All Alpine re­sorts ex­tend snow sea­son

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MOUNT Hotham Ski­ing Company has con­firmed that this year’s snow sea­son – hailed as the best in al­most two decades – will be ex­tended un­til Oc­to­ber 8.

Falls for the sea­son have to­talled 420 cen­time­tres af­ter last week’s ‘Bliz­zard of Oz 3’, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to ex­tend the usual close of the sea­son for the first time in 17 years.

Falls Creek and Mount Buller re­sorts are also ex­tend­ing the sea­sons above Mount Beauty and Mans­field.

Mt Hotham Ski Pa­trol di­rec­tor Bill Barker said the sea­son’s fall on Hotham ex­ceeds the height of a fe­male gi­raffe.

“These con­di­tions are among the best I have seen since 2000 and are ri­valling over­seas alpine re­sorts,” he said.

“With the pass­ing of the most re­cent snow storm, the clouds have parted and guests are en­joy­ing spring sun­shine with in­cred­i­ble snow un­der­foot.”

Mel­bourne’s Bren­dan Hal­lo­ran said his fam­ily had “lucked out” with some of the best Septem­ber snow they had ever seen.

“Right now, we could not ask for any­thing bet­ter.”

Mount Hotham Ski­ing Company gen­eral man­ager Belinda Trem­bath said the re­sort was truly ex­cited by the in­cred­i­ble snow­fall.

“To have the three top Vic­to­rian re­sorts now open for the final week of school hol­i­days pro­vides an ex­cit­ing time for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence qual­ity snow at an af­ford­able price,” she said.

Hotham’s final week of the sea­son will in­clude dis­counted lift tick­ets and ski- learn­ing pack­ages.

Some of the moun­tain’s favoured restau­rants will also re­main open.

Ms Trem­bath said the snow con­di­tions were “epic” across 320 hectares of ski ter­rain.

There are a to­tal of 158 runs at Hotham and Falls Creek fields.

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