Mountain Update: Great mid week skiing on a very good snow cover and no queues

Beautiful blue skies with high light cloud, fresh SW wind expected to moderate.  Currently -3,9 degrees.

Lifts (Alpine Enterprises) – 4 lifts this morning, Bass Village Summit and Fannies, weather dependent, expecting to bring Bills on line this afternoon. Great mid week skiing on a very good snow cover and no queues.

ROAD CONDITIONSThe road was graded to clear the road of fresh snow and will be icy in places.  CHAINS are required to be fitted to 2wd vehicles where directed, the BLC and Parks and Wildlife Services (PWS) cannot stress enough that it is imperative all drivers follow the directions of the PWS staff. If you are driving a car you not only need to have chains, you need to know how to fit them and how to drive your car whist they are on. For more information on chains visit the snowsafe website

THIS WEEKEND:

Ben Lomond Junior Races – Sunday 16th August – 10 :00 am start

Categories for competitors will include: GIRLS under 9; BOYS under 9; GIRLS 9 -11; BOYS 9 – 11; GIRLS 12 – 15; BOYS 12 – 15; Girls 16 – 17; BOYS 16 – 17; Fastest Run under 9; Fastest Run – overall; Youngest Competitor; Junior Snowboard and; Open snowboard

Bib numbers will be issued 9:00 am Sunday at the Race Hut, Each racer will have two runs. The winner in each category will be the best single run.

The OLD BUFFERS and MOTHERS RACE will immediately follow the Junior Races or be held at 2pm after lunch.

Presentations will be held at 3pm is results can be finalised by then. Come up and give it a go.

Gear Hire and Cafe (Ben Lomond Snow Sports) are open 7 days from 9am to 4pm have all your hire needs covered right at the doorstep to the snow. This means no lugging your gear up from the car park, no mess, no stress and most importantly no worries. They have everything from clothing through to toboggans, skis, snowboards, boots, poles, snow shoes and lessons with qualified instructors! Pop in for a bite to eat for some great hot food and drink options from their café just off the snow or try one of their to die for hot chocolates and get it out of the cold. For more information about Ben Lomond Snow Sports hire options visit the hire page on our website

Transport (Ben Lomond Snow Sports) operate a friendly convenient transport service with two troop carriers on the mountain. These run throughout the day collecting snow goers from the bottom car park at the Parks and Wildlife Service entry station and deliver you to the car park at the base of the boardwalk. If you are catching the bus you do not need to hire chains! Call 03 6390 6185 (TELSTRA SIGNAL) for a pickup or to arrange a booking. Prices are $15 per person or $50 for a family of 4 return.

Ben Lomond Alpine Hotel – Offer sit down and takeaway meal options with a great warm atmosphere, see their website for accommodation deals, come stay a while or pop in and say hello.

Media are encouraged to contact Adrian Beswick, Media and Promotions coordinator on 0438 253 111 to arrange a visit to the mountain and organise interviews with Operators and BLC Representatives.

Thanks to NTAC for their Top Slopes Cam image this morning.

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