The Cross-Country Area
Hotham and Dinner Plain has over 35km of trails, with circuits ranging in length from 2km to 15km.
Some trails start straight from Hotham village, or you can take the free village shuttle bus to Wire Plain, the starting point for most courses. Other trails start around Dinner Plain. Something for everyone!
Cross country skiing makes up an active and integral part of the identity of Hotham and Dinner Plain. The infamous Pub to Pub race sees around 100 competitors ski the 11 kilometres from The General Store at Hotham down to the Dinner Plain Hotel.
Hotham is also the location of Australia´s only biathlon range, home of olympic athletes in training and defence force events.
Best of all there are no trail fees for cross-country skiing at the resort. Crosscountry skis can be hired at Hoys Dinner Plain. Phone 03 5759 2589.
Hotham Snowsports Centre also has a range of ski instructors that specialise in cross-country ski instruction. Both group and private lessons are available. For more information phone: 03 5759 4430.
- Elevated between 5052 ft and 5741 ft, the Cross-Country Skiing Area is among the 3 highest elevated Cross-Country Skiing Areas in Australia.
- Snow coverage is usually best during September, offering an average snow depth of 45 " at summit elevation and 1 inch at the base. Therefore Mt Hotham is among the 3 cross-Country Skiing Areas with best snow conditions in Australia.
- Mt Hotham features 43 sunny days on average per season. The average for all cross-Country Skiing Areas in Australia is 40 sunny days. September is the sunniest month with an average of 16 sunny days. This makes the cross-Country skiing area one of the 1 sunniest in Australia.