Win­ter now in full swing

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

IT seems to have taken week, but the wait is now over.

The first sig­nif­i­cant snow falls of the win­ter came just in time for the school hol­i­days a week into July.

The Snow Gods then turned it on with more fluffy white stuff from July 17 with tem­per­a­tures as cold as mi­nus seven at Falls Creek.

When the Mt Hotham Falls Creek News went to print about 35cm had fallen over a few days tak­ing the av­er­age nat­u­ral snow depth at the re­sorts to 70cm.

The dump­ing saw the Sum­mit turn for the first time at Falls Creek and the Gotcha chair at Mt Hotham spin­ning.

The fresh snow was also wel­comed at Din­ner Plain boost­ing cov­er­age on the ski slope and al­low­ing the to­bog­gan run to fi­nally open.

In be­tween all that Falls Creek’s sta­tus as Vic­to­ria’s lead­ing all sea­sons alpine re­sort was con­firmed in a re­port by the Alpine Re­sorts Co-or­di­nat­ing Coun­cil.

The re­sort was the most sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the Vic­to­rian econ­omy in 2016, also host­ing the most num­ber of vis­i­tor days and cre­at­ing the high­est num­ber of jobs for the alpine in­dus­try.

It’s great news for the re­sort which will cel­e­brate the 70th an­niver­sary of the moun­tain’s first lodge in Au­gust.

In this edi­tion we caught up with Hotham skier and per­son­al­ity Buff Far­nell to talk about his 30 win­ters on the moun­tain.

We also chat to Mt Hotham Free Ski’s Vanessa Row­ley about how the pro­gram is help­ing de­velop fu­ture cham­pi­ons in free ski dis­ci­plines.

Back at Falls Creek and the Mul­tisport Cross Coun­try Ski Cen­tre is now of­fer­ing a myr­iad of af­ford­able snow ac­tiv­i­ties and ser­vices in­clud­ing ski and snow shoe tours and cross coun­try ski lessons with mul­ti­ple French na­tional cham­pion Iris Pessey.

The Sled Dog Clas­sic is back at the re­sort on the first week­end in Au­gust with a cou­ple of changes to this year’s rac­ing.

Mush­ers and their huskies will then jump over to Din­ner Plain for the Al­ti­tude 5000 Chal­lenge the fol­low­ing week.

The 26th Pub to Pub cross coun­try ski race takes place on Au­gust 5, from The Gen­eral at Mt Hotham to Din­ner Plain.

Also in this edi­tion is an up­date on the Aus­tralian Biathlon As­so­ci­a­tion who are en­joy­ing their best win­ter ever with seven camps in seven weeks.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

WIN­TER IS HERE: Tom Costa takes in the view from above the Sum­mit Bowl at Falls Creek af­ter 30cm of fresh snow came via sea­son best storms.

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