High hopes for start to ski season

FINGERS were crossed yesterday for snow at the pinnacle of Ben Lomond as cloud cover brought a white-out to its alpine village.

Scattered snow showers were last night expected to fall above 1300 metres, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The projection may be promising, but you can never be too certain, according to Tasmanian Rover Ski Club manager Terina Enniss.

``It's my 11th season up here, we could have nothing tomorrow or we could be covered,'' Ms Enniss said yesterday.

A Kid's Fun Day will be held on the mountain from 11am to 3pm, including a $2 sausage sizzle and lolly scramble as well as planned snow and racing activities.

The bureau has earmarked potential snow on the mountain for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The forecast prediction has shown that Launceston may also have its fair share of chills as today is anticipated to be the first of three to yield early morning frosts.

A bushwalkers' weather alert was active yesterday afternoon for the Western and Central Plateau districts as snow as low as 400 metres is expected today.

Launceston resident Megan Peters spent last night at the ski club with her friends and said she was hoping for enough snowfall to snowboard on this weekend.

``I think it will be a bit of a waste of a weekend if it doesn't snow, we've been planning this trip for two months,'' she said.

``We come up here for the snow boarding each year for our friends' birthdays.

``But if it doesn't snow, that's OK, we brought our mountain bikes as well and we'll just do the Ben Lomond Descent.''

Adam Stacey, Megan Peters, Zoe Willis, Bethany Stacey and Nick Stacey, all of Launceston, made the trip to Ben Lomond last night.  Picture: MARK JESSER

Adam Stacey, Megan Peters, Zoe Willis, Bethany Stacey and Nick Stacey, all of Launceston, made the trip to Ben Lomond last night. Picture: MARK JESSER

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