Early re­sort open­ings due to im­pres­sive early snow­falls

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IT’S AL­WAYS a good way to start the of­fi­cial win­ter sea­son with ac­tual white flakes on the ground and this year Mother Na­ture de­cided to come along to the Aus­tralian ski re­sorts and make her pres­ence known in glo­ri­ous fash­ion and she did so, a few weeks early, just to get the party started!

Mt Buller of­fi­cially opened on Fri­day June 2 af­ter re­ceiv­ing some im­pres­sive nat­u­ral falls, which were backed up by their ex­ten­sive snow­mak­ing in­fras­truc­ture.

The ‘on’ switch was flicked to their new sta­dium light­ing which lit up Bourke St on the night for skiers and board­ers and the be­gin­ner run re­mained open for the rest of the week which was a whole week ear­lier than an­tic­i­pated.

One thing Buller does well is a party and they did so over the long week­end with fire­works, gluh­wein and chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and most im­por­tantly there was snow on the ground, which made for a great at­mos­phere over the vil­lage.

Mt Hotham launched their ‘ True Spirit of Alpine Aus­tralia’ brand­ing cam­paign at the start of June and the new iden­tity po­si­tions Hotham as Aus­tralia’s most thrill-seek­ing alpine moun­tain and Hotham also re­ceived some de­cent early snow­falls.

With snow on the ground, the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Mt Hotham 2017 Win­ter Sea­son was an­nounced by MP, (Sec­re­tary for Tourism, Ma­jor Events and Re­gional Vic­to­ria) Danielle Green.

Guests en­joyed the first runs of the sea­son on open­ing week­end, with lifts op­er­at­ing from the Satur­day and per­fect weather con­di­tions.

The week­end saw the most ac­ces­si­ble ter­rain on open­ing week­end since 2012 with The Sum­mit, Big D and Sum­mit Trainer ski runs in full op­er­a­tion.

MP Danielle Green en­joyed her time up at Mt Hotham and praised the role of the Alpine re­sorts and eco­nomic ben­e­fit they pro­vide to the wider com­mu­nity.

“Spend by tourists in re­gional Vic­to­ria is up by 28.2 per cent, which is com­pared to the na­tional av­er­age growth of 4.7 per cent, so we are re­ally punch­ing above our weight and the alpine re­sorts are such an im­por­tant part of that.”

Mt Baw Baw also recorded im­pres­sive early snow­falls and were able to open early as a re­sult of the white flakes mak­ing their way to the Gipp­s­land re­gion. The cool weather and cold front from the south re­sulted in record amounts of early snow­fall at Mt Baw Baw. The moun­tain of­fi­cially opened for snow play on the first day of win­ter which was a real wel­come for the re­sort.

Mt Baw Baw Gen­eral Man­ager, John Fas­cio, said re­sort staff had not seen such a vast amount of snow be­fore the of­fi­cial launch, his­tor­i­cally held on the Queen’s Birth­day long week­end ev­ery year, since 2010.

“We were sur­prised to see snow­fall at the be­gin­ning of May, and the snow in late May/early June en­abled us to be able to open the moun­tain more than a week early,” Mr Fas­cio said.

PHOTO: Mt Hotham

◆ DIGNITORIES: Board mem­bers from the Mount Hotham Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board pose with MP Danielle Green (with the red hat) from left David An­stee, Max­ine Mo­rand (deputy chair), Danielle Green, Ni­cole Feeney (chair­per­son), Jo Shan­non, An­drew Skewes and Ju­lia Hunter.

PHOTO: Mt Hotham

◆ FRESH: Mt Hotham en­joyed some de­cent early snow­falls which al­lowed for a stel­lar kick off to sea­son 2017.

PHOTO: An­drew Rail­ton

◆ CEL­E­BRA­TION: With snow on the ground, Mt Buller threw a great open­ing week­end party and lit up the night sky with an im­pres­sive fire­works dis­play.

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