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It was a big weekend at Mt Mawson with all three ski tows operating on Sunday. After a further 30 cm of fresh snow fell on Friday night and Saturday, the weather cleared to a blue sky stunner on Sunday. The Lake Dobson Road was open and clear to the carpark, and there was a big crowd of people out enjoying the beautiful scenery, great snow cover and warm sunshine. The 2015 season continues to be spectacular, with excellent snow coverage across all the ski runs. Visitors from interstate, the UK, South Africa, France, the US, New Zealand and from as far away as Brazil have joined locals to ski Tasmania’s only Southern Ski Field. Most are impressed with the spectacular mountain scenery, and surprised or disappointed that there are no visitor facilities commensurate with the expectations of this popular World Heritage destination.

Road to Lake Dobson across Wombat Moor - Open and Clear

Road to Lake Dobson across Wombat Moor – Open and Clear

This weekend it was the volunteers from the Hobart Walking Club, and the Alpine Club of Tasmania who put in a big weekend to operate the tows for visitors to Mt Mawson Ski Field. On Sunday Craig Larsson and some enthusiastic snowboarders tackled the task of digging out the Rodway Tow for operation. Rodway is the steepest lifted run in Tasmania, and is known as an epic place to ski and board, with spectacular views down to Lake Seale, along the Tarn Shelf and across the Broad River Valley. The tow was operating by lunchtime, and a keen crowd of skiers and boarders headed to Rodway to sample this unique Tasmanian experience.

Traverse toward Rodway range and the Rodway tow

Traverse toward Rodway range and the Rodway tow

The Rodway tow in operation, Aug 29, 2015

The Rodway tow in operation, Aug 29, 2015

Carving turns down Rodway, Lake Seale below

Carving turns down Rodway, Lake Seale below

Savouring the view of the World Heritage Area from the top of Rodway tow

Savouring the view of the World Heritage Area from the top of Rodway tow

Snowshoeing back from the Tarn Shelf - Tassie winter style!

Snowshoeing back from the Tarn Shelf – Tassie winter style!

A big thanks to STSA Tow Managers Andrew Davey and Craig Larsson, and the Mt Mawson Ski Patrol volunteers lead by Paul Vince, Liz Koolhof and Andrew Davey. It is through the efforts of these volunteers that STSA is able to offer downhill skiing and boarding at Mt Field National Park. Their efforts were certainly appreciated this weekend!

Lake Dobson - A peaceful end to another great weekend at Mt Mawson Ski Field

Lake Dobson – A peaceful end to another great weekend at Mt Mawson Ski Field

 

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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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