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Mountain Men

By   3 days ago

  The Mount Mawson Ski Field in Tasmania is pretty unique in Australia. It sits in a spectacular alpine environment, you have to walk to get to it, it has wonderful retro rope tows, and it is run entirely by volunteers. In many ways it is the volunteers who make it such a wonderful community […]

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Weekend Special

By   3 weeks ago

It was like the Boxing Day sales at Mt Field National Park this weekend as visitors flocked to see the beautiful fagus display. Golden colours were spectacular around Lake Fenton, and up on the Tarn Shelf the fagus had turned a beautiful russet colour as it entered the final phase of its annual leaf shedding. […]

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Taking Shape

By   1 month ago

  Good progress is being made on the construction of the new visitors day shelter and ski patrol facilities at Mt Mawson ski field. Yesterday project manager Perry Foster was on site, and the builders have started erecting the walls for the southern building which will house the ticket office and belt issue, as well […]

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Building progress

By   1 month ago

Observant web-cam watchers will have noticed the crane being used to build the Mt Mawson day shelter has changed colour and shrunk a bit – all part of having the right sized machine to lift the pre-cast concrete panels into place. The builders have been working hard to get the basement works complete, and we […]

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The Crane has Arrived!

By   3 months ago

  For all of you who have been patiently waiting for visible progress towards the new day shelter at the Mt Mawson Ski Field, today was a good day. The mobile crane that will be used to lift the prefabricated concrete panels into place is now on site, and we can expect to see the […]

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Great effort in response to snow damage

By   3 months ago

Following damage to snow fence infrastructure at the Mt Mawson Ski Field in last season’s massive snow fall, volunteers from the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association headed up to the mountain this weekend to start the large task of replacing damaged snow fences. Two trailer loads of heavy timber were brought up to the ski field, […]

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Mt Mawson article on Mountain Journal

By   6 months ago

Cam Walker over at https://themountainjournal.wordpress.com/ has recently published an article on Mt Mawson. Cam’s blog is a treasure trove of all things alpine with a bent towards side country and back country sliding. There are also a good number of articles from his trips to Tasmania for you to peruse. I particulary liked the articles on side […]

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October Spring Skiing at Mt Mawson

By   8 months ago

Well its been an amazing season of skiing at Mt Mawson in the Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, and there is still enough snow to get a final fix of skiing and boarding this weekend. Make the most of it – because next winter is a long way off. Although we are now past the […]

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    Mad About Mawson

    By   2 days ago

      The latest edition of Australia and New Zealand’s leading glossy snow sports magazine Snow Action has just hit the shelves, and as promised it features three great articles about skiing in Tasmania. The shots of skiing the Golden Stairs at Mt Mawson are spectacular (as good as Japan!) and the images and story about […]

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    National publicity for Mt Mawson Ski Field

    By   3 months ago

    Snow Action (described as “Australia’s #1 Ski Magazine”) is planning to publish a feature on skiing in Tasmania for its April issue. The aim is to encourage visitors to come and check out Tassie in winter. If you have some great shots of skiing, boarding or touring at Mt Mawson Ski Field or out in […]

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    Floral Display at Mt Mawson

    By   1 year ago

    The contrast between winter and summer in the Tasmanian mountains is quite remarkable, and this season has been no exception. The alpine areas of the Mt Field National Park have been a garden of colour, with the Richea Scoparia in particular putting on a spectacular display. Peter Davis took these shots on the Mawson Alpine […]

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    Field Days – Australian Geographic feature

    By   2 years 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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    Mt Mawson Ski Season Opening Video

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    By   3 years ago

    Katherine Davis put together this great little video of the 2015 ski season opening… thanks Katherine! Mt Mawson Ski Season Opening 2015 from Bishwa Oakes on Vimeo.

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    Ross Giblin Photos 8th-9th Aug 2015

    By   3 years 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 →

      April Working Bee – looks good for this weekend

      By   4 weeks ago

        The STSA Committee met last week to finalise the work program for the April working bee – to be held this weekend 28th and 29th April. As usual there is a long list of jobs to be completed, and the help of volunteers is greatly appreciated. The tasks can be grouped into three broad […]

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      More progress despite the weather

      By   2 months ago

      STSA volunteers headed up to Mt Mawson Ski Field on the weekend of 24-25 March to continue the task of getting the ski field ready for the coming Winter season. The forecast was for rain both days, and so work commenced on Friday evening with the slatting of one of the snow fences at the […]

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      Mt Mawson Working Bee this weekend

      By   2 months ago

      The next working bee for the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association at Mt Mawson Ski Field is on this weekend, with the majority of helpers planning to head up on Saturday 24th March. As the weather begins to close in there is still much to do to get the ski field ready for this winter season, […]

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      STSA Working Bee this Sunday

      By   3 months ago

      On Wednesday evening this week the STSA volunteer committee that run the Mt Mawson Ski Field met to discuss the work program for this Summer, and to hear an update on progress towards construction of the new day shelter and ski patrol facility at Mt Mawson. Expect to see some more action on site very […]

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      STSA Committee looks to 2018

      By   6 months ago

      Last night the STSA held its Annual General Meeting for 2017 and began plans for activities in 2018. The Committee looks very similar to last year (!) with the following office bearers elected: President:                                            […]

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      October Spring Skiing at Mt Mawson

      By   8 months ago

      Well its been an amazing season of skiing at Mt Mawson in the Mt Field National Park, Tasmania, and there is still enough snow to get a final fix of skiing and boarding this weekend. Make the most of it – because next winter is a long way off. Although we are now past the […]

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      Successful Test Run of Tows

      By   12 months ago

      Pre-season preparation for the ski season at Mt Mawson Ski Field continued today (Sunday 28 May 2017), with 15 volunteers from the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association spending the day on the mountain doing a wide range of tasks to ready the ski field for operation. The forecast was for snow to 800 metres, but other […]

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      STSA Working Bee Update

      By   1 year ago

      The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association has conducted a number of major working bees over this summer to ensure that the Mt Mawson Ski Field is in excellent condition for the arrival of snow this winter. The final scheduled working bee is scheduled for this Sunday 23rd April, but it has been decided to change the focus […]

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        So long, farewell

        By   7 months ago

        The end of the era of the “temporary” ski patrol container at Mt Mawson Ski Field has finally arrived. After persevering with sub-standard first aid facilities for a number of years, it is great to know that progress is being made with construction of the new facility, and that the Ski Patrol Container will not […]

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        Avalanche Potential This Weekend

        By   8 months ago

        Heavy accumulations on top of a freeze/thaw layer formed at the beginning of this snowfall cycle may lead to unstable conditions. Those heading outside of the ski area boundary are advised to use caution and to do a proper assessment of the snow pack before skiing/boarding the steeper slopes. Steeper areas like the Mawson cornice, […]

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        Registrations for the 2017 MSC Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference are now open!

        By   1 year ago

        Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) UPDATE: Registrations for the 2017 MSC Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) are now open! Formerly the Southern Hemisphere Avalanche Conference, the 2017 conference broadens its focus to alpine snow environments, and brings together New Zealand and international delegates who are interested in helping to shape the […]

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        ASPA Advanced Emergency Care Course

        By   1 year ago

        The Australian Ski Patrol Association will be conducting its Advanced Emergency Care Course for ski patrollers in Tasmania this year. The course will be held over two weekends: 13-14 May in Launceston, and 20-21 May in Hobart. The course is essential for maintaining skilled ski patrollers for the Mt Mawson and Ben Lomond Ski Fields, […]

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        Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 17+18 June 2017

        By   1 year ago

                Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) UPDATE: Registrations for the 2017 MSC Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) are now open! Formerly the Southern Hemisphere Avalanche Conference, the 2017 conference broadens its focus to alpine snow environments, and brings together New Zealand and international delegates who are interested in […]

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        Great Seeing You Out the Back – Timely Warning on Hazards

        image of the danger area

        By   3 years 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   3 years 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

        By   3 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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          Creative Repurposing Award

          By   8 months ago

          Tassie is one of those places where creative people abound. The Creative Repurposing Award for last weekend goes to the person who produced these snow shoe tracks out the back! I’d love to see them, send in a pic if it’s you? Update: Identified! There’s even a video, great mate!

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          Lost Ring – UPDATE, It’s found!

          By   11 months ago

          One of the club members has lost his wedding ring while tobogganing on the jeep trail immediately up from the gate at Lake Dobson. If you’re up there, please keep an eye out for it and if you find it, contact me via the website and I’ll put you in touch.

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          Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 17+18 June 2017

          By   1 year ago

                  Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) UPDATE: Registrations for the 2017 MSC Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) are now open! Formerly the Southern Hemisphere Avalanche Conference, the 2017 conference broadens its focus to alpine snow environments, and brings together New Zealand and international delegates who are interested in […]

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          2016 Tour of Tasmania

          By   2 years 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

          By   2 years 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

          By   2 years 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

          By   2 years 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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