Conditions and Lifts (Alpine Enterprises) – Currently -2.5 degrees. Blizzard conditions with some fresh snow overnight and snow continues to fall. Gale force Southerly winds with horizontal snow. Lift operations will be reassessed when conditions moderate.
ROAD CONDITIONS –Ben Lomond road has snow on it down to the main road. The freeze level has risen and it’s now softening up to close to the park boundary. Snow can is visible on the side of the road not far out of Launceston. The grader is working to clear the road from the park boundary up to the village and there is in the vicinity of 10cm of snow from the Rangers Station up Jacobs ladder.
Parks and Wildlife have recommended that drivers without chains delay their visit by a few hours until snow melts at lower levels.
Drivers are asked to remain aware of their surroundings in changing weather conditions. 2wd vehicles will need to fit chains close to the main road and later today, where directed by Parks and Wildlife Officers. 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
Events Today Assuming conditions moderate enough, The Ben Lomond open Chinese Downhill will be fought out by young and old. Starting from the top of Bills/Giblin at close of lifts, competitors will race with no rules from here to the entrance to Sponsor for the day, Ben Lomond Snow Sports. Gerry Stam trophies for first male and first female with prizes from Ben Lomond Snow Sports. Entry is free to all competitors with registration at the start line. Prizes will be presented at Borrowdale happy hour sat evening.
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.
Visit our website, www.benlomond.org.au for all information about how to get here, what to see, eat, drink and play!