Top snow sea­son gets bet­ter

Alpine Observer - - Front Page - By JUSTIN JEN­VEY

LESS than two weeks after the snow depth hit 200cm to make 2018 the best win­ter since 2004, tem­per­a­tures were also hit­ting new highs.

On Mon­day morn­ing the mer­cury dipped to mi­nus eight at Mt Hotham and that wasn’t even the cold­est day this sea­son with tem­per­a­tures ex­pected to get to as low as mi­nus 10 on Tues­day.

Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com­pany’s Glenn Wat­son said this sea­son has been one to re­mem­ber with more than four me­tres of snow ac­cu­mu­lat­ing so far.

“We’ve had back-to-back two me­tre snow sea­sons and the con­di­tions couldn’t be bet­ter lead­ing into spring,” he said.

“With the de­ci­sion to stay open an ex­tra week spring will be a great time to get up to the moun­tains.”

Mt Hotham an­nounced in early Au­gust that the sea­son would be ex­tended un­til Oc­to­ber 7 and last week Falls Creek of­fi­cially de­clared an ex­tra week of ski­ing and snow­board­ing too.

It was a de­ci­sion which Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Jo Prothero said was ac­tu­ally made well be­fore the sea­son even started.

“The man­age­ment board de­clared back in March that Falls Creek’s sea­son close date would be Oc­to­ber 7,” she said.

“There was no prob­lem back­ing our­selves in and mak­ing the call for a longer sea­son be­fore the snow had even started to fall.

“We have a huge amount of con­fi­dence in our re­sort’s abil­ity to hold snow.”

There’s plenty hap­pen­ing at Falls Creek over the week­end in­clud­ing the Light the Night cer­e­mony and ski down Wom­bats Ram­ble for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and the an­nual Storm the Cas­tle slopestyle con­test on Satur­day.

On Sun­day is the Band­wagon Banked Slalom while over at Mt Hotham the first week of spring will see three big days on the slopes as the re­sort hosts the FIS Australia and New Zealand Cup snow­board and ski cross races.

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

BLUE­BIRD DAY: Win­ter Olympian and two-time world cham­pion snow­boarder Alex ‘Chumpy’ Pullin was out en­joy­ing the per­fect snow at Mt Hotham ear­lier this week.

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