You know winter has started when Falls Creek Alpine Resort’s annual first day of winter ice plunge takes place.
Over 70 enthusiastic folk braved five degree temps to don costumes and submerge into a bone chilling three degree Rocky Valley Lake (Australia’s Largest Alpine Lake) yesterday.
The plunge has become an iconic tradition that not only unites the community but also serves as a version of the age-old ‘snow dance’, a heartfelt offering to the snow gods, signalling desire for a bountiful snow season.
A flock of rubber ducks were released into the lake, with each duck carrying a fantastic prize. Thanks to the generous support of local businesses, over $2500 worth of prizes were on offer, including ski lessons, dining and retail vouchers, season resort entry, gym memberships and more.
All proceeds raised from the event are donated to Fight MND, dedicated to finding a cure for Motor Neuron Disease. The current tally for fund raising is $5000 and the fundraising will continue throughout the season.
Four-time Olympian, FIS World Cup and FIS World Champion, Falls Creek Ambassador and beloved local legend Britt Cox was also spotted at the plunge.
“Forget all the Ice Baths from my career, the Falls Creek Ice Plunge tops it all! With the commitment shown by everyone here today, I’m convinced we’re in for an incredible snow season,” said Britt on the day.