Great snow at Hotham and Falls

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

NEW statis­tics from the Alpine Re­sorts Co­or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil (ARCC) re­veal that 2014 was the best sea­son in sev­eral years for Vic­to­ria’s six alpine re­sorts.

Over 775,000 peo­ple vis­ited Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling, Mt Baw Baw and Lake Moun­tain alpine re­sorts dur­ing the 17-week sea­son.

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek saw vis­i­tor num­bers in­crease.

Vis­i­tors to Mt Hotham in­creased by 25 per cent on 2013, to 122,000.

Falls Creek was also up, with more than 137,500 peo­ple vis­it­ing the re­sort dur­ing win­ter 2014.

ARCC ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ian Swan said that 2014 had de­liv­ered con­sis­tently good snow, which bodes well for the up­com­ing sea­son. “We had a strong sea­son in 2014,” he said. “Com­bined, Falls Creek and Mt Hotham recorded 680,000 vis­i­tor days, and 1.4 mil­lion vis­i­tor days were recorded across all six Vic­to­rian re­sorts.

“To­tal vis­i­tor num­bers were up by 32 per cent on win­ter 2013.

“All the Vic­to­rian re­sorts are look­ing for­ward to a fan­tas­tic win­ter this year, hope­fully with record num­bers of both snow and vis­i­tors.

“Aside from ski­ing and snow­board­ing, Vic­to­ria’s alpine re­sorts have so much on of­fer – from to­bog­gan­ing, snow­shoe­ing and kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties to snow­bik­ing, night ski­ing and sled dog tours.

“Vis­i­tors are em­brac­ing the choices on of­fer in­clud­ing fine dining op­tions and re­lax­ing day spas.”

The new fig­ures also show that the 2014 snow sea­son con­trib­uted 5967 jobs and $668 mil­lion to Vic­to­ria’s econ­omy.

The ARCC is a gov­ern­ment agency that fo­cuses on the strate­gic di­rec­tion and sus­tain­able growth for Vic­to­ria’s six alpine re­sorts: Mt Hotham, Falls Creek, Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling, Mt Baw Baw and Lake Moun­tain.

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