Promis­ing signs for sea­son open­ing

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

WIN­TER has al­ready truly made its pres­ence felt, and moun­tains across the re­gion are gear­ing up for a promis­ing snow sea­son.

Queen’s Birth­day week­end her­alds the tra­di­tional be­gin­ning of the snow sea­son, so don’t for­get to check in with your favourite re­sort to as­sess their early win­ter snow­falls and see the fun they have planned for open­ing week­end.

2017 prom­ises to be an­other bumper year at Falls Creek with a range of new ac­tiv­i­ties, ac­com­mo­da­tion, events and ameni­ties avail­able for novices and sea­soned snow-seek­ers alike.

The large range of ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able in­cludes fun at the Vil­lage Bowl Snow­play Zone, the Kids Snow­mo­bile Park, snow bocce, and much more.

Among the open­ing week­end fun at Falls Creek is the in­au­gu­ral Falls Creek Fash­ion Show, with pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the run­ning of Falls Creek Mu­seum.

Mean­while, Mt Buller has 300 hectares of ski­able ter­rain suit­able for ev­ery­one from ab­so­lute begin­ners to highly ex­pe­ri­enced snows­ports en­thu­si­asts.

Vis­i­tors who are new to the sport will en­joy the wide, gen­tle slopes of Bourke St and Burnt Hut Spur while more ex­pe­ri­enced skiers will love tak­ing on the more chal­leng­ing black runs, and there are also two to­bog­gan parks.

Their of­fi­cial open­ing week­end at Mt Buller in­cludes free fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, live en­ter­tain­ment, warm­ing win­ter food and bev­er­ages, chair­lift open­ings, and of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony on the af­ter­noon of Satur­day, June 10 and much more.

Ski­ing, snow­board­ing, snow tub­ing, and to­bog­gan­ing are all on the agenda at Mt Hotham, with their snow sea­son char­ac­terised by 320 hectares of ski ter­rain, 13 lifts, 35km of cross coun­try ski­ing and a huge va­ri­ety of restau­rants, bars, day spas and re­tail out­lets.

Hotham’s open­ing week­end in­cludes a fire­works dis­play on Satur­day, June 10, live mu­sic and plenty of fun hap­pen­ing at dif­fer­ent venues through­out the re­sort.

Lo­cated only 13km from Mt Hotham, re­sort en­try fees do not ap­ply to neigh­bour­ing Din­ner Plain, mak­ing it a great op­tion for bud­get con­scious fam­i­lies look­ing to take ad­van­tage of the wide open spa­ces, re­laxed at­mos­phere and child-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

Pop up ice skat­ing is sure to prove pop­u­lar at Din­ner Plain on select days dur­ing July.

Mt Buf­falo is ideal for snow play, to­bog­gan­ing, snow­shoe­ing and cross coun­try ski­ing, and dur­ing win­ter has ar­eas of snow at Dingo Dell and Cresta Val­ley to en­joy, as well as un­groomed cross coun­try ski­ing trails.

There is also a a café and day shel­ter at Dingo Dell.

Keep an eye on snow cams, in­clud­ing www.mt­buf­falo­cam.com.au, or ask at your lo­cal ski hire busi­ness or tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre to find out cur­rent snow lev­els at Mt Buf­falo.

For up to date in­for­ma­tion about what is hap­pen­ing at lo­cal moun­tains this win­ter, see: Falls Creek: www.ski­falls.com.au Mt Hotham: www.hotham.com.au Mt Buller: www.mt­buller.com.au Mt Buf­falo: park­web.vic.gov.au

PHOTO: Mt Buller

LET IT SNOW: Ed Ma­hon from the Ski Pa­trol mar­vels at snow­piles on Bourke St, Mt­Buller. Cold weather across the re­gion has pointed to­wards a promis­ing start to the snow sea­son for lo­cal snow re­sorts.

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