Let it snow, let it snow

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

AF­TER one of the best win­ters in al­most two decades last year, en­cour­ag­ing snow­falls through­out au­tumn have done noth­ing but build op­ti­mism for an­other bumper ski sea­son.

Whether an­other record set­ting sea­son hap­pens we’ll ob­vi­ously have to wait and see but more im­me­di­ately signs for the first week­end of the sea­son look pos­i­tive with snow a chance to be on the ground.

Be­fore the 2018 win­ter even of­fi­cially launches a new $4 mil­lion ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity at How­man’s Gap, not far from Falls Creek, will open its doors for the first time.

The new cen­tre will al­low even peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence the snow.

In terms of ski­ing and snow­board­ing at Falls Creek, those en­joy­ing the slopes can ex­pect less of a wait and a faster commute via the Ea­gle chair­lift this win­ter, af­ter a $9 mil­lion up­grade over sum­mer.

Young­sters learn­ing to ski at the re­sort will also have even more fun with the Snows­ports School again link­ing up with chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment com­pany Nick­elodeon.

Over at Mt Hotham there’s a new bus ser­vice cater­ing for the re­sort and Din­ner Plain.

Alpine Spirit Coaches has been run­ning peo­ple up and down the hill for years via their Snow­ball Ex­press ser­vice but this sea­son they’ll op­er­ate all buses on the moun­tain.

With a mod­ern, spacious and wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble fleet, lo­cals and guests will be able to ride in more com­fort and even hail a bus at any­time, from any­where.

Glamp­ing is also new at Mt Hotham with Alpine Na­ture Ex­pe­ri­ence of­fer­ing a unique overnight stay in the snow.

Both Falls Creek and Mt Hotham have seen plenty of change in their food and bev­er­age of­fer­ing.

Iconic restau­rants, Mag­gie’s and Dicky Knees have new op­er­a­tors as do Cloud 9 and Fry­ing Pan.

Mag­gie’s will now be an Asian fu­sion café and Dicky Knees will be serv­ing Mex­i­can cui­sine, while Cloud 9 is now an up­mar­ket bistro and Fry­ing Pan a bar­be­cue shack and brew­ery.

A cock­tail bar and lounge and ca­sual eatery called Miss Mary’s is new to Mt Hotham along with Frankie, a small din­ing space with big of­fer­ings up­stairs at Big D.

They’re just some of the things you can ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence at both re­sorts this win­ter.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

BUMPER DUMPER: Han­nah Beard and Drew Jolowitz were two of the first peo­ple to strap on their skis at Mt Hotham this year when a midMay cold snap dropped al­most 30 cen­time­tres of snow at the re­sort.

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