Ready for peak sea­son

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

THE rush of the school hol­i­days is over and the North East ski fields will, for a short time, re­turn to qui­eter times ahead of peak sea­son.

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek have ex­pe­ri­enced strong starts to the sea­son and with snow con­di­tions as good as they are who says we can’t see some records bro­ken from here.

There’s plenty hap­pen­ing at both re­sorts over the next few weeks as the sea­son gets into full swing.

Fol­low­ing cel­e­bra­tions last year for 30 years of snow­board­ing in Aus­tralia Hotham Board­rid­ers will cel­e­brate three decades in ex­is­tence in Au­gust.

The club has a week­end of ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised in­clud­ing a film and photo night while also invit­ing all rid­ers to hit the slopes with them for a banked slalom event as part of the main fes­tiv­i­ties.

Talk­ing mile­stones and the Din­ner Plain Sled Dog Chal­lenge is hap­pen­ing for the 25th time on the sec­ond week­end in Au­gust.

More than 75 teams and 350 sled dogs are ex­pected for this year’s race.

At Falls Creek reg­is­tra­tions con­tinue to come in for the in­au­gu­ral Vic­to­rian Back­coun­try Fes­ti­val while As­tra Lodge is wel­com­ing back a renowned chef for an­other short stint in the kitchen.

We sat down with Falls Creek Alpine Race Club head coach Berni Haider to learn a lit­tle more about his role and his back­ground in ski­ing.

Stick­ing with Falls Creek and with the Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet near­ing we had head coach of the Aus­tralian cross coun­try ski team, Va­le­rio Lec­ca­rdi de­vise a four week train­ing sched­ule for any­one be­hind in their prepa­ra­tions for the iconic World­lop­pet event.

If you’re look­ing for more tips or some spe­cialised coach­ing you can al­ways head to the Falls Creek Cross Coun­try cen­tre where three top-class Euro­pean skiers are work­ing this win­ter.

This edi­tion also in­cludes some in­ter­est­ing in­for­ma­tion on how to avoid se­ri­ous knee in­juries on the slopes as well as some tips to get max­i­mum en­joy­ment out of your ski trip if you’re a first timer to the snow.

And lastly we’ve pro­vided you with a full cal­en­dar of events for Falls Creek and Mt Hotham for the rest of July and all of Au­gust.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

A VIG­OR­OUS cold front dumped more than a foot of snow at Hotham Alpine Re­sort be­tween July 20 and 22, bring­ing the nat­u­ral snow depth to 108cm. Hotham be­came the first alpine re­sort in Aus­tralia to break the mag­i­cal one me­tre mark this sea­son. The...

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