IT’S SNOW TIME

Bumper snow­falls fore­cast for this week

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JENVEY

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.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

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.

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