Ski fields waiting on Mother Nature

Tamiko Rey, 7, from the Philippines, enjoys the snow at Falls Creek yesterday. Pictures: CHRIS HOCKING

Tamiko Rey, 7, from the Philippines, enjoys the snow at Falls Creek yesterday. Pictures: CHRIS HOCKING

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THE ski season has officially started, but there’s one problem — there’s barely any snow.

A small number of people hit the slopes at the weekend despite the lack of white powder.

A warm start to winter has resulted in little snow, but staff at Falls Creek are confident more will eventually come.

“Saturday was the coldest it has been this year,” Falls Creek resident photographer Chris Hocking said.

“There were good conditions for the snow-making machines and they made quite a bit.

“There have also been a few snow flurries over the weekend.”

While skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing has been almost impossible, visitors have found other ways to keep occupied.

“It’s a social occasion,” Mr Hocking said.

“We had a comedy festival roadshow that brought a few people up and the lack of snow is an excuse to party.

“It’s a long weekend so there are family groups, social groups and the younger folk who are after wild parties.”

One family travelled from the Philippines for the start of the season, Mr Hocking said.

“There’s a really good atmosphere here,” he said.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has some snow- making activity forecast for the coming weekend and there are signs that there is going to be significant snowfall soon.”

Falls Creek Ski Lifts marketing manager Anthony O’Shea said more than 100 snow-making machines were being used at the mountain.

“We’re very positive about what’s going to happen,” he said.

“We’ve got unlimited snow-making capacity and Mother Nature will naturally chip in.”

The Bureau of Meteorolgy has forecast snow from Friday to Sunday, and the temperature is tipped to drop to minus 4 today.

Snow is also forecast for Mount Hotham at the weekend.

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