Australia, Hotham

Australia, Hotham

Things to do - general

Hotham is the highest snow resort in Victoria and is unique in the fact that the village is on top of the mountain. Affectionately known as the ‘Powder Capital’, Hotham has 14 lifts and over 80 downhill runs, from gentle beginner slopes to advanced pitches that test the best, as well as an adult and children’s snowsports school that caters to all levels.

There is also a certified day care centre, plenty of shopping, restaurants and nightlife, not to mention kiteboarding, sunset tours, grooming tours and mini-Skidoo rides for the kids. A snow holiday at Hotham is also a chance to pamper with two-day spas offering beauty and therapy treatments, in addition to a hydro pool, Japanese Onsen and gymnasium at Dinner Plain.

Hotham Accommodation

Set against the stunning background it’s hard not to choose Hotham as the place to stay. Most accommodation options include chalets & apartments but if you’re after a motel style room both the Arlberg Hotel & Alpine Heights offer hotel rooms next to their apartments. Hotham apartment are often tastefully decorated with plenty of luxuries like spa baths, flat screen TV’s, ski storage and drying cupboards. Not all accommodation is situated on top of the hill with some chalets and houses situated down at Dinner Plain just a few minutes’ drive from Hotham Central. Dinner plain boats a fantastic day spa, restaurant, bar and general store for supplies.


Country Australia
Visa requirementsAustralian visa for international travellers
Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedDollars
Ski Area Size320 hectares
Highest Point1845 m
Vertical Drop395 m
Longest Run2.5 km
SeasonJune long week-end to October long week-end
Terrain20% - Beginner 40% - Intermediate 40% - Advanced
Nearest AirportHotham or Albury
Activities Image

Nightlife info

Nightlife at Hotham is loads of fun, with plenty of people letting their hair down in bars and clubs of various sizes across the entire resort. Check out what is happening when you are here with our off-slope events listings available weekly from Guest Services.

Arco-Ski Lodge
Welcome to Arco Ski Lodge, Mount Hotham’s latest food and beverage addition. Located on level 1 of the iconic Jack Frost building, just across the walkway from the Davenport Village Lodges (just head for the big fairy lights in the trees and you’ve found us!).
We are a traditional, Bavarian Bier Hall serving big, hearty German meals of superb quality plus a large range of traditional Bavarian beverages, like our award-winning Arcobräu beers – available in in the giant 1-litre Stein as well as the 300ml and 500ml glass.
We also offer an outstanding range of spirits and of course, an abundance of Schnapps as well as traditional Isaperle soft drinks for the kids.
At the Arco Ski Lodge, there is live entertainment from a wide variety of performers and popular DJs. Put this against a spectacular backdrop of Victoria’s highest, most picturesque alpine resort, Mount Hotham, and you’ve got the perfect place to wind down after a day of skiing and boarding.
Relax in our lounge area, throw some darts and get excited about our daily Après-Ski Party with our beautifully warming Gluhwein, the best schnapps selection on the mountain with the range coming from around Austria, Bavaria and Germany, and enjoy our delicious daily specials.
Enjoy our mouth-watering menu with traditional dishes ranging from soups and giant Brezels to our famous pork knuckle, freshly made schnitzels and huge sharing platters.
Arco Ski Lodge exclusively serves beer from the famous Arcobräu Brewery, the winner of five Gold Medals at the 2013 European Beer awards.
Our staff are dressed in traditional Bavarian outfits. They will spoil you and make sure you definitely don’t go home hungry.
Once the clock hits 10.00pm on Friday and Saturday nights, we dim the lights and treat you to the best nightclub that the area has to offer, featuring renowned DJs from home and abroad.
Arco Ski Lodge caters for all tastes with gluten free options and kids’ menu.
Mount Hotham’s newest, most exciting bar and restaurant has the perfect blend of traditional German food and drink. So come in, enjoy and experience everything we have to offer

Ask your consultant for more information! Nightlife image

Culture and history info

The Mount Hotham Alpine Resort is set in a unique and extreme natural landscape, an environment that has largely shaped its European history, a history that unique to the region and the State.
It must be acknowledged that human habitation of the area did not begin with the arrival of the first Europeans, and that an aboriginal presence in the high country had existed in the Mount Hotham region for many thousands of years previously. This pre and post contact history of the traditional people and their cultural connection to the land is poorly recorded. The principal language groups in the Mount Hotham region included the Gunai Kurnai, Dhudoroa and the Jaitmathang. Aboriginal activity and occupation of the area would have largely been influenced by seasonal conditions. In the spring and summer months aboriginal people would have gathered in large numbers to exploit the fruit berries and Bogong moth, whilst in the winter the region would have largely been inhabitable.
The regions European post-contact history has also largely been influenced by its climate, topography and geology. These natural influences have provided the opportunities, as well as setting the limits on its historical development. The topography has determined it’s the regions form of rugged ranges and broad open plains, whilst its geology has also played a pivotal role in its natural distribution of gold deposits – which led largely led to a mining led exploration of this part of the Great Divide. The fertile basalt plains and cooler summer climate have offered favorable conditions for seasonal summer grazing. The elevation and climate allowed for the development of the ski field tourism. The history of the region has also been strongly influenced by strong-willed individuals, as well as political, economic and social influences.
The history of Hotham has been affected by influences from both sides of the range. Mount Hotham (1868m) is the fourth highest, point in Victoria, atop the solid barrier that that forms the spine of the Great Dividing Range. Both the Ovens Valley on the north and Gippsland to the south have played important influential roles in the history of the Mount Hotham region. Culture and history image

Absollut Apartments

Great Alpine Road Mount Hotham VIC 3741
  The Absollut apartments are some of the most modern and luxurious accommodation on Hotham. Co More info
Book now

Alpine Heights

6 Lawlers Court Mt Hotham VIC 3741
Alpine Heights self-contained apartments and motel style chalet rooms are located above the main vil More info
Book now

Hotham White Crystal Apartments

1 Great Alpine Rd Mt Hotham VIC 3741
  Hotham White Crystal Apartments are the perfect combination of luxury mountain top living and More info
Book now

Lachen Apartments

Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain VIC 3898
Lachen apartments are located in the Davenport Village area of Hotham just 1.7 km from the Hotham vi More info
Book now

Sambuca Apartments

Great Alpine Road Mount Hotham VIC 3741
  Sambuca apartments are well appointed and decorated with modern furnishings. Quality features More info
Book now


Harry the Snowdragon
Join Harry the Snowdragon to sing and dance about the snow!

Back Country Sled Tours
Offers the snow goer a scenic ride through the back country of Mt Hotham with sweeping views of the Dargo Valley.

Fitness classes in the comfort of your own home or at the Spa
Private Yoga, Pilates & Stretch sessions in the comfort of your own accommodation. Let us come to you, or see our weekly timetable of Fitness, Yoga and Pilates classes at the Onsen Retreat & Spa and Hotham locations each week.

Scenic Chairlift Rides
Take in the breathtaking scenery on a scenic chairlift ride at the Big D Quad Chairlift.

HeliLink & Scenic Flights
Spend a day cruising the slopes at Falls Creek or take a scenic flight through the alps... either way you won't be disappointed. The views are truly spectacular!

Kat Skiing Adventures
Access the awesome terrain of Golden Point aboard a Kat.

Kids Snowmobile Rides
Kids get to have fun racing around a snow track on mini snowmobiles!

Night Skiing
Enjoy the slopes under lights at the Big D!

Snow Grooming Tours
A behind the scenes tour of the magic that is corduroy snow!

Brown Brothers Sparkling Sunset Tours
Watch the sunset over the Australian Alps from the summit of Mt Hotham. Tours proudly presented by Brown Brothers of Milawa.

Needing to relax? The White Spa at Hotham and the Onsen Retreat + Spa in Dinner Plain offer the perfect escape.

Sled Dog Tours
Riding behind beautiful huskies amongst snowgums is a great way to enjoy Dinner Plain.

Snow play and Tobogganing
Fun for all ages - tobogganing is a must on your snow holiday!

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Looking to stretch yourself or encourage your child to challenge themselves on the slopes... a Hotham Snowsports Centre program is a great way to achieve results.
Renault Mighty Mites(3-6yrs)
MILO Mighty Mites learn skiing in half or full day sessions. It's a great way to introduce your children to snow, start them skiing or develop their existing skills. The program gives younger children a positive and complete skiing experience through building self-confidence, offering encouragement and having fun.

Renault Kids Klub (6-14 years Skiing and 7-14 years Snowboarding
Both morning and full day programs are offered for kids aged 7 - 14 years of age. It's the perfect opportunity to make new friends while gaining the maximum benefit from skiing and boarding with our qualified children's instructors.

Women's Week
Ski with women without pressure Female instructors 5 Day lift pass 4 hours tuition each day Video analysis Welcome breakfast – Swindlers at 8:45am Skiing with people of the same standard (skiers MUST be intermediate* level or above)

Ask you consultant for more details!


Hotham Airport
Why drive when you can fly to the closest airport to any major snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere...
Hotham Airport is located 20km from Hotham and 10km from Dinner Plain. Transfers from Hotham Airport to your accommodation are available from a range of operators by coach or private 4WD.

Coaches & Taxis
If you're in need of a lift to the mountain there are a number of coach services that can help you out. These services offer a comfortable and convenient way to hit the slopes.
Alternatively if you're looking for a way to get around the mountain or to get a lift from Albury Airport or a local town such as Bright, Harrietville or Omeo, Hotham also has access to a few taxi services which make your trip easy.

Ask you consultant for more details!
Transfers Image

Hot Deals

Three areas, all on the one pass!
A Hotham lift pass gives you access to over 775 hectares of awesome terrain at not only Hotham but Falls Creek and Dinner Plain as well.

Beginner Passes
If you have never been to the snow before these lift and lesson deals make it easy and provide great value for money.

Lift Only Passes
Make the most of your time on the snow and choose a pass that suits your needs. Save when you ski or ride for less! Discounts on multiday lift tickets and season long weekend deals are on offer.

Dinner Plain Lift Passes
Dinner Plain is home to the Cobungra Platter Lift with trails for beginners. Perfect for learning to ski or board. Group & Private lessons are available. Toboganning rules here too on the Peashooter run, adjacent to the ski trail.

Ask you consultant for more details!