Four hours from Melbourne and claimed as Australia's powder capital, with free snowcat skiing on its best slopes. The resort is built along the top of a ridge, with the slopes below it and some of the country's most exclusive hotels. Hotham Central has apartments, shops and restaurants. Dinner Plain 15-minutes' drive away has lodging, bars and restaurants too. The 13 lifts serve varied slopes, including some consistently steep terrain. The area has a good snow record. There's a popular terrain park, snowshoeing, dog sledding and helicopter rides to ski Falls Creek.