Snow open­ing on the way

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

WITH the cold nights draw­ing in, snow re­sorts are bustling in an­tic­i­pa­tion for open­ing this week­end.

At Falls Creek, open­ing week­end fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude the launch cel­e­bra­tion of the $9 mil­lion Ea­gle Ex­press chair­lift (a high speed de­tach­able quad chair); the open­ing of the newly ren­o­vated Fry­ing Pan Inn and Cloud 9, two of the moun­tain’s largest venues which has been ren­o­vated by the Tra­verse Alpine Group; and the launch of the Nick­elodeon spon­sored Chil­dren’s Ski School (with the pow­er­house chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment com­pany spon­sor­ing all chil­dren’s pro­grams).

At Mt Hotham, cel­e­bra­tions will in­clude fire­works and first tracks, as well as shop­ping, live mu­sic and pop up res­tau­rants.

At Mt Buller, this Satur­day will see a full sched­ule of free fam­ily ac­tiv­ity in the Mt Buller Vil­lage Square from 3.30-7pm, in­clud­ing lots of chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties, and Mt Buller Olympians and Par­a­lympians Belle Brock­hoff, Anton Grimus, Jakara An­thony and Mitch Gourlay will of­fi­cially open the sea­son prior to an open­ing fire­works dis­play.

Mean­while, Mt Buf­falo, only a 45 minute drive from Pore­punkah and Bright, will con­tinue to have ex­ten­sive ar­eas of snow at both Dingo Dell and Cresta Val­ley for snow play and to­bog­gan­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, or sim­ply en­joy­ing the amaz­ing views, with fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing a café, day shel­ter and more.

De­spite Thredbo re­sort in NSW ban­ning to­bo­gan­ning and snow­play, Vic­to­rian alpine re­sorts are re­as­sur­ing vis­i­tors that there is no such ban in Vic­to­ria.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Vic­to­rian alpine re­sorts, Mark Ben­netts, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Mt Buller and Mt Stir­ling Re­sort Man­age­ment Board, said “to­bog­gan­ing and snow­play are pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for thou­sands of vis­i­tors each snow sea­son, pro­vid­ing a fun and af­ford­able way to ex­pe­ri­ence the snow.

“Each of the Vic­to­rian re­sorts are pleased to pro­vide des­ig­nated ar­eas in which to en­joy these ac­tiv­i­ties”.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Vic­to­ria’s alpine re­sorts, visit snowvic­to­ria.com.

Keep an eye on snow cams or ask at your lo­cal ski hire busi­ness or tourism in­for­ma­tion cen­tre to find out cur­rent snow lev­els, snow chain fit­ting ad­vice, and weather at re­sorts around the area.

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

COLD SNAP: Two of Falls Creek’s ca­nine res­i­dents, Mil­lie and Gin­ger, en­joyed a snow fall on the moun­tain on the fi­nal day of au­tumn.

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