The Post Snow Season Snow Fun Continues and a big thank you to all.

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For all of you who haven’t got your snow fix for 2019, the fun still awaits you. Whilst Alpine Enterprises have ceased lift operations and Ben Lomond Snow Sports have closed their hire, lesson, transport and food operations have concluded for 2019, the National Park is open to the public and amenities including the shelter at the top of the main car park and the toilets immediately adjacent to the main village street boom gate are still available to people visiting the mountain.

Snow still blankets the entire mountain with huge drifts expected to stick around for months whilst the summer approaches and snow melts across the alpine plateau. The National park has a great feel in the spring and walking trails come into their own with the main snow area able to be accessed by users on foot. Visitors are reminded to check the weather forecast before visiting and prepare for, at times, rapidly changing conditions both on the road and also when having fun in the alpine environment. A list of what is recommended to take can be found here at the snowsafe website.

Visual updates can be found on the Northern Tasmania Alpine Club Web Cams which are located at http://www.ntac.org.au. The latest image from this morning is featured in this post.

What to remember if you are visiting between now and 1 October is that carrying and fitting chains where directed is a requirement of all road users. As no shuttle service is operating to the plateau and main village. Outside these times caution is advised as conditions can rapidly change and road users should remain aware of their own and their vehicles limitations. Chains can be aquired for the drive to the snow from the following outlets:

Auto Barn: 6 Innes St, Launceston
HIRE $50 per day with a $50 deposit
PURCHASE $149-249 per set 25% off until stock is gone in their winter run out sale

ARB 4X4 and Accessories: 48 Holbrook Street Invermay
PURCHASE $270-600 per set

Finally, a massive shout out to Alpine Enterprises and Ben Lomond Snow Sports and all their team for putting on another great winter of snow fun in the coldest and most challenging working environment in Tasmania. Without you, the amount of snow fun attained wouldn’t be possible!

More information on current conditions will be posted here and updates on the mountain will be posted as available.

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. 

Ben Lomond Junior Races and Inter Schools Event 24 August 2019

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Instructions and information for Parents and or Guardians who are registering competitors are below:

  • All Competitors are required to be registered on Snowracer and have an active SnowID number https://www.snowracer.com.au/registration/ PLEASE NOTE All individuals need to “ReRegister” for each calendar year to be covered and reactivate their Snow ID
  • Once your SnowID has been reactivated, head to www.benlomondjuniorraces.org to formally enter the competition.
  • Competitors must wear a helmet and be able to maintain a snow plow to be eligible to enter
  • Competitors must wear a bib to access lifts and attend the race area. Whilst the races are underway competitors are able to access the lifts free of charge thanks to the support of Alpine Enterprises.
  • Competitors will be allowed two runs which will count toward their age division result as well as a school result should an individual be listed as competing in this too.
  • In the event that a Gate is missed a competitor’s time will be penalised by 5 seconds per gate. (Please note that this does not disqualify a competitor from attaining a finishing time
  • Assistance on the race course:
    • Physically intervening and assisting competitors on the course will result in them rec attaining a finishing time however all entrants will receive a certificate of participation.
    • Parents of Guardians choosing to shadow a competitor down the course are reminded to avoid the racing line and limiting snow plowing which will damage the courses integrity.
  • Interschool
    • Competitors will need to nominate their team (3 individuals per team) at the registration hut. 
    • Competitors who have nominated a school and do not select a team but have 3 competitors will be assigned a team
    • Competitors who don’t have enough numbers to form a team will not be listed to compete in the schools results unless they otherwise identify a proposed combined team.
    • Fastest combined time of the best two skiers in each team are added together to give a ‘school total combined time’
    • The team with the lowest total combined time win the shield for the school they represent
    • The Shield will remain on the mountain as a historic article of the Northern Tasmania Alpine Club

Ben Lomond Junior Races and School Races Competition Postponed until 24 August 2019

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Please be advised that the race committee led by Will Gordon as Race Director have made the decision to postpone the planned Ben Lomond Junior Races and School Races competition from this Saturday 17 August to the following Saturday 24 August 2019.
The decision has been made on a joint consensus basis with information gathered across the weekend on current conditions and working with schools supporting attendance at the event. The limited snow base and capacity to set a course upcoming weather and the hope of better conditions and snowfalls in the coming 10 days has formed the core basis for the decision.

Thank you for your understanding and patience at this time. Any questions or queries can be directed to Adrian Beswick, Vice President to benlomondcommittee@gmail.com or phone 0438 253 111

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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