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The season that was

The Mount Hotham season 2017, we can all agree, has been a great one! From ski and board demo days to centimetres of fresh powder and more bluebird days than we could ask for!

Mount Hotham has also seen its challenges with Blizzard of Oz and Blizzard of Oz 2 hitting the mountain early August, and then Blizzard of Oz 3 hitting in early September. However, the storms came as a blessing with 105 centimetres falling over four days and then some further 70-odd centimetres falling during the next passing storm. The conditions have seen Mount Hotham exceed the 24-year snow base average which has been recorded since 1993, and allowed the Mount Hotham Skiing Company to officially open and operate all 13 chairlifts which provided guests with more than 320 hectares of skiable terrain.

We had some minor hiccups with the road closures on the Harrietville approach which was necessary in a way to keep guest safety the mountains priority. The Resort Management Board, bus operators, Stadelmanns Pty Ltd, VicRoads, Victoria Police and other various emergency management services worked hard to get the roads open as quick as possible.

Mount Hotham Free Ski programs saw some of our young talent challenge themselves for numerous titles, including Hotham Hammer Dual Moguls, Hotham Junior Free Ride Series - Rail Jam, Hotham Junior Free Ride Series - Rail Style, Hotham Junior Free Ride Series – Rider X and also the opportunity to partake in the SSA SBX Futures Camp.

Also, a key part of the season included the Victorian and Australian Biathlon Championships which saw Italian Chief Coach, Luca Bormoilini, and his Italian Assistant Coaches train the high-performance team, where they also ran a Biathlon fun camp and the NSW Biathlon Championships. In September, ex-Biathlon athlete Cameron Moreton helped to facilitate the Moogji Aboriginal Council youth camp ‘Come and try X C Skiing and Biathlon Camp’. The youth participated in ski lessons, tobogganing and participated in a tour of the Biathlon Arena in Wire Plain. They will be organising another trip next year.

August saw the “Big Gig Fundraiser” take place at the General with a night of music, social drinks, laughs and over $16,000 raised for the Mount Hotham Ski Patrol Volunteers to assist them with their gear and other essentials that are only available to full-time Ski Patrollers.

Spring is where it has all been happening! A line-up of great events throughout the month included a mountain collaboration for a Deck Party, Retro Day with DJ Eddy spinning tunes on top of the summit and a firework display to finish it off. Chicks with Stix also made, yet, another appearance at Hotham this year with a power pack group of girls hitting the slopes.

Visitation has soared compared to the same times last year and some of the best visitation stats on record!

The season followed on to see the Annual Spring Cup, Grand Final weekend (Carn the tiges!), and the season extension until Sunday 8 October – first time in 17 years!

We hope you enjoyed this season as much as we did and we hope to see you back here for season 2018 – the year of the Winter Olympics!

06 October 2017