Ready for peak season
THE rush of the school holidays is over and the North East ski fields will, for a short time, return to quieter times ahead of peak season.
Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek have experienced strong starts to the season and with snow conditions as good as they are who says we can’t see some records broken from here.
There’s plenty happening at both resorts over the next few weeks as the season gets into full swing.
Following celebrations last year for 30 years of snowboarding in Australia Hotham Boardriders will celebrate three decades in existence in August.
The club has a weekend of activities organised including a film and photo night while also inviting all riders to hit the slopes with them for a banked slalom event as part of the main festivities.
Talking milestones and the Dinner Plain Sled Dog Challenge is happening for the 25th time on the second weekend in August.
More than 75 teams and 350 sled dogs are expected for this year’s race.
At Falls Creek registrations continue to come in for the inaugural Victorian Backcountry Festival while Astra Lodge is welcoming back a renowned chef for another short stint in the kitchen.
We sat down with Falls Creek Alpine Race Club head coach Berni Haider to learn a little more about his role and his background in skiing.
Sticking with Falls Creek and with the Kangaroo Hoppet nearing we had head coach of the Australian cross country ski team, Valerio Leccardi devise a four week training schedule for anyone behind in their preparations for the iconic Worldloppet event.
If you’re looking for more tips or some specialised coaching you can always head to the Falls Creek Cross Country centre where three top-class European skiers are working this winter.
This edition also includes some interesting information on how to avoid serious knee injuries on the slopes as well as some tips to get maximum enjoyment out of your ski trip if you’re a first timer to the snow.
And lastly we’ve provided you with a full calendar of events for Falls Creek and Mt Hotham for the rest of July and all of August.
A VIGOROUS cold front dumped more than a foot of snow at Hotham Alpine Resort between July 20 and 22, bringing the natural snow depth to 108cm. Hotham became the first alpine resort in Australia to break the magical one metre mark this season. The...