Great snow at Hotham and Falls
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.