Time Out says
One of Australia's highest ski resorts, Mt Hotham has 13 lifts and over 80 runs suited best to intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Hotham has 320 hectares of ski terrain, its own airport, 18 restaurants and bars, and even a luxe day spa, but it is furthest away from Melbourne compared to other alpine resorts.
Distance from Melbourne
Resort entry and parking: Cars and 4WD private vehicles start at $51 per vehicle per day (when purchased online) otherwise $56 on the spot.
Lift passes: Adult and children’s two-day lift passes start at $181 (price varies depending on the date of visit). Plus, tertiary students get 50 per cent off single-day lift passes on Mondays and Fridays.
Adult ski or snowboard packages (which include skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots) is $83 per person for a single day. For the kids, ski or snowboard packages are $52 per child for a single day. Check online for competitive pricing and deals depending on the retailer. Family packages and multi-day discounts also available from various retailers.
Where to stay
Hire your own apartment or chalet for great views of the sugar-coated mountaintops. You'll even be close enough to watch fellow skiers and boarders from the comfort of your own lounge.
For those not fussed by particulars, budget and family-friendly options are varied and plentiful. Ski clubs and lodges in the heart of Hotham village cost roughly $35 per person, per night (during off-peak periods) and include like ample heating and recreational space, a large shared kitchen, as well as comforting extras like shared home cinema, saunas, a billiards table and the occasional snow-brimmed outdoor spa. One of the more spacious lodges, the Vagabond Ski Club starts at only $24 (midweek) and $28 (weekend) for a twin-share room, at off-peak times.
What to do on the offseason
Mt Hotham in summer is a world of its own. From road cycling, mountain bike riding, horse riding, bushwalking, fly fishing and even white water rafting along the Mitta Mitta River. Navigate the many trails (by foot or on wheels – including 4WD and motorbike trails) on your own, or join a guided tour. You can even relax at the Onsen Retreat and Spa located in Dinner Plain. Limited resort restaurants and cafes are open and a welcome break from all the action.