used for cattle grazing, but grazing in the high country was banned by the government two years ago due to environmental concerns. At the time it was a big issue in Australia because the ranchers claim high country grazing limits the effects of bushfires while environmentalists say cattle harms the natural environment. I haven’t read enough about this issue to really make an informed opinion, but I do know one thing the bushfires last summer were one for the record books.

The cattlemen huts though are still used on top of the mountain, however not by cattlemen, but by hikers now. I will definitely get around to climbing Mt. Bogong probably some time this summer when the snow pack melts off to check out these huts.  (Note: Since this posting I have climbed Mt. Bogong.)

The most prominent mountain you see as you drive down Mt. Hotham is Mt. Feathertop:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

The mountain is only slightly smaller than Mt. Bogong at 1,922 meters and the quite possibly the most beautiful mountain in Victoria. I will definitely get around to climbing this mountain sometime this year as well.

As you can see the snow pack on Hotham is still quite good, but the road was in good shape all the way down the mountain:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

Here is a view of some snow gums and a deep canyon as I descend the mountain:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

Looking off into the horizon there are more snow capped peaks of the Victorian Alps that are slowly being swallowed up by an incoming snow storm:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

The clouds were definitely getting thicker with a few flakes of snow beginning to fall. I picked a good time to get down the mountain, but not before taking one last pick of my Jeep in the snows of the Victorian Alps:

Winter On Mt. Hotham, Australia

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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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