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Temporary Parks Facilities Under Pressure

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By   4 months ago

Last weekend was a big one at the Mount Mawson Ski Field in Southern Tasmania. There was a good crowd of skiers and boarders keen to try out Tasmania’s retro rope tows – including interstate visitors who had flown in from Melbourne and Sydney especially for the Mawson experience. There were several school groups out […]

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Fresh snow for skiing this weekend

Skiers at Mawson Tow 2016

By   4 months ago

After a good start to the season, the forecast is for more fresh snow for this weekend (13-14 August). That is good news for skiers and boarders, and the ski tows at Mount Mawson Ski Field will be operating from 10:00 am on both days. Note it is forecast to be windy, so rug up […]

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Web Site Issues

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By   4 months ago

Apologies for the erratic web site access over the past few days! We’ve moved the site to a new server and had some issues with the migration process. Unfortunately the issues ran into the weekend – when it’s most needed! I believe we’ve resolved all the issues now and everything seems to be working again. […]

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Summit Cam is Back

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By   4 months ago

Ian has done a huge amount of work on the summit cam and it’s now back online and looking great – the view across the Mawson plateau to the Rodways is fantastic!  This capture at the end of Sunday says it all!  

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Catch it while you can

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By   4 months ago

There is still a good cover of snow at the Mount Mawson Ski Field, and so the tows will be running this weekend 6-7 August. The STSA volunteers from the Mt Mawson Ski Club are already on the mountain getting things ready, and with a forecast of morning frost and light winds it should be […]

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Great start to 2016 Ski Season at Mt Mawson

Skiing Uni Run, 30 July 2016

By   4 months ago

The ski season in Southern Tasmania kicked off in style at the Mount Mawson Ski Field today. A keen crowd turned up to enjoy superb conditions – sunny, calm and clear. It was a very social day, as lots of STSA volunteers came up to lend a hand to help get the ski field operational. […]

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Come skiing this weekend – its ON!

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By   4 months ago

The Ski Season in Southern Tasmania kicks off this weekend 30-31 July at Mount Mawson Ski Field – so come on up and enjoy the snow. There is a good cover of fresh snow on the runs, with a bit more to come through on Friday. Volunteers from the Hobart Walking Club and The Alpine […]

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Winter Wonderland

Pandanus cloaked in snow on the track up to the Mt Mawson Ski Field

By   5 months ago

As snow falls to low levels around Southern Tasmania Mt Field National Park has been turned into a winter wonderland. A number of locals have ventured up the newly graded Lake Dobson Road to check it out, even though it might have been a good day to stay ensconced in front of the television! The […]

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    Field Days – Australian Geographic feature

    The Mt Mawson Ski Patrol - as featured in Australian Geographic April-May 2016

    By   7 months ago

    The May-June issue of Australian Geographic features a wonderful article by Ian Connellan and Gail Maccallum showcasing the Mt Field National Park. Some of the great photos used in the article can be accessed here The article features members of the Mt Mawson Ski Club and the Mt Mawson Ski Patrol who were operating the […]

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    Ross Giblin Photos 8th-9th Aug 2015

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    By   1 year ago

    “If people would like to contact me on facebook for high resolution copies I’d be happy to shoot some through. https://www.facebook.com/ross.giblin There is also plenty more personal shots, but only of people on the tarns and riding rodways…” Cheers, Ross

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      SOUTHERN TASMANIAN SKI ASSOCIATION NEWS View All →

      STSA Pre-Christmas Working Bee this Sunday

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      By   3 weeks ago

      The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association kicks off its Summer maintenance program with a pre-Christmas working bee this Sunday at Mt Mawson. Tow Convenor Ambrose Canning advises that the focus for this working bee will be on repairing the snow fence at the top of the Mawson run that was damaged in strong winds at the […]

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      Come Skiing this Weekend

      Skiers at Mawson Tow 2016

      By   4 months ago

      Spring is almost here, so where can you go snow skiing and boarding an hour and a half from Hobart? – Mt Mawson of course! It has not been a huge season like last year, but there is still good ski-able snow on the Mawson run at the Mt Field National Park, and STSA volunteers […]

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      Good Start to Season, with more to come

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      By   4 months ago

      The STSA held its August meeting last night, and has confirmed that the ski tows will again be running at Mt Mawson this weekend 20-21 August. Whilst the webcams show some loss of snow with the warm weather during the week, there is once again fresh snow forecast from Friday onwards which should provide some […]

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      STSA July Meeting

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      By   5 months ago

      The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association held its July meeting last night, with a focus on final preparations for the 2016 season. Indications are that the season could get underway either this weekend or next, with Wellington Outdoor and Ski Club rostered for this weekend (23-24 July), and the Hobart Walking Club/ Alpine Club of Tasmania […]

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      STSA Winter Solstice Meeting

      New STSA Summit Camera at Mt Mawson - elevation 1320 m

      By   6 months ago

      The STSA held its Winter Solstice committee meeting in Hobart on a cold dark Hobart winter night whilst snow was falling at Mt Mawson. There were no red lights or swims, but nonetheless a clear focus on the joys of winter activity in Tasmania. Following the successful 100th Anniversary Celebration of Mt Field National Park […]

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      Happy 100th Birthday Mt Field National Park

      STSA display at Mt Field Centenary weekend, April 2016

      By   8 months ago

      It is now exactly 100 years since Mt Field was declared Tasmania’s first National Park in 1916 (along with Freycinet). The Mt Mawson Ski Field has been operating for 50 of those years, with skiing being part of activities at Mt Field for more than 90 years. This weekend the STSA volunteers have mounted a […]

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      Fagus Festival and Centenary Celebrations

      By   8 months ago

      STSA will be participating in the Fagus Festival on 23-24 April 2016 to mark 100 years since the establishment of the Mt Field National Park. Stella Rodriguez from Parks has done a great job in bringing together a range of organisations to provide displays, music, food and activities. STSA and the Alpine Snowsports History Association […]

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      Volunteers in action

      Kay Sigrist, Andrew Briggs, Stephen Webber and Elise Sigrist get into the swing of cleaning up the belt issue hut.

      By   9 months ago

      The 19th and 20th of March seemed to be a big weekend for working bees at Mt Mawson, as lots of volunteers worked to get the ski fields, the National Park and the huts looking great for the 100th Anniversary celebrations of Mt Field National Park (or maybe it was just a great weekend to […]

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        SKI PATROL NEWS View All →

        Great Seeing You Out the Back – Timely Warning on Hazards

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        By   1 year ago

        Many of us like to get beyond the ski area boundary and enjoy the pleasures of the backcountry when we’re visiting Mt Mawson. I’ve observed people in some dangerous locations since the opening of the ski season, so this post is a reminder to be aware of the Ski Area Boundaries and the dangers that are present in the […]

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        Snow and Alpine Safety Resource

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        By   1 year ago

        Liz spotted this great website and passed it on to me. It’s focused on snow & alpine activity safety for Australian resorts. snowsafe.org.au       Topics covered include: First-Timers Guide Downloads for Schools & Clubs Equipment Checklist Driving in the Snow Environmental Care Gear Resorts Information Videos + More

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        UTAS – Expedition Medicine Short Courses

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        By   2 years ago

        These eight day intensive and practical residential courses are now being offered by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the Australian Antarctic Division and TasTAFE as stand-alone courses or as an elective unit as part of the Remote and Polar Health stream of our Master of Public Health program. Both courses provide both theoretical […]

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        Ski Patrollers Wanted

        Ski Patrol - a great way to contribute

        By   2 years ago

        Hi fellow Mt Field skiers. It is that time of the year to start thinking about the onset of Winter! If you have ever thought of becoming a Ski Patroller and pursuing a job in the ski industry now is the time to get on board and join in a course. The Australian Ski Patrol […]

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        Ski Patrol Training

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        By   2 years ago

        The Australian Ski Patrol Association is the recognised peak body for ski patroller training in Australia, and will be conducting its Advanced Emergency Care course in Tasmania in March 2015. The  course is specifically designed for ski patrollers and seeks to develop strong knowledge and skills, focused on the management of a wide range of possible first […]

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        Avalanche warning

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        By   3 years ago

        The eastern side of the Golden Stairs has formed a significant cornice. One portion has broken away and caused a slide. As well as the obvious danger area on the left side of the picture and the actual slide area, the section back towards the Mawson tow (right side), at the edge of Gollum’s Gully, […]

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          2016 Tour of Tasmania

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          By   2 months ago

          The Spirit of Tasmania Tour of Tasmania is held across five gruelling days through some of the most picturesque countryside anywhere in the world. This year will see the Tour based in Northern Tasmania, which will provide a great mix of spectacular views and tough hill climbs along with some potentially unpredictable weather. It’s sure […]

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          Mountain Seasons Slide Show

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          By   4 months ago

          For those that enjoy great images of the mountains, Grant Dixon, mountaineer and wilderness photographer is putting on a slide show this Thursday evening for the Tasmanian National Parks Association covering the Canadian Arctic, NZ Fiordland, Hokkaido and Tasmania. Details are as follows: 6:30 pm, Thursday 11th August 2016 Arts Lecture Theatre University of Tasmania, […]

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          Standing up for the snow

          The Uni snow fence looking much more respectable - four hours later!

          By   8 months ago

          At Mt Mawson Ski Field we use snow fences to break the wind and capture the snow on the ski runs, so ensuring we maximise the opportunities for the enjoyment of downhill skiing and boarding when the snow does arrive. The trouble is the fences only work if they are standing up, and so on […]

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          Centenary of Tasmanian Parks

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          By   8 months ago

          This year marks 100 years since the Mt Field National Park was formed, and 90 years since the Ski Club of Tasmania commenced skiing at the Twilight Tarn Hut. The STSA is still going strong, more than 50 years after the first downhill ski tows were installed at Mt Mawson Ski Field. There are a […]

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          Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser Devonshire Tea

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          By   1 year ago

          Sunday 28th June – 10am Nepal Earthquake Fundraiser Flyer “The scones will be world class and the cause is very important. Jack Williamson, who lives at Graham Green’s place, has worked closely with the villagers of this valley for many years. I financially support the community. Please come! And let your friends and networks know”. […]

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          Wild Island Get Together

          By   1 year ago

          Are you a CHIONOPHILE? ( a person who loves cold weather, snow). We at STSA certainly are, and so we are very pleased to see that our friends at Wild Island Gallery are putting on an evening social event to celebrate all things snow, next Wednesday 24th June at 6:30 pm. The evening will be […]

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          TOOLSS

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          By   1 year ago

          This may be of interest to our readers (note: charity amended 11.6.15): Tassie’s Own Outdoor Leisure Super Show 16-18th October 2015 Fiona Kelly of TOOLSS is looking for interested parties to participate in this years upcoming show. “Tassie has such an enormous multitude of leisure pursuits to choose from, many of which the general public […]

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