Welcome to Alpine News. Winter is here and the cold weather is rolling in as we go to press.
This issue contains a roundup of what’s happening and what’s new at resorts for skiers and snowboarders planning trips to their favorite ski areas.
The lift companies and resort managements have been busy over the summer months making big, and not so big but welcome, improvements for your snow experience.
In NSW, Perisher’s big news is the installation of the new Freedom Quad chair lift at Guthega. It will add an estimated 46% additional skiable area at Guthega and open up some of the best ski terrain in the state.
Up at Charlotte Pass, Kosi Kids Club is offering an expanded program designed to get kid comfortable with the snow, while children four and under now ski free.
Over at Thredbo the resort has lifted the lift ticket age limit for children from 14 to 17 and installed a new dedicated snow play area plus more snowmaking at the base village.
Selwyn have installed more snowmaking on the Snowflake Tube Park; the resort has also introduced private lessons as part of the See Me Ski program for children aged two to four.
In Victoria, Mt Baw Baw regulars will be evaluating the new resort management this season by Belgravia Leisure who also run Lake Mountain.
At Mt Buller, eight new automated snowmaking guns have been added on the northern side of the resort plus a mid loading station on the Tyrol T bar.
Hotham and Dinner Plain are working closer together this year with a family friendly joint day ticket designed to allow parents to share child minding with one parent skiing in the morning and the other in the afternoon.
Dinner Plain has two new snow guns and introduced one of the cheapest day tickets available while Hotham continues its popular ‘five day any day’ ticket.
At Falls Creek the ‘love in’ continues with the resort lift company and RMB deciding to work together to improve the resort experience. New lime green uniforms sporting a combined resort logo have been introduced so patrons can easily identify staff and ask for assistance and advice.
Also in this issue you will find our regular Resort Guide with prices and resort services, the annual calendar plus terrain park, property guide, equipment, interschools and overseas skiing sections.
Sochi Olympics chef de mission Ian Chesterman gives his post mortem on the games and Australia’s results. The Australian team did a stellar job in Sochi and we also have a chat with Aerials Silver Medal winner, David Morris, who shares his journey to getting to the games and winning his medal.
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