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Snow base at Mt Hotham breaks the 1 metre mark

Posted Saturday 20 July, 2018

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Consistent snow falls have resulted in Mt Hotham’s natural snow base breaking through the one metre mark today, nearly three weeks earlier than 2017, making Mt Hotham the first Australian resort to reach this milestone for 2018.

The awesome conditions of the 2017 season, which experienced the ‘Blizzards of Oz’, resulted in the snowbase hitting one metre on 9 August, 2017.

This season has seen more regular falls totalling 185 centimetres at 20 July, which has provided a steady increase to the natural snowbase.

The season’s great coverage and this week’s snowfall of 24cm (and counting – it’s still falling) have led the resort to announce that the Orchard area will be opening on Saturday.

Thanks to the regular nature of the snowfalls, both the Harrietville and Omeo road approaches to the resort have remained open. The Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board thanks drivers who continue to drive to the conditions and fit chains as directed. As a result, the resort has seen minimal delays due to the cooperation being shown on the roads, allowing all drivers to arrive at the resort sooner.

It is mandatory for all vehicles travelling within the Mt Hotham resort to carry diamond-pattern snow chains. Drivers can check the road conditions using the information on the home page of Mt Hotham’s mobile-friendly website:

Mt Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board also reminds visitors to familiarise themselves with the Alpine Responsibility Code to ensure a safe, fun experience at the snow.

Information about getting to Mt Hotham can be found here:

The Alpine Responsibility Code can be found here:

Photo credit: Anita Coia – Mt Hotham Resort Management Board


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