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A perfect storm – more than half a metre of fresh snow already with more lifts and more terrain opening today

July 22, 2013 Ski No Comments Email Email

The heavy snowfalls and cold temperatures continued at Falls Creek overnight. More lifts and more terrain have opened today, and with the snow expected to keep falling until Tuesday, expect further announcements about additional lifts and terrain opening in the coming days.

Falls Creek Ski Lifts spokesperson Anthony O’Shea says: “It’s a beautiful set of numbers this morning. We’ve had 40cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours, more than half a metre since this storm started on Friday night, and we now have an average depth on the mountain of 60cm, even deeper in snowmaking areas. And as always, the numbers don’t do it justice. You need to be up here to see it and ski it to appreciate just how beautiful all this fresh snow is.”

“It’s not just any old snow either. When the temperatures are this cold – we were down to minus 6 last night and the maximum today is minus 4 – the snow is incredible quality, ultra-light and ultra-dry. It’s the kind of snow people think they have to go to Hokkaido to find. But it’s pure Victorian alpine powder right here in our own backyard.”

More lifts opening today 

“We opened 10 lifts this morning, including the Scott and Eagle chairs, which will give advanced skiers access to some amazing powder shots in the trees down into the Village Bowl,” says Anthony O’Shea. “And with the snow continuing to fall, our Mountain Operations team are working day and night to open more lifts and more terrain. There’s a lot more good news to come, with the Ruined Castle chair expected to open tomorrow, and the Sun Valley area will offer superlative skiing and snowboarding tomorrow.”

Snowmaking continuing as well

The very cold temperatures overnight and through today mean Falls Creek is also making enormous amounts of snow to complement the natural snowfall. “Yesterday we made more than 15,000 cubic metres of snow,” says Anthony O’Shea. “That’s the equivalent of 1,500 truckloads of snow. “We’re building an ever deeper base. And we’re also keeping some of it aside to shape into our famous terrain parks.”

Falls Creek village is now ski-in, ski-out

“The Falls Creek village is also back to its true ski-in, ski-out self again, with all the village roads covered in snow and closed to traffic,” says Anthony O’Shea. “Falls Creek is the only true ski-in, ski-out alpine resort in Australasia. This creates a unique alpine atmosphere and unmatched convenience for guests. It’s wonderful to see guests stepping straight out of their front doors and into their bindings, and then skiing and riding to the lifts. It makes all the difference to people’s enjoyment of a holiday in the snow, whether it’s your first time ever or your fiftieth year here.”

“Now is the time to Chuck A Snowie. Skiers and snowboarders up here this week are going to enjoy the best conditions of the season so far. And perhaps the best news of all is this storm is set to be followed pretty quickly by more snow next weekend, consolidating all the great snow we’re receiving now.”

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