Sen­sa­tional sea­son start

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE - By JUSTIN JENVEY

FALLS Creek and Mt Hotham are cel­e­brat­ing the best start to the sea­son in over 30 years.

Snow depths at both re­sorts mea­sured 80cm just a week af­ter the sea­son opened, fol­low­ing a week-long storm.

Lifts at both moun­tains be­gan turn­ing for the first time on Satur­day, June 16 and that Mon­day there were six chairs op­er­at­ing at Falls Creek and seven at Mt Hotham.

At Falls Creek, Drovers Dream, Gully Chair, Hal­ley’s Comet, Mouse Trap, Sum­mit, and Tow­ers Chair were up and run­ning while at Mt Hotham, Big D, Heav­enly Val­ley, Audi Quat­tro (Vil­lage), Road Run­ner, Sum­mit, and Sum­mit Trainer were all spin­ning.

Falls Creek Re­sort Man­age­ment Board mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer Nathan Fen­ton said the 80cm of nat­u­ral snow was four times the av­er­age depth for this time of year.

“Ev­ery­body is en­joy­ing July and Au­gust style con­di­tions in just the sec­ond week of the sea­son,” he said.

“The year 2000 is com­monly re­garded as a sea­son for the ages but this June snow­fall has seen 2018 al­ready sur­pass that year to be the best start to a sea­son in over 30 years.”

Mt Hotham Ski Pa­trol di­rec­tor Bill Barker said in his daily re­port, that the snow qual­ity on the sec­ond Sun­day of sea­son, was some of the best he has ex­pe­ri­enced this early in win­ter.

Mt Hotham Alpine Re­sort Man­age­ment Board chief ex­ec­u­tive John Hutchins said the re­sort looked sen­sa­tional with the amount of snow dumped over six days.

“The re­sort is well and truly cov­ered with light, dry snow, and with six lifts run­ning there is plenty of ter­rain ac­ces­si­ble,” he said.

“The Mt Hotham Ski­ing Com­pany got chair­lifts turn­ing very quickly, and it’s been great see­ing peo­ple en­joy­ing the in­cred­i­ble pow­der that has been dumped all over the re­sort.”

“We can never be 100 per cent sure what we’re go­ing to get in June, so we’re ab­so­lutely stoked with the con­di­tions so early.

Din­ner Plain’s lift and to­bog­gan­ing area also opened on June 16 af­ter 40cm of snow.

PHOTO: Nathan Fen­ton

WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND: Snow tum­bled down at Falls Creek from June 12 to June 18 with the re­sult, some of the best early sea­son snow in decades.

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