Plain old fam­ily fun

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - ByVANESSA BURGESS

DIN­NER Plain is the per­fect place to in­tro­duce your fam­ily to the snow in 2015 and, dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing week­end of the sea­son, you’ll be able to step back in time.

This year’s open­ing week­end theme is ‘Back to the Fu­ture’ and Din­ner Plain co­or­di­na­tor Grant Seamer said there’s plenty to do and see.

“The Back to the Fu­ture theme is a free public event and we will be vis­it­ing four dif­fer­ent eras on Sun­day, June 7, to give vis­i­tors a bit of an in­sight into the his­tory of Din­ner Plain,” he said.

“There will be in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties at each era and the first era is 1851, which is when the gold rush be­gan in the Bright and Omeo area, and there will be gold pan­ning ac­tiv­i­ties and damper cooking.”

The next era will be 1884, when the Alpine Road was put in from Bright to Omeo, and Mr Seamer said peo­ple us­ing the road could have in fact helped give Din­ner Plain its name.

The 1920s era will see the recre­ation of a Cat­tle­man’s camp and there will be live brumbies, swags and a cat­tle­man’s stew cooking on the open fire.

In 1986, con­struc­tion of the Din­ner Plain Vil­lage com­menced and Mr Seamer said this era will be cel­e­brated with a retro disco.

“We want peo­ple to grab a glass of re­gional wine or cider, and sit back and lis­ten to some of the great 80s clas­sics,” Mr Seamer said.

“All of our fes­tiv­i­ties will be cen­tred around Din­ner Plain Hut, and the sea­son will be of­fi­cially opened at 4pm with speeches, and we will fin­ish off the day with fire­works at 6pm.”

With the ad­di­tion of snow­mak­ing fa­cil­i­ties, ski field light­ing and tub­ing, Din­ner Plain is a great spot for fam­i­lies to ex­pe­ri­ence snow for the first time.

The Snow Park is ideal for fam­i­lies look­ing for a qui­eter place to get the fam­ily started on skis or snow­board, and be­gin­ner group lessons and pri­vate lessons are avail­able for those need­ing guid­ance.

Lift prices have been frozen at 2014 prices and Din­ner Plain is of­fer­ing Australia’s cheap­est fam­ily lift ticket at just $99 per day, seven days a week.

GREAT FOR KIDS: Fam­i­lies can en­joy the snow in the qui­eter sur­rounds of Din­ner Plain.

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