Australia Victoria - Mt Hotham


Vertical drop: 395 metres

Annual snowfall:  3 metres

Snowmaking:  25 hectares

Longest run:  2.5km

Number of lifts: 13 (including 1 at Dinner Plain)

Parks/pipes: Three for mix of levels

Lift queues/efficiency rating: 8/10

Terrain: 320 hectares

Day ticket: $57-$113

When: June long weekend to late September.

Getting there from Melbourne: About 360 kilometres or 4.5 hours via Milawa, Myrtleford and Harrietville along the multi-lane Hume Highway/Freeway and then single-lane highway. Alternate route is via Bairnsdale, Omeo and Dinner Plain, about 460 kilometres or six hours along multi-laned  Princes Highway and then single-lane highway that becomes very windy on the approach into Omeo.

Getting there from Sydney:  About 750 kilometres or nine hours via Albury-Wodonga, Yackandandah, Myrtleford and Harrietville along the multi-laned Hume Highway/Freeway and single-lane highway.

Chains: Last chance is at Bright and Harrietville; from the opposite approach last chance is at Omeo.

Airports/transport: QantasLink has previously run scheduled winter flights to Mount Hotham airport (25 minutes from resort); not running in 2014, they could kick in again one day. Private charter flights can also fly in and are worth considering if you can split costs with others. Some charter operators are listed on Mount Hotham’s web site.

 

jim darby/the snow biz
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arnie wilson/from the alps
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There's a lot to like about ski lifts, and the people who make them.

Life is full of ironies. The Alps got the snow and Russia got the Olympics.

Meet the fashion victims; a whole winter world of them.