Ski resorts rely on patrollers to keep visitors safe, help them when accidents happen and find them when they get lost. Many patrollers are volunteers, and some commit decades to their local patrol. Its always good to see long term volunteers recognised. Lake Mountain ski patroller, Mike Sutton has been honoured with a National Medal for his many years of volunteer service.
With the announcement that Mt Hotham and Falls Creek lift operations will be closed ‘until at least 19 August’, and other resorts about to make announcements, the season has suddenly changed (again).
Here’s what’s known as at July 12.
Lake Mountain Ski Patrol (LMSP) is looking to boost its numbers in the lead up to the 2019 snow season, giving outdoors enthusiasts the chance to volunteer with a difference.
The patrol is recruiting people who can cross country ski, have basic first aid training, love to work outdoors and are keen to join the weekend roster for volunteers over the winter months.
With the arctic blast that is currently hitting the alps and (hopefully) heralding the approach of winter, Lake Mountain Ski Patrol (LMSP) has launched a timely drive for volunteer patrollers for the 2018 snow season.
The patrol is looking for people who can cross country ski, have basic first aid training, love to work outdoors and are keen to join the weekend roster for volunteers over the winter.
Its October, so its ‘officially’ road riding season. While there are endless riding opportunities across the entire Australian Alps, the ‘iconic’ series of rides in Victoria is called the 7 Peaks Ride. It’s designed as an ‘at-your-own pace’ cycling challenge which runs from October to April.
The rides take you to the top of the seven Victorian Alpine Resorts, each one ranging from 6 to 40 kilometres in length.
The idea is that you register online and track each ride using the 7 Rides app. You can find out more and register here. Of course you can get out there and do the rides. Either way its epic, with a total distance of just over 450 kilometres.
Recruiting volunteer ski patrollers
With the 2017 ski season fast approaching (hopefully), Lake Mountain Ski Patrol (LMSP) is recruiting volunteers to join the weekend patrol team.
Ski patrol is a great way of volunteering and helping others, as well as spending time and being active in a fantastic environment.
Both the Lake Mountain and Baw Baw alpine resorts have been going through an extensive planning process and are in the final stages of seeking community input to the various options that have been identified for each resort.
Consultation has led to the creation of Future Direction Papers, which will inform the recommendations that are presented to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change.
Lake Mountain Ski Patrol (LMSP) is gearing up for the 2016 winter season and has launched a recruitment drive for more volunteers to join its weekend team.
Volunteer patrollers need to be 18 years and older, and be fit, competent cross country skiers with a minimum Level 2 First Aid qualification.
On Sunday 28th of February the Murrindindi Cycle Club will be hosting Australia’s first marathon super G.
This event showcases the new single track trail that starts at the Lake Mountain summit and finishes at the Lake Mountain ticket office, 12 kilometres, 620 meters of descending and 200 meters of climbing later.
Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has produced a great new A2 sized map which details the walking, mountain biking and ‘shared trails’ on the mountain.
The map covers the area from Keppel’s Hut up to the plateau and all its ski trails, and then all the way down to the entry station at the turn off on the Woods Point Road. There is now an increased range of tracks then were previously available as a result of work by Lake Mountain staff in connecting existing separate tracks, and this has opened up some really great extended day walks.
The map contains details of a number of suggested walks, as well as photos of some common flora which visitors may encounter at Lake Mountain.
The map will be available at the Lake Mountain resort and a number of tourist, bushwalking and cycling outlets. Anyone having trouble finding a copy is welcome to contact Sue Parry, the Lake Mountain Environmental Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org
Paradise Music Festival is a 3 day music, camping and BYO festival held at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort in Victoria in early summer.
The following comes from the organisers:
“Now entering it’s third year, Paradise will again be held at the enigmatic location it has become known for, amidst the Victorian alpine forest, at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort. Close to Marysville, the festival site has overlooking views of the Victorian Alps and Great Dividing Range.
The 7 Peaks Ride is an iconic set of rides up seven mountains in the Victorian High Country. You do each ride when it suits you, but has a five month window, with riders being encouraged to do at least four of the rides. The riding season starts this week.
The peaks are Mt Baw Baw, Mount Buffalo, Mt Buller, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Hotham, and Lake Mountain. Each ride involves a serious ride from the valley.
As you go you get your 7 Peaks passport stamped.
You can tackle the 7 Peaks any time from October 16 2015 to March 31 2016.
Full details here.