Changes to parking arrangements at Hotham
With ski-lifting operations at Hotham suspended until at least 19 August and given the expected visitor numbers over the next 6 weeks, the Village bus service will cease operations this Sunday 12 July at midnight.
With this change and the fact that people will be moving around the resort by car, we are also instituting changes to car parking in the resort. Please refer to our Village map if you are not familiar with the areas mentioned below.
Please continue to observe bus stop and loading zone parking restrictions.
Overnight parking areas
Overnight parking will be allowed on the southern (village) side of the Great Alpine Road between bus stop 8 (Moritz) and bus stop 3 (Anton Huette).
The roadside between the Arlberg (bus stop 2) and the Corral car park will remain a reserved car parking area for those operators and guests that have an allocated reserved car park.
Alpine Nature Experience guests will be able to park overnight at the Wire Plain car park.
We would encourage any long term guests and visitors that do not require daily access to their vehicles to keep them parked in the long term overnight parking at Little Higgi car park.
The Corral car park will remain a day car park to facilitate snow clearing access for day visitors.
10 July 2020
Vail Resorts announced that their lifting operations would cease at the end of 9 July until at least 19 August. You can see the full media release here on our website.
We feel for our local businesses, their staff, and all of our guests who are impacted by this action, a necessary part of the response to managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in Victoria.
Hotham is still open
While the lifts may not be running, there are still winter snowsports activities that can continue to run at Hotham. As a result, we have made the decision to keep the resort operating for guests from areas that are not in lockdown.
This means that winter activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and snowplay will still be offered at Hotham, and we encourage visitors who are permitted to travel to consider trying these as alternative ways to enjoy our beautiful winter environment.
Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board will continue to operate the following services in accordance with our COVIDSafe Operating Plan:
• Ski Patrol (reduced capacity)
• Village and car park snow clearing
• Grooming of cross-country trails
• Support for on-mountain businesses through our website and social media channels
• Snow play and tobogganing (conditions dependent)
Vic Roads will continue to clear the Great Alpine Road for access through Mt Hotham.
The following services will not be running:
• Medical Centre
• Local ambulance service
• Village bus service
Please continue checking our website and Facebook page for up-to-date information.
Our next step is to confirm with our on-mountain businesses which ones will continue to operate and update that information on the Hotham website (www.mthotham.com.au).
Dinner Plain, which is in the Alpine Shire, also remains open and will continue to operate for visitors who are permitted to travel. For more information, please check their Facebook page.
We encourage our regional Victorian visitors to continue supporting Hotham businesses and look forward to welcoming them to our beautiful alpine environment.
Reduced Resort Entry pricing
In line with the reduced level of resort operations, the Resort Entry daily price will be $35 per day effective Monday 13 July until at least 19 August 2020.
Resort Entry permits must still be purchased online before travelling to the resort so we can continue to manage capacity and enable contact tracing in line with current public health guidelines. Visitors without Resort Entry will not be permitted to travel into the resort.
Resort Entry refunds and registration cancellations
We recognise some guests who have booked holidays for during this period until 19 August will wish to cancel their plans, so we will be offering refunds on Resort Entry permits for the period. Please complete this online form with the details of your Resort Entry permit if you would like a refund.
If you are a Resort Entry season permit holder, have registered to visit during the period until 19 August and would now like to cancel your registration, you can do by completing this online form.
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.
It’s critical that you continue to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others and you practise good hygiene. If you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for coronavirus, it is vital you stay at home. For full details visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au