Mt Hotham set to reach new heights
RESORT Management Board CEO Jon Hutchins says the creation of a village square and redevelopment of the area currently occupied by his staff will take Mt Hotham to a new level.
Mr Hutchins says turning the Corral Car Park into the resort’s centrepiece is one of the most exciting projects in Mt Hotham’s history.
“Mt Hotham doesn’t have a sense of place when you drive through it,” he said.
“We have the highest number of cars that go through an alpine resort but we have the lowest visitation over summer, people just don’t stop because there is nowhere to stop.”
The creation of the village square will include picnic facilities, space for entertainment and community events, viewing platforms as well as improved designated bus zones.
With 120 car spaces lost from the squares’ development the resort’s main parking area will become the Loch Carpark.
“It’s a $7 million development with the positioning of the village green, the work to Loch Carpark and the relocation of some services,” Mr Hutchins said.
“There will also be road and landscaping work from the tunnel with the road to be moved closer to the Dargo side to create more room out the front of Hotham Central, an area that gets really congested.”
Also part of the project will be the development of the day centre and building that currently houses the resort management staff.
“Some developers have the offices which were built in the 1960s being replaced by a five-storey mixed-use building,” Mr Hutchins said.
“This will provide new food, retail and entertainment opportunities to guests visiting year-round while they shelter from the elements or dine outside, appreciating the panoramic views across Australia’s Alpine National Park.”
“A new ski patrol and medical centre will ensure that Mt Hotham’s guests will remain safe by allowing ski patrollers and doctors to work hand in hand.”
Mr Hutchins says the development of a village centre would complement the addition of other new infrastructure in recent years.
“Over the last five years the Resort Management Board and Mt Hotham Ski Company have worked together to deliver new water recycling and storage infrastructure as well as increased snow-making within Heavenly Valley,” he said.
“It’s a pretty exciting time, ideally we’d like to start this summer but practically it’s probably more likely to in 2017-18.
“If we don’t get a start this summer it gives us another 12 months to get it all right.”
VROOM WITH A VIEW: Nitro Global Team Riders, from left to right, Sven Thorgren, Markus Kleveland and Torgeir Bergrem will have a different view of the Mt Hotham car park when they return in a couple of years.