Snow time like spring
SEPTEMBER is almost here. And while once seen as the wind down to the ski season, increasingly there is more and more to do at Falls Creek and Mt Hotham.
If the blue sky days and milder weather aren’t incentive enough there is also discounted accommodation, rentals and lift tickets along with ski free days for first time best friends or dads on Father’s Day.
Mount Hotham Skiing Company marketing manager Michael Belfrage said traditionally September is a great month for snow depth in the mountains.
“With the medium-range forecast showing more snow for the second half of August, and our massively upgraded snowmaking system now coming into its own on some of our favourite terrain, this September looks like being yet another great month of skiing and snowboarding,” he said.
“And it’s certainly the right time to grab a bargain, with great deals on accommodation, lift, lesson and rental packages, learn to ski and snowboard programs, and more.
“Everything the holiday brochures always say about September skiing is true: the longer days, warmer weather, ‘more forgiving’ snow, uncrowded slopes, great deals on lift passes, rentals and accommodation, afternoons spent in the sun on the deck with your family or your friends, taking in the rays (within reason), and shootin’ the breeze … all true.
“However, those spring skiing clichés often undersell the quality and quantity of the snow itself.
“Many of the best days of skiing and riding in any Australian season are in September. “
And while the skiing is good so too is a raft of initiatives that are now filling the end of the ski season at Falls Creek.
Last year the resort added McKayos to its events – a mad downhill scramble on mountain bikes that starts at the top of Mt McKay and ends in Bogong Village.
In 2015 75 started, this year they’re expecting closer to 300.
This year will also see the launch of the Bigfoot Snow Trail – a marathon run in the snow, peaking at about two kilometres above sea level, 1882 metres of descent and more than a mile of climbing.
While for those looking to do a marathon on skis we have the 26th edition of the Kangaroo Hoppet this Saturday.
All this and more can be found inside the Mt Hotham Falls Creek News this month.