Sensational season start
FALLS Creek and Mt Hotham are celebrating the best start to the season in over 30 years.
Snow depths at both resorts measured 80cm just a week after the season opened, following a week-long storm.
Lifts at both mountains began turning for the first time on Saturday, June 16 and that Monday there were six chairs operating at Falls Creek and seven at Mt Hotham.
At Falls Creek, Drovers Dream, Gully Chair, Halley’s Comet, Mouse Trap, Summit, and Towers Chair were up and running while at Mt Hotham, Big D, Heavenly Valley, Audi Quattro (Village), Road Runner, Summit, and Summit Trainer were all spinning.
Falls Creek Resort Management Board marketing officer Nathan Fenton said the 80cm of natural snow was four times the average depth for this time of year.
“Everybody is enjoying July and August style conditions in just the second week of the season,” he said.
“The year 2000 is commonly regarded as a season for the ages but this June snowfall has seen 2018 already surpass that year to be the best start to a season in over 30 years.”
Mt Hotham Ski Patrol director Bill Barker said in his daily report, that the snow quality on the second Sunday of season, was some of the best he has experienced this early in winter.
Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board chief executive John Hutchins said the resort looked sensational with the amount of snow dumped over six days.
“The resort is well and truly covered with light, dry snow, and with six lifts running there is plenty of terrain accessible,” he said.
“The Mt Hotham Skiing Company got chairlifts turning very quickly, and it’s been great seeing people enjoying the incredible powder that has been dumped all over the resort.”
“We can never be 100 per cent sure what we’re going to get in June, so we’re absolutely stoked with the conditions so early.
Dinner Plain’s lift and tobogganing area also opened on June 16 after 40cm of snow.
WINTER WONDERLAND: Snow tumbled down at Falls Creek from June 12 to June 18 with the result, some of the best early season snow in decades.