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Hotham Alpine Resort
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Mary's Slide ski run
Mary's Slide ski run
Location Mount Higginbotham, Mount Hotham, Mount Loch
Nearest city Melbourne
Coordinates 36°59′S 147°8′E / 36.983°S 147.133°E / -36.983; 147.133
Top elevation 1,861 metres (6,106 ft) AHD
Base elevation 1,450 metres (4,760 ft) AHD
Skiable area 320 hectares (790 acres)
Runs 72
Longest run Spargo's,
2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi)
Lift system 14 lifts
Lift capacity 24,485 passengers/hr
Terrain parks 4 (snow dependent)
Snowfall 300 centimetres (120 in)
Snowmaking 25 hectares (62 acres)
Night skiing Wednesday & Saturday
MtHothamSkiField
The ski fields of Mount Hotham from Mount Higginbotham (left) across to Mount Loch (right) and beyond.
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Mount Hotham's Village Chair in the summer.

The Hotham Alpine Resort is an Australian ski resort, located in the Alpine region of Victoria. Set on the slopes of Mount Hotham, the ski resort comprises an alpine village, situated at an altitude of 1,750 metres (5,740 ft) AHD, making it the second highest resort village in Australia after Charlotte Pass village, in New South Wales.

Hotham Alpine Resort is an unincorporated area of Victoria surrounded by the locality of Hotham Heights in the Alpine Shire. Road access to the resort is via the Great Alpine Road, located approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) west of Dinner Plain and 31 kilometres (19 mi) south of Bright. Hotham Alpine Resort is located approximately 226 kilometres (140 mi) northeast of Melbourne.

Ownership and operation

The resort is operated by Mt Hotham Resort Management Board and Vail Resorts, who purchased the asset from Merlin Entertainments. Vail Resorts' operating company is Mount Hotham Skiing Company (MHSC), that was granted a lease from the Government of Victoria via the Mt Hotham Resort Management Board. A subsidiary company of MHSC operates the Mount Hotham Airport.

Skiing

Most of the skiing is based on one side of a large valley, and the area connects to the Bogong High Plains. Hotham Alpine Resort features 320 hectares (790 acres) of ski area including 35 kilometres (22 mi) of tree-lined cross-country trails and a network of fourteen lifts. The longest run at Hotham Alpine Resort is 2.5 kilometres (1.6 mi). Hotham features an abundance of runs for skiers and boarders of all standards from beginners (20%) to intermediates (40%) and advanced (40%). The resort is home to one of Australia's most difficult runs, the steep Mary's Slide. It is also home to Australia's only biathlon range.

Lifts

As of 2013 winter, the following ski lifts are in operation:

Lift name Length Elevation Skiers
(per hour)
Big D Quad Chair 396 m (1,299 ft) 64 m (210 ft) 2,400
Blue Ribbon Triple Chair 710 m (2,330 ft) 271 m (889 ft) 1,600
Drift T-Bar 370 m (1,210 ft) 88 m (289 ft) 1,285
Gotcha Quad Chair 472 m (1,549 ft) 140 m (460 ft) 2,400
Heavenly Valley Quad Chair 845 m (2,772 ft) 314 m (1,030 ft) 2,400
Keogh's Quad Chair 383 m (1,257 ft) 128 m (420 ft) 2,400
Orchard Quad Chair 573 m (1,880 ft) 154 m (505 ft) 2,400
Playground Double Chair 614 m (2,014 ft) 199 m (653 ft) 1,000
Roadrunner Quad Chair 671 m (2,201 ft) 153 m (502 ft) 2,400
Summit Quad Chair 595 m (1,952 ft) 98 m (322 ft) 2,400
Summit Trainer Poma 132 m (433 ft) 22 m (72 ft) 500
Village Quad Chair 800 m (2,600 ft) 275 m (902 ft) 2,400
Pup's Playground Magic Carpet 17 m (56 ft)
Harry's Hideaway Magic Carpet 50 m (160 ft)

A list of all 30 lifts that have operated at Hotham over the years is at the Australian Ski Lift Directory.

Climate

Hotham Alpine Resort holds the record for the highest annual precipitation of any Victorian resort over the past decade.

As with most of the Australian Alps, Mount Hotham's climate is, compared to the bulk of Australia, cold throughout the year; with particularly cold maximum temperatures, and Mount Hotham is one of very few areas in Australia that frequently records maximum temperatures below freezing. Mount Hotham is also one of the only places in Australia to have never recorded a temperature above 30 °C (86 °F). During the early 2009 southeastern Australia heat wave, whilst most of the state sweltered above 45 °C (113 °F), the mountain's peak temperature was a mild 28.1 °C (82.6 °F). Snow and sub-zero temperatures can be recorded throughout the year, even in mid-summer; however, due to frequent winter cloud and the mountain's exposed position, a temperature below −10 °C (14 °F) has only once-occurred since records began in 1990.

Owing to its short, cool summers and long, very cold winters, Mount Hotham yields a subpolar oceanic climate (Cfc) with alpine climate (ET) influences.

Climate data for Mount Hotham (1990–2020); 1,849 m AMSL; 36° 58′ 36.12″ S
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 28.2
(82.8)
28.1
(82.6)
24.4
(75.9)
17.3
(63.1)
19.8
(67.6)
11.6
(52.9)
8.7
(47.7)
10.7
(51.3)
13.7
(56.7)
19.0
(66.2)
23.6
(74.5)
26.3
(79.3)
28.2
Average high °C (°F) 16.6
(61.9)
15.9
(60.6)
13.1
(55.6)
8.5
(47.3)
4.6
(40.3)
1.5
(34.7)
-0.2
(31.6)
0.5
(32.9)
3.5
(38.3)
7.6
(45.7)
11.3
(52.3)
14.0
(57.2)
8.08
(46.54)
Average low °C (°F) 8.2
(46.8)
8.0
(46.4)
5.9
(42.6)
2.7
(36.9)
-0.1
(31.8)
-2.4
(27.7)
-3.7
(25.3)
-3.6
(25.5)
-1.7
(28.9)
0.8
(33.4)
3.8
(38.8)
5.9
(42.6)
1.98
(35.57)
Record low °C (°F) -3.7
(25.3)
-3.8
(25.2)
-3.6
(25.5)
-8.2
(17.2)
-7.4
(18.7)
-9.1
(15.6)
-8.8
(16.2)
-10.4
(13.3)
-9.2
(15.4)
-8.4
(16.9)
-6.8
(19.8)
-5.0
(23)
-17.8
Precipitation mm (inches) 97.0
(3.819)
110.3
(4.343)
106.8
(4.205)
95.0
(3.74)
118.2
(4.654)
130.4
(5.134)
131.3
(5.169)
141.4
(5.567)
135.3
(5.327)
122.7
(4.831)
148.4
(5.843)
110.0
(4.331)
1,446.8
(56.961)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 10.6 11.1 10.6 10.9 13.1 14.3 19.6 17.3 13.7 12.5 12.1 10.7 156.5
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Mount Hotham
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