Promising signs for season opening
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
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.