A snow holiday is truly one of the greatest holidays – but it can seem somewhat daunting if you’ve never been to the snow or Hotham before.
The information below has been designed to step you through the journey to Hotham, checking in and to make sure you get the most out of your time in the snow. We want this to be the best holiday we're ever had!
If you have any questions at all please contact your Hotham Holidays consultant on 1800 HOTHAM (1800 468 426) or Guest Services (03 5759 4470) who are on board during the winter season from 8am – 5pm to assist you with any questions you may have.
Water resistant outerwear is highly recommended for keeping dry on the slopes and when touring around the village. If you do not have access to water resistant outerwear you can hire it on the mountain at Hotham Sports at Hotham Central, Jack Frost, Pinnacle DP in Dinner Plain or in Harrietville (off-mountain).
To keep warm, wear clothing that can be layered so that you can peel it off or add additional layers according to your body temperature. Pack thermals and/or skivvies, t-shirts, leggings, fleeces, woollen socks, beanies, neck warmers and waterproof gloves.
TIP – Wear thin woollen socks to keep your feet the warmest & most comfortable. Not thick socks and not two pairs of socks either!
To protect your skin and eyes, do not forget sunscreen, sunglasses and goggles. Remember to pack comfortable, waterproof footwear that will offer good grip in slippery, snow conditions. High heels don't go so well in these conditions, nor do runners or backless slip-on shoes.
When out on the slopes have a few things on you to make your experience more enjoyable. These include your free trail map, a snack for energy like chocolate or fruit, some money for hot drinks or snacks, and of course your valid lift pass!
Hotham is Australia’s most accessible resort. Fly, be driven or drive yourself… the choice is yours… click on the links below for more information.
Fly direct to the snow with QantasLink from Sydney into Hotham Airport. Coach transfers meet all flights.
Including touring routes, preparing your car & parking at Hotham. You can hire chains at the new Hotham Sports Store in Harrietville on your way here.
Once you arrive on mountain you will need to check-in. There are numerous check-in locations at Hotham including White Crystal Reception, Hotham Central Reception and Zirky’s.
You can find these locations on the Village Map. Click Here to see a Village Map.
Check-in commences at 3.30pm for all accommodation on the day of your arrival and check-out is required by 10am on the day of your departure.
Some apartments do have their own carparks – please ask your Hotham Holidays consultant when booking your accommodation.
Click Here to learn more about the extra services Hotham Holidays can offer you on your next holiday to Hotham.
If you package your lift, lesson and or equipment hire passes – not only can you save up to 50% in some periods of the season, but you also have the convenience of your passes being ready for you on your arrival, when you check-in to your accommodation.
If you have not packaged your lift, lesson and or hire passes – head to a Tickets outlet at either Hotham Central, Jack Frost (Davenport) or Dinner Plain (Pinnacle DP) and purchase your required passes on your arrival. Click here for more information on Lift Passes.
You can pick up or purchase your passes from a ticket outlet or Hotham Sports outlet, on mountain when you arrive or off-mountain on your way up. At any Hotham Sports outlet you can also pick up your equipment. Outlets are located off-mountain at the NEW Harrietville Store plus on-mountain in Hotham Central, Jack Frost @ Davenport and Pinnacle @ Dinner Plain.
The following equipment and clothing is available for hire at Hotham Sports:
- Skis, boots & poles
- Demo Skis
- Snowboard and boots
- Water resistant outerwear
- Moonboots (for walking around the village)
- Snow Blades
- Snowchains for your car (Harrietville store only)
Please Note: Clothing is available for children 2 years and older and skis are available for children 3 years and older. For hygiene reasons, Hotham Sports do not hire out goggles and gloves; however they are available for purchase from on and off-mountain retail stores.
Click Here for more information on Hotham Sports Equipment Hire including pricing, pre-registration and ski hire steps.
Premium Ski and Boot Hire @ Zirky's
If you’re looking for premium equipment hire – Zirky’s is the place for you. Located at the bottom of the Zirky’s building adjacent to Hotham Central – the expert bootfitters are on hand to help you ensure you get the very best hire equipment available. Ski alignment programs are also on offer plus hardware sales of skis and boots.
Never skied or snowboarded before?
For your own safety and the safety of others around you, it is imperative that you take at least one lesson and we highly recommend taking a few. It's easy to improve and enjoy the sport when you are assisted with a few tips from our expert instructors. Group lessons are a great way to make new friends too! Private lessons are also available from 1 hour duration through to full days.
The Snowsports Centre caters for adults (15 years or above), and the Kids Snowzone caters for children from 3 to 14 years of age. The Adult Snowsports Meeting area and office is located in front of the Hotham Central Building. The Kids Snowzone is located adjacent to the Big D chairlift.
Even if you’re a seasoned expert on the slopes, the Hotham Snowsports School is sure to offer you advice that will help you excel on the slopes.
Click Here for more information on beginner programs, adult and kids group and private lessons.
The Hotham Alpine Resort official website gives you the latest information on weather, what's on and more... visit www.hotham.com.au to stay in touch.
You can also join our Online Community to receive email daily or weekly snow reports, sms snowfall alerts and Hotham weekly newsletters. Plus by joining you can see photos and videos of other guest's holidays and even upload your own!
Click Here to join and keep updated.
Don't forget Hotham weather forecasts and cams are also available on your mobile - simply visit www.hotham.mobi when you're next on your mobile.
The new Hotham iPhone app can also keep you updated on-mountain with conditions, cams, news, deals, contacts and best of all, a tracking function so you can log your runs and record your vertical and distance achieved on the hill. Download it for FREE from the iTunes store.
Free village buses circuit the village from 6.45am until 1am the next morning.
Load your skis in the racks on the side of the bus (snowboards can be taken on) and get on/off at any one of the many stops.
A bus will also drop you off and pick you up when you need to access your car at the day or overnight carparks. The village map outlines the bus route. Just tell the bus driver when you get on that you are going to your car and what the name of the carpark you are in is.
A bus also operates regularly between Hotham and Dinner Plain during the day and select nights during the week.
Click here for more information on Hotham Village and Dinner Plain transport.
Looking for directions around the resort or advice on where to find a great meal? Just ask a Guest Service team member! Hotham’s Guest Services team can be found dressed in wasabi green on the slopes and at the Guest Services desk in Hotham Central.
If you’re an intermediate skier / boarder or above – sign up at Guest Services for an informative free guided tour of the mountain and get tips on the best skiing and boarding locations.
Don’t forget to pick up a village map and/or download our new Hotham iPhone app to help you have the very best holiday. Grab one of these:
Hotham Trail Map and Activities Guide
Hotham Village Map
Hotham Snowsports Guide - kids and adults
If you have any questions during your stay just ask – our staff are more than happy to help or simply call Guest Services (03 5759 4470).
We hope you enjoy your holiday at Hotham Alpine Resort!