Mt Field of dreams

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

BUSI­NESS own­ers are see­ing the up­side of winter as tourists are lured by snow­fall turn­ing Mt Field Na­tional park into a winter won­der­land.

Wa­ter­falls Cafe owner Rachel Power said 15-30cm of snow cov­er­age com­bined with the in­flux of Dark Mofo tourists caused a boost in vis­i­tors to the park last week.

“We see a big shift in our visi­ta­tion as we head into winter,” she said.

Mrs Power said tourist turnover drops at the end of the school hol­i­days but picks up again when Dark Mofo starts.

“Dark Mofo ac­tu­ally does quite a lot for us out here but then we get snow week­ends and they are the week­ends that are the busiest,” she said.

“What we see is the kind of turnover that we ex­pect in our peak sea­son so it re­ally does change our busi­ness.”

Mrs Power said the tourists drawn by the snow were in­te­gral to keep­ing key staff em­ployed year round.

“It is not only [good] for my busi­ness but all the other lit­tle cafes on the way up,” she said.

Mrs Power said the park had seen a few smaller snow dumps so far but Au­gust and Septem­ber would see “re­ally big falls”.

She said there was not yet enough snow for ski tows to run at Aus­tralia’s only nat­u­ral ski field, but it shouldn’t be too long.

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