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Enjoy the Alps but respect the snow and conditions

Monday 24 July, 2017

The State Emergency Service (SES) and Parks Victoria are reminding visitors to the Alpine National Park to be adequately prepared before venturing into remote backcountry this snow season.

Backcountry skiing is an inherently dangerous activity that requires experience and knowledge of the terrain, hazards and conditions.

Visitors to the Alpine National Park, especially those visiting the Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop areas, are likely to encounter a range of hazards each winter including unstable snow, steep icy slopes, cornice formation and extreme weather.

For more information call 13 1963 or visit www.parks.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to SES Acting Assistant Chief Officer Mr Neil Payn:

“Recent weather conditions have caused unstable snow conditions in some alpine areas, with at least one avalanche recorded earlier this month in the Mount Bogong area”.

“Avalanches do occur in Australia, although they aren’t as common as in Europe or North America.”

“It’s vital people access snow and weather safety information before they visit including www.snowsafe.org.au or www.bom.gov.au.”

Quotes attributable to Parks Victoria District Manager Mr Ty Caling:

“We want visitors to enjoy backcountry skiing in the Alpine National Park, but to do this they must be adequately prepared, experienced, understand the hazards and notify someone of their intentions”.

“Visitors who are not experienced and want to experience backcountry skiing and touring can always take a guided tour with one of our Licensed Tour Operators”.



Media enquiries

Melanie McVey-Di Lazzaro
0459 818 451

Parks Victoria media centre

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