Spir­ited start to win­ter

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

AF­TER the fun of open­ing week­end, there are now plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­joy the fun at the alpine re­sorts and moun­tains in the area.

While there are no spe­cial events in the calendar this week for Falls Creek, visi­tors can take time to ex­plore all the fa­cil­i­ties the pop­u­lar moun­tain has to of­fer visi­tors.

At Mt Hotham, ex­cite­ment is ramp­ing up for the moun­tain’s Brand New Day on June 30, a fully hosted day es­pe­cially de­signed for peo­ple who are brand new to ski­ing or snow­board­ing, to give them a pos­i­tive and fun first ex­pe­ri­ence in those dis­ci­plines.

At Mt Buller, peo­ple are look­ing for­ward to the up­com­ing Banff Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val World Tour, which show­cases some of the world’s most en­thralling moun­tain ad­ven­ture films.

The films show off the breath­tak­ing film­mak­ing work of many ac­com­plished climbers, pad­dlers, skiers, snow­board­ers, moun­taineers, moun­tain bik­ers, explorers and ad­ven­ture film­mak­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion on the film fes­ti­val, pre­sented by World Ex­hi­bi­tions, is avail­able on www.banf­faus­tralia.com.au, or look for the fes­ti­val’s Face­book page.

Lo­cated only a 45 minute drive from Pore­punkah and Bright, Mount Buf­falo has 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.

The Parks Vic­to­ria snow re­ports out­lin­ing con­di­tions and chain re­quire­ments are avail­able at ski hires in the val­ley be­low and are also posted on the Mount Buf­falo Ski School face­book page www.face­book.com/mount­buf­faloskischool. There is a snow cam lo­cated at Dingo Dell with a view of the to­bog­gan run so you can also view the snow con­di­tions your­self be­fore driv­ing up. The snow cam can be viewed at www.mt­buf­falo­cam.com.au

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:

PHOTO: Erin Davis-Hartwig

JUMP FOR JOY: Mount Beauty lo­cals An­gus and Ella White got into the win­ter spirit at the Falls Creek Ice Plunge. The Ice Plunge, which took place on Fri­day, June 1, saw over 150 coura­geous par­tic­i­pants brave the freez­ing cold wa­ter of Rocky Val­ley Lake...

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