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Alpine News - - Contents - Hart­ley Hig­gins - Pub­lisher

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.

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