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Get ready for the fagus

By   2 weeks ago

We are nearing that special time of year where the beautiful Autumn days shorten towards winter, and around Anzac Day Tasmania’s  deciduous beech Nothofagus gunnii reaches its full golden display. Hundreds of visitors head to the Mt Field National Park to try to capture spectacular images of fagus against the backdrop of mountains and lakes, but […]

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Tenders Called for Mt Mawson Public Shelter

By   1 month ago

  The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, the Hon. Matthew Groom MHA, that tenders have been called for the construction of a new public shelter at Mount Mawson within the Mount Field National Park. “This is an exciting development, and one that the Southern Tasmanian […]

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Summer snow fence program completed

By   1 month ago

STSA’s fourth major working bee for this summer was completed on Sunday 19th March. It was 34 degrees in the Derwent Valley, but a perfect blue sky day and a comfortable 20 degrees or so up at the Mt Mawson Ski field. The day started with Stephen Webber using his Subaru to tow a trailer […]

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Good Job!

By   2 months ago

We all have those days when you never seem to get as much done as you had hoped. And then just, occasionally, you have one where you exceed all expectations and have a really good day. Well Sunday 19th February 2017 was just such a day, when an enthusiastic band of STSA volunteers arrived at […]

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A Spectacular Day at Mt Field

By   3 months ago

Today was a bit of a scorcher in the Derwent Valley, and the tourists were bumper to bumper on the road. But up on the mountain it was nothing short of spectacular – warm, calm and an extraordinary deep blue sky. A perfect day for an STSA Working Bee at Mt Mawson! The day started […]

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Preparing Mt Mawson for the new season

By   3 months ago

Volunteers from the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association are continuing to work on improving and repairing ski infrastructure at the Mt Mawson Ski Field in preparation for another winter season. The first summer working bee was held on 20th November, with the focus being to dismantle and rebuild the Mawson Tow top three panel snow fence […]

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Temporary Parks Facilities Under Pressure

By   9 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

By   9 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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    Floral Display at Mt Mawson

    By   3 months 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   12 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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    Mt Mawson Ski Season Opening Video

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    By   2 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   2 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 →

      STSA Working Bee Update

      By   2 weeks 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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      STSA’s fourth working bee for this Summer is on Sunday

      By   2 months ago

      STSA volunteers have been busy over the summer preparing the Mt Mawson Ski Field for the coming ski season, with a principal focus on repairing and optimising snow fences to capture any snow that falls. This weekend, on Sunday 19th March, STSA will be conducting its fourth working bee for the 2016/17 summer, with the […]

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      Snow fence action this weekend

      By   3 months ago

      The Southern Tasmanian Ski Association will be holding its third summer working bee for the Mt Mawson Ski Field this Sunday 19th February 2017. The plan is to put slats on the fence repaired last month, as well as to construct the new fence at the top of the ski run where wind damaged our […]

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      STSA Pre-Christmas Working Bee this Sunday

      By   6 months 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

      By   8 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

      By   9 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

      By   9 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

      By   10 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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        ASPA Advanced Emergency Care Course

        By   2 months 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   2 months ago

                Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) 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 future of alpine snow safety.  Delegates will include snow safety […]

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        Great Seeing You Out the Back – Timely Warning on Hazards

        image of the danger area

        By   2 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   2 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   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

        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

        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

        image of the Overview of the Mount Mawson cornice

        By   4 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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          Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference 17+18 June 2017

          By   2 months ago

                  Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC) 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 future of alpine snow safety.  Delegates will include snow safety […]

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          2016 Tour of Tasmania

          By   7 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

          By   9 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

          By   1 year 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   1 year 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   2 years 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   2 years 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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