Snowguns Blazing at Falls Creek

Overnight the artillery of snowguns which line the 2.2km Wombat’s Ramble at Falls Creek, Victoria’s largest alpine resort, were in action for the first time

24 high-tech snowguns, in an addition to the 16 put in place last winter, began what they are designed to do (produce snow) at 7.30pm and were still in operation when the sun rose this morning.

The significant increase in Falls Creek’s snowmaking capability will be evident to all the resort’s guests during the Queen’s Birthday weekend, the official start to what is shaping up to be a good snow season.

A bitterly cold night (the mercury dipped to minus 4C) and a chilly morning has allowed snowmaking to take place on numerous locations in Sun Valley.
About 4,500 cubic metres of snow was produced on Main Street, Tom Thumb and Drovers. plus the entire length of Wombat’s Ramble.

If the forecasted cool air (and snow) continues the snowmakers will provide a blanket of snow for the opening of winter this Saturday when Tim Holding, the Minister, Water, Finance Tourism & Major Events will officially declare the 2010 season open.

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