Snow­mak­ing ex­pan­sion at Hotham

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MORE than $4.4 mil­lion has been in­vested into ex­pand­ing snow­mak­ing cov­er­age at Hotham for sea­son 2016 and be­yond. The ex­panded snow­mak­ing will cover more trails on Heav­enly Val­ley, which com­prises the great in­ter­me­di­ate ter­rain ser­viced by the Road­run­ner lift, and the be­gin­ner ter­rain in the Sum­mit area. The snow­mak­ing ex­pan­sion will in­crease the pro­duc­tion area from 25 hectares to 33 hectares, with 100 Techno-Alpin fan guns cov­er­ing the re­sort.

Hotham is also happy to an­nounce that kids’ pric­ing will be ex­tended to those un­der 18 years. Chil­dren’s pric­ing was pre­vi­ously up to 15 years with an ad­di­tional youth age price cat­e­gory for those 15 to 18 years, which has now been re­moved. This means older kids can con­tinue to ski at kids’ prices un­til they are 18 years old. Kids’ pric­ing ap­plies to lift passes and rentals from Hotham Sports and Falls Creek Sports.

The moun­tain renowned for their steep ter­rain also has some pretty im­pres­sive deals and classes on this year and first to take note of is the ‘Fri­day af­ter­noon club’. A weekly two hour ski and snow­board im­prove­ment ses­sion for women which is de­signed for in­ter­me­di­ate and above skiers and snow­board­ers.

Buy­ing on­line will save guests to Hotham up to 15 per cent. Sim­ply pur­chase lift passes more than 14 days in ad­vance to re­ceive this great sav­ing.

Hotham is also mak­ing it eas­ier for guests to ac­cess un­tracked pow­der with their ‘Snow Kat’. The eight seater snow kat will take guests up to Golden Point from the top of Spar­gos, mean­ing that out of reach pow­der will now be that lit­tle bit closer and this ser­vice will be free with any valid lift pass.

An­other great FREE ad­di­tion with any valid lift pass is ‘First Tracks’. Skiers and snow­board­ers can get first tracks on the moun­tain af­ter a snow­fall when Heav­enly Val­ley chair­lift opens at 7.30am, Wed­nes­day to Sun­day dur­ing win­ter.

PHOTO: Hotham

GUNS BLAZ­ING: More than $4 mil­lion has been in­vested in snow­mak­ing at Hotham for 2016.

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