Welcome to a refreshed looking Alpine News for 2018 and one we plan to continue to grow for the Victorian Snowsports and alpine resorts with new editor Steve Cuff at the helm.
It’s been a busy competition year with Australia’s Winter Olympics athletes achieving great results. Steve Cuff travelled to PyeongChang and covered our Olympic team up close and personal. His coverage and photos are featured in this edition.
It’s also been a busy off season with Falls Creek constructing their new Eagle Express chairlift and Mt Baw Baw receiving a new snow factory.
Hotham has a great new $26 million development, Davenport Central and Mt Buller continues to offer their guests a snow guarantee.
Along with these developments we cover the latest news and a plethora of other interesting stories on the sport, and Victoria’s exciting winter alpine experiences.
Over summer the Victorian Government announced changes in resorts management and board structures with its aims of ‘improving efficiency and transparency’.
Victoria’s Alpine Resorts’ State Gross Product contributes an estimated $911 million to regional communities, including 7900 jobs in Winter and 1200 jobs over Summer.
However the VSA representing ratepayers, remains concerned about the ‘constant financial drain on ski clubs and resort ratepayers’ and will no doubt maintain its campaign for more equitable rates and service charges.
In March the minister announced three new board members at each major resort, and a panel of four board members who will be common to the resorts. We cover these changes in more detail and the new board members appointed.
Enjoy the read and season ahead.