BSC Newsletter - Winter 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Welcome to the BSC Winter Newsletter

Welcome to the Bogong Ski Club Winter Newsletter. Whilst the start to the ski season was a little late in getting under way the snow falls since early July have been excellent. In the first two weeks of July over 1.5 metres of snow fell at Falls Creek to assist with the snow base of 125cm currently existing at the resort. It is only hoped we can get a little bit more fresh snow before the end of august to top up what we currently have for Spring.

 

Progression for Junior Members to Become Full Members

As mentioned in the autumn newsletter a resolution was passed at the Annual General Meeting to amend Rule 5 to clarify and simplify the procedure for junior members to become full members of the lodge. Junior members can now join the club as full members from when they turn 18 years of age and to before they turn 21 years of age. The committee is applying transitional arrangements for junior members who have already turned 21 years of age to be able to join the club as full members.

 

Letters have been forwarded to members who have family members between the ages of 18 and 24 inviting the junior members to become full members of the club.

 

Maintenance

Maintenance at the lodge is a programmed and ongoing issue. Maintenance such as painting of exposed external timber areas needs to be done every three years in the alpine environment in which the club exists. Compare this to seven to ten years for painting of external areas away from an alpine environment.

The other limiting factor to maintenance is the availability of skilled tradesmen on the mountain. It is all generally straight forward to get trades up from Albury or Wangaratta during the off season but try getting the same trades up to the mountain during the season for an emergency in a timely and cost effective manner. We tend to be a bit of a captive clientele for the availability of trades in the resort and continue to seek alternative options.

The painting of rooms 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 had to be delayed last autumn and will now be done in spring while use of the lodge is quiet. Similarly the replacement of the vinyl flooring in the room 8 bathroom and part of the kitchen is also put off until spring.

Consultation is ongoing with Falls Creek Resort Management about the level of fill that has been placed along part of the western wall of the lodge during road works and the installation of reticulated gas supplies. The club has been advised to have been drainage installed in this area. Falls Creek Resort Management have promised to have drawing s done of the work required so that work can be undertaken over summer 2014/2015.

Bookings

Bookings for this year have so far been quite good. There are still vacancies for the last week in August and Spring available, so make use of the great snow and plan another (or first) trip to the club for this season. Contact Booking Officer Andrew on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for all bookings.

Resort Masterplan

 

Another Master Plan is currently being prepared for the Falls Creek Alpine Resort. The Falls Creek Master Plan 2014 will establish an overarching strategic plan for the Falls Creek village and surrounding land. You can get a copy of the Master Plan Discussion Paper and have your say in the future of falls Creek until 7 September 2014. Read the discussion paper at masterplan.fallscreek.com.au and provide feedback via the dedicated online forum.

 

Backcountry Awareness Practical Sessions

 

In light of the recent increase in popularity of back-country skiing, snowboarding and touring, Falls Creek Ski Patrol are conducting a series of specialist field sessions the last two of which are being conducted on 20 and 27 August. The aim of these sessions is to provide those interested in venturing beyond the safety of ski resort boundaries with a practical introduction to planning and participating in a backcountry skiing/snowboarding day trip, delivered by Falls Creek ski patrollers with significant backcountry skiing experience both in Australia and overseas.

 

Sessions will cover everything from planning and equipment through to snowpack analysis and decision making in identifying avalanche and other hazards prevalent in snow covered back country terrain.

 

Contact http://www.fallscreek.com.au/BackCountrySessions cost $125pp.

 

Locker Room Management

 

Members need to ensure they keep lockers doors locked or shut when not in use for safety reasons. If your doors cannot be locked let our maintenance officer know so that repairs can be undertaken. If you leave your keys at home don’t force the doors this ultimately leads to catches being broken and the doors not being able to be locked. If you lose your keys have our maintenance officer replace the lock or have the keys cut to code. The tops of lockers are not to be used for long term storage for safety reasons, remember there is a separate storage area for bags, skis and boards for returning guest in the sauna room.

 

Limited Member Usage

 

Members are reminded that it is your responsibility to fully brief limited member guests you introduce to the lodge of their duties and arrival and departure times. Change over time is 3.00pm and guests have to do the duties and clean rooms prior to departing. There have been a number of complaints this season about the conditions in which rooms have been left and rooms, cupboards and fridge space has not been vacated until well after the 3.00pm change over time.

 

Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic

 

The Falls Creek Sled Dog Classic was held in the Village on the weekend of 1 & 2 August. The sled dog races were held under lights and the night sky. The Sled Dog Classic hosts two night races for 2, 3, 4 and 6 dog teams. Heats commenced on the Friday night followed by the final on the Saturday night. The final passed through the bowl in front of the lodge. This was a great spectacle and took teams through the heart of the village and offered many good vantage points. Some of our pet rabbits in residence near the lodge created havoc for some of the later contestants.

 

Committee Contact Details

President Martin Juniper0407 412 899 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Secretary/Maintenance Noel Eltringham 0409 541 455 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Treasurer Alan Smith 0438 532 504 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Booking Officer Andrew Smith 0422 138 955 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Supplies Robyne T 0419 614 090 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

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