Week-long snow­fall blan­kets re­sorts

Alpine Observer - - News -

By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

FALLS Creek and Mt Hotham are cel­e­brat­ing the best start to the sea­son since 2000.

Snow depths at both re­sorts mea­sured 80cm on Mon­day af­ter snow started fall­ing last on Tues­day and con­tin­ued on for the re­main­der of the week.

Lifts at both the moun­tains be­gan turn­ing for the first time on Satur­day and on Mon­day there were six chairs op­er­at­ing at Falls Creek and seven at Mt Hotham.

At Falls Creek on Mon­day, Drovers Dream, Gully Chair, Hal­ley’s Comet, Mouse Trap, Sum­mit, and Tow­ers Chair were up and run­ning while across at Mt Hotham, Big D, Heav­enly Val­ley, Audi Qu­at­tro (Vil­lage) Road Run­ner, Sum­mit, and Sum­mit Trainer were all spin­ning.

Mt Hotham Ski Pa­trol di­rec­tor Bill Barker said Sun­day’s snow was some of the best he has ex­pe­ri­enced this early in the sea­son.

“This is the big­gest base we have had dur­ing the sec­ond week of the sea­son in al­most two decades, it even sur­passes the start of win­ter in 2000,” he said.

“Sun­day was as good as it gets for early sea­son pow­der turns, with all runs ac­cessed from the Audi Qu­a­tro chair giv­ing plenty for peo­ple to smile about.

“Even the up­per Blue Rib­bon runs are open and look­ing great.”

Mt Hotham Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hutchins said the re­sort looked sen­sa­tional with the amount of snow dumped over six days.

“The re­sort is well and truly cov­ered with light, dry snow, and with six lifts run­ning there is plenty of ter­rain ac­ces­si­ble,” he said.

“We can never be 100 per cent sure what we’re go­ing to get in June, so we’re ab­so­lutely stoked with the con­di­tions this week.

“The Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com­pany got chair­lifts turn­ing very quickly, and it’s been great see­ing peo­ple en­joy­ing the in­cred­i­ble pow­der that has been dumped all over the re­sort.”

Dinner Plain’s lift and to­bog­gan­ing area also opened on the week­end where there is 40cm of snow.

With con­di­tions clear­ing yes­ter­day, dry con­di­tions are ex­pected un­der a mid-week high pres­sure sys­tem which will make it a great time to get out for some early sea­son ski­ing or board­ing.

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