Disabled Winter Sport Australia
Visitors to the resort are asked to observe parking directives and signs. Resort Operations Areas and No Standing Anytime zones are marked for safety and operational reasons. If you ignore these signs and park in these areas, you will incure a infringement as you would in any other town or city.
Don't forget to purchase your Resort Entry Permit
Remember all vehicles stopping in a Victorian Alpine Resort must have a valid authorised Resort Entry Permit. Day, Multi-day and Season Resort Entry Permits are available through the online system of alpineeasyaccess.com.au, allowing guests to purchase prior to or immediately upon arrival, alleviating the need to queue at an entry booth to purchase an Entry Permit, giving you more time on the snow and less time in your car.
Alpine Easy Access is smart phone compatible allowing you to purchase your Resort Entry as you travel to Mount Hotham giving you more time on the snow with no Resort Entry queues.
Park in the Blue day parking area's. These are clearly displayed on the village map.
The Corral Car Park is suitable for all levels of adaptive snow sports participants. There are two designated disabled parking bays in the Corral Car Park which is located immediately opposite the Village chairlift and adjacent to the Resort Management Office. A Transit Lounge with wheelchair accessible toilets is also conveniently located in this building. Access to the snowfields is approx 50m from the Corral Car Park therefore wheelchair access and assistance with moving personal adaptive equipment to the snowfields may be required.
If the disabled parking bays are occupied and the remainder of the car park is also full or not suitable for your specific needs, contact Resort Management and explain your specific requirements. Resort Management will be able to allocate alternative parking in front of the Snowbird Inn or Zirky’s for you to utilise for the day access. This parking is also located close to the Transit Lounge and snowfields.
Alternatively, you can use the 15/30 minute parking bays in front of the Snowbird Inn or Zirky’s to off-load your equipment and yourself then have a companion relocate your vehicle to an alternative day car par further into the village.
Suitable for strong intermediate to advanced levels of adaptive snow sports participants. The Loch Car Park is located adjacent to the Snowmaking reservoir and at the top of the Heavenly Valley ski area.
Under ordinary conditions, the car park is cleared of snow and there is direct access to the snowfields from your vehicle.
Whilst there are no designated disabled parking bays within this car park, ordinarily the car park is not congested.
Important Note: This car park is the highest public car park in Victoria at 1800 meters, it offers stunning views in a unique location. This also means that the car park is quite exposed to the elements and regularly subject to high winds and deep snow drifts during or immediately after snow storms.
A small heated public shelter with wheelchair accessible toilets is also conveniently located at the top of the Heavenly Valley chairlift. DWA has supplied a guest wheel chair within the public area to assist in gaining entry into the shelter and access the toilets.
Park in the GREEN areas displayed on the Village Map. If you arrive late, proceed to the Long-term/Overnight parking areas advising the Night Village Bus Driver first that you will require transport back to your accommodation.
If you are staying overnight you will need to move your vehicle from the village to a long term car park by 11:00pm.
Overnight / Long Term Parking is for guests staying on the mountain. Parking commences 3km below Hotham Central, towards Omeo. Visitors to Mount Hotham are asked to observe parking directives and signs. Resort Operations, No Standing Anytime and Bus Zones are clearly marked for safety and operational reasons. You are welcome to come intoo r call the Resort Management Office located adjacent to Car Park 2 if you have questions or need more information.
When you arrive at the resort or are moving from a day car park you can unload your luggage in one of the many 15/30 minute parking areas near your accommodation then move your car into one of the long term car parks.
A Free Village Shuttle Bus, which is not suitable for wheelchair access, will pick you up from the long term car park and take you to a bus stop nearest your accommodation.
Lift Passes and Lessons
Through the support of the Australian Ski Area’s Association (ASAA) and Hotham, DWA members are provided with a 50% concession on a regular full day lift pass (adult and child) on presentation of your current valid DWA membership card at any Hotham ticket office.
This concession applies both to the person with a disability and a person provideing onsnow support if needed. This will contribute to the goal of providing access for people with disabilities at the same total price of a single lift pass.
You will need to purchase your lift pass and present your DWA membership card at any ticket outlet.
The Hotham Ski & Ride School has substantial capability with many instructors available to deliver adaptive private lessons to people with all types of disabilities. Their friendly, enthusiastic, very capable & experienced instructors can help you advance and develop your adaptive skiing/riding skills and make your visit to Hotham that much more enjoyable.
DWA strongly advocates DWA members take regular lessons to both learn how to properly and safely ski/ride with the adaptive equipment and to progress skill development if that is your goal.
Remember that you can request a DWA volunteer guide to assist you during your lesson so that your instructor can focus on delivering the lesson.
The Hotham Ski & Ride School is located within the Hotham Central building (opposite side of Great Alpine Rd to Resort Management office). It is recommended that you book adaptive lessons over the phone so that you can discuss your specific requirements and capabilities. Hotham Ski & Ride School, also provides concessional access to lessons for DWA members at 50% off, please contact them for more specific information about these concessions.
Lifts and Terrain
For adaptive specific information regarding Lifts and Terrain please visit the DWA website.
DWA has not yet identified any on-mountain fully accessible accommodation.
There are a number of partially accessible on-mountain and off-mountain options. For further information please visit the DWA website.
Established in 1978 as the Australian Disabled Skiers Federation, we are now known as Disabled Wintersport Australia. (DWA) The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually.
From its programs some of the world’s finest alpine skiers have emerged recording victories at the highest level of international competition. The organisations members range from recreational skiers to Australia’s Winter Paralympians.
DWA is an organisation with a national perspective taking responsibility for development of disability winter sport in Australia. Through building the capability and capacity of a National Sport System, including accountability at the National level, we provide members with technically sound sports programs, policies and service.
DWA’s mission is:
“To promote and foster the advancement of participation by people with a disability in wintersport both in Australia and overseas”.
Our Vision is:
“The equality of opportunity for people with disabilities to participate at all levels in the winter sport of their choice.”
DWA is The National Sporting Organisation (NSO) body responsible for Adaptive Winter Sport in Australia.
We have developed Sporting Pathways at the social, active recreational and elite level. They currently include:
Winter Paralympic preparation pathway
Special Olympic Australian Athlete Development Pathway
Australian Military Athlete Development Pathway
Australian Professional Instructors Pathway
Volunteer Adaptive Snow Sport Guide Development Pathway
DWA members range from recreational skiers to Australia’s Winter Paralympians. Membership to the organisation entitles membership holders to concessions on lift passes and private lessons at all ski resorts in Australia. It also gives them access to an extensive range of adaptive ski equipment, discounted accessible accommodation, and a range of skill development, sport and recreational programs.
A unique organisation DWA is a:
- Public Benevolent Institute.
- Deductible Gift Recipient and Income Tax Exempt Charity.
- Not for Profit Organisation.
- Registered Fundraising Organisation under the Charitable Fundraising Act.
- Adaptive Snow Sport Training Organisation