Snow season gets started
QUEEN’S Birthday weekend saw the snow season kick off with a bang across local snow resorts.
At Mt Hotham, guests enjoyed the first runs of the season on opening weekend, with lifts operating from Saturday and perfect weather conditions.
The weekend saw the most accessible terrain on opening weekend since 2012 with The Summit, Big D and Summit Trainer ski runs in full operation.
At Mt Buller, thousands of revellers flocked to the resort to enjoy the occasion with skiing on Bourke Street, dramatic fireworks, entertainment and an official welcome to the winter from local winter Olympians Belle Brockoff, Cam Bolton and Anton Grimus.
A number of lifts opened at Falls Creek, which experienced good snowfalls, and opening weekend saw well attended celebrations.
There are a number of upcoming events planned on local mountains, including the Snow Trek and Travel Mini Series on Falls Creek – an opportunity for kids to try racing, on June 25, and a celebration of Burton’s 40th anniversary at Falls Creek on June 28.
Mt Hotham welcomes new skiers and snowboarders on Saturday, June 24 for Brand New Day, while Mt Buller is hosting the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, also on June 24, a showcase of some of the best mountain sport and adventure films in the world.
While snow is not yet evident at Mt Buffalo, during the snowy months, the mountain 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. Send in your fishing photos along with your name, contact number, size and type of fish and where you caught it to...
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GETTING AIR: Snowboarders and skiers alike enjoying early season skiing at Mt Hotham.