Let it snow, let it snow
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.
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.