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A Big Year Planned for 2019

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New Mt Mawson Day Shelter taking shape August 2018


The Annual General Meeting of the Southern Tasmanian Ski Association was held on Wednesday evening, with the new committee elected ready for a big program of activity this Summer. The meetings have now shifted to the new venue of St Andrews Hall in Bathurst Street – thanks to Liz Koolhof for organising this excellent venue. Thanks also to Antal Hanke for all his support in allowing the STSA to use the Baptist Church Hall in Elizabeth Street for its meetings over many years. After the AGM a full committee meeting was held, followed by an excellent supper with animated discussions held about the year ahead.

The STSA Presidents Report on the activities of the 2018 Season can be found at Presidents Report Nov 2018, and the report from the Convenor of the Mount Mawson Ski Patrol is at  MMSP Annual Report 2018.

The STSA Committee elected for the coming year is as follows:

President                                Peter Davis (Oldina Ski Club)

Vice President                       Ambrose Canning (Ski Club of Tasmania)

Treasurer                                 Antal Hanke (Oldina Ski Club)

Secretary                                Annette Levis (Wellington Outdoor and Ski Club)

Ski Patrol Convenor            Andrew Davey (Hobart Walking Club)

Ski Patrol Secretary            Liz Koolhof (Hobart Walking Club)

Tow Coordinators (joint)   Ambrose Canning (Ski Club of Tasmania)

Craig Larsson (Alpine Club of Southern Tasmania)

George Brettingham-Moore (Ski Club of Tasmania)

Publicity Officer                  Peter Davis and Bishwa Oakes (Oldina Ski Club)

At the meeting STSA also thanked STSA Bishwa Oakes for the regular, informative, up-beat website reports during the snow season and also to Ian Stewart for his industrious work behind the scenes on IT and the webcams at Mt Mawson.

Working Bees

Karen Davis and Ambrose Canning tackle the splicing task – last time we replaced the Mawson rope

This summer there is a diverse program of maintenance activities to complete on the Mt Mawson Ski Field, as well as moving into the new STSA First Aid Room and Ticket Office. It is suggested that Working Bees be conducted on the third weekend of each month from January, except in April where the working bee will need to be a week earlier to avoid clashing with Easter:

Saturday 19th January – Sunday 20th January

Saturday 16th February – Sunday 17th February

Saturday 16th March – Sunday 17th March

Saturday 13th April – Sunday 14th April.

There is a lot to get done, including moving into the new Ski Patrol room, splicing and installing a new rope for the Mawson tow and general maintenance and improvement to the ski fields. A full list of tasks can be found at Working Bee Focus 2018 . If you enjoy being out in the mountains, and helping with a community focussed organisation we are always looking for volunteers to help with this work program. You don’t have to be a member of a ski club, but just have an interest in helping STSA keep the Mt Mawson Ski Field operating and up to date. Carpentry skills are of course always welcome!

We will continue to keep you posted on developments at Mt Mawson Ski Field, including details of completion of the new Mt Mawson public day shelter.


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About the author

President, Southern Tasmanian Ski Association

Peter is currently President of the STSA, and a member of the Oldina Ski Club. He has been coming to Mt Field for many years, and is an intermediate skier who can get down most black runs, but without much style.


  1. Jenna Steward says:

    Hey! New to Tas. Love to ski although still intermediate. Wondering how to be able to use the fields.

    • Peter Davis says:

      Hi Jenna,
      Watch for details of when the Mt Mawson ski field is running on this site – or even better sign up for our blog and receive details direct to your inbox. The ski field is accessed by a scenic 45 minute walk from the Lake Dobson Carpark, and once there you will be able to enjoy the new Park facilities. For downhill skiing you will need to hire a tow belt for $35, and STSA volunteers will help get you started on the tows. Unfortunately there is no ski hire available on the mountain so you will need to “bring your own”

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