More bang for your ski­ing buck

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

MAK­ING ski­ing more af­ford­able for fam­i­lies is the driv­ing rea­son be­hind the ex­ten­sion of chil­dren’s aged tick­ets to 18, says Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com­pany gen­eral man­ager Belinda Trem­bath.

Chil­dren’s pric­ing was pre­vi­ously up to 15 years with an ad­di­tional youth age price cat­e­gory for those 15-18 years.

The change of pol­icy means older kids can con­tinue to ski and get rentals at kids’ prices un­til they are 18 years old.

“It is one way we can make a hol­i­day in the snow more af­ford­able for fam­i­lies with se­condary school aged chil­dren,” Ms Trem­bath said.

“The real­ity is that most chil­dren up to the time they are 18 are still de­pen­dent on their par­ents.

“Of course for some year 12 students they will turn 18 be­fore the end of school but you sim­ply have to draw a line some­where.

“We know there are other costs over which we have lit­tle con­trol but the re­duc­tion i n pric­ing could be the dif­fer­ence be­tween tak­ing a snow hol­i­day, per­haps spend­ing an ex­tra day or two in the re­sort.”

Ms Trem­bath said the most vis­i­ble change at Mt Hotham this win­ter was the $4½ mil­lion in­vest­ment in in­creased snow­mak­ing ca­pac­ity.

“Peo­ple up here in June and Septem­ber this year, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the great shoul­der sea­son deals, are go­ing to be the im­me­di­ate ben­e­fi­cia­ries of this in­vest­ment and all this work,” she said

“In the right con­di­tions, we can make 600 cu­bic me­tres more snow than we could be­fore.

“On a good cold snow­mak­ing night, that’s lit­er­ally hun­dreds, pos­si­bly thou­sands more truck­loads of snow on ar­eas that haven’t been covered by snow­mak­ing be­fore.

“Ideally we would have also com­pleted the snow­mak­ing plans on The Sum­mit but de­lays in the plan­ning process meant we sim­ply ran out of time.

“Had we started it would have been late April and as it turned out it didn’t stop rain­ing in the first two weeks of May.”

Ms Trem­bath said other changes were less vis­i­ble but would de­liver a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors.

“We are con­stantly look­ing for ways to im­prove the vis­i­tors’ ex­pe­ri­ence – we have to keep mov­ing forward and while many of th­ese hap­pen be­hind the scenes we are con­fi­dent that they con­tinue to build the brand and ex­pe­ri­ence at Hotham.”

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