Dinner Plain snow guns to extend life of snow season

29 April 2014

ALPINE Shire Council is working with the Mount Hotham Skiing Company (MHSC) to increase the longevity of the snow season at Dinner Plain.

Council’s Director Sustainable Development Heather Green said the installation of snow guns this season would ensure the Dinner Plain’s Cobungra Platter slope could stay open all season, attracting more visitors.

“The overall cost of the project is around $800k, funded by the State and Federal Governments, Council and Mount Hotham Skiing Company,” she said.

“Earlier in the year MHSC was awarded the tender for the purchase and installation of all underground and above ground snow making infrastructure.

“This will be phased in over a two-year period – two guns will be in place this year and be ready for snowmaking this season, with in ground infrastructure and one more gun installed in time for the 2015 snow season.”

Ms Green said the project aimed to improve winter visitor numbers to Dinner Plain, increase overnight stays and provide a low-cost skiing experience.

“This is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work together towards a common goal – in this case boosting Dinner Plain’s winter attraction and bringing more people to the village,” she said.

“Cobungra Platter Slope offers a gentle gradient for young children and novice skiers or boarders to learn, before tackling Mount Hotham’s runs.

“In this way Dinner Plain and Mt Hotham complement each other and provide something for everyone, no matter their skill level or preference.”

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