Hopes for more ‘snow­magge­don’

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By VANESSA BURGESS

AF­TER last year’s bumper snow­falls, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham are hop­ing Mother Na­ture will de­liver more of the same dur­ing the 2015 snow sea­son.

Both re­sorts were hit with ‘Snow­magge­don’ events early dur­ing the 2014 sea­son and Falls Creek Ski Lifts and Mt Hotham Ski Com­pany’s An­thony O’Shea said things are look­ing good for the sea­son.

“We would def­i­nitely love more of the same as last year, but it is hard to say whether Mother Na­ture will give it to us two years in a row,” he said.

“That be­ing said, all of the pre­sea­son in­di­ca­tions are look­ing ex­tremely pos­i­tive for an­other great snow sea­son.

“We’ve had snow in both April and May, good rain­fall and some re­ally de­cent frosts and all of th­ese com­bined is help­ing pre­pare the earth for some se­ri­ous snow­mak­ing.”

With snow pre­dicted to fall this week, just in time for the of­fi­cial open­ing week­end, Mr O’Shea said both re­sorts would be seiz­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to help cre­ate a fan­tas­tic base for snow en­thu­si­asts.

“The fore­cast snow and cor­rect weather con­di­tions will en­able us to start snow­mak- ing op­er­a­tions as soon as we can,” he said.

“Mt Hotham has up­graded its snow mak­ing sys­tem un­der­ground and Falls Creek has also had snow mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties up­graded.

“We’ll be putting out some good pro­duc­tion through­out the sea­son, so ski­ing and snow­board­ing should be fab­u­lous this year.”

Last year’s mas­sive dumps oc­curred in June and July, and Mr O’Shea said he hoped sim­i­lar dumps would oc­cur through­out the sea­son.

“We had some fan­tas­tic dumps early in the last sea­son which helped us have the fastest ever open­ing, but not a lot of snow fell af­ter July, so this year it would be great if we had dumps each month,” he said.

“How­ever, you don’t need to have a snow depth of two me­tres to have a great sea­son of ski­ing and snow­board­ing – even with the great snow­falls last year we only had an av­er­age depth of about 1.6 me­tre, which ac­tu­ally wasn’t as much as the year be­fore.”

Mr O’Shea said both Falls Creek and Mt Hotham were busily pre­par­ing for the of­fi­cial open­ing week­end.

“Ev­ery­thing is full steam ahead up at the re­sorts and we are all re­ally ex­cited about the 2015 snow sea­son,” he said.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

FOUR year old Lea Hock­ing made the most of this year’s early snow­falls at Falls Creek in May. Like many other snow lovers, the young snow­bunny is hop­ing the 2015 sea­son will be one to re­mem­ber. And with plenty of events planned to keep the sea­son in­ter­est­ing for ever yone, 2015 is shap­ing up to be a good year on the Alpine slopes.

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