IT’S SNOW TIME
Bumper snowfalls forecast for this week
BRIONY Johnson and Brent Hartnel had some fun in the conditions at Mt Hotham over opening weekend but they’ll be keen to see what the next few days bring after it started snowing on Tuesday morning. Predictions are for 30-60cm of snow to Sunday which would give the resorts a good early season cover and get the lifts turning for the first time in 2018.
THE snow season officially opened on the weekend and although lifts weren’t spinning at either Falls Creek or Mt Hotham they could well be a week later.
Forecasts are for 30-60cm of snow this week and with the white stuff starting to fall on Tuesday morning both resorts could be blanketed by Sunday resulting in much earlier skiing than last season.
Before this week’s snowfall, Mother Nature did give guests at Mt Hotham a taste of what’s to come this winter with 5-10cm of snow last Friday.
The following day Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria, Danielle Green was at Mt Hotham to announce the 2017 winter officially open.
Notable additions at Mt Hotham this year are a new bus service providing free village transport, exciting new restaurants, and several great activities throughout the season including family fun at the LegoLand Discovery Centre in the school holidays.
Across at Falls Creek there has also been plenty of change over the summer months.
Falls Creek Ski Lifts replaced the Eagle Chair, while there has been substantial upgrades and improved amenity from substantial developments at Mini Flats, Kona Yuki, BSM, Pretty Valley, Les Chalet and Riverina Ski Lodge, along with transformations and new looks for popular venues Cloud 9 and Frying Pan.
Resort management also welcomed and acknowledged the work of three artists whose stunning pieces are on display in the village as part of Falls Creek’s arts and culture strategy.
Resort Board chairman Jo Shannon said the visual impact is stunning and supports the resort’s ongoing adaptation and it’s all seasons alpine village reputation among visitors.
“It really is a wonderful time for Falls Creek, the summer season saw increased visitation and with the significant investment guests will be delighted when they visit this winter,” she said.
Fireworks were also part of season opening celebrations at Falls Creek, Mt Hotham and Dinner Plain.
CELEBRATION: Falls Creek Resort Management staff and board members Jo Prothero, Elise Armitage, Sue Lebish, Lindy Allen, Stuart Smythe and Jo Shannon with artist Michael Laubli (centre) whose ‘Throne of Skis’ will be a feature at the mountain this season.