Season peaks with schoolies
WE all love a party and while this year’s opening weekend was blessed by the Snow Gods, we also know that the real winter action starts from this weekend.
Mother Nature has been less kind since the Queen’s Birthday opening but the silver lining has been cool clear nights that have allowed the groomers and snowmakers to build on what snow has fallen and with last weekend’s falls and the forecast of more snow to come it’s fingers crossed for a bumper school holidays.
Across Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain there is plenty to do on and off the snow.
Both major resorts will have their ski schools in full swing and in this edition we spoke to Falls legend Titus Gius, a veteran of 37 seasons in the resort, about the virtues of lessons for the young and old, as well as the beginner and gun.
Mt Hotham medico’s too gave us some timely advice.
Bright GP Paul Duff has spent more than 25 winters at the Mt Hotham medical centre and says the one way people can prevent avoidable injury on the snowfields is to wear a helmet.
Dr Duff also recommends that people listen to their body, call it a day when you are fatigued rather than pushing for another run.
Off the snow and Falls Creek are talking of opening up one of its “big hit” summer mountain bike trails, while the Tuesday street party returns with a different name and in a new location in the Village Bowl.
At Mt Hotham the indoor skiing is great fun at night and it’s only a short trip down the road to Onsen Spa at Dinner Plain for the adults along with snow tubing and ice skating for the younger brigade.
For those who fancy the skinny skis, the cross country season gets up and running with a series of races for kids and women in the coming weeks at Falls Creek.
The resort will also again be home to the national cross country ski team as they gear up for the Winter Olympics in South Korea next February and we caught up with new head coach and three-time Hoppet winner Valerio Leccardi in this edition.