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Preparing Mt Mawson for the new season

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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 that collapsed last winter in gale force winds. The gap to slat ratio was doubled so there will be less wind load on the fence, and the fence was fastened to large boulders using galvanised wire rope and masonry anchors. A big thanks to Ambrose Canning, Paul Vince, Pam Mason, Craig Larsson and Adrian Brettingham-Moore for a great effort.

Mawson Snow Fence repaired - for the second time!

Mawson Snow Fence repaired – for the second time!

And then for good measure, Peter and Matthew Davis added more rocks on New Year’s Day to ensure that the fence remains attached to the ground, and does its job of creating a nice even snow drift at the top of the run.

A few more rock weights for good measure...

A few more rock weights for good measure…

The next STSA Working Bee is this Sunday, 29th January, where further work will be undertaken to repair damaged snow fences and improve snow collection for winter 2017. The STSA Committee is focussed on ensuring the skiing infrastructure is all in good order in readiness for the construction of the new Mount Mawson Day Shelter. Once planning approval has been received from the Derwent Valley Council we will publish updated plans and information on this exciting, and long awaited building project.

If you are able to assist with this weekend’s working bee, please let Peter Davis know on peter@peterdavis.net.au, and be at the Lake Dobson Gate at 10:00 am on Sunday.


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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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