Get the most out of your snow trip at these Mt Hotham alpine resorts - some with ski-in/ski-out access.
If you’re in Victoria or are thinking a snow escape, Mount Hotham is more than a top choice. Especially seeing as it’s an easy drive from Melbourne at just 4.5 hours away.
It's Victoria's highest alpine resort and offers 320 acres of skiable terrain - including slopes for beginners and seasoned skiers alike. And when the day is done, the night begins at the area's bars and restaurants that have got aprés ski down to a tee.
Our favourite Mount Hotham accommodations
Essentially you have two villages to stay at if you wish to be close to the slopes. One is Mount Hotham itself, which gives you walking access to the lifts. Your other option is Dinner Plain, which is 10km from the resort. Which one you prefer depends on the type of trip you’re planning (Dinner Plain is more luxurious) and your budget (the further from resort you are, the cheaper, generally.)
Address: Hotham Heights, Great Alpine Road, 3741 Mount Hotham
Want to wake up to 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. If that’s your game.
- Spa baths
- Storage, lessons and passes available from the property
- Free airport shuttle service
Address: 1 Great Alpine Road, Hotham Heights
Mountain Dreaming is just as it’s name suggests - a DREAM to stay in. (Pun intended). It’s a 4-star beauty that’ll sit you right on the steps of Mount Hotham but it’s the unparalleled vistas that you’ll be gaping over. From your private balcony or patio, naturally.
- Free Wi-Fi available
- Self-contained, studio apartments for privacy
- 100 metres from the Big D Ski Lift and Ski School
Address: 1 Great Alpine Road, Mount Hotham
We think it’s safe to say that some of the best snow trip are the ones that involve a great group of mates. But when there’s a brood, there’s always a battle to find accommodation to suit. Right? Not with Arlberg. It caters for big and small groups with options for three-bedroom twelve share apartments. Of course, if your party is only you and your partner, well, there’s room for you too in its studio one shares.
- Fantastic for large groups
- Sauna, massage, hot tubs and pool on site
- 10 minutes drive from Dinner Plan
4. Snowbird Inn
Address: Great Alpine Road, 3741 Mount Hotham
This cosy little inn sports comfortable couches and a fireplace. It’s also only metres away from the Summit Chair lift, making the ski-in and ski-out thing a breeze. Definitely one for the budget-friendly snow goers, it offers 28 dorm style rooms an affordable bistro and a theatre room. For when you need to rest your laurels after a long down on the powder.
- Ski-in / Ski-out access
- 18+ minimum check-in age
- Smoke-free property
Address: Hotham Heights, Great Alpine Rd, Mount Hotham
Honestly, this place had us at the name “Schnapps”. It’ll be just what the doctor ordered after a hard day melting powder - and while there’s no on-site bar, we’re sure you can tuck a drink away or two in your room’s fridge. More than that, this four-star apartment boasts stunning mountain views, late night check-in (until 3am), and private balconies. Because you deserve it.
- Ski-in / ski-out
- Free shuttle service
- 200m from the Village Chairlift
Address: 6 Lawlers Court, Mount Hotham
Make this the view from your abode when you book a room at Alpine Heights. This specialty lodging is one of TripAdvisor’s highest rating for the resort, and with good reason. On top of its dreamy landscape views and indoor heated pool it is literally luxury on the doorsteps of the mountain.
- On-site ski hire
- Hot tub, sauna and indoor pool
- Wi-Fi (surchage may apply)
Address: Hotham Central building opposite the day carpark | Great Alpine Road, Mount Hotham
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 carpark 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.
- Free shuttle service to the slopes
- Shuttle service available at a surcharge to the airport
- Ski-to-door access
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The important info you need to get you to the slopes:
- Season: 10 June - 1 October
- 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.
- Lift pass prices: Lift passes prices are cheapest purchased 14-days in advance. An 2-day adult pass purchased 14-days in advance costs $208 ($192 over the weekend). Passes purchased 1-13 days in advance also incur a discount and start at $123 for a one-day pass or $233 for a two day pass ($216 over the weekend.) Passes booked in advance need to allow 7 days for postage. Details here.
Mount Hotham Weather
The snow season in Mount Hotham this year runs from 10 June - 1 October 2017 so you’ve got plenty of time to get to the slopes. You can keep up to date with the weather and snowfall by downloading the Hothem app here.
Psst - yeah, it’s free.
Skiing Mount Hotham: What You Need to Know
As the highest alpine resort in Victoria, Mount Hotham is definitely worth the journey. Whether it’s from Melbourne or Sydney (or anywhere else), you’ve got a wealth of activities waiting for you at this resort. 13 lifts will take you around the slopes and during your downtime or summer you can explore by foot or mountain bike.
To help make your life easier and plan your trip, here’s a map of the slopes so you can pick and choose the lift you want to match the accommodation that’s most convenient.
Mount Hotham Accommodation Deals
Snow gear deals
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