Falls ex­tends sea­son by an ex­tra week

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - ByVANESSA BURGESS

DE­SPITE the late ar­rival of snow, the 2015 sea­son has been one of the best for alpine re­sorts in North East Vic­to­ria.

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek have over a me­tre of nat­u­ral snow and Falls Creek’s snow mak­ing ar­eas have over 170cm, while Hotham’s level is at about 150cm.

Falls Creek Lifts’ and Mt Hotham Ski Com­pany’s An­thony O’Shea said the sea­son to date had been fan­tas­tic for all snow lovers.

“We all thought the 2015 sea­son was go­ing to be a late bloomer and it was with the first se­ri­ous snow storm hit­ting re­sorts in early July,” he said.

“Both re­sorts have had fan­tas­tic skiing and snow­board­ing con­di­tions since mid-July and we’ve seen over two me­tres of snow fall across the re­sorts so far.”

The qual­ity of snow which has fallen on both moun­tains has pro­vided op­ti­mum con­di­tions for snow en­thu­si­asts and Mr O’Shea said the po­ten­tial rain event fore­casts have been down­graded.

“The snow qual­ity has been ex­cep­tional this sea­son, if fact quite sim­i­lar to last sea­son,” he said.

“It’s been re­ally good, dry pow­der and both moun­tains have re­ceived an ex­cel­lent cov­er­ing.

“There were some fears about pos­si­ble rain events re­cently, but they were down­graded and I think we’ve man­aged to dodge another wet weather bullet.”

With snow­falls pre­dicted for most of this week, Mr O’Shea said the top up will go a long way to se­cur­ing the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“The snow that’s due to fall won’t be quite as dry, how­ever, the qual­ity will be hardy and re­silient,” he said.

“We’ve had all lifts and all ter­rains open at both re­sorts for the last three weeks, and although we haven’t had a sig­nif­i­cant snow fall for a while, it’s still skiing beau­ti­fully.

“At the mo­ment it looks like Septem­ber has some more fronts forecast which will help the re­sorts have a great fin­ish to the sea­son.”

The sea­son of­fi­cially ends on Septem­ber 27, but Mr O’Shea said Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment have ex­tended their sea­son by one week.

“Falls Creek’s sea­son ends on Oc­to­ber 4 this year, but Mt Hotham Re­sort Man­age­ment have de­cided to fin­ish on the 27th,” he said.

“How­ever, if we get an amaz­ing Septem­ber snow wise, they may look at ex­tend­ing it un­til the end of the spring school hol­i­days.”

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