Let it snow, let it snow

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

MOTHER Na­ture’s icy blast last week de­liv­ered right on time – the school hol­i­days blessed with runs open and lifts turn­ing.

Falls Creek opened the Falls Ex­press chair and Mouse Trap in the mid­dle of last week and as the snow con­tin­ued to fall a large part of the moun­tain was ex­pected to be up and run­ning in time for the first week of school hol­i­days.

The ski lift com­pany’s Vic­to­ria Gre­gory said it looked amaz­ing.

“The vil­lage is white and is only open to ski­ing, walk­ing and snow­mo­biles,” she said late last week.

“The forecast proved right for last week and by the weekend more runs will open up pro­gres­sively, most likely Tow­ers and Wom­bats Ram­ble ahead of more snow next week.

“It looks like we will have a fair bit of ter­rain open for all the hol­i­days.

“The vil­lage is al­most booked out from the sec­ond week of the Vic­to­rian school hol­i­days so that is al­ways a good sign.”

Mt Hotham’s Michael Bel­frage said the snow was knee deep in spots late last week.

“We opened Sum­mit Trainer in the mid­dle of the week and the plan is to have the Big D and Play­ground run­ning for the weekend,” he said.

“We’re op­ti­mistic with the forecast that we will con­tinue to open up ter­rain ahead of the sec­ond week of the school hol­i­days.

“It is cer­tainly a big step for­ward that last year when even though the school hol­i­days were late we strug­gled with nat­u­ral snow­falls.”

But Falls Creek Ski Pa­trol man­ager Matt O’Ke­effe told the pa­per that fol- low­ing a few sim­ple in­struc­tions would make the school hol­i­day ski trip just that bit more en­joy­able.

He says peo­ple need to slow down, take no­tice of signs and with young kids – rug up.

Mt Hotham’s head of ski school Nigel Mills is re­mind­ing skiers and board­ers of all abil­i­ties to take ad­van­tage of a les­son.

“As in­struc­tors we con­stantly train our­selves to get bet­ter,” he said.

“The bet­ter you are the more fun you have.”

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