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Record breaking opening weekend at Mount Hotham

Record breaking opening weekend at Mount Hotham
June 12, 2017

The combination of natural and mountain-made snow has ensured that Victorian ski resort Mount Hotham has enjoyed its best opening weekend since 2012.

Early season snowfall and cold conditions have allowed Mount Hotham’s $4.4 million expansion of snowmaking to take effect, with 18 new snow guns having been installed across the resort, with 12 added to The Summit, one of the resort’s two beginner ski areas.

Expanding the terrain covered by snowmaking from 25 to 33 hectares, the other six snow guns have extended snowmaking to intermediate terrain off the Roadrunner chairlift and to the advanced slopes of Heavenly Valley. The guns take the terrain covered by snowmaking from 25ha to 33ha.

Commenting on the resort offering the most accessible opening day terrain if five years, Mount Hotham Skiing Company General Manager Belinda Trembath stated “the expanded snowmaking in Heavenly Valley is part of the final stage of a snowmaking master plan we began in 1998.”

For 2017, the resort has also created a more flexible ticketing and rental system that gives visitors rest days for when the weather turns, or when they want a day’s break. This season, all rental purchases from Hotham Sports outlets of four days or more will include these rest days.

The same applies to multi-day lift tickets, so skiers can buy a ‘4 of 6 Days’ pass and/or rental hire, in addition to the resort’s existing five, six and seven-day flexible passes. 

Images: Opening weekend action at Mount Hotham.

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