Mt Hotham as a Gay Destination
Skiing enthusiasts have been enjoying the slopes of Mt Hotham for the past 125 years. Located around 350 kilometres from Melbourne, Mt Hotham today is one of Victoria's premiere alpine resorts and boasts a significant snowfall thanks to its altitude of 1,861 metres above sea level. The official season usually commences in early June and lasts until the end of September. There are 320 hectares of fantastic skiable terrain suitable for all ski levels. To transport eager skiers, there are 13 lifts in total including eight quad chairs, two surface conveying lifts, one double chair, one triple chair and a T-bar lift.
To maximise fun on the slopes and to minimise travel time, the Hotham Alpine Resort is conveniently situated moments from the downhills runs and only 20 kilometres from the airport. With around 7,000 beds, there's certainly a complete range of accommodation options at the resort to suit all tastes and budgets including luxury apartments and shared lodges. The resort also features numerous restaurants and bars to keep you entertained during the night and has a great community feel.
All hotels owners welcome gay and lesbian travellers to their beautiful surrounds without even shaking the excess snow from their boots. There's a full range of accommodation options including beautiful chalets, self catering apartments, lodges and functional motels. During Gay Ski Week there isn't really one hotel that becomes the central focus. So you're free to select accommodation based on your own preferences.
Frosty Fruits Ski Trip
What began in 2008 is fast becoming one of the hottest events on the Australian gay calendar. Frosty Fruits Ski Trip gives gay and lesbian skiers the opportunity of enjoying our fabulous alpine terrain with like-minded enthusiasts. The event takes place at Mt Hotham in mid-August and while skiing or snowboarding is the primary reason for attending the event, there are also many extra activities arranged so that you can mingle with the other participants. These events include a welcome lunch and dinner, group breakfasts, après drinks, a dinner cabaret show and a final night party.