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Mount Hotham | The ultimate snow travel guide

Lift passes, trails, accommodation and transport guide for your trip to the snow.

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As Australia's highest alpine resort, Mt Hotham is paradise for skiers and snowboarders seeking a powder-filled adventure. It boasts 320 hectares of skiable terrain and mountain views of the Victorian Alps that are destined to take your breath away.

To get you on the front foot of your trip, we've laid out the best deals on accommodation, how to get to the slopes and where to buy lift passes.

Mount Hotham travel guides

Resort information and trail maps

  • Season: 11 June - 2 October 2022
  • Distance from Sydney: 8 hours
  • Distance from Melbourne: 4.5 hours
  • Number of chair lifts: 13
  • Number of magic carpets: 2
  • Chair lift opening hours: Most open at 8:30am and close between 4 and 5pm. During peak season, if weather conditions permit, the Heavenly Valley (peak) lift opens at 7:30am.

Mount Hotham lift passes

Multi-day and annual passes are both available for Mount Hotham. Your pass comes in the form of a reusable RFID-enabled card that you can reload with more days either during your stay or on future trips.

The 2022 Epic Australia Pass, which is a full season pass that gives you access to Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham, now includes Epic Coverage. It's discounted until 31 May 2022. Prices are $999 for adults, $569 for students and $779 for seniors.

Single and multi-day lift tickets are available to purchase online. Day passes start from $125 for an adult, $69 for children and $100 for seniors.

Multi-day tickets offer better value. For example, a 2-day pass starts at $245 for adults, $135 for children and $196 for seniors. Generally the more days you book, the bigger your savings.

Prices mentioned are for the 2022 season.


Mount Hotham weather

The snow season in Mount Hotham generally runs from mid-June to early October. This gives you plenty of time to get to the slopes.

You can keep up to date with the weather and snowfall by downloading the Hotham app here.


Top Mount Hotham accommodation

There's everything from chalets on the top of Mt Hotham with ski-in/ski-out to family-friendly cabins in the nearby town of Dinner Plain to stay in.

We've outlined some of the best accommodation on Mt Hotham based on customer reviews on HotelsCombined. For more options, including cheap stays and pet-friendly accommodation, visit our Mount Hotham accommmodation guide.

Mountain Dreaming Apartments, Mt Hotham

Mountain Dreaming Apartments, Mt Hotham from Booking.com

Mountain Dreaming is just as its name suggests – a DREAM to stay in (pun intended). It features self-contained studio apartments and offers unparalleled vistas of the mountain from your private balcony or patio.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Features: Free Wi-Fi, luggage storage, garden, private balconies and an in-house pub.
  • Why do we love it? Guests rave about the bar and restaurant for its food and atmosphere.
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Absollut, Mt Hotham

Absollut, Mt Hotham from Finder Hotels

Want to wake up to views of snow-capped mountains from the window of your abode? Yeah, you do. Absollut provides you just that and more. These cosy apartments are a mere 8 minutes from Mount Hotham Alpine Resort, but you'll feel miles away in your cosy little nook of the world.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Features: Spa baths, storage, lessons and free airport shuttle service.
  • Why do we love it? It's super exclusive and cosy with only 5 apartments available.
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White Crystal Apartments, Mt Hotham

White Crystal Apartments, Mt Hotham from Finder Hotels

You'll be hard pressed to nab an apartment more central than White Crystal. It literally sits in the Hotham Central building opposite the day car park, making it uber convenient to everything including a ski-hire store, restaurant, supermarket and more. As for the fields? You're literally staying opposite the Summit training area, so you tell us whether it's central or not.

  • Star rating: 4 stars
  • Features: Free shuttle service to the slopes, ski-to-door access, in-house spa and luggage storage
  • Why do we love it? If luxury is what you're after, you can't do better than White Crystal. On top of its in-house spa complete with beauty treatments, every room has a spa bath.
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Schnapps Apartments, Mt Hotham

Schnapps Apartments, Mt Hotham from Priceline.com

After a hard day melting powder, retire to Schnapps for a more than relaxing afternoon/evening complete with stunning mountain views, late night check-in (until 3am) and private balconies.

  • Star rating: 4 stars.
  • Features: Ski-in/ski-out, airport shuttle, tour desk and snow sports.
  • Why do we love it? Its apartments are super spacious and serve up the most incredible views. You'll never want to leave.
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How to get to Mount Hotham

  • By air: Mount Hotham Airport is a 30-minute drive from the ski resort. It's a regional airport with services to and from Lilydale, Essendon, Moorabbin, Albury, Canberra and Sydney.
  • By car: Mount Hotham is approximately 4.5 hours from Melbourne and 8 hours from Sydney. If you're travelling by car, you'll be charged a resort entry fee. You can pre-pay for this online. When driving during winter, you must carry snow chains.
  • By public bus: Omeo-Bright Alps Link is a government bus service that runs from Bright to Omeo via Harrietville, Mount Hotham, Dinner Plain and Cobungra. It operates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
  • By coach: Various coach companies offer transfers from Melbourne Airport, Melbourne CBD, Albury, Adelaide, Harrietville and Sydney to Mt Hotham village and Dinner Plain. Brands include Alpine Spirit Snowball Express, Hotham Bus and Alpine Spirit Coaches.

Mount Hotham ski hire and gear hire

Equipment hire facilities abound in Mt Hotham and in neighbouring towns such as Dinner Plain. These let you to rent skis, poles, binders, snowboards, boots, helmets, goggles, snow pants and snow jackets.

Many rental companies let you pre-book your equipment and gear online. This ensures they'll have items saved for you when you arrive, which is recommended during peak season when certain items may sell out.

You'll still have to arrive with ample time to be fitted for all your equipment and gear.

Popular rental companies in Mt Hotham and a sample of their prices for adult hires are below.

  • Hotham Sports: Located in Dinner Plain, Hotham Central and The Big D. Ski, boots and poles start from $75 per day. Snowboard and boots start from $60 a day.
  • Happy Valley Hub: Located in Ovens. Skis, boots and poles, or snowboard and boots start from $83 per day.
  • Alpine Heights Ski & Board Rentals: Located in Hotham. Skis, boots and poles, or snowboard and boots start from $70 per day.
  • Omeo Ski Hire and Service Station: Located in Omeo. Skis, boots and poles, or snowboard and boots start from $66 per day.
  • Hoys Dinner Plain: Located in Dinner Plain. Skis, boots and poles, or snowboard and boots start from $62 per day.

Ski travel insurance

While you might be travelling domestically, you can still insure yourself for incidental costs should they occur. This includes the loss or damage of equipment, including rental equipment, as well as lift passes if you happen to fall ill while on the slopes and can't make the most of your trip. You can learn more here.

Latest deals for snow trips to Mount Hotham

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2-night Mount Hotham ski holidays from $650

Verified 3 days ago Expires 30 Jun 2022
Available on select stay dates in 2022. Sample rate is for a stay at Jack Frost.
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Mount Hotham stays from $255 per night

Expires 31 Jul 2022
Available on select dates in 2022. Sample stay is at Sun Apartments.
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Stays near Mount Hotham from $120 per night

Expires 30 Jun 2022
Available on select stay dates until December 2022. Sample stay is at Riverbank Park Motel.

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