What a year for weather it has been at Hotham! After record August snowfalls this winter and bumper post-season rainfalls turning the resort into a lush, colourful green oasis, this weekend was certainly the white icing on the Christmas cake!
After a smattering of snow flurries on Saturday, snowfalls began on Sunday morning and a total of 10cm has fallen in the past 24 hours. Snow has fallen in Hotham and Dinner Plain down to 1200m with temps dropping to -2 degrees and a windchill factor of -8 degrees over the weekend.
The resort is now a true white 'winter/summer' wonderland and at only 5 days out from Christmas there is a good chance, with cold overnight temps forecast, that some snow will remain for Christmas Day. The novelty value of a white Christmas in Australia is certainly high and snowballs fights may be a great way to wear off some pudding indulgences.
The last major snowfalls around Christmas at Hotham were in 2006 and 2000 so this new snow is a rare treat.
If you need a place to keep warm, there are plenty of cosy lodges and apartments open at the moment Click here for more details and where to book.
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20 December 2010