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Mountain Update – Season Launch Tomorrow

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Ben Lomond has woken up from her summer hibernation this week thanks to the 1 in 100 year snow storm which blanketed Launceston. Tassie snow lovers and those who would normally visit mainland or New Zealand snow resorts are desperate for their annual snow fix. With the first winter system running weeks behind the regular season start, this week’s big freeze was the one that we have all been hanging out for.

The mountain started from rock and shrubbery on Monday, things are very much whiter than what they were a week ago. However with the wind at Antarctic strengths for much of the week this has meant what did fall hasn’t stuck enough to allow all the slopes to open.

Kate Williams from Alpine Enterprises has been keeping the winter faithful updated on their instagram channel this week as the system moved through.  Today it has been confirmed that tomorrow will be the first day of lift operations on the mountain. However the top slopes don’t yet have enough snow to operate the lifts safely.

For those snow lovers making their first pilgrimage to Ben Lomond for a ski tomorrow, the beginner lift Bass will be humming. To stay up to date on what’s running, visit the Alpine Enterprises Website, www.alpineenterprises.com.au

Ben Lomond Snow Sports are ready for their biggest weekend of the season tomorrow with transport, hire and food available for all who arrive. Visit their webpage for the latest prices and details. www.skibenlomond.com.au

Visitors are reminded that vehicles are required to carry chains past the lower car park.  The snow sports shuttle service is available for those groups without chains from the lower car park. Please follow all signage regarding the fitting of chains on your vehicle. If in doubt of your driving ability,  please catch the shuttle.

For the latest road conditions, phone toe PWS update on 0429646557.

Much respect has to be given to Alpine Enterprises and Ben Lomond Snow Sports and the countless lodges who despite the challenges to put together COVID19 Safety Plans,  have been able to find a way through and operate this season. Importantly, please be considerate of the changes which have been put in place for our safety.

If you are at all unwell, stay home and get tested. www.coronaviris.tas.gov.au

A large crowd is expected to hit the slopes and we are asking all visitors to be considerate of PWS staff assisting across the mountain, and staff in the ticket office, hire and cafe and operating lifts. Please also be courteous of each other.The weather forecast next week is looking promising for further falls which should consolidate the snow cover and hopefully allow more lifts and terrain to open up.

Alpine Enterprises Morning Update

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Today’s outlook: 7/9 Amazing snow fall over night…and still happening. Currently strong/gale SE wind, beyond Operating constraints. These are expected to ease thru day. Our aim is to run Lifts ASAP/this afternoon after mega de-icing??….check for updates thru the morning. See their website for the latest through the day. Www.alpineenterprises.com.au

PWS BEN LOMOND ROAD UPDATE LINE: 0429 646557

Ben Lomond Junior Races and Inter Schools Competition – UPDATED to Sunday 25 August

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Across the past 3 days the forecast for Saturday has deteriorated from 30kmph (15 knots) by late morning to 60kmph (30 knots) through into the late afternoon. The Forecast Gale Force winds up to 60kmph are above what would be reasonable winds to successfully and safely run the races in for the broad age race the event caters for noting the exposed nature of the mountain. In addition the forecast 3-6 mm precipitation through the day will further worsen strong winds into likely blizzard conditions in exposed windy areas of the snowfield. Conditions are forecast to change markedly on Sunday with winds dropping to 20-30kmph (10-15 knots).

Noting the forecast for both days and increased certainty 48 hours out from the scheduled start time, Myself and Acting Race Coordinator Gavin Stebbings have determined that delaying the races to Sunday 25 August 2019 is the best and most appropriate choice. As such, please share that the races will be run on Sunday 25 August 2019 with the same schedule as advertised. This decision has been made accordance with the bad weather clause noted on the posters. 

Mountain update. – Snow goers make the most of the most significant snowfall for 2019 – Conditions and Info.

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Great conditions have developed with more snow through today and next week setting Ben Lomond up for a winter party heading into the final weeks of July. Lodge members, business owners and snow bunnies young and old will be doing their snow dance at the prospect of getting up to their favourite Tassie stomping ground for their snow fix at the next opportunity.

For those people venturing to the mountain and asking about lifts and what’s happening, the BLC will be aiming to keep you updated in many ways. Regular posts on the website and social media will be a core part of how you can stay up to date. In addition we will be speaking regularly with scheduled chats with ABC Tas on Friday evenings soon after 5:30 as the weekend approaches.

Keep up to date with the latest details on lifts by visiting: https://www.alpineenterprises.com.au/current-conditions

Interested in the most up to date road conditions? Phone the Parks Road Update number 0429 646 557 for the latest details.

Chains are required to be carried from the lower car park until the end of the winter months. No chains catch the Ben Lomond Snow Sports transport service. From the lower car park. $20 each or $60 for a family of four. The Snow Sports crew are operating 3 shuffle buses on demand and round the clock during the day 7 days a week through the season.

Snow sports also have all your ski, board and clothing hire and lesson needs covered along with an extensive cafe of hot and cold food and drink options cafe on the mountain.

As updates are available they will be shared here.

Looking into the weather forecast. Snow to low levels is forecast through the week on and off which should help improve the snow base across the back slopes further and hopefully be enough to commence more lift operations. Snow goers were lucky to get a late afternoon ride of the Alpine Enterprises Bass poma today after crews finished deicing works.

Construction of Lower Car Park commencing Today

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The Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) wish to advise that the construction of the Ben Lomond Lower Car Park within the Ben Lomond National Park will commence on Monday the 11th of February 2019. While the Ben Lomond Rd and the National Park will remain open to all traffic during the construction works, visitors and stakeholders are advised to proceed with caution as there will be a large number of trucks travelling on the Ben Lomond Rd. At times there may be minor traffic delays while trucks and machinery access the construction site.  Construction of the car park is expected to take around 8 weeks.

The PWS apologies for any inconveniences that may occur during these works. For further details please contact the PWS Project Manager on 6349 1020.

Mountain update – Last day for Lifts 2018 tomorrow, Ben Lomond Snow Sports and Shuffle Buses to continue

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This morning Alpine Enterprises have confirmed that the last day for lifts will be tomorrow, Father’s Day for season 2018 for those of you that have come to Ben Lomond this season to ride the lifts tomorrow we hope you have enjoyed what has been another great year of downhill snow fun.

In light of the announcement from Alpine Enterprises Ben Lomond Snow Sports have confirmed that they will continue fully operating which will include all gear hire lessons, cafe and transport services from the base car park until further notice or until the snow disappears. Stay updated on the Ben Lomond Snow Sports Facebook page and stay updated for Road updates on the www.benlomond.org.au website as available through parks and wildlife services

Stay updated for future announcements here.

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