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Welcome to Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - Welcome to season 2019/20! Ten things to do this opening weekend = Get the kids into Lake Mountain's Fischer Nordic Fun Park - the perfect introduction to cross-country skiing - Try out the Burton Riglet Park, exclusively for those between the ages of 3 - 6 years, your littlies will easily find snowboarding success with one on one instruction Toboggan!! The Village Toboggan Run is guaranteed to have a cover of man-made snow - Enjoy a warming Hot Chocolate from the on-mountain Cafe - Take a ride on the Dual 240m Flying Fox Slide down the Tube Run, spinning and going up berms Throw a snowball and build a snowman - classic! Walk up to the Summit Lookout and enjoy amazing views towards Melbourne - Extend your stay and book your accommodation in Marysville and surrounds - Wander the streets of Marysville and check out the boutique shops, local cafes and amazing attractions! - Welcome to Lake Mountain Ski Resort! - THE MINI series is a great way to introduce young skiers to racing. The event is run by a very friendly and supportive team of experienced skiers and staff from the Lake Mountains Ski School - Held over three weekends during the snow season, the mini series provides a great opportunity for families to come along and encourage children to race in these fun events - The races are freestyle, which means the kids can choose whether they would prefer to classic or skate. By offering three distances - 0.5km, 1.5km or 2.5km - younger skiers of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to get involved - ARE you a cross country skier and keen to direct your interest into volunteering with a difference? Then Lake Mountain Ski Patrol (LMSP) might be for you. With planning well underway for winter 2018, LMSP is recruiting additional volunteers to help look after the thousands of day trippers who head to the Lake Mountain Resort each season for some fun in the snow. - A pre-season training weekend will be held at the resort on June 4 and 5 which is a great introduction to LMSP, its members and what we do. - Lake Mountain is the closest alpine resort to Melbourne, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. Ski patrol is an integral part of operations helping keep the resort safe for visitors, providing first aid services and general advice to the public, and assisting with searches if the need arises. On weekends the patrol, is operated by volunteers who compliment the work of paid patrollers who look after the r resort from Monday to Friday. Prospective patrollers need to be fit and competent skiers, 18 years or older and have a minimum Level 2 First Aid qualification. Regular patrollers are subsidised to gain further, national accreditation through the Australian Ski Patrol Association (ASPA). Some of the perks of volunteering include complimentary entry to Lake Mountain and on-mountain accommodation on rostered weekends. Would you like to know more ... If so, contact LMSP secretary, Catherine Sutton, on 0403 146 378/ ccrsutton@gmail.com - FIRST-time snow goer? Not sure what to bring? Worry not as we've put together our top tips to ensure that your visit to Lake Mountain is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible. 1. Check out our website Always check our website before leaving home to access road conditions, chain requirements (for two-wheel drive vehicles only) and snow / ski conditions on the mountain. If the mountain declares a “Snow Chain” day, you will not be permitted onto the resort without chains (4 x 4s and AWD exempt). * It is always a good idea to have anti-freeze in your radiator. 2. Clothing Clothing: Be prepared for the alpine environment. The weather can change rapidly so we suggest multiple layers of light, warm clothing that allows layers to be added or removed as required, and combined with a waterproof layer over the top. Clothing should include waterproof shoes with a good tread to grip the snow (gumboots are not ideal as your feet will freeze regardless of the thickness of your socks), beanies, warm hat and or scarf and gloves. We strongly recommend mittens for younger children as it is hard to get their fingers into damp / wet gloves. Always remember the wind chill can be a lot colder than the actual ground temperature. Other protection: Sunscreen (yes, you will get sunburnt at the snow), lip balm, sunglasses or goggles and, for those using toboggans, a helmet is a great idea. 3. Ski lessons If you have never skied or even if you’re a seasoned skier, it is always a good idea to have a lesson to help you on your way or to hone your skills. Beginners always advance faster, and ski more safely, if they learn to ski correctly from the very start. 4. Familiarise yourself Familiarise yourself with the resort precinct and, if you are venturing further out, the trail system. It is amazing how disorientated you can become if a heavy fog rolls in. Maps are available at various locations throughout the resort including Heights Bistro area, Resort Hire and Ski Patrol Centre. Also, if you are visiting as a family, it is always easy for parents to become "lost". The toboggan slopes particularly can become very busy so it is a good idea to talk to your children/other members of your group about an easily identifiable meeting spot if you become separated for a period of time. 5. Know your limits If you are leaving the resort precinct to go skiing, snow shoeing or hiking, be aware of your physical ability and allow for the extreme weather conditions. Be aware of the distance you intend to cover and be prepared. At the very minimum, always have the appropriate clothing (and extra layers), and carry a compass, whistle, snacks and trail maps when leaving the village for extended periods of time. 6. Big chill - Little hands It's no surprise that kids feel the cold, but they seldom realise it until it is too late, spoiling the day for everyone. It is great to let the children play in the snow but then give them a break and take them indoors to the cafe, bistro or public shelter to warm up and refuel with a snack and hot drink. Then resume your fun in the snow. A short break every 30 minutes goes a long way to a great day, particularly on bad weather days. 7. Car caution On bad weather days, drivers should leave their cars in gear but do not use your handbrakes as they can freeze (however, this may not be possible with some newer automatic vehicles, which will not allow the key to be taken out unless the vehicle is in park). If it is snowing or icy it is a good idea to lift your wipers off the windscreen/rear window to avoid the windscreen rubber sticking to the windscreen and tearing. Your car should also have anti-freeze in the radiator. 8. Guest services staff for guest safety All visitors should follow directions issued by Lake Mountain Resort personnel. This includes carpark attendants, ski patrollers in the resort precinct or on the ski/snowshoe trails and guest services on the toboggan runs. Our staff knows the mountain and it is our aim is to keep guests safe, and happy, at all times. 9. Events and activities Follow our website / Facebook pages for up-and-coming events and daily activities and snow / road conditions 10. Arrive early To get the most out of your day on the mountain, and to minimise unnecessary queuing, we suggest arriving before 10am, as this usually guarantees parking close to the main resort precinct. UV rays damage unprotected skin, causing premature ageing, sunburn, eye damage and skin damage, which can ultimately result in skin cancer. At the snow you can be exposed to a double dose of UV radiation, directly from the sun and reflected off of the snow. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, don’t be fooled by the snowy chill – UV levels are extreme and will damage unprotected skin. Avoid snow burn with a combination of these SunSmart steps: Slip on clothing that covers as much skin as possible Slop on SPF30 or higher, broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen Slap on a winter hat that protects your face, neck and ears Seek shade Slide on goggles or sunglasses with protection (look for a tag marked with the Australian Standard AS:1067) Skiing all day? Slip a small sunscreen tube and SPF lip balm into your jacket pocket to top up your application every two hours. Pay extra attention to applying sunscreen to your chin, beneath the tip of your nose, behind your ears and your lips, as reflected UV will reach these spots!Why not hit the slopes first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon? You’ll avoid lift queues, as well as peak UV times!      - Lake Mountain was named after George Lake, who was the Surveyor-General of the area including the mountain - There is no lake at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - Highest point - Hut Trail - 1480 metres - Lake Mountain summit - 1433 metres - Base altitude - 1340 metres - Snow season opens - Queens Birthday Weekend, June 6 - 8, 2019 - Skiable area - 2400 ha - Ski trails - 37km, groomed daily, subject to weather conditions - Toboggan slopes: 3 - Other features: Dedicated snowman park, flying fox, tube run, laser skirmish - Ski Patrol operates seven days week during the White Season - In the Green Season, the resort is a popular area for mountain biking and road cycling, bushwalking and those wanting to enjoy the stunning wild flower display over the summer months and soak in the crisp mountain air and commanding views - Operation of the flying fox, tube run and laser skirmish are subject to weather conditions in the White Season - For these activities and guided wildflower walks, group bookings are essential in the Green Season - - Mobile phone coverage is with Telstra 3G only - Visitors are reminded that pets are not permitted at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - Camping is only permitted in certain areas at Lake Mountain. Resort management must be contacted for further information - On occasions, due to heavy snow fall, it is sometimes necessary to carry and fit snow chains - Check out the daily snow report on the home page during winter for chain requirements or contact the resort directly on 03 5957 7222 - Traffic advisory signs are also located at Marysville where chains can be hired - In the summer months, on days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger, the resort will be closed for public safety - Please check by calling 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au - Ski Trails - Echo Flat Loop, Beginners – 1.5 km - Snow Gum, Beginners – 1.5 km - Muster, Beginners – 2.6 km - Echo Flat, Beginners – 6 km - Royston, Intermediate – 2 km - Woollybutt, Intermediate – 2 km - Panorama, Intermediate – 3.5 km - Long Health, Advanced – 3 km - Jubilee, Advanced – 6 km - Travel/accommodation information - Distance from Melbourne: 120km - Distance from Marysville: 22km - Access from Melbourne: Maroondah Highway via Healesville - From the north east of Victoria - Maroondah Highway via Alexandra - Travel times: 20 minutes from Marysville - 50 minutes from Healesville and the Yarra Valley - Major airport - Melbourne International Airport (approx. two hours)- Accommodation: Marysville Triangle area, 400+ beds - Water Supply - The water supply at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is drawn from the Echo Flat area of the ski trails - This is the headwaters of the Taggerty River and an unprotected catchment - Under the provisions of section 6 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Minister for Health has declared the water not suitable for drinking - Bottled water is available at the Lake Mountain Bar and Bistro -     Lake Mountain News - Two Lake Mountain Alpine Resort (LMAR) identities - Ray Malins and Keith Brandenberger, both of whom are long serving members of the resort's ski patrol, have been recently honored for their services - LMAR management formally acknowledged Ray for his - outstanding service to the skiing youth of Victoria through his involvement in the organisation of the Lake Mountain Mini Series for 20 years - while Lake Mountain Ski Patrol honoured its former president and treasurer, Keith, with his award - The 2014 season was Ray's 20th year as organiser of the mini series which is designed to promote cross country skiing among primary and secondary students in a fun and friendly environment - His positive and friendly disposition has always been a winner, as both the mini series organiser and ski patroller - Ray said - The conditions can be wet and miserable while Ray is hosting a mini series or on patrol, but he will always comment What a great day, - said resort manager Scott Gamble when presenting Ray with his award at an end-of-year ski patrol gathering - Ray, who lives in Montrose, has been a member of LMSP for 11 years - Keith Brandenberger received his LMSP award in recognition of his amazing contribution to ski patrol over more than four decades - Keith, who lives in Healesville, has been with LMSP since it was first formalised in 1986 - He served as treasurer from 1988 to 1997 and was captain from 1998 to 2011. In 1997 he was honoured with a Life Membership in recognition of his services . In addition to his contribution to Lake Mountain, Keith also patrols at Mount Hotham and is an assessor with the Australian Ski Patrol Association - LMSP Life Members - Jock Henderson, Don Lovett & Jim McGregor - 1987 - Chris Byrnes - 1988 - Geoff Burrell 199 - Mike Sutton and Keith Brandenberger - 1997 - Peter Neylon and Jill Hudson - 1999 -     ! - Ski safety tips - Exercise in advance - You will have much more fun on the slopes if you're in good shape - Work your way up to skiing by exercising year-round on a regular basis - Use proper ski equipment - Dont borrow equipment - Rent from a ski shop or the ski resort - When buying equipment, make sure your ski boots are fitted properly - Make sure your bindings are properly adjusted - Wear a helmet - Wearing protective headgear while skiing makes good sense - The most important tip offered to all parents and guardians ­is to give a child no choice but to wear a helmet - Prepare for the weather - Wear layers of clothes and wear a helmet liner, a hat, or a headband. - Wear gloves or mittens - Bring an extra pair in case the first pair gets wet - Get proper instruction - Sign up for ski lessons - either individual or group - Even experienced skiers polish up their skills with a lesson now and then - - www.snowsafe.org.au - Take a break - If you are tired, take a break and rest for a while in the lodge - While you are resting, make sure you eat and drink enough - Skiing burns a lot of energy When its the end of the day, theres no need to try and get in a last run, or two, if you are tired - Its better to quit while you are ahead and save your energy for next time - Ski with a friend - Its always safer to ski with a friend so he can watch out for you and vice versa - Prearrange a meeting place in case you get separated and use walkie talkies to stay in touch - Respect your limits - Do not ski trails that are above your skill level - Trails will be clearly marked - as to what level skier they are appropriate for - stay in control of your skis and focus on the trail you are skiing - Accidents happen more readily when we are distracted - Follow the rules - Do not go off-trail - Obey posted trail closure and other warning signs - They are there for a reason - Remember that skiers who are in front of you, and below you, on the trail have the right-of-way - Wear clothing appropriate to the weather and activity you are participating in - Always wear a helmet - Review a trail map - Ski each run according to your level - Respect the different levels and abilities of others on the slopes - Take a lesson - Be aware of other skiers and snowboarders and keep a safe distance between you and others - Stay focused and always concentrate on your next move - Do not attempt another run if you are tired or injured - Stay hydrated throughout the day and eat a light snack or meal before hitting the trails - Maintain your equipment regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly - Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for and aware of the nature of the alpine environment - When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your groups needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country - When planning it is important to prepare your vehicle for a trip to the snow, organise your clothing and equipment - Snow sport is more enjoyable if you improve your fitness and organise lessons - Once there, take special care with children - Arrange to leave details of your trip with a responsible contact, for example a parent or teacher - Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles - Alcohol and drugs dont cut it in the snow - Alcohol and drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond in an emergency - Leave a written record of your trip plans with a reliable person so that person can notify the appropriate authorities without delay if you fail to return when expected - This information should include - Names, addresses and phone numbers of all in the party - Details of planned trip, departure date and time, estimated place and time of arrival - Location, make and registration of any vehicle/s used - The reliable person should be a friend, a relative at home or a member of your lodge - In addition, if an Intentions Book is provided where you start your trip, please use it – even on the shortest trips - Insulating Layers - In cold weather these are the most important layers - Several thin layers that trap air and are made of material that will stay warm, even when wet, are better than a couple of thick bulky layers - The number of insulating layers you wear depends on the weather and the activity you are participating in - Wearing thermal underwear will also help insulate against the cold - Wool is a good natural fibre and manufactured fibres such as polypropylene and fibre pile are also effective - Cotton undergarments perform poorly in cold and wet conditions - Outer Layer - Staying dry and reducing the effects of wind chill are important, therefore your jacket and over pants should be waterproof and windproof - The outer layer also helps to insulate by trapping warm air next to the body - If you don’t have your own windproof and waterproof outer clothing you can hire them from most ski hire outlets - It is important to wear a warm hat as significant body heat is lost from the head - woollen or synthetic socks and gloves or mittens should also be worn - The right clothing ensures your comfort and therefore your enjoyment of any ski tour or bushwalk - Cotton or nylon clothing is not suitable for snow conditions as these materials are poor insulators when wet - Do not wear jeans - Dont skip breakfast – its the most important meal of the day - Eat a little more than normal - Eat often - Carry high energy foods which can be eaten with little or no preparation - fresh or dried fruit and muesli bars are good examples - Intake of liquids, sweet if possible, should be high - It is a good idea to have at least a cup of fluid every hour as a minimum, even if it is only water - Do not consume alcohol before or during skiing or boarding - Not only does it reduce your coordination, it significantly increases your risk of injury or hypothermia - Alpine Responsibility Code - Know your ability and always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects - It is your responsibility to stay in control on the ground and in the air - Take lessons from professional instructors to learn and progress - Use appropriate protective equipment to minimise the risk of injury - Before using any lift you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely and always use the restraining devices - Observe and obey all signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails or runs - Give way to people below and beside you on the hill. It is your responsibility to avoid them - Do not stop where you are not clearly visible from above - Look uphill and give way to others when entering-exiting a trail or starting downhill - Always ensure your equipment is in good condition and use suitable restraining devices to avoid runaway skiing/boarding equipment - Do not ski, board, ride a lift or undertake any other alpine activity if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol - If you are involved in, or witness an accident or collision, alert Ski Patrol, remain at the scene and identify yourself to the Ski Patrol - At resorts, toboggan in designated areas only - There should always be a clear, safe runout at the bottom - Do not use car tyres or plastic bags, which can cause serious injury - Do not have more than one person in a toboggan at any one time - Do not make toboggan trains where people link themselves to other toboggans - Do not toboggan in areas near rocks and trees - To avoid unnecessary searches, always ski/board with a companion or make arrangements to meet with other skiers and boarders - Let someone know before you go - Indicate your intended destination and route – this is especially important for cross-country skiers - Stick to the planned arrangements - If you do not, others will become concerned and call out emergency services - This endangers the lives of others searching for someone who is not lost - If a companion becomes lost - Make sure your companion hasnt just returned home to the holiday accommodation, ski lodge or car - Inform the Ski Patrol as soon as you are concerned - Give your companions name, age and a full description including any details of your skiing or boarding activities - As soon as you realise that you are lost, stay where you are - Seek shelter - In poor weather conditions, shelter behind trees or rocks and place your crossed skis or board above the position - Make distress signals - Use anything that will attract attention, - smoke, whistles, flashing a mirror or torch, or distinct waving of clothing - Identify your last confirmed position and estimate your present location - Believe your compass - It is more likely to be right than your unaided sense of direction - Decide if you will proceed or if you will camp or bivouac - If your party is still strong and you can set a course which must bring you to a known position in a reasonable time, then you could proceed - If any party member is fatigued or you are not sure of your ability to navigate to known country, then camp or bivouac and await assistance - It is best to remain in one place - As aircraft and helicopters are now frequently used in searches, think of how you can best help them to see you - The best place for your survival camp is on the edge of a clearing where you can easily move out from the shelter to attract attention - A smoky fire is a good location marker - Also, display brightly coloured clothing and tents - Wait for rescue - If you have made meeting arrangements with others, as you should, the Ski Patrol and other rescuers will know where to look and rescue will be close at hand - Emergencies are often the result of poor planning and - or foolhardy behaviour - If you do find yourself in difficulties, stop and think - Knowledge of your own capabilities is an important safety factor - Individual skills and fitness levels vary greatly - What is quite safe for one person to attempt may be foolhardy for someone else - Know your capabilities and keep well within them at all times - For ambulance, police and fire emergencies, call 000 or contact your local ski patrol - Most ski resorts offer complete ski and board riding school facilities at all levels for downhill, cross-country skiing and snowboarding - Unfortunately, many skiers and boarders regard ski/board riding instruction as dull and slow - Nothing could be further from the truth - Today, the trained professional ski - board instructors want you to have fun, to enjoy the sport and to progress with the quickest and easiest methods available - Benefits - Statistics prove that the more experienced skiers/boarders have less accidents and the best way to learn and progress is to take lessons - - Lessons will allow you to better handle powder snow, ice, bumps, steeper terrain and narrow trails as well as packed, smoother terrain - If you are alone and in an unfamiliar ski area, class lessons will give you the opportunity for fun and social contact as well as the learning experience - Take lessons from a trained professional rather than friends, no matter how well you feel your friend skis - boards - Whether you take private or class lessons, let your instructor know why you are taking the lesson, how many lessons you plan to take, and what you would like to improve - When a lesson is over ask your instructor to direct you to the most suitable runs - Your general enjoyment of the sport is often directly related to your ability to handle the different types of terrain and snow conditions available – the fewer restrictions you have in this regard usually means the more fun you have - MOBILE PHONES SAVE LIVES - In an emergency call 000 or contact your local ski patrol - The things make help make cross-country skiing one of the best cardiovascular sports, can also make it extremely strenuous. A first-timer will probably get a great workout but often gives the sport up after 30 minutes, while the skier that understands technique, skis for hours, enjoying the beauty of winter and a life-long sport. Each person gets exercise - one enjoys it more than the other - This Survival Guide will make the sport enjoyable by helping you learn the technique of gliding with the least effort possible - That s where the beauty of the sport is - spending your energy looking at the scenery and enjoying the movement rather then fighting it - Equipment - To get the most out of your skiing experience proper fitting equipment is essential - Ski Length - A traditional rule for ski length is to lift your arm above the head and have the tip of the ski come to the wrist - If you are petit go 5cm shorter or 5cm longer if your heavy - The newer mid length skis can fit as the same as your body height and even shorter - Pole Height - Classic ski poles should not be above shoulder height - One rule is that the pole should fit snugly underneath the arm pit Wear a medium weight wool hiking sock and have at least 1⁄4 inch of room in front of the toes - Boot - Binding Combinations - There have been lots of boot/binding combinations over the years and many of them are still floating around in your local thrift or used sports equipment shops - If you decide to go the used route you better double check that you get the right boot- binding combination - Its a little embarrassing to get out on the trail then struggle for a half hour trying to get the boot into the binding - only to find out later that they are two different species - Pole straps need to be adjusted properly to learn a poling motion that provides power while allowing the arms and hands to relax - Correct grip through the pole strap is the first step - Start with the hand below the strap then bring it up through the bottom of the loop - The midway point of the strap should now rest on the top of the wrist - Now when we grip the pole the rest of the strap is under our palm - Next, check to see that the strap lays flat as it wraps around our hand - A flat strap is necessary for comfort - If it twists, unwind the strap until its flat - If it still twists we will need to release the strap from the pole, unwind and reattach - The final process is adjusting strap tightness - A tight fitting strap allows us to control the pole with only a slight pressure between out thumb and forefinger - Grip the pole so that about a quarter to one-half-inch of the top, or knob, appears above your hand. Then tighten the strap - The knob is designed to fit and lock in the saddle, between our thumb and forefinger, as we extend our arm behind us - To help it along, point the fingers back towards the basket at the end of the pole push - If you have a pair of poles with straps that come right out the top, take some durable tape and wrap down the top inch of the strap - This will provide a proper pole grip that allows for a relaxed and full arm extension - The first month of on snow skiing should be used to work on technique and ingrain the correct movement patterns into our skiing. Creating good habits from the start are a lot easier than trying to break bad habits later - First, let's look at some goals for cross-country skiing: diagonal and then skating - DIAGONAL STRIDE - The most critical factor in the diagonal stride is balancing on one ski - This is what creates the exhilarating glide but is precisely one of the skills that many people lack - diagonal stride body position - Stand with your foot underneath then extend the foot behind - Notice how the upper body leans forward when the foot is behind - Keep the forward lean of the body position at all times - Balancing on one foot is something that can be practiced before you get on snow - In a quiet room, assume a classic diagonal stride position - balanced on one foot, the other leg extended straight behind you with the foot off the ground a few inches - The key to this exercise is to keep your front leg relaxed with only a slight bend in the knee - Try balancing on the spot under the front foot - thats the place between the arch and the ball of the foot - To help balance, let your arm participate - If you're balancing on your right leg, your left arm should be forward - On snow, your first diagonal stride motions should copy what you practiced at home - This deliberate weight transfer should be equal from ski to ski - Start with an easy rhythm that lies more on the fast side - Going too slow means you'll have to balance that much longer and gives you more time for error - To stay in balance from foot to foot, keep these two things in mind - The front leg requires only a slight flex in the knee - Feel your body weight centered directly over the spot - Now that we have a few goals in mind, take at least ten minutes at the start of each ski session and ski without poles - leave the poles at the trailhead and find a flat loop to practice balance and weight transfer from ski to ski - Dont forget to include the arm motion into your skiing - The arm swing doesnt have to be exaggerated but a deliberate swing forward and back - SKATING - ski skate technique with no poles skating without poles will also help balance and body position - The key to good skating technique is a total weight transfer from side to side and a centered position that allows the skis to glide - Too often we see skaters that ski through the entire season and never accomplish a total weight transfer - Their feet are spread apart with their body lined up in between their feet - The first hint is to copy Dorothys heel tapping in the Wizard of Oz - when we skate, think of going to Kansas like Dorothy - In between each stride try to bring your feet as close together as possible - Once we get our feet back together between each skate, our next goal is to work on our body alignment - Our goal is to face toward the direction of each gliding ski - This alignment is not only with our head but with the whole body - A helpful hint is the over there technique - With an active arm swing try to throw the body over the gliding ski after each skate - Say over there as you look and project your body to the new direction - A good exercise to test whether you are over the gliding ski is the Tony's Nose technique - Your toe, knee and nose should be comfortably lined up over the gliding ski - TELEMARK SKIING - An early season goal for telemark skiing is to accustom ourselves to the correct leg and body position - One problem I see are with skiers trying to kneel down too far in the telemark turn - This deep knee position strains the knees and slows down our reaction time - At the start of each season start with parallel turns with your focus on the position of the outside leg All thats needed is a slight flex on the outside leg to carve some gentle turns Next, work on quicker, short radius turns trying to add more bounce and rhythm in the legs - Once you feel comfortable and balanced, start to mix in some telemark turns My favorite drill is to start with short to medium radius parallel turns - Then, keeping the same rhythm, telemark left and parallel right repeating for about ten turns Next, try a run with two telemarks and two parallels, increasing the amount of turns in each style as you feel comfortable - The goal is to incorporate the same outside knee flex that you use in the parallel turn into the telemark turn - An added benefit of this exercise is that it helps your upper body face down the hill. Your goal again is to take same upper body alignment that you use in the parallel turn to the telemark turn - All these exercises will take some deliberate action on your part - With patience and practice your skiing will take on a new level of excitement as you achieve greater heights in skiing performance - Whether you skiing on a one-way trail, or with skiers striding in both directions, the rule of Right Is Right applies - On a one-way trail with two lanes, slower skiers should stay in the right lane. This allows faster skiers to pass you on the left - If you’re skiing with a partner side by side and hear a skier from behind say track - the request to pass - the skier in the left lane should merge to the right - On a two-way trail where skiers are going in both directions, stay in the right lane - If you're on a narrow single lane trail, step off the off the trail to the right to allow passing- When you step off the trail make sure to get your poles out of the way - Dont fret about passing situations - Most cross-country skiers are courteous and if they need to pass they will often use it as an opportunity to show off their skill by skiing around you - When an Alpine skier calls to reserve a lesson they always want to know if their downhill clothing is appropriate - The answer is always yes, but depending on weather we make a few adjustments - The one advantage of most downhill ski clothing is it stretches with the body movement — an essential with cross-country skiing - The disadvantage is that its designed first and foremost to be insulate the body and trap heat - Cross-country skiing on the other hand is a sport of movement where our own exertion keeping us warm - Use your downhill clothes with these few adjustments - Socks - rather then thin downhill socks, choose a medium to thick wool or synthetic sock for comfort and warmth - Pants - Wear your downhills pants but eliminate the thermal underwear - The pants alone will be warm enough - Jacket - Leave your thick jacket at the touring center - A thermal top with turtle neck and sweater is perfect for most days - Bring along a thin shell for colder weather and wind - Gloves - Downhill gloves are too warm and too bulky - If you can, opt for a thinner pair of gloves - Hat - Wear one to keep your ears warm - You can always put it in your pocket if your get too warm - Goggles - No - goggles tend to fog up so opt for sunglasses - If you can walk your way into a touring center then there should be no limitations preventing you from learning the sport - At Lake Mountain we have taught people full of self doubts due to age and physical limitations - Seeing the smile of satisfaction at the end of the lesson has made us firm believers that anyone can learn - What makes cross-country skiing possible to everyone, regardless of age, is that the sport allows people the freedom to ski and advance at our own pace - You can stay on flat terrain and rest when tired - There is more to cross-country than just walking on skis - The sport, diagonal and skating, is enjoying the sensation of gliding on skis - Lessons help open up the vistas of more gliding, turning, more control and the true excitement of how much fun the sport can be - Experienced Nordic skiers know the virtues of perfecting their technique - With instruction you increase your skill level allowing you to ski longer and travel a greater distance with much less effort - The diagonal refers to the opposite arm and leg movement, moving diagonally as we ski - Its the same diagonal movement that we use in everyday walking - When our right leg starts to swing forward our opposite left arm moves forward at the same time - To be good enough to enjoy the sensations of gliding and control may take only an hour - Perfecting and learning the many techniques takes days or weeks of practice - We have seen major breakthroughs in the ability of non skiers after a week of skiing - For a beginner, even flat non-threatening terrain hold exciting moments of uncontrollable speed - In the flats, slowing down is easy if you stand up straight - good for wind resistance - stop striding and carefully jab your poles into the snow - If your ski partner unexpectedly falls in front of you simply step out of the track into the other lane or the side of the trail - The most efficient technique for stopping on downhills is called the Track Snowplow - With the track snowplow, one ski is taken out of the track and wedged to slow momentum or stop - One exercise we use in lessons is to start off by having people plant their poles in the snow and then kneeling down on one knee - Then you will rise back up from the one knee and using your poles for support - This is the latter half of the motion used to get up from a fall - The first part comes after the fall when the free heels allow you to crawl forward toward the ski tips until your knees are over the skis and your feet are behind you - Now you bring one knee forward and up until the foot on that leg is flat on the snow - Then plant both poles and rise up from the kneeling position - Slipping on uphills has the same cause whether we're diagonal skiing or skating - The best grip comes when we stand so that our total body weight presses the edge, wax or waxless pattern into the snow - When you lean too far forward, your weight goes ahead of your feet and onto your toes - You lose your balance and your skis slip out from under you - Use these hints to help prevent slipping - One is to keep your hips forward - This is accomplished by sticking the pelvis out ahead causing you to stand very erect - Also, pay attention to where you look - Scanning the snow for lost change invites slippage while keeping your sights towards the top of the hill helps maintain the right body position - The most important link in cross-country ski equipment is the boot and binding - Unlike downhill gear where stiff plastic boots are anchored to the skis at the toe and heel, cross-country boots are designed to give the foot flexibility and control while being attached to the ski only at the toe - If your boots slip off the skis, they are too soft torsionally or sloppily connected to the binding - Both problems can be solved with a contemporary boot - binding system combination - Fortunately, new boot - binding systems have torsionally rigid soles and control wedges underneath the ball of the foot to prevent heel slippage - With good equipment, there is no limit to the types of turns you can do on skinny skis - If conditions are right, you can perform the same turns as downhill skiers - Snowplow, Stem Christy and Parallel turns - In addition, cross-country skiers have the Telemark, a free heel turn thats fun and functional in all snow conditions - Hot waxing is the application of glide waxes to a ski base - It protects the base from dirt and scratches, and helps the skis glide fast - Even recreational skis can be hot waxed on their tips and tail base sections to enhance glide - The easiest way to determine if skis need a coat of hot wax is to look at their bases - The glide sections of the skis should look smooth and shinny - If they look pale, dry and blotchy, its time to hot wax - Another indication you need a hot wax job is when your skis feel slower then normal - This typically occurs when the temperature suddenly drops from warm to very cold - Now its time to hot wax with a wax for cold snows so glide stays smooth - If youre a recreational skier and have little interest in hot waxing for performance, have a shop wax your skis a few times during the season - At the end of the season be sure to have them waxed for summer storage - Another option is to use a paste or liquid wax that can be applied with a cloth on the trail in minutes - At the lip of the hill, slow to almost a stop and proceed with the half snow plow - By starting the snow plow at the top of the hill you'll be in control from the onset - If you feel uncomfortable with the track snow plow then take off your skis and walk down the hill - Dont walk down in the groves of the track but just off to edge of it where it is still firm and packed - Put your skis in one hand and poles in the other and use them both for support and balance -     Enjoy the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort's cross country ski trail network with almost 40km of groomed trails to explore - New for the 2019 winter season - Lake Mountain is opening the Snow Centre, offering all aspects of winter sports, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ski orienteering, biathlon and roller skiing - Visit the Snowsports Centre for ski lessons for all ages and a lesson that will suit your skiing ability and technique from skating to classic skiing - Take a snowshoe tour with a resort guide, the Snowsports Centre is able to arrange a group or individual package to fit your requirements - Ski orienteering is a great way to challenge your map reading and skiing skills, talk to one of the Snowsports staff about what we are able to arrange for your club or corporate group - We can also offer laser biathlon for groups or individuals, have a go at target shooting and skiing and challenge yourself to one of the most demanding winter sports. - Take a walk out to Echo Flat or climb up to the summit to enjoy stunning views over the Yarra Valley and, on a clear day all the way to Melbourne - The options are many - Our staff at Ski & Equipment Hire will have you mastering your snowshoes within minutes - Visit the Snowsports Centre and have a chat about a guided tour around the mountain - Snowshoes clip on to your own boots and stop you from sinking into the snow - Snowshoe hire includes ski poles to help you keep your balance - Please note that walking on trails without snowshoes is not permitted as regular shoes and boots will sink into the snow and ruin the conditions our groomers work so hard to maintain - Option One - Home Trail - A dedicated snowshoe trail leads from the main resort hub to the snow gauge area of the ski trails - This trail works its way uphill through the snow gums, only crossing the ski trails at a couple of points - The trail starts at the beginning of Home Trail and is clearly signposted from the resort - Look for the yellow signs - Use the ski trails for about 100 metres until you have passed the workshop (on the right), turn right onto Home Trail and follow the yellow snowshoe signs - The approximate location of the trail is shown by the yellow line on the map at left - Option Two - Open heath close to the resort hub From the snow gauge, the open heath area is a beautiful place to explore and is off the ski trails - A route through this area has been marked with yellow markers attached to old skis - As this area is surrounded by ski trails, it is easy to find your way back onto the trails at any point - The approximate location of the marked trail is shown on the map at right - Check with Ski Patrol for current conditions - in marginal snow this will be very difficult on snow shoes - Please keep in mind that the Upper Taggerty River starts here so a loop around the edge of the area, rather than straight across, may keep your feet drier! - Also be aware that, as a result of the 2009 bushfires, there are still many plant remnants which can be trip hazards - Option Three - Long Heath Ski Trail - Long Heath Ski Trail is a quiet wilderness trail ideal for snow shoeing in good snow conditions - The distance is a little over four kilometres and starts at Triangle Junction - It is a narrow, ungroomed trail so is only suitable for the more adventurous wilderness skiers and, of course, snow shoers - Option Four - The Summit Lookout - This route is open to all walkers, with or without snowshoes - From the south side of the car park the track rises steeply for 200 metres before levelling to a gentle incline to the summit - Initially the track is quite wide but from the summit it narrows to a very pleasant walking trail - The five kilometre summit loop is an ideal walking track, it is marked by orange triangles - As a navigation aid, remember that these triangles generally point in the direction of the next marker - Although predominately Snow Gum woodland, Alpine Ash -also called Woollybutt - can be seen initially on the right side of the track and Mountain Hickory Wattle regrowth is abundant throughout - Strong signs of recovery from the 2009 bush fires are clearly visible - If you are interested in flora, collect the Summit Loop Walk notes from the display area near Heights Bistro and Bar in the main visitor centre. As the track approaches the summit there is a signposted detour to the Marysville Lookout, a 300 metre walk that will take you to a view of Marysville and even Melbourne sometimes - It is well worth the detour on a clear day. Retrace your steps back to the main track and continue to the summit - From the summit take the track signposted to Alps Lookout and the Summit Loop Walk - The track now becomes a pleasant stroll through Snow Gum woodland and rock outcrops - From here meander across the plateau and back to the summit and retrace your steps to the car park - All these options are outlined in notes and maps available from the display area near Heights Bistro and Bar in the main visitor centre, and also in Ski Hire - Let your imagination run wild building a snowman or having a mega snowball challenge - Any trip to the snow would not be complete without building a snow man or throwing a few snowballs - Lake Mountain has an abundance of snow play areas available for family fun - Unlike other alpine resorts, Lake Mountains unique snow-making capability guarantees that snow play will be possible throughout the season regardless of weather or natural snow fall - New this season is an expanded Snowman's Village! With more space than ever before and weekly prizes during the annual Australian Snowman's Festival why not let your imagination run wild! - Cross Country Ski Lessons - Never skied before? - Not a problem! - Lake Mountains world-class Ski School will get you going in no time - Cross country ski lessons - From guiding you through the basics of the sport to refining your skills in preparation for a season of racing, the Snowsports Centre has you covered - With the right instruction, anyone can learn to ski, so why not give it a go? - Our Ski School, with a team of qualified and enthusiastic instructors headed by world-class skiers, offers a range of packages and public and private lessons for individuals, groups, clubs and schools - Public lessons: - Lessons are run on demand, generally on the hour. With the first commences at 9am while the latest lesson is at 3pm - Maximum group size is 10, private lessons are also available - Bookings can be made at the Snowsports Centre on your arrival at the resort but due to high demand in peak periods, lessons are offered on a - first-come first-served - basis - The minimum age for lessons is five years old. Lessons for younger children we recommend the Kinder Ski Lesson - Lesson Prices 1.5 hour lesson - Adult $77.00 (includes equipment hire for the day) - Child $66.50 (includes equipment hire for the day) - Adult $43.00 (no equipment hire) - Child $35.00 (no equipment hire) - Private Lesson Prices - Adult $120.00 (includes equipment hire for the day) - Child $90 (includes equipment hire for the day) - Additional Adult $70.00 - Additional Child $60.00 Kinder Ski School - If your children are too young for ski school, let them experience the fun of skiing in the new Ski School Kinder Zone - There's no need to book, simply turn up and let your child have a go at skiing with one of the resorts instructors - Parents are most welcome to join in the fun - Ski School details - Opening hours (snow season only) - Monday to Friday: 8am to 3pm (last lesson at 3 pm) - Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 3pm (last lesson at 3 pm) - Contact us - Telephone: 03 5957 7215 (snow season only) - Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has teamed up with Fischer for the 2015 winter season and opened the first Fischer Nordic Demo Centre in the southern hemisphere, a first for the ski industry in Australia - The new Fischer Nordic Demo Centre is located in the main resort building, located at the start of the ski trails, pop into the centre to talk to one of the resorts Fischer representative about the new line up of Fischer cross country skis that are on display and available for testing out on the ski trails - The centre also has a full line-up of cross country ski boots for classic and skating for testing as well. Also located in the Fischer Demo Centre is the Snowsports Centre, making it easy to talk to the ski instructors about which type of ski would be best suited to your skiing level and requirement? - Heights Bistro and Bar - Come on in and enjoy a treat from our tantalising new menu or simply soak in the sweeping views with a glass of local wine - When it is time to refuel, or simply take time out to relax and enjoy the views, look no further than Heights Bistro and Bar - Our spacious, fully-licensed bistro is located in the main visitor centre, with commanding views over the resort - Come in, sit down, either inside or on the large deck, and enjoy a glass of local wine, refreshing beer or a piping hot cappuccino - Hungry? Enjoy a hearty gourmet sandwich or pasta creation from our very own master chef - In 2015 we will be bringing you new and exciting menu options, ensuring that there is something to suit everyones tastes! - We are big on encouraging a love of the alpine environment among young people - with all the thrills, spills and fun learning to be had - and offer a number of different options for school groups - Our packages are specially designed to cater for schools and can include: All day ski tour 1.5 hour lessons - Ski hire - Resort entry - Snow play package - Clothing hire - Flying fox - Ski orienteering - Snow camping - advice - We are also able to build an experience to fit your requirements such as a school race program for those looking to take part in the interschools events - With the resort so close to Melbourne and with a declared nonhazardous access road, Lake Mountain offers a unique, adventurous and fun learning experience for any school group - and, it is all doable in a day - To discuss your schools needs and required dates, please contact Alan Eason, Snowsports Director - Email:- alan@lakemountainresort.com.au - At Lake Mountain, we roll out the red carpet for our thousands of visitors, providing great facilities and services to ensure you get the most out of your alpine experience - The main visitor centre is where you will find Heights Bistro and Bar with sweeping views and a spacious seating area that can accommodated up to 700 people, Resort Retail, Ski Patrol, and public toilets and shower facilities - The complex closest to the Village Run toboggan slope accommodates a cafe with a fantastic deck overlooking the resort, Resort Hire, Ski School, public shelter (lower level), public toilets, and administration and conference room (upper level) - To make it even easier to orientate yourself when you arrive at the resort, our friendly guests services staff are at the ready to lead you in the right direction and answer any questions to get you on your way quickly - Lake Mountain hub - Heights Bistro and Bar (winter only) - Alpine Burger Bar (green season) - Ski School Resort Equipment Hire - Resort Retail - Conference room - Function area accommodating up to 700 people - Restrooms with showers Ski Patrol - On the snow - Almost 40km of well marked and - maintained ski trails to explore - Three dedicated toboggan runs - Plenty of space to build a snowman or throw a snowball - A dedicated Snowman's Village where you can build a snowman, with prizes for the best creation during the Annual Australian Snowman's Festival - Patrolled ski trails, toboggan runs and snow play areas - State-of-the-art snow-making equipment - Grooming of trails and toboggan slopes, subject to weather conditions - Guest services - Our guest services team ensures your Lake Mountain experience is one that will make you want to come back for more, by helping orientate visitors and providing information about points of interest - Guest services staff are easy to spot in their bright green jackets and can often be seen with Lake Mountain's awesome mascot, Lenny the Leadbeater's Possum, saying a big hi to everyone and providing fun photo opportunities - If you require any assistance, ask a member of the guest services team - Or, ask any of our helpful staff at the ticket office or in the administration building - At Resort Equipment Hire, our friendly staff are trained to assist with your hiring needs for all of the family, from waterproof clothing and snow boots to snow shoes and the fitting of ski boots and skis. And, if you find the gear is not quite right, just bring it back and we will get you on your way again in no time - Having the right gear will help ensure you enjoy your day at Lake Mountain to the max, whether you are skiing, tobogganing, snow shoeing, building serious snowmen or just having fun in the snow - Hiring is a great way to try before you buy! Special package deals are available - Resort Hire, located in the administration building, opposite the bistro, offers: - Toboggans - Waterproof clothing and snow boots - snowshoes for walking on trails - Quality cross country skis, boots and poles - Numerous package deals - Ski Equipment - Skis / boots/ poles - $38 (adult) - Skis / Boots / poles - $33 (child) - Skis only (Classic or Skate) - $21.50 - Ski boots only - $21.50 (adult) - Ski boots only - $11.50 (child) - Poles only - $11.50 - Snow Play and Clothing - Padded jacket - $23 - Padded pants - $23 - Padded jacket & pants - $37 - PVC jacket - $17 PVC pants - $17 - PVC jacket & pants - $28 - Snowsuit - $22 (child) - Snow boots - $23 (adult) - Snow boots - $17 (child) - Toboggan - $13.10 or $11.50 per toboggan when hiring 10 or more Helmet - $11.50 - Packages - Toboggan / PVC jacket & pant / boots - $40.00 (adult or child) - Toboggan / snowsuit / boots - $43.00 (child) - Toboggan / PVC pants / boots - $38.00 (adult) - Toboggan / PVC pants / boots - $33.00 (child) - Snowsuit / boots - $33.00 (child) - Padded pants / jacket / boots - $43.00 PVC jacket / pants / boots - $32.00 - Snowshoes / boots / poles - $33.00 (adult) - Snowshoes / boots / poles -$28.00 (child) - Resort Equipment Hire details - Opening hours (snow season only) Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm – all hired items must be returned by 4pm - Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 5:30pm – all hired items must be returned by 5pm - Contact us - Telephone: 03 5957 7256 (snow season) - 03 5957 7222 (outside snow season) - Fast track your way into another world with a ski lesson from one of our friendly and supportive ski instructors - From guiding you through the basics of the sport to refining your skills in preparation for a season of racing, Ski School has you covered - With the right instruction, anyone can learn to ski, so why not give it a go? - Our Ski School, with a team of qualified and enthusiastic instructors headed by world-class skiers, offers a range of packages and public and private lessons for individuals, groups, clubs and schools - Public lessons - Lessons are run on demand, generally on the hour - The first lesson for the day commences at 9am while the latest lesson is at 3pm (60 minutes only rather than the standard 90 minutes) - Maximum group size is 12 - Private lessons are also available - Bookings can be made at the Ski School on your arrival at the resort but due to high demand in peak periods, lessons are offered on a "first-come first-served "basis - The minimum age for lessons is five years old. Lessons for younger children may be available at the discretion of the Ski School - Kinder Ski School - Let the little children have a go at skiing if they are too young for ski school - Experience the fun of the new ski school kinder zone - Just turn up and let your child have a go at skiing with one of the resorts instructors - Parents are most welcome to to join in the fun! - School groups & clubs - Let us help you maximise your school/or groups visit to the resort - Please contact Ski School and have a chat with our friendly staff about your needs and to make a booking well in advance - Ski School Details - Opening hours (snow season only) Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm (latest lesson, 60 minutes only, at 3pm) - Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 5pm (latest lesson, 60 minutes only, at 4pm) - Contact Us - Telephone: 03 5957 7215 (snow season only) - Email: alan@lakemountainresort.com.au - Ski School Director, Alan Eason - The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is Australias only resort that can produce snow all-year at temperatures of up to 25 degrees thanks to the Wyss Blanc CC 30 and Grant Ice technology - This unique capability guarantees snow-covered toboggan runs throughout the season, regardless of weather or natural snow fall - Techno Alpin snow Making System - Lake Mountain Alpine Resort has increased its Techno Alpine snow making technology this year with the addition of fan guns and fully automated snow making control system - The Wyss Mount Blanc CC 30 - In 2009, Lake Mountain introduced a new snow-making machine that enables us to make more snow than ever before - The Wyss Blanc CC 30 is a containerised all-year snow system, which can produce good quality snow at temperatures of up to 25 degrees - The all-weather snow machine is fitted with its own dedicated refrigeration plant - Negative temperature and specific relative humidity are controlled within the unit, meaning snow can be consistently produced, whatever the outside weather conditions - To make snow, the unit produces a dry and sub-cooled flake ice without additives - Then the Wyss injector generates a flow of conditioned air which oxygenates the small ice and turns it into snow - Grant ice snow- making system - To further guarantee a winter wonderland, 2010 saw the arrival of the Grant ice snow-making system. The Grant system works on the same principle as the Wyss CC30 and has the capacity to produce 50 tonnes (100 cubic metres) of snow per day - Both systems service the tobogganing, snow play and Ski School areas and have the capacity to stockpile large quantities of snow for use on the ski trails and for race events - Snow Grooming - The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort boasts world class grooming equipment for the ski trails and toboggan areas - When conditions are conducive for trail and slope preparation, Lake Mountain’s experienced staff make every effort to maximise the skiing and snow play experience for visitors - In good conditions, ski trail and slope preparations will be undertaken with the Husky Prinoth and LMC grooming machines - On days when conditions are not conducive for the use of the heavier machinery, or on those marginal days of snow, snowmobiles and other equipment are utilised - Heights Bistro & Bar - Come on in and enjoy a treat from our tantalising new menu or simply soak in the sweeping views with a glass of local wine - When it is time to refuel, or simply take time out to relax and enjoy the views, look no further than Heights Bistro - Our spacious, fully licensed bistro is located in the main visitor centre, with commanding views over the resort. Come in, sit down, either inside or on the large deck, and enjoy a glass of local wine, refreshing beer or a piping hot cappuccino - Hungry? - Enjoy a hearty gourmet sandwich or pasta creation from our very own master chef - Conference / Function Facilities - Looking for a venue with a difference? - The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort offers a stunning alpine setting for any corporate event or private function - Our function area accommodates up to 700 people and features sweeping views and easy access to Heights Bistro and bar; while our separate conference facility provides a more intimate area for smaller groups - From weddings and other special occasions to corporate events, have a chat to our friendly team to see what we can do to accommodate your venue and catering needs - For further information, please contact - admin@lakemountainresort.com.au - SKI Patrol is responsible for the safety of visitors to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort including all the ski trails, walking tracks, toboggan runs and snow play areas - Highly visible in their red jackets with white crosses, patrollers identify hazards, inspect the ski trails and advise on the conditions, and respond to any incidents that require first aid - The well-equipped Ski Patrol base provides for injuries requiring ongoing care and, for more serious cases, co-ordinates ambulance transportation - If a person is reported as missing, patrollers promptly search all areas of the resort and if necessary co-ordinate a greater search effort in conjunction with Police Search & Rescue - Ski Patrol, located in the lower level of the main visitor centre, operates seven days a week throughout the snow season - A team of trained volunteers covers the resort at weekends and new members are always welcome - Patrollers need to have a current Level 2 First Aid qualification, with the view to undertaking the Ski Patrol Advanced Emergency Care Course conducted by the Australian Ski Patrol Association (ASPA); and be able to ski or willing to learn - LMSP members experience a great sense of reward from providing an essential service to the thousands of people who visit the resort each year, as well as the enjoyment of skiing and socialising with other like-minded patrollers - If you are interested in becoming a volunteer ski patroller, please contact LMSP secretary, Cathy Sutton, on 0403 146 378 / ccrsutton@gmail.com or admin@lakemountainresort.com.au - For other enquiries concerning Ski Patrol, please contact (snow season only) Sue Parry, Ski Patrol Director: 03 5957 7248 / sue@lakemountainresort.com.au - THE alpine environment is a beautiful destination for adventure, relaxation and exploration all year round - However, it can be hazardous if visitors fail to adequately plan and prepare for their visit - The SnowSafe website provides essential information on how to enjoy the alps in safety and comfort - Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable alpine experience and these concepts are reinforced throughout the website - Snow Safety Inc, the Australian Ski Patrol Association, and the Australian Ski Areas Association have worked together to produce this alpine safety information to make it easier for visitors to the snow - For further information please visit www.snowsafe.org.au - Take the scenic drive to beautiful Marysville, then sit back and relax on the Lake Mountain Snow Bus while it takes you to the snow fields in safety and comfort - We have operated this service since 2002, and for the 2015 season we offer reduced fares and additional services to cater to the expected increase in demand as the region develops - For full details go to www.lakemountainsnowbus.com or email info@countrytouch.com.au or phone (03) 5963 3753 - Service is operated by Country Touch, 24 Murchison St, Marysville - Bookings are recommended - Advance bookings are required to operate any service - Any weekend, and Vic and SA school holidays (27/6 to 19/7/15);- Depart Marysville; 9.00am - Pick up at Lake Mountain at 1.30pm - The earlybird service – beat the rush! - Any day, including weekends and school holidays - Depart Marysville; 10.30am. Pick up from Lake Mountain at 3.00pm - Marysville departure point is the bus stop in Pack Road beside the Marysville Country Bakery, corner of Pack Road and Murchison St - The earlybird service may also be caught at 8.50am at our shop, Country Touch, 24 Murchison St, Marysville - FARES (2015) covers return transport including Resort gate entry - Adults; $35 . Child (5 to 17 years); $25 - Concession (seniors & health care cards); $25 - Family package for 4 (2 A + 2 C or 1A + 3C); $99 - No charge for children under 5 years of age, however they may not be allocated their own seat if the bus is full - WHILE Lake Mountain has become an all-year adventure playground for tens of thousands of visitors annually, it was its winter wonderland appeal that started the ball rolling almost 100 years ago - The Public Works Department initiated the development of the Lake Mountain area in the early 1920s with the construction of a road towards Lake Mountain from Cumberland Road - Construction crews consisted of unemployed relief labour - Following the bushfires of 1939, the road was extended to within a kilometre of Lake Mountain by the forests commission of the time - Members of the Ski Club of Victoria (SCV) visited Lake Mountain in the late 1930s but it was not until February 1939 that a push to have the area opened for skiing gained momentum - However these initial efforts from SCV members and the Marysville community were thwarted by the 1939 fires - The Marysville division of the SCV held its inaugural meeting on May 28, 1939, with 20 people signing up and Berry Higgs elected as president - In 1940, a basic hut was built at the foot of the Snowy Hill run, accommodating eight people - It had an earth floor which was often soggy and wet and no bunks - In the same year, Marysville SCV members and the Rover scouts joined forces to cut a trail over the top of Snowy Hill - With the onset of war in 1943, enthusiasm waned and it was not until 1947 that interest was re-kindled and large areas were cleared for skiing at Snowy Hill - By 1955, a four hectare gentle slope had been cleared with ski runs and playgrounds constructed around the area today known as the Berry Higgs Playground - Meanwhile, the original cross country ski trails at Lake Mountain were ex-logging roads that had been used post-war as access roads to the Federation and Sandstone ranges - While the Marysville SCV division folded in 1960, the development of Lake Mountain to its present day status began in the late 1970s - In 1979, the then Forests Commission of Victoria was the governing authority and initiated the first dedicated cross country ski trail and a toboggan run - In subsequent years, more trail and toboggan runs were constructed, as well as public shelters and amenities, a food outlet, ski hire, ski school, administration and a first aid building - The Alpine Resorts Commission (ARC) assumed responsibility for the management of the resort from 1985 until 1998 when the ARC was disbanded - The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort Management Board was commissioned in 1998 under Ministerial guidance, managing the resort until December 2012 when Belgravia Leisure assumed management of operations on behalf of the board - Under this management structure, the resort has flourished as one of Australias favourite cross country ski and snow play resorts and one of the worlds most-visited alpine areas, averaging 100,000 visitors a year - The types of activities the resort offers and hosts is an ever-growing list and includes: The Lake Mountain Sprint X cross country ski race, Lake Mountain Sprint tarmac car rally, the inaugural and subsequent Granite Grind mountain bike events, Warrior Challenge, Lake Mountain alpine marathon and half marathon, winter family fun days, Snow Shenanigans school holiday activities, Christmas in July, Lake Mountain Music Festival and even white weddings with a timely abundance of natural snow - About the mountain - Lake Mountain was named after George Lake, who was the Surveyor-General of the area including the mountain - There is no lake at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - Highest point (Hut Trail): 1480 metres - Lake Mountain summit: 1433 metres - Base altitude: 1340 metres - Snow season opens: Queens Birthday Weekend, June 6 - 8, 2015 - Skiable area: 2400 ha - Ski trails: 37km, groomed daily, subject to weather conditions - Toboggan slopes: 3 - Other features: Dedicated snowman park, flying fox, tube run, laser skirmish - Ski Patrol operates seven days week during the White Season - In the Green Season, the resort is a popular area for mountain biking and road cycling, bushwalking and those wanting to enjoy the stunning wild flower display over the summer months and soak in the crisp mountain air and commanding views - Operation of the flying fox, tube run and laser skirmish are subject to weather conditions in the White Season - For these activities and guided wildflower walks, group bookings are essential in the Green Season - Mobile phone coverage is with Telstra 3G only - Visitors are reminded that pets are not permitted at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - Camping is only permitted in certain areas at Lake Mountain - Resort management must be contacted for further information - On occasions, due to heavy snow fall, it is sometimes necessary to carry and fit snow chains. Check out the daily snow report on the home page during winter for chain requirements or contact the resort directly on 03 5957 7222 - Traffic advisory signs are also located at Marysville where chains can be hired - In the summer months, on days of forecast Code Red Fire Danger, the resort will be closed for public safety. Please check by calling 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au - Ski Trails - Echo Flat Loop, Beginners – 1.5 km - Snow Gum, Beginners – 1.5 km - Muster, Beginners – 2.6 km - Echo Flat, Beginners – 6 km - Royston, Intermediate – 2 km - Woollybutt, Intermediate – 2 km - Panorama, Intermediate – 3.5 km - Long Health, Advanced – 3 km - Jubilee, Advanced – 6 km - Travel/accommodation information - Distance from Melbourne: 120km - Distance from Marysville - 22km - Access from Melbourne - Maroondah Highway via Healesville - From the north east of Victoria - Maroondah Highway via Alexandra - Travel times - 20 minutes from Marysville - 50 minutes from Healesville and the Yarra Valley - Major airport - Melbourne International Airport - approx. two hours - Accommodation - Marysville Triangle area, 400+ beds - Water Supply - The water supply at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is drawn from the Echo Flat area of the ski trails - This is the headwaters of the Taggerty River and an unprotected catchment - Under the provisions of section 6 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Minister for Health has declared the water not suitable for drinking - Bottled water is available at the Lake Mountain Bar and Bistro - We are sooo close! - Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is a day tripper's dream drive through the picturesque Yarra or Goulburn valleys to another world ... our magical summer or winter wonderland, depending on the time of year - In fact, the journey itself is part of the appeal, featuring stunning landscapes and regenerating forests, a sub alpine environment at the resort and, in the summer months, the wildflowers create a kaleidoscope of colour - To make your experience as enjoyable as possible, click here for the best route to the resort and, once you arrive, the location of facilities and our adventure activities, and the extensive the trail systems for skiing, walking and mountain biking - From Marysville, the gateway to Lake Mountain - Once you arrive at the quaint township of Marysville, it’s a scenic 30-minute drive to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - It is an easy journey with the roads well maintained and, during the winter months, regularly cleared of any snow and ice - Follow the Maroondah Highway to Narbethong and take the turn off to Marysville. In the winter month, chains are available in Narbethong - Winter alert! - On occasions, due to heavy snow fall, it is necessary to carry and fit snow chains - Check out the daily snow report on the home page for chain requirements or contact the resort directly on 03 5957 7222 - Traffic advisory signs are also located at Marysville - Chains can be hired at Narbethong and Marysville - THE 2009 Black Saturday bushfires caused significant damage to the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, destroying much of the infrastructure including the main amenities block, trail head facilities, ski patrol building, takeaway food outlet, rotunda and bbq areas, resort workshop, and general and snow-making machinery and equipment - Sweeping up and across the Lake Mountain plateau, the fire burnt many of the Snow Gums and heathlands and significantly damaged the skiing/walking trail network - fortunately, the main visitor centre which accommodated a bistro, day shelter, ski hire and retail outlet, and resort administration was not damaged and remained operational - After the fires, it was all-systems go at Lake Mountain to get the resort back on track - In 2011, a spacious new visitor centre was opened, an impressive sign that the resort was well and truly open for business - The long list of completed projects includes a spacious bar and bistro, with inside and outdoor seating, which can accommodate up to 700 guests; new resort workshop and commissioning of state-of-the art snow-making machinery, a 200 metre boardwalk and stage one of an interpretative walk in the Snowy Hill precinct, and more than 10kms of challenging single-track mountain bike trails - The resort has hosted numerous events such as the Lake Mountain Sprint X cross country ski race, Lake Mountain Sprint tarmac car rally, the inaugural and subsequent Granite Grind mountain bike events, Warrior Challenge, Lake Mountain alpine marathon and half marathon, winter family fun days, Snow Shenanigans school holiday activities, Christmas in July, Lake Mountain Music Festival and even white weddings with a timely abundance of natural snow - First time snow goer? Not sure what to bring? - Worry not as we've put together our top tips to ensure that your visit to Lake Mountain is as enjoyable and relaxing as possible - Check the Website - Always check our website before leaving home to access road conditions, chain requirements and snow / ski conditions on the mountain - If the mountain declares a Snow Chain day, you will not be permitted onto the resort without chains. (4 x 4’s and AWD exempted) - It is always a good idea to have anti-freeze in your radiator - Clothing: Be prepared for the Alpine environment - The weather can change rapidly so we suggest multiple layers of light warm clothing that allows layers to be added or subtracted as required and combined with a waterproof layer over the top - Clothing should include waterproof shoes with a good tread to grip the snow, (Gumboots are not ideal as your feet will freeze regardless of the thickness of your socks.) - Beanies, warm hat and or scarf and gloves - We strongly recommend mittens for younger children as it is hard to get their fingers into damp / wet gloves - Sunscreen: (Yes you will get sunburnt on the snow), Lip Balm, Sunglasses or Goggles and for those using Toboggans a Helmet is a great idea - (Remember the wind chill factor can be a lot colder than the ground temperature) - Ski Lessons - If you have never skied or if you’re a seasoned skier it is always a good idea to have to have a lesson to help you on your way or to hone your skills - It is always best to learn the right way to begin with - Familiarise yourself with the village - It is amazing how disorientated you can become if a heavy fog rolls in - If you are leaving the village to go Skiing, Snow Shoeing or Hiking be aware of your physical ability and allow for the extreme weather conditions - Be aware of the distance you intend to cover and be prepared with the right clothing, trail maps and safety gear - As a minimum always carry compass, whistle, snacks and the right clothing when leaving the village for extended periods of time - Big Chill - Little Hands - It's no surprise that kids feel the cold, but they seldom realise it until it is to late spoiling the day for everyone - It is our suggestion to let the children play in the snow then take them in doors to the Café, Restaurant or public shelter to warm up - Then resume your fun in the snow. A short break every 30 minutes goes a long way to a great day, particularly on bad weather days - On bad weather days, drivers should leave their cars in gear but do not use your handbrakes as they can freeze (however this may not be possible with all modern automatic vehicles, which will not allow the key to be taken out until the vehicle is in park) - If it is snowing or icy it is a good idea to lift your wipers of the windscreen to avoid the windscreen rubber sticking to the windscreen and tearing - Your car should also have anti-freeze in the radiator - Guest Services Staff for Guest Safety - All visitors should follow directions issued by Lake Mountain Resort personnel. This may be carpark attendants, Ski Patrol in the village or on the trails or Guest Services on the toboggan runs - Our staff know the mountain and it is our intention to keep all guests safe at all times - Events & Activities - Follow our Website / Facebook pages for up coming events and daily activities and snow / road conditions - To get the most out of your day on the mountain and minimise queuing we suggest arriving before 10:00am, as this traditionally guarantees parking close to the resort - Prices and Packages - Resort entry fees contribute significantly to the cost of providing a wide range of services and facilities provided by Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, including environmental management, snow clearing, car parking, day shelters and public toilets, water for snowmaking, trail management, toboggan runs, water for domestic and commercial use, sewerage treatment works, visitor information, road, snow and weather reports, shuttle busses, garbage collection and recycling, resort administration, village signage, ski patrol and trail maintenance - Please note: Eftpos is available at the resort entry gate - The resort is subject to closure for periods of time during peak times on weekends throughout the snow season when maximum capacity is reached - It is recommended visitors arrive before 11am to avoid disappointment - Traffic advisory signs are located en route or call administration on 03 5957 7222 - On occasions, due to heavy snow fall, it is necessary to carry and fit snow chains - Check out the daily snow report on the home page for chain requirements or contact the resort directly on 03 5957 7222 - Traffic advisory signs are also located at Marysville where chains can be hired - No ski trail fees - Gate entry - Non-commercial passenger vehicle - $54.50 at the gate per non-commercial passenger vehicle of up to 10 seats per day - $54.50 plus applicable credit card fees when booked online - Please note a vehicle with 10 or more seats is classified as a commercial bus and will incur the entry fee per head as per commercial bus pricing structure - Gate entry - Seniors - $51 at the gate per non-commercial passenger vehicle of up to 10 people per day. $51 plus applicable credit card fees when purchased online - (All vehicle passengers must be seniors) - Gate Entry - Other Motorbike - $13.50 per day - Bus - $17.30 per passenger over the age of 5 years, $11.30 per student/teacher passenger in organised school group, mid week only - Requirements for buses and bus drivers: Requirements for buses and bus drivers driving in hazardous areas can be found in this Vic Roads document - A bus is classified as any vehicle with 11 or more seats (including the driver). Any vehicle with more than 11 seats will be subject to the bus gate entry pricing structure - Gate Entry Season Pass– Full and Restricted Season Entry - Lake Mountain Seasons Pass - Lake Mountain season pass - $410 - Lake Mountain Specific Early Bird Season Pass (Monday to Sunday)- $306.50 (till 10/5/15) - Lake Mountain Specific Early Bird Season Pass (Monday to Friday)- $153.00 (till 10/5/15) - All Resorts Seasons Pass - All Resorts Early Bird Pass (Monday to Sunday)- $577.00 All-resorts pass (Monday to Sunday) - $651.00 - (Lake Mountain, Falls Creek, Mt Baw Baw, Mt Buller/Sterling, Mt Hotham) - This pass covers all alpine resorts in Victoria where entry fee applies - For all-resorts and Lake Mountain season pass, please contact the Lake Mountain Resort administration at admin@lakemountainresort.com.au - Prices are subject to Ministerial approval and are subject to change - All gate entry prices are per day - Application for school concession must be received and approved by resort management a minimum of seven days prior to resort visit - School concessions are not available during school holidays, public holidays or weekends - Gate entry fees are payable throughout the declared snow season - Online Winter Wonderland Packages - Snow conditions need to be rated better than POOR on the snow report for lessons to go ahead. Contact the Admin or Snow Sports Office for an update on 0359577201 - Experience A MOUNTAIN OF FUN this winter and skip the queues by booking online! - Winter Wonderland Family Ski Package (two adults/two children) - $363 - Resort entry for one non-commercial passenger vehicle - Family toboggan & ski hire - 90-minute ski lesson, bookings can be made at the Ski School on your arrival at the resort but due to high demand in peak periods, lessons are offered on a - first-come first-served - basis - Lunch voucher for two adults and two children (5 - 17 years of age) 10% discount on any garment purchase from Resort Retail - Additional child, $78 - Family Snow Play Package (two adults/two children) - $149 - Resort entry for one non-commercial passenger vehicle Toboggan hire for your family - Lunch voucher for two adults and two children (5 – 17 years of age) - 10% discount on any garment purchase from Lake Mountain Retail - Additional child, $28 - Learn 2 Ski (couples) - $199 - Resort entry for one non-commercial passenger vehicle - Ski hire for two people (16 years and older) - A 90-minute ski lesson - Bookings can be made at the Ski School on your arrival at the resort but due to high demand in peak periods, lessons are offered on a first-come first-served basis - Lunch voucher for two people - The Winter Wonderland packages can only be booked online and are not available for purchase at the Lake Mountain Alpine Resort - If snow conditions are not favourable, the exhilarating 240 metre flying fox will be open for those who have purchased any of the above packages - The Lake Mountain Alpine Resort is subject to closure for periods of time during peak periods on weekends throughout the snow season when maximum capacity is reached - It is recommended that visitors arrive before 11am to avoid disappointment - Ski Lessons - Option 1 - Standard 90-minute lesson and equipment hire - 90-minute lesson and equipment hire - Lessons run on the hour or half hour depending on demand - Lessons are arranged according to level of ability and age - 10% discount for subsequent lessons - Cost: Adult - $77; child - $66.50 - Option 2 - Standard 90-minute lesson only (NO equipment hire) - 90-minute lesson only - Lessons run on the hour or half hour depending on demand - Lessons are arranged according to level of ability and age - 10% discount for subsequent lessons - Cost:Adult - $44 (lesson only); child - $35 (lesson only) - Option 3 - Private 90-minute lesson (individuals or groups of up to four people) and ski hire - 90-minute private lesson, maximum of four people - Equipment hire - Classic, skate and race training - All levels of ability - 10% discount for subsequent lessons - Due to demand we may be unable to offer private lessons on weekends and public holidays - Cost: Adult $120 per person; child $90 per person - Additional adult, $70, additional child, - $60 - Option 1, 2 and 3: $20 discount for own equipment (first adult and/or child only) - Resort Equipment Hire - At Resort Equipment Hire, our friendly staff are trained to assist with your hiring needs for all of the family, from waterproof clothing and snow boots to snow shoes and the fitting of ski boots and skis - And, if you find the gear is not quite right, just bring it back and we will get you on your way again in no time - Having the right gear will help ensure you enjoy your day at Lake Mountain to the max, whether you are skiing, tobogganing, snow shoeing, building serious snowmen or just having fun in the snow - Hiring is a great way to try before you buy! - Special package deals are available - Resort Hire, located in the administration building, opposite the bistro, offers - Toboggans - Waterproof clothing and snow boots Snowshoes for walking on trails - Quality cross country skis, boots and poles - Numerous package deals - Ski Equipment - Skis / boots/ poles - $38 (adult) - Skis / Boots / poles - $33 (child) Skis only (Classic or Skate) - $21.50 - Ski boots only - $21.50 (adult) - Ski boots only - $11.50 (child) - Poles only - $11.50 - Snow Play and Clothing - Padded jacket - $23 - Padded pants - $23 Padded jacket & pants - $37 - PVC jacket - $17 - PVC pants - $17 PVC jacket & pants - $28 - Snowsuit - $22 (child) Snow boots - $23 (adult) - Snow boots - $17 (child) - Toboggan - $13.10 or $11.50 per toboggan when hiring 10 or more - Helmet - $11.50 - Packages - Toboggan / PVC jacket & pant / boots - $40.00 (adult or child) - Toboggan / snowsuit / boots - $43.00 (child) Toboggan / PVC pants / boots - $38.00 (adult) - Toboggan / PVC pants / boots - $33.00 (child) - Snowsuit / boots - $33.00 (child) Padded pants / jacket / boots - $43.00 - PVC jacket / pants / boots - $32.00 - Snowshoes / boots / poles - $33.00 (adult) Snowshoes / boots / poles -$28.00 (child) - Resort Equipment Hire details - Opening hours (snow season only) Monday to Friday: 8am to 4:30pm – all hired items must be returned by 4pm - Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 5:30pm – all hired items must be returned by 5pm - Contact us - Telephone: 03 5957 7256 (snow season) - 03 5957 7222 (outside snow season) - School Groups & Clubs - Ski School offers special rates for school groups and clubs - For further information, please contact Ski School on 03 5957 7215 - Email alan@lakemountainresort.com.au - We will be more than happy to discuss your needs and provide a great deal for your group - In non snow season periods, please contact administration on 03 5957 7222 - Take a "walk on the wild side", on snowshoes - Adventuring out on snowshoes is a great alternative to skiing for you and your family to explore the resort - Take a walk out to Echo Flat or climb up to the summit to enjoy stunning views over the Yarra Valley and, on a clear day, all the way to Melbourne - The options are many - Our staff at Ski & Equipment Hire will have you mastering your snowshoes within minutes - Visit the Snowsports Centre and have a chat about a guided tour around the mountain Snowshoes clip on to your own boots and stop you from sinking into the snow - Snowshoe hire includes ski poles to help you keep your balance - Please note that walking on trails without snowshoes is not permitted as regular shoes and boots will sink into the snow and ruin the conditions our groomers work so hard to maintain - Snowshoe Options - Home Trail - A dedicated snowshoe trail leads from the main resort hub to the snow gauge area of the ski trails - This trail works its way uphill through the snow gums, only crossing the ski trails at a couple of points - The trail starts at the beginning of Home Trail and is clearly signposted from the resort - Look for the yellow signs - Use the ski trails for about 100 metres until you have passed the workshop (on the right), turn right onto Home Trail and follow the yellow snowshoe signs - The approximate location of the trail is shown by the yellow line on the map at left - Option Two - Open heath close to the resort hub From the snow gauge, the open heath area is a beautiful place to explore and is off the ski trails - A route through this area has been marked with yellow markers attached to old skis - As this area is surrounded by ski trails, it is easy to find your way back onto the trails at any point. The approximate location of the marked trail is shown on the map at right - Check with Ski Patrol for current conditions; in marginal snow this will be very difficult on snow shoes - Please keep in mind that the Upper Taggerty River starts here so a loop around the edge of the area, rather than straight across, may keep your feet drier! - Also be aware that, as a result of the 2009 bushfires, there are still many plant remnants which can be trip hazards - Option Three - Long Heath Ski Trail - Long Heath Ski Trail is a quiet wilderness trail ideal for snow shoeing in good snow conditions - The distance is a little over four kilometres and starts at Triangle Junction - It is a narrow, ungroomed trail so is only suitable for the more adventurous wilderness skiers and, of course, snowshoers - Option Four - The Summit Lookout - This route is open to all walkers, with or without snowshoes - From the south side of the car park the track rises steeply for 200 metres before levelling to a gentle incline to the summit - Initially the track is quite wide but from the summit it narrows to a very pleasant walking trail - The five kilometre summit loop is an ideal walking track, it is marked by orange triangles - As a navigation aid, remember that these triangles generally point in the direction of the next marker - Although predominately Snow Gum woodland, Alpine Ash (also called Woollybutts) can be seen initially on the right side of the track and Mountain Hickory Wattle regrowth is abundant throughout - Strong signs of recovery from the 2009 bushfires are clearly visible - If you are interested in flora, collect the Summit Loop Walk notes from the display area near Heights Bistro and Bar in the main visitor centre - As the track approaches the summit there is a signposted detour to the Marysville Lookout, a 300 metre walk that will take you to a view of Marysville and even Melbourne sometimes. It is well worth the detour on a clear day - Retrace your steps back to the main track and continue to the summit - From the summit take the track signposted to Alps Lookout and the Summit Loop Walk - The track now becomes a pleasant stroll through Snow Gum woodland and rock outcrops - From here meander across the plateau and back to the summit and retrace your steps to the car park - All these options are outlined in notes and maps available from the display area near Heights Bistro and Bar in the main visitor centre, and also in Ski Hire -     

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