What a mem­o­rable month

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WHAT a month it’s been at our re­sorts.

We’ve had some of the best snow in years with more than 100cm ar­riv­ing in the first week of Au­gust courtesy of what peo­ple called the Bliz­zard of Oz.

That was fol­lowed up by another 60cm just a week and a half later boost­ing the snow base at both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek to about 160cm.

That’s plenty of snow to see out the fi­nal month of the season.

While the ski­ing and snow­board­ing has been ideal par­lia­men­tar­ian Bill Til­ley has con­cerns about the po- lice pres­ence at the re­sorts.

The mem­ber for Be­nam­bra has called on Po­lice Min­is­ter Lisa Neville to un­der­take a “com­pre­hen­sive re­view” of po­lice num­bers at alpine ski re­sorts.

It comes after po­lice had to travel from more than two hours away to re­spond to an in­ci­dent at Falls Creek in late July.

In this edition we pre­view the 2017 Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet which is shap­ing up to be the most com­pet­i­tive in a num­ber of years.

At the pointy end of both the elite men’s and women’s fields is a num­ber of skiers ca­pa­ble of tak­ing out the Aus- tralian leg of the World­lop­pet se­ries.

Aus­tralia’s best hopes are Mt Beauty’s Phil Belling­ham and Bar­bara Jez­ersek, who will be ski­ing un­der the Aus­tralian flag for the first time.

Ear­lier this month we saw the Aus­tralian Biathlon Cham­pi­onships take place and the sport’s ma­jor body in this coun­try is eye­ing an in­ter­na­tional event in the fu­ture.

The Whiskey Flat biathlon range at Mt Hotham was re­cently up­graded to In­ter­na­tional Biathlon Union stan­dards and also ex­tended by three lanes.

The im­prove­ments were part of a $150,000 project made pos­si­ble with the help of the Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment’s Shoot­ing Sports Fa­cil­i­ties fund.

Au­gust has also been a month of fundrais­ing at Mt Hotham with events held to sup­port the Can­cer Coun­cil and the re­sort’s ski pa­trol.

Also in this edition we find out about a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a pop­u­lar Falls Creek venue and a top UK restau­rant.

As­tra Lodge wel­comed Toby Bur­rowes to its kitchen for three weeks with the Elystan Street chef in­ject­ing some a new twist to the menu.

We caught up with Bur­rowes and As­tra Lodge owner Rosy Seaton to find out about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

PHOTO: Karl Gray

WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND: Skiers and snow­board­ers at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek have ex­pe­ri­enced some of the best snow con­di­tions in years this Au­gust.

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