champion US snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler decked out in tighter snowboard gear by Oakley.

Hot tips for cool times

If you want to find the best parties, the coolest bar life, have the best boards on your feet and go faster than ever this ski season, here are our tips.

  • Contains:
  • This article contains a photo gallery
Taste of fun ... there's plenty to love about Australian snow.

50 reasons to love Australian snow

With the snow season opening this weekend, our experts spill the beans on the best of Australian snow, with the things they love about skiing and snowboarding Down Under.

  • Contains:
The view from the top of Mount Hotham

Mount Hotham - Places to See

Mount Hotham (including Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plains)
Popular destination on the Victorian snowfields.
Known as "the Giant", Mount Hotham (1862 metres), in the heart of the Bogong National Park, is 373 km north-east of Melbourne. In the winter months it has a reliable snow cover and consequently is highly regarded by the skiing fraternity who claim it has both excellent powder snow and high-quality downhill skiing slopes. At 1840 metres, the resort is the most elevated in Australia. It is also unusual in that the village (which is 1740 metres above sea level) is located at the top of the forty or so ski runs, which are serviced by nine ski lifts.

  • Contains:

Mount Hotham - Fast Facts

Mount Hotham (including Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plains)
Popular destination on the Victorian snowfields.
Known as "the Giant", Mount Hotham (1862 metres), in the heart of the Bogong National Park, is 373 km north-east of Melbourne. In the winter months it has a reliable snow cover and consequently is highly regarded by the skiing fraternity who claim it has both excellent powder snow and high-quality downhill skiing slopes. At 1840 metres, the resort is the most elevated in Australia. It is also unusual in that the village (which is 1740 metres above sea level) is located at the top of the forty or so ski runs, which are serviced by nine ski lifts.

  • Contains:

Mount Hotham - Eat

Mount Hotham (including Mt Hotham Alpine Resort and Dinner Plains)
Popular destination on the Victorian snowfields.
Known as "the Giant", Mount Hotham (1862 metres), in the heart of the Bogong National Park, is 373 km north-east of Melbourne. In the winter months it has a reliable snow cover and consequently is highly regarded by the skiing fraternity who claim it has both excellent powder snow and high-quality downhill skiing slopes. At 1840 metres, the resort is the most elevated in Australia. It is also unusual in that the village (which is 1740 metres above sea level) is located at the top of the forty or so ski runs, which are serviced by nine ski lifts.

  • Contains: