Falls extends season by an extra week
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.”