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How to get the most out of a Hotham Powder Day

By Drew Jolowicz

Posted 14 July 2021

Whether you’re on skis or a board, experiencing the magic of powder snow is at the very pinnacle of our sport. Effortlessly gliding through the freshly fallen is a feeling that’s hard to replicate. Here at Hotham, we’re fortunate to receive our fair share of Ullr’s finest, with the resort being regarded as Australia’s ‘Powder Capital’. 

As we approach peak season, the anticipation of fresh snow builds. Our snowmakers and mountain ops team have done a stellar job securing excellent early season conditions for sliding. With snow in the forecast, it’s time to dust off the wide skis, wax’em up and get ready for the deep days.

Hotham Bluebird Powder

The Hotham difference: 
Unlike most resorts, the village is perched near the summit with a series of ridges and gullies descending from the top. When storms hit from the south with a cold north-west airflow these terrain features fill up with deep dry snow. This unique topography means Hotham is one of the few resorts in the world where you can make your first turns before catching a lift. 

First Tracks:
Early birds get the powder! Starting soon, Epic Australia Pass holders can enjoy pristine early morning conditions on Heavenly Valley. First Tracks will be available from 7:30 am Wednesday to Sunday. Check the Hotham App, then click in and go before anyone else in Australia! 

Secret Stash:
If the weather’s a bit on the wild side, head to the protected areas of Blue Ribbon. Slightly lower in elevation, this was Hotham’s first lifted terrain and provides excellent shelter during the eye of a storm. The trees of Wood Run and Varsity Drag provide great consistent fall line riding on a powder day out of the elements. 

Choosing the right equipment:
Go big! The right equipment choices can make or break your day. For snowboarders this could mean swapping to a wider board and setting the bindings back a touch. Skiers might swap out the piste skis for a longer, wider option with some rocker to improve flotation in the pow. Ski and board technology continues to evolve, however generally speaking, a ski over 90mm in the waist is better in deeper snow. When you see a storm on the horizon, don’t forget you can always demo the latest and greatest pow skis from OneTree Sports.      

Skill up and take a lesson:
For those looking to improve their powder skills, consider taking a lesson with Hotham’s Ski and Ride School. Offering a wide variety of programs, you’ll improve your technique and maximise your enjoyment. Checkout all the Hotham lesson options here

Tip: New for 2021, checkout our 1hr Earlybird Private Lessons. Starting at 7.30am when Heavenly Valley First Tracks is running, make the most of your pow mornings - skip the lift queues, discover secret spots and improve your pow riding! 

Download the Hotham App and connect via socials:
To stay up to date with all the latest goings on download the Hotham App. Here you’ll find a host of features including weather forecasts, snow reports, live lift status, ski day tracking and real time views of your favourite runs through the live snow-cams. Another great way to stay connected is via social media. Follow @Hothamalpineresort on Instagram and Facebook, and @_hotham on Twitter for live updates on snowfall.

With promising snowfalls on the horizon, Hotham is the place to be this winter. To ensure a great experience, be sure to book ahead (popular dates may sell out) to secure the best prices and avoid disappointment. Visit our COVID-19 updates page for all the latest, up to date information before travelling.  

Most importantly, remember to embrace the storms this winter and get out there to enjoy the fabulous powder Hotham is famous for.  



Drew is a Hotham local who was introduced to skiing at four years old. Since then he has been skiing at Hotham every winter, now aged in his 30's. His skiing has taken him all around the world in search of snow, with memorable destinations including Japan, North America, Canada and New Zealand. 

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