From sled dogs to snow sports

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

MOUN­TAIN go­ers are spoiled for choice this week at lo­cal snow re­sorts.

At Falls Creek, Friday, Au­gust 4 will see The Board Lounge Throw­down (BLT), the sec­ond of two BLT rail jams, which will be held un­der lights in Slalom Plaza.

Au­gust 4-5 also sees the run­ning of one of Falls Creek’s big­gest an­nual events, the Falls Creek Sled Dog Clas­sic.

The event boasts dozens of sled dog teams bat­tling it out for rac­ing supremacy, and more in­for­ma­tion on this ex­cit­ing event can be found at www. fallssled­dog.org.au.

Tues­day, Au­gust 8 is the date for the run­ning of the Aus­tralian Se­condary School Team Cham­pi­onships (ASSSTC), which show­cases some of this coun­try’s best teen snow ta­lent.

The Snow Trek and Travel Mini Se­ries takes place on Sun­day, Au­gust 6, while Mon­day, Au­gust 7 kicks off a week of fes­tiv­i­ties to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of Falls Creek it­self.

The week of cel­e­bra­tions in­clud­ing walk­ing from How­man’s Gap to Falls Creek in pe­riod cos­tume, an 80’s disco, and many other ac­tiv­i­ties themed around the decades that Falls Creek has been open.

To hon­our the cel­e­bra­tion the Falls Creek Arts and Her­itage Trail has been added to the Falls Creek User Guide.

This dig­i­tal trail guide will help you ex­plore and learn about Falls Creek and can be found at www.fall­suser­guide. com/blue/wel­come.html

Mean­while, at Mt Hotham, the Hotham Ju­nior Free Ride Se­ries will take place on Au­gust 4-5, as will the Hotham Banked Slalom open event.

Funds and aware­ness will be raised on Satur­day, Au­gust 5 with the Mum’s The Word Daf­fodil Day Rail Jam.

This is the sev­enth an­nual rail jam, where visi­tors can slide some rails as well as raise funds and pro­vide sup­port for peo­ple and fam­i­lies liv­ing with cancer.

All dona­tion pro­ceeds for the event and af­ter party will go to­wards the Vic­to­rian Cancer Coun­cil.

Mean­while, the FIS Na­tional Alpine Cham­pi­onships will take place on Mt Hotham from Au­gust 7-11.

Over at Mt Buller, you can en­joy the Ju­nior Na­tional Mogul Cham­pi­onships on Au­gust 5, and the Subaru Vic­to­rian In­ter­schools Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship on Au­gust 6.

Snow is oc­cur­ring at Mt Buf­falo, although snow cover can vary de­pend­ing on the weather.

Fa­cil­i­ties on the moun­tain in­clude 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 con­di­tions at Mt Buf­falo, and at other re­sorts around the area.

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

OUT AND ABOUT: Peo­ple mak­ing the most of the snow at Mt Buf­falo.

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