Week-long snowfall blankets resorts
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.