Don’t risk the consequences, be prepared this snow season

Picture: CHRIS HOCKING
Picture: CHRIS HOCKING

The official opening of the snow season is almost upon us, but VicRoads and Victoria Police are warning residents to stay safe and avoid significant fines this winter. 

Senior Sergeant Doug Incoll said venturing into the back country to ski or snowboard was becoming increasingly prevalent but could have devastating consequences. 

Two snowboarders died in Mt Bogong back-country in 2014. 

Senior Sergeant Incoll said a thorough risk assessment needed to be conducted and advice should be sought before contemplating heading into the back country. 

He said planning ahead was a vital part of any alpine trip. 

“As the snow season sets it it’s timely we remind people heading to alpine areas of Victoria to be aware of the safety measures they can take to ensure their holidays are safe and enjoyable,” he said.

“The best advice police can give is to be prepared for your trip.

“Planning and preparation are the keys to having a safe and enjoyable Alpine experience.”

Senior Sergeant Incoll said those unprepared and not carry chains face a $159 fine for disobey road signs, which increases to $634 within resort boundaries.

He said it was important residents drive to condition, cars had a full tank of fuel and the radiator was filled with anti-freeze.

Parks Victoria recommends some basic preparations to stay safe and have fun this long weekend.

  • Check conditions: Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963 for current park conditions.
  • Road and Track conditions:  Many of the Seasonal Road Closures take effect from the Thursday AFTER Queen’s Birthday weekend.  This is to protect the environment and to protect the tracks over the wetter months.  Call 13 1963 for track closures.
  • Stay in touch: Let friends or family know your plans. Avoid walking alone. Remember, phone reception may be limited.
  • Prepare for adverse weather: What’s the forecast? Are you weather-ready? Check www.bom.gov.au or download the BoM app for forecasts in your area.