Mount Hotham Alpine Resort

Downhill Terrain

Mt Hotham is Australia’s highest Alpine village at 1750 metres above sea level. It is renowned for it’s advanced and intermediate downhill runs while skier and boarding beginners are also well catered for on the gentle slopes of the Summit and Big D.

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Cross Country Terrain

There are over 35 kilometres of XC trails around the village and to Wire Plain and Dinner Plain village. Trailhead fees are not charged in the Mt Hotham resort.

Some of the most challenging and spectacular XC areas in Australia are also to be found on the Bogong and Dargo High Plains with Mt Hotham serving as a home base for day trips and longer expeditions.

Dogs in the Resort

MHARMB has asked for support from accommodation providers in communicating to visitors that they are not permitted to bring dogs into the resort in winter.

Current policy is that there are only two types of dog permits:

  • one that is only available for short visits in summer, and 
  • a year-round permit available only to residents, year-round Hotham employees, Hotham property owners and Hotham business owners. 

The number of both types of permits is capped, and the 2019 permits have been fully committed.

The strict controls on dogs reflects the laws covering national parks, which are designated as sanctuaries for native animals. 

In particular, the Victorian alpine regions are amongst the most diverse in Australia, with over 100 threatened or endangered species of Flora and Fauna.  It is a priority of the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board (MHARMB) to ensure that these unique and valuable species are not impacted by domestic dogs in the resort.

Enforcement of the dog policy will be carried out during winter, so please ensure your guests are aware of the policy, and advise them that enforcement will be occurring.

Thanks for your help in protecting our precious native species!

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