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April Working Bee – looks good for this weekend

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STSA President Peter Davis with framed -up snow fence panel at Mt Mawson


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 categories:

Not Technical – eg repairing snow fences

A bit Technical – eg  straightening pulley arms and lubricating pulleys

Very Technical – eg safety circuits, and clutch repairs on the Uni tow motor.

The focus on this weekend will be on the first category. On Saturday Peter Davis will lead a team seeking to finally complete the repair of the damaged snow fence at the top of the Mawson run, and on Sunday Craig Larsson will lead a team building a new safety fence below the University tow hut.

An assessment also needs to be made as to whether the Mawson tow rope is still in good enough condition for another season – if not, we will have to organise a separate splicing session (better than having to deal with a broken rope on a ski day). We are also looking forward to the completion of the new Day Shelter, as there will be quite a bit to do to move the STSA Belt Issue / Ticket office and Ski Patrol into the new building. A key element of this will be the design and provision of a suitable remote area power system to power the lights, heaters and Ski Patrol safety equipment.

The snow and wind of last week gave us a taste of the Winter to come, but fortunately the weather forecast is pretty benign for this weekend. If you are able to assist please be at the Lake Dobson Gate at 10:00 am on Saturday or Sunday. Any volunteers who assist with STSA working bees are then able to ski for the concession price of $25 per day (a concession of $10 on a full day ticket).

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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.

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