THEY’VE already snapped on the skins and the snow sports enthusiasts are already enjoying 40cm of powder snow up at Mt Hotham ahead of the traditional Opening Weekend this Queens Birthday Weekend.
It’s all go, go, go according to Mt Hotham Chamber of Commerce President Steve Belli.
“It looks like we’re going to have a great opening,” an elated Mr Belli said today.
“The Melbourne people can’t come up but we’ll still have all the regional Victorians so it will be something of a soft opening but we’re told they’ll definitely have some lifts turning.
“We’re not sure which ones yet but it’s a pretty good coverage.”
Mr Belli said the overnight conditions were verging on rain at time, with temperatures hovering around the zero but some dry snow followed up to start building a nice base for the season.
“The rain didn’t knock us around too much and we’ve ended up with a nice coverage. I’d say it’s about 40cm to be on the safe side but a great start.”
Mr Belli, who runs a tobogganing and snow play feature for families at Mt Hotham (Wire Plain) and Dinner Plain called Snow Stuff Parks ironically won’t be able to get started this weekend with a landslide closing the road between Bruthen and Ensay.
“They say they’ll have the road open today but it has made it hard for me to organise staff to come up from East Gippsland but we’ll get there.”
Meanwhile, the southern resort of Mt Baw Baw was caught in the eye of Wednesday night’s storm with a mix of snow and rain reportedly reaching above the 200mm mark.
With central Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley hardest hit by the present event, there’s no telling yet how the event might impact Baw Baw’s opening weekend plans but at this stage the resort expects to be open from 9am Saturday with a special opening event and Welcome to Country by the Gunaikurnai at 4pm on Saturday.