Com­pe­ti­tion heat­ing up across the moun­tains as winter peaks

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - NEWS -

WHETHER you en­joy hon­ing your skills or watch­ing skilled sports­peo­ple com­pete, there is plenty go­ing on at lo­cal snow des­ti­na­tions at the mo­ment. At Falls Creek, you can see the beauty of the moun­tain by moon­light this Satur­day with a Moon­light Tour, or you can es­cape the cold and watch short films on Sun­day as part of Moun­tain­film on Tour. There will also be ac­tion aplenty at the Aus­tralian Po­lice Winter Games, which kick off on Mon­day, July 30 and in­clude so­cial events, ski­ing and snow­board­ing races, and more. At Mt Hotham, tal­ented women will rip up the slopes this week­end as part of the Women’s Snow­board Shred Ses­sion, an in­ten­sive week­end clinic led by fe­male in­struc­tors. From July 28-31, Mt Hotham will also play host to the SSA Fu­tures Camp and SSA Grom SBX Cham­pi­onship, and the FIS Aus­tralia New Zealand Cup (ANC) SBX will hold their first and sec­ond races, so there will be ac­tion aplenty on moun­tain. Mean­while, this Fri­day will see Fox FM pre­sen­ters broad­cast­ing live from the ABOM at Mt Buller. At Mt Buf­falo, con­di­tions are great for to­bog­gan­ing, cross coun­try ski­ing, snow shoe­ing or sim­ple snow play. See the Parks Victoria snow re­ports out­lin­ing con­di­tions and chain re­quire­ments at ski hires in the val­ley be­low and also on the Mount Buf­falo Ski School Face­book page. What­ever moun­tain you’re vis­it­ing, 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.

PHOTO: Lachy Keev­ers

◆ IN THE AIR: Shaun Bel­more en­joyed snow­board­ing on the slopes at Falls Creek re­cently.

◆ UP THE HILL: School hol­i­day to­bog­gan­ers at Mt Buf­falo.

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