Let it snow, let it snow
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.”