With snowboarding and downhill and Nordic skiing, Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain resorts are a giant outdoor adventure playground come winter. Outside the ski season there are plenty of other interesting pursuits such as hiking, mountain biking and even indoor skiing.
Mt Hotham is home to 320 hectares of downhill runs, with a vertical drop of 428m. About 80% of the ski trails are intermediate or advanced black diamond runs. Beginners hit the Big D, which is open for night skiing every Wednesday and Saturday in winter.
Dinner Plain has excellent cross-country trails around the village, including the Hotham–Dinner Plain Ski Trail. The Dinner Plain Snowpark is a family-friendly and beginners' facility offering snowboarding, tubing and tobogganing.
At least six operators offer ski and other equipment hire; the visitor centres have full lists of outlets, or visit www.mthotham.com.au.
Since the arrival of Hotham365, skiing is no longer a winter-only activity on Mt Hotham, with two indoor ski slopes on synthetic grass on a conveyor belt adjustable for beginner to advanced levels. In winter it's good for beginners to get a feel for things before hitting the snow.
From November to May, Hotham and Dinner Plain boast some stunning alpine trails for hiking, including the epic Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing trail – a two-night, three-day trek to Falls Creek.
Mountain biking is also expanding around Dinner Plain, with new MTB trails gradually being developed. DP Riders hires bikes from $25 a day. There's also a tube park (noon to 3pm, per person $19) on grassy slopes at Dinner Plain that is open during school holidays.