The first thing you notice when arriving at Mt Hotham is that the ski resort appears to be upside down. The village sits at the top of the mountain, rather than the bottom.

Even stranger, the highest ski runs are gentle green groomers. This geographic oddity means spring is a bonanza for beginners at Mt Hotham, where the snow stays sparkling deep into September.

Now’s the time to take advantage of late-season deals, to kick back on sun-kissed decks, sleep in a “hypedome” under the stars, or soak in an outdoor alpine onsen. Here’s five ways Mt Hotham shines the brightest in spring.

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