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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

The Inaugural Ice Plunge (01-Jun-08)

FALLS CREEK, VIC, JUNE 1, 2008 - To celebrate the first day of winter at Victoria's largest alpine resort

To celebrate the first day of winter at Victoria's largest alpine resort the Falls Creek community hosted the inaugural Ice Plunge.

More than 60 hardy people braved a very frosty morning and dived into the mile hight Rocky Valley Lake continuing a winter ritual that takes place in numerous snowy northern hemisphere countries.

Canadian and American "polar bear clubs" go outdoor bathing or swimming in the middle of winter often conducted as fund-raisers for charity.
The Falls Creek-based SES is the benefactor from today's plunge into the icy cold water, used by the resort’s snowmakers throughout winter, followed by a community BBQ.
 
Whilst this is a first at an alpine resort in the southern hemisphere it wont be the last. Participants who ventured into the icy cold water at Falls Creek (which was warmer than the outside temperature of feel like ), such as cross-country skier Lescinska Fackerell said they’d do it again next year on the first day of winter.

Fackerell said: “It is just the sort of thing I often do. I always put my hand up for something silly and when the opportunity to be one of the inaugural Ice Plunge participants was offered to me (and my boyfriend Nick Grimmer, a member of the Australian national cross-country team that train at Falls Creek) I said I may as well.”

The forecast is for sub zero overnight temperatures tomorrow and Tuesday so there may be a snowmaking window for the alpine resort’s snow producers before the traditional opening of the snow season on Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend.

For more information contact Ian Talbot 0418 413 718

 
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