Planning Your Holiday
Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable winter holiday in the snow.
What to bring
When you pack your bags for this year's snow holiday don't forget to include:
- Boots with a bit of a tread!
- Waterproof pants and jacket
- Hat like a beanie or woollen one!
- Plenty of layers like t-shirts, skivvy, woolly jumper and underclothing
- Casual clothes for apres
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Camera - the views are fantastic and you'll have to get a shot of you in the heart of the Victoria Alps.
Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be fully prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment.
When planning it is important to prepare your vehicle for a trip to the snow, organise your clothes and equipment, improve your fitness, organise lessons, take special care with children and arrange to leave details of your trip.
Watch the sun
In the Alps you can be exposed to strong direct sun and reflection from the snow, so you need to wear lots of sunscreen and protect your eyes from glare by always wearing sunglasses. The glare off the snow can be particularly strong and can lead to 'snow blindness' where your eyes will sting, show redness and possibly need medical attention.
Try before you buy
If you're new to the snow its best to rent your equipment before you buy. That way you can graduate to more advanced equipment as your skiing/boarding improves at an affordable rate. There are plenty of rental shops on the mountain so you can conveniently swap sizes and styles during your stay.
Click Here for more information on equipment hire and sales.
Driving and parking in the snow
Carry snowchains, it's a legal requirement. All vehicles entering the Alpine Road Reserve (base of mountain) must have snowchains for their tyres as a safety precaution and fit them where directed. Diamond pattern chains are now mandatory for all vehicles entering the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort. Ladder chains, spider chains and snow socks are not permitted to be used at any time.
The Mt Hotham Snow Chain Service operates on the Harrietville side of the village and will fit your chains for you at the point where you are directed to fit them. The small fee that the guys charge is probably one of the best purchases of your snow holiday!!!
- Remember antifreeze in your radiator
- Leave your windscreen wipers up off the windscreen (avoids them freezing to the glass)
- Leave your handbrake OFF and your car in gear (avoids freezing the brake on).
Click Here for more tips on driving and parking in the snow.
Resort Entry Fee
A resort entry fee is applied to vehicles and passengers of coaches and taxis entering the resort during the declared snow season from Queens Birthday weekend in June to the 29th of September, 2013.
Getting to your accommodation
Hotham Alpine Resort is linear so it follows along the Great Alpine Road and almost all accommodation is within 50 -100 metres of the road. There are unloading zones along the road where you can stop, unpack your gear from the car and either walk the short distance or have your luggage transported by oversnow transport to your accommodation. Once you have dropped your gear into the lodge or perhaps as the rest of your group does that, you can park your car in the overnight car parks at the end of the village. The free village bus service will pick you up and drop you off at one of the 8 bus stops closest to your accommodation. Remember that the free village bus service operates daily from 7am until the wee hours of the night (1-3am depending on when the bars are closing!).
Groceries & Eating Out
Hotham Central Supermarket offers a great option of ordering your groceries before you arrive.
Click here to order groceries online.
With over 218 bars and restaurants (including Dinner Plain), there are numerous venues to dine and drink during your stay.
Click Here to check out what's on offer at Hotham.
Getting fit for the snow
Try out these great exercises to get fit and ready for the snow.
If you have any questions about your snow holiday feel free to contact Guest Services open from 8am to 5pm from 6 June to 27 September on
(03) 5759 4470 or visit them in the Hotham Central building on your arrival.