Some good advice from police
ALTHOUGH visitors are in a relaxed mood on mountain, they need to take a number of precautions to ensure their trip is an enjoyable and safe one, according to local police.
Bright police’s Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll said motorists need to keep cars locked and ensure no valuables are visible to passers-by, as opportunistic theft does happen at resorts.
Sgt Incoll suggested splitting skis with friends as a way of deterring would-be thieves who might have their eye on gear, as well making sure everything is labelled and named.
With winter well and truly here, it is imperative that drivers obey the speed limits, drive
We want people to be safe on the mountain and have an enjoyable stay - Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll
to the prevailing conditions and be prepared for weather changes which can occur quickly.
“We want people to be safe on the mountain and have an enjoyable stay,” Sgt Incoll said.
Hotham Resort Management Board has instituted new regulations surrounding chains and only the diamond patterned variety can now be used legally.
“These have been identified as being safer and more effective; this season is being seen as an introductory period and learning opportunity for drivers but from next year, people will be penalised,” Sgt Incoll said.
Police are also encouraging people not to indulge too heavily and take partying to a level where it could compromise your health.
“Drugs, alcohol and snow don’t mix because of a number of reasons,” Sgt Incoll said.
“You have to have your wits about you and you need to have the ability to remain calm if a whiteout sets in and these can happen out of the blue.
“If you are intoxicated and get caught in the snow, hypothermia can set in quicker.”
If trail walking is your thing, be sure to prepare a trip intention plan and give it to police or the accommodation venue owner of where you’re staying.
An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) is a very wise investment and critical if you do get off course at any stage and require assistance.
“EPIRBs can be the difference between life and death and also make any search and rescue a lot easier,” he said.
“Always let people know where you’re going and in a group situation, this could mean making a pre-determined time to meet at a certain place.”
Skiers and boarders also need to be mindful of zipping up pockets when using ski lifts, as a surprising number of people lose wallets and mobile phones in the snow below.
“They’re generally not found until the snow melts in spring or summer and by then they’re not in a good state,” he said.