Top snow season gets better
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.
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.