Snow sea­son gets started

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

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, in­clud­ing­buf­falo­, 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...

kwil­son@ ne­me­ Phone: 03 5723 0135

GET­TING AIR: Snow­board­ers and skiers alike en­joy­ing early sea­son ski­ing at Mt Hotham.

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