Sea­son peaks with schoolies

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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