35km of Groomed Cross-Country Ski Trails

Experience the magic of the snow gums and the High Plains while taking in views of Mount Hotham and the Alpine National Park.

For a fun family day out, there is an extensive cross-country trail network that meanders around the Dinner Plain Alpine Village. For more adventure, pack for the day and take the 10km (one-way) journey between Dinner Plain and Mount Hotham. Marked trails wind through a woodland of snow gums and are a unique and memorable way to experience the High Country.

In good weather, a fit person can cover 3km an hour. Remember to make allowances for long steep climbs, photography and rests. Check Dinner Plain’s local rental outlets to hire cross-country skis or snowshoes. Wherever you go, be sure to pack sunscreen, warm clothing, snacks and plenty of drinking water.

Trails are groomed from June until September, dependent on snow conditions, and are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Check the Snow Report for daily updates of cross-country trail conditions during the ski season.

Cross-Country Skiing

XC Trail Network:   35km

Difficulty:  Beginner 37% / Intermediate 37% / Advanced 26%

Trailhead Location:  DP Hut, Horseshoe Circle

Cost:  Free

Car Parking:  Horseshoe Circle car park or Scrubbers End car park.

Shelter & Toilets:  DP Hut on Horseshoe Circle and Scrubbers Hut at Scrubbers End.

XC Lessons & Tours:  Traverse Hotham and Peak to Peak Cross Country Skiing

XC Ski Hire:  Hoys Skis Dinner Plain


Snowshoeing is a low impact and enjoyable way to explore the winter alpine environment. It’s easy to do and a wonderful way to get out and experience the crisp alpine air and peace and quiet of the bush with only the crunch of snow under your feet.

Hire snowshoes at Dinner Plain’s ski hire shops or take a self-guided snowshoe tour (with or without a packed lunch) with Hoys Ski Hire. No resort entry fee or ski lift pass needed!

Dinner Plain has many trails to choose from on its cross-country ski and mountain bike trail network. You can also snowshoe to Mount Hotham along the beautiful 10km Brabralung Trail. Wind your way through majestic snow-covered snow gums and visit the High Country’s historic cattlemen’s huts.

Trailhead Locations:  DP Hut, Horseshoe Circle or Scrubbers Hut, Scrubbers End.

Cost:  Free

Car Parking: Horseshoe Circle car park or Scrubbers End car park.

Shelter & Toilets:  DP Hut and Scrubbers Hut

Snowshoe Hire & Maps: Hotham Sports and Hoys Ski Hire, both located on the Horseshoe Circle roundabout.

Code of Conduct

  • Always ski under control and within your ability.
  • Keep to the left where possible.
  • Keep to the edge of the trail when snowshoeing and avoid damaging the set tracks.
  • Do not obstruct other users.
  • Ski only on groomed or marked trails.
  • Do not ski alone; let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Be prepared for weather changes and take warm protective clothing. Always carry a hat and gloves.
  • Use sunscreen and wear sunglasses or goggles.
  • Eat well prior to activity and carry snacks and fluid.

Shared Trails

The easy trails surrounding the village—Fitzy's Cirque, Oritey's, and Collector's Cirque—are shared trails. To ensure everyone can enjoy the trails, please note:

  • When walking on shared trails, please walk off to the side of the groomed surface to avoid damage to the trail.
  • Please do not walk on the Brabralung Trail or the trails east of the Cobungra Platter Ski Slope without snowshoes.
  • Dog walking is permitted on the shared trails. Please keep to the side and always clean up after your dog. Dog poo must never be buried in the snow.
  • Dogs are strictly prohibited from entering the Alpine National Park that surrounds the village.

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