Ovens & Murray Advertiser - North East Regional Extra

Welcome back to regional visitors...again

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ALL snow resorts are bound by current COVID-19 restrictio­ns and requiremen­ts and visitors must adhere to all requests or entry will not be given.

A negative COVID-19 is strongly recommende­d for anyone travelling to an Alpine resort.

Falls Creek has excellent snow coverage and you can expect firm conditions on and off piste.

The average snow depth is 115cm with 122cm at Village bowl and 104cm on North Side.

There are 6 lifts turning however terrain and snow play areas are closed.

For XC skiers, the trails have varying amounts of cover from good to excellent with 30 out of 32 trails open.

Snow chains must be carried and fitted when directed.

Keep up to date with current lift and trail informatio­n and dining options and activities via the website or Falls Creek app.

Mt Hotham has a snow depth of 124cm of natural snow and 6 scheduled lifts turning each day, wind dependant.

You are solely responsibl­e for your own safety while ski and snowboard touring on Backcountr­y.

There is no hazard marking, avalanche control or ski patrol in the backcountr­y.

Natural hazards include: avalanches, icy slopes, steep terrain, variable snow conditions, cliffs, creek crossings, poor visibility and rapidly changing weather.

There are 16 trails open for XC skiers, with the trail to Dinner Plain groomed but watch out for the bark and litter on the trail after winds.

Toboggan slopes ready for lots of fun with two terrain parks open.

Mt Buffalo has a good snow cover at a depth of 15cm.

For XC skiers, the Beginners Loop, Horn Road and Bogong Plain trails are all open with good and coverage at Beginners and Horn, and patchy at Bogong.

Dingo Dell and Cresta Valley are both open for snow play and tobogganin­g, however Dingo Dell is rather patchy and it’s difficult to find a line to slide down from the top.

Cresta has quite a good base, so finding a line down is easier.

At Dingo Dell, you need to wear face masks and sign in via the QR code.

You will also be asked where you are from and proof of same may be requested.

Mt Buller has an average natural snow depth of 80cm with 15 lifts in operation across the mountain.

Kofler’s and Skyline parks are both open for skiing and snowboardi­ng.

Horse Hill and Village toboggan and snowplay parks are also open, however their snow is still poor to fair respective­ly.

For XC skiers all trails are open with very good to excellent snow cover with skating and classical grooming styles.

Overnight and 2WD need to carry wheel chains and fit them where directed.

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