Snow time like spring

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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