Mount Hotham is the premier kids place to ski in Australia
Rundown: A real skiers’ and snowboarders’ mountain, with the best fall-line terrain and quite often the best snow in NSW and Victoria. Has a good fall back village in the nearby Dinner Plain where you can usually enjoy the snow at cheaper rates.
New in ’05: An innovative learn-to-ski program that for $699 includes lift
passes, skis, bindings, boots and poles – to keep.
The Good: Riding here after a storm is always fun. There’s a variety of terrain for those confident enough to handle their planks or board.
The Not So Good: The inevitable beginners’ bottleneck at Slalom Gully.
$ High Plains Lodge, Dinner Plain (10kms from Mt Hotham): Rates top out at about $170 per night for a double including breakfast. Roomy and pretty reliable.
Website: www.highplains.com.au Phone: (03) 5159 6455
$$ Jack Frost Lodge, Mt Hotham: Good location on the Great Alpine Road and, by Australian standards, its quite modern. A studio apartment for two goes for $1290 a week. Phone: (03) 5755 1467
$$$ Rangers Executive Apartments: Good for larger groups with prices at about $390 per person based on a 10-share weekend. Phone: 1800 246 462
Zirky’s goes well for smaller groups. A one-bedroom apartment (sleeps 2-4) goes for about $3500 a week.
Website: www.zirkys.com.auPhone: (03) 5759 3518