Competition heating up across the mountains as winter peaks
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.
◆ IN THE AIR: Shaun Belmore enjoyed snowboarding on the slopes at Falls Creek recently.
◆ UP THE HILL: School holiday tobogganers at Mt Buffalo.