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COVID-19 | Season Updates 

This page will provide updates from Mount Hotham Skiing Company and Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board regarding the 2020 snow season at Hotham.

Updated 17 September 2020

In line with the Third Step of the Victorian Government’s Reopening Roadmap, which came into effect on Wednesday 16 September at 11:59pm, Mt Hotham is again open for visitors from regional Victoria. 

Things to do 

The Hotham skifields are not operating, and due to limited snow cover there is no cross country skiing, toboganning or snowplay. 

However the Alpine National Park is open, and Hotham’s local walking trails have reopened for people living in regional Victoria. More information about our beautiful tracks and trails is on our website: https://www.mthotham.com.au/summer/on-mountain/getting-about/tracks-trails-map 

The Davenport precinct playground and trampoline are also open. 

Hotham cafes and restaurants will be providing dine-in services in line with public health measures: 

  • The General is providing indoor and outdoor dining – contact them on (03) 5759 3523 for more information. 
  • First Run Bar is providing indoor and outdoor dining - contact them via Facebook for more information

Chains still required but resort entry is free

As a result of the cessation of winter services, the Resort Entry fee is not being charged. 

However, the mandatory requirement to carry and fit diamond-pattern tyre chains if directed remains in place until otherwise advised by Vic Roads.  

We remind visitors that despite the warmer weather, in our alpine environment the weather can change quickly, and visitors should check forecasts and be prepared for snow and ice. 

Visitor services 

the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHARMB) office is open to provide key services to visitors and the community.  Contact is requested via phone or email.  All visits must be pre-booked. 

The resort continues to maintain a skeleton Ski Patrol service but for emergencies, please call 000. 

Stay safe 

We remind everyone that face coverings are still required for anyone over the age of 12 years whenever you leave your home, unless a lawful exception applies. In addition, groups of a maximum of 10 people are now able to meet up outdoors (this number does not include children under 12 months of age, who are exempt). 

Stay safe - practise good hygiene and regularly and thoroughly wash your hands. Maintain physical distancing, keep at least 1.5 metres away from others. If you feel unwell, get tested and stay home until you receive your result.  

Help stop the spread

We all need to play our part to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By adhering to public health directions, we can help protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Please visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au for up-to-date health information.

General FAQs

Can guests stay overnight in the resort?
Can I ski or board?
Do I still need to carry tyre chains?
Can I toboggan at Hotham?

Resort Entry - general

Do we still have to pay Resort Entry?

UPDATE: Hotham will not reopen for Spring skiing and snowboarding

4 August 2020 - Vail Resorts today announced it will not reopen its lift operations at Falls Creek and Hotham for Spring skiing and snowboarding following the Victorian Government’s introduction of Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne and Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria, which will be in place for six weeks. This announcement follows the Company’s decision on 9 July to suspend operations until at least 19 August, in line with the re-introduction of Stage 3 restrictions for greater Melbourne and the closure of the NSW border. 

“We made the decision to close Hotham and Falls Creek in early July to support the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to prioritize the health of our employees, guests and community. It was certainly a difficult decision, which unfortunately has been reinforced by the worsening COVID-19 trends and the declaration of a State of Disaster in Victoria until 13 September,” said Pete Brulisauer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Vail Resorts Australia. “We are disappointed to mark the end of the season this way and extend our gratitude to our teams and the businesses in the local community who all worked incredibly hard to open this winter. We also want to thank our loyal guests for their patience and understanding; we look forward to welcoming them back to our resorts for the 2021 season.”    

Perisher will remain open and is unaffected by this decision, operating in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions in NSW.

Guests who retained their 2020 Epic Australia Pass planning to ski and board late season at Hotham and Falls Creek, may apply for a refund under Epic Coverage by emailing claims@epicaustraliapass.com.au.


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