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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.

We hope you en­joy read­ing Alpine News which is also avail­able on­line. Just visit ne­news.com.au and fol­low the link for dig­i­tal edi­tions and app.

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Hart­ley Hig­gins - Pub­lisher

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