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Winter Wonderland

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As snow falls to low levels around Southern Tasmania Mt Field National Park has been turned into a winter wonderland. A number of locals have ventured up the newly graded Lake Dobson Road to check it out, even though it might have been a good day to stay ensconced in front of the television!

The snow has been cleared nicely from the road, but there are deep culverts beside the road in a number of places. Exercise caution when moving over to let other cars past, as getting too close to the edge of the road could lead to an unwanted excursion into the ditch.

STSA Volunteers were on the mountain today to make the call as to whether it was safe to run the tows tomorrow, Sunday 24th July, but unfortunately the middle section of the run just needs another 20-30 cm of snow before the Mount Mawson Ski Field can open for customers. The new snow fences have done a great job of capturing the new snowfall at the bottom of the run, and there is now good cover at the top of the run. A few more snowfalls (as forecast for next week) will fill in the rest nicely.The temperature was around -4 C for most of the day today, meaning that the snow quality is excellent, and we have the makings of a good base for next weekend.

Stay tuned for updates. Some more of this sort of weather and we have the makings of another excellent ski season in Southern Tasmania.

Spectacular winter conditions on Lake Dobson

Spectacular winter conditions on Lake Dobson

Pandanus cloaked in snow on the track up to the Mt Mawson Ski Field

Pandanus cloaked in snow on the track up to the Mt Mawson Ski Field

Blizzard conditions at Mt Mawson Ski Field July 23, 2016

Blizzard conditions at Mt Mawson Ski Field July 23, 2016

But its OK - the sun is coming out!

But its OK – the sun is coming out!

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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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