Australia’s Victorian Alps 2008 Ski Season

Snow skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts can look forward to enjoying a number of improvements at Australia’s Victorian Alps ski resorts in the 2008 skiing season. Millions of dollars have been invested in snowmaking equipment and upgrading facilities to ensure that skiers have a memorable winter holiday experience.

Mount Hotham has invested $A 3.3 million in snowmaking equipment to ensure that visitors to this top-class resort get the most out of their snow skiing and snowboarding holiday. Snow coverage in Heavenly Valley will be increased by close to 50 percent, and this means that skiers and boarders will have access to 25 hectares of snow covered wonderland. As an incentive for skiers to visit the Mount Hotham ski resort, guests with valid lift passes are being offered free Kat skiing, guaranteeing access to otherwise inaccessible terrain. Mount Hotham village, which is situated at 1750 meters, is the highest in Victoria, has the capacity to accommodate 7,000 guests, with plans in the pipeline to increase this accommodation capacity by 1,400. The resort offers superb views and diverse terrain, with something for everyone – from beginners through to seasoned experts. Other activities available at Mount Hotham include kite boarding, helicopter rides, snowboarding, tobogganing, sestet tours, dog sledding, spa, gym and swimming.

Mount Buller, situated just three hours from Melbourne, features the largest lift capacity of Victoria’s resorts. The lift system can move 40,000 people per hour around its 80 kilometer marked trail network. In preparation for the 2008 snow skiing season, Mount Buller has spent $A 500,000 on upgrading snowmaking equipment and has constructed Australia’s first six-seat chairlift, which will run from Helicopter Flat to the top of Baldy. Additionally, plans for off-slope expansion are underway, with $A40 million earmarked for residential developments. Guests can enjoy snowshoeing, snowtubing and tobogganing, as well as the spa retreat, alpine museum, indoor climbing wall and indoor sports complex.

Falls Creek is a family ski resort that features ski-in and ski-out accommodation for 5,000 guests. The majority of the terrain is suitable for intermediate skiers, with the terrain park and kid’s ski school being highly rated. The snowmaking capacity at Falls Creek has been upgraded and the new Prinoth grooming machine will be in action during the 2008 snow skiing season. Future plans for Falls Creek include a $A 200 million property development with retail shops, supermarkets, restaurants and apartments. By 2010 a spa, Turkish baths, crèche, gym and additional apartments will be available. Off piste activities include snow bungy, grooming tours, snowmobile tours, kat skiing on Mount Mackay, snow bikes, kite boarding, snow bocce, Nordic snowshoeing, helicopter flights and entertainment for the kids.

Mount Buffalo comprises the Dingo Dell Snowtube Park, Cresta Valley Ski Area and the historic Mount Buffalo Chalet. This fun, friendly family resort offers 15 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, showshoeing and tobogganing, as well as stunning views across the Bogong High Plains.

Australian snow skiing and snow boarding fans certainly have a lot to look forward to in the 2008 season. Northern hemisphere snow sport fans who can’t wait for the next season to start in their part of the world, may find it worth the effort to travel half way around the world to ski in Australia’s Victorian Alps.