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Spring is in the air and there’s never been a better time to ski

After the Blizzard of Oz 1 and 2, it’s safe to say that 2017 has been one of the best seasons in living memory. And with over 100 cm of snow still on the ground in most resorts, it’s also fair to say that if you’ve ever contemplated a spring skiing holiday, now is the time to do it.

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Image courtesy Snowatch http://www.snowatch.com.au/

And why wouldn’t you with some of the deals on offer.

Discounted lift passes

Both Mt Hotham and Falls Creek are offering a special ‘spring pass‘ for $449. The spring pass gets you 28 days of skiing for the price of a 4-day pass. That’s unlimited access to 158 runs across both Hotham and Falls Creek from September 4 – October 1. Get in quick though. Spring Passes are released for a limited time only, buy before 25 August to save and avoid disappointment.

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Ruined Castle, Falls Creek this week. Image: Falls Creek

Discounted family lift & lesson packages

Hotham are also offering a family fun pass this September. Kids Ski FREE while parents enjoy 50% off lift passes, group lessons and equipment hire! The package includes:

  • 3 x Days Adult Lift and Lesson
  • 3 x Days Kids Ski FREE Lift Pass
  • 3 x Days Ski or Board Equipment Hire per person
  • 3 x Night Stay in Schnapps 2 bedroom/2 bedroom Apartment

Inclusive cost starts from $235.00 per adult per night* and $138.00 per child per night* based on a 6 person share. And, BOOK BY AUGUST 31 and Hotham Holidays will also cover your 3-day resort entry!

Across the way at Falls Creek, Alpine View Apartments are offering a similar value family fun in the snow pass. From the 3 September to the 1 October, receive:

  • 5 Nights Apartment Style Accommodation
  • 2 Bedroom 6 Share Value Apartment
  • 5 Day Lift Pass.
  • 5 Group Lessons Per Adult.
  • 5 Full Days of Snowsports School Per Child
  • 5 Days Ski or Board Rental.

All for the low price of $859 per adult and &766 per child (3-17 yrs). To book call 1800 45 35 25 or email accom@fallscreek.net. Quote Code AV50JSH.

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A Falls Creek sunset. Image: Falls Creek

Accommodation

Spring is also a great time to secure some great accommodation deals. How does $40 a night sound at the Snowbird Mt Hotham? Just enter SKISEPT into the Promotional Code Box located here. Valid throughout September. Minimum 2 nights’ stay. Subject to availability.

If Falls Creek is more your cup of tea, Gebi’s Apartments also have a great low season deal (valid 3 September to the 1 October). For $723 per adult and 649 per child (3-17), you’ll receive:

  • 4 Nights Apartment Style Accommodation
  • 2 Bedroom 4 Share Apartment
  • 4 Day Lift and Lesson pass per Adult
  • 4 Full Days of Snowsports School per Child
  • 4 Days Ski or Board Rental

To book go to the website contact page and quote Code GB2608.

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Hotham’s iconic summit area for beginners (about 50 m from the Snowbird)

2017 opening weekend is here and it’s set to be a cracker!

With a good mix of natural snow falls and perfect conditions for snow making, this opening weekend is set to be a cracker!  For the low down on what’s happening, read on.

Falls Creek

Falls Creek is not called the ‘snow farm’ for nothing.  True to form, they’ve accumulated plenty of fresh this week, especially on the south side and the staff have been cranking the snow guns at every opportunity. While its not certain exactly how much terrain will open, a little birdie tells us the team have been working hard on Towers, Main St, Nastar, Wombat’s & Mouse Trap. Expect an official announcement in the morning 😉  For the full schedule of events and further announcements keep an eye on their website by clicking the image below.

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Image Falls Creek

Hotham

Hotham has also enjoyed a cracking start to the season.  Yesterday Hotham announced the Summit Quad, Big D and Summit Trainer will all be spinning this opening weekend! Consistent snowfalls together with cold conditions have set the scene perfectly.  Cooler temperatures have allowed the snow guns to work their magic and the resort has never looked so good so early in the season!

And there’s more!! Hotham are set to bring in the 2017 snow season with a cracking fireworks display from 7pm.  Otherwise check out the action in the bars and retail outlets, from bubble wine and cheese at One-Tree Sports Boutique & Ski Shop, quality food and live music (Chill Bar & Café, Swindlers, The General and Zirky’s). You can also practice your skills at Hotham 360, Hotham’s newest indoor ski slope.  Click on the image below for the latest news.

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Image courtesy Mt Hotham

Buller

Buller this year invested $1.6 million in new snowmaking facilities, including its new Snowfactory technology which can make snow in any temperature. This clearly  paid off with the opening of Bourke Street last Friday for night skiing.  Buller has also done well this week receiving a healthy mix of natural snow and ideal temperatures for further snow making.  Today Buller announced that in addition to Blue Bullet, which has been operating since last week, Skyline, Express and ABOM are scheduled to open tomorrow.  Keep an eye on their website for further announcements.

As is tradition, there will be lots of  festivities right across the mountain with lots of free entertainment over the long weekend. The program is packed with fun activities for the kids like face painting and hula hooping, complimentary hot chocolate, gluhwein, roasted chestnuts and toasted marshmallows for everyone. Plus they have a fantastic live act performing on the village stage and of course their season opening fireworks display at 6:00pm. For the latest news click on the image below.

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Image Mt Buller

Perisher

Thanks to consistent natural snow falls, snow making and lots of hard work by the grooming team, Perisher announced today it is opening nine (yes NINE) lifts this weekend, commencing Friday.   Enjoy some turns on Goats Gully or shredding down Escapade. Perisher are planning to open the Happy Valley T-Bar, the Village 8 Express, Sturt and Mitchell T-Bars as well as the ski conveyor for beginners. The Perisher Kids area will also make its debut including the 2 ski conveyors and Tom Thumb! To top it all off Perisher are also celebrating with a huge fireworks display on Saturday night at 7pm over Perisher’s Front Valley!  For more information click on the image below.

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Thredbo

Expect big celebrations at Thredbo this weekend as it celebrates it 60th birthday.  On the snow front, the long weekend is shaping up to be awesome with Cruiser, High Noon and Friday Flat all expected to open. But its not all about the snow!  On Saturday there will be five hours of tunes in the outdoor Village Square. Headlining is rising pop powerhouse Montaigne, her album Glorious Heights.

Did someone say fireworks? The region’s biggest fireworks display will light up Kosciuszko at 6pm while the king of carving Kenji Ogawa, fires up the chainsaw to create an icy village sculpture that will becomes the centrepiece of the popular GH Mumm Village Long Lunch on Sunday (now sold out).

The kids will be entertained too with lots to do including a village wide treasure hunt, face painting and art sessions. Keep an eye out for the roving mischievous Magician who is sure to amaze all ages with his sleight of hand bag of tricks.  The village bars and restaurants will be open, the party program big and with activities galore, this is set to be a lot of fun.  Get the latest by clicking on the image below.

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15 mins with alpine skiier, Greta Small – our next Zali Steggal?

Greta Small was just three years old when Zali Steggal won Australia’s first and only Olympic medal in women’s alpine skiing.  Eighteen years later, Greta Small is aiming to emulate her hero, when she competes in her second Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in just 18 months time. 

Despite her young years, Greta is no stranger to international competition.  First competing at an international level in 2012, Small has gone on to become one of Australia’s most promising winter athletes. At the 2014 Sochi winter games, she represented Australian in all five (!) alpine skiing disciplines, finishing 15 in the Super Combined event – the best result for an Australian skiier in 12 years, despite being the second youngest in the field!

We caught up with Greta at her winter home, Mt Hotham, where she was busy training for the 2016-17 world cup season, after recovering from an earlier injury sustained in competition in late 2015.  We started the interview by asking Greta about an odd geographic coincidence…. Continue reading 15 mins with alpine skiier, Greta Small – our next Zali Steggal?

Massive snowfalls to hit Aussie resorts

After an already epic start to the season (see our previous report), this week will see another round of significant snowfalls in the Aussie hills.  After a bit of a wet start to the week (as the pre-frontal rain moves through), all models are now pointing to significant snowfalls to very low levels on Tuesday, with snow showers continuing through Wednesday.  Presently, Pete ‘the Frog’ Taylor at Snowatch is calling for 18 – 37 cm across the resorts, and the Grasshopper at  Mountainwatch is calling 41-51 cm in the Vic Resorts and 30-35 in the NSW resorts. Continue reading Massive snowfalls to hit Aussie resorts