It’s a bumper dumper

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IT’S been a bumper school hol­i­days for the re­sorts.

Both Falls Creek and Mount Hotham are talk­ing up vis­i­tor num­bers both from last year and on long-year av­er­ages.

This month’s edi­tion points to more of the same.

The hugely pop­u­lar sled dog races in the vil­lage at Falls Creek and at the vil­lage in Din­ner Plain go from strength to strength.

More than 80 mush­ers and in ex­cess of 350 sled dogs are ex­pected to com­pete at Din­ner Plain alone.

The Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet is back for the cross-coun­try fra­ter­nity with Mt Beauty’s Phil Belling­ham ex­pected to be among the favourites when more than 1000 peo­ple take to the start line in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl at the end of the month.

Mean­while Hotham’s Whiskey Flat will be the base for the biathlon na­tional ti­tles mid-month.

The sled dogs are just one ex­am­ple of the in­creas­ing num­ber of at­trac­tions at the re­sorts that don’t nec­es­sar­ily re­quire a lift ticket but com­ple­ment the vis­i­tor’s day on the snow.

It was with this in mind that this month we talked to an ex­pert fat biker – cu­ri­ous pedal-pow­ered ma­chines that are at home on the snow, Steve Lee and his back­coun­try ski tours and craft beer’s Bliz­zard Brewing at Din­ner Plain.

We also re-vis­ited some of our favourite haunts in The Gen­eral and Big D kids ski school at Mt Hotham.

Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment’s Jo Prothero said the re­sorts were build­ing their brands.

“Falls Creek visi­ta­tion is up 51 per cent com­pared to 2015 sea­son and 28 per cent on the 10 year av­er­age,” she said.

“The school hol­i­day pe­riod ex­tended over a four-week pe­riod across all states, ver­sus two weeks in 2015, which has ben­e­fited all visi­tors and re­sort op­er­a­tors.

“But we are also work­ing on ac­tiv­i­ties in the re­sorts that add value to the lift ticket ex­pe­ri­ence and in­creas­ingly peo­ple are tak­ing ad­van­tage of a greater di­ver­sity in what the moun­tains have to of­fer.”

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