More bang for your skiing buck
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.”