Mt Baw Baw opens for snow play today

The cool weather and cold front from the south has resulted in record amounts of early snowfall at Mt Baw Baw. As a result, the Southern Alpine Resort Management Board is pleased to declare an early start to the 2017 snow season, opening the resort to the public for snow play on the first day of winter Thursday, June 1, to play in the snow and for tobogganing from Friday, June 2.

Visitors to Mt Baw Baw will be able to toboggan and sight see at no cost, up until Sunday, June 11, when resort entry fees will commence. The official opening is still scheduled to take place Saturday, June 10.

Mt Baw Baw General Manager, John Fascio, said resort staff had not seen this amount of snow before the official launch, historically held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend every year, since 2010.

“The cold front has resulted in an unusually early start to the snow season. We were surprised to see snowfall at the beginning of May, but this week the weather has ramped up so much that we are excited to be able to open the mountain more than a week early,” said Mr Fascio.

“The Mt Baw Baw team encourages everyone to come up and enjoy this early start to the season,” he continued. “We will be open for tobogganing and snow play in designated toboggan parks, while visitors are also welcome to just walk around, sight see and experience being at the snow. The early opening to the declared snow season also means that all motorists must now carry chains in the resort, using them whenever conditions or signage warrants.”

“Mt Baw Baw provides a great opportunity for first-time snow seekers and young families to create their first snow experience and begin their snow sport journey, whether it be learning to ski, snowboard or even to build your first snowman.”

Just 150km from Melbourne’s CBD, Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort is the city’s closest downhill ski and snowboard resort and easily accessible – perfect for the weekend getaway for friends, family and first-time snow seekers alike.

From the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, June 10 and 11, Mt Baw Baw’s official opening, visitors will experience roaming entertainers, DJs, fireworks and have the chance to participate in giveaways and even a tug of war competition. With a variety of affordable packages, Mt Baw Baw remains the most affordable and accessible alpine resort in Australia.

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