Ben Lomond lifts operate for the first time in 2017

FROSTY: The scene at the summit of Ben Lomond on Saturday morning. Picture: Supplied
FROSTY: The scene at the summit of Ben Lomond on Saturday morning. Picture: Supplied

The sun was shining, snow was falling and the ski lifts were open for the first day of activities on the summit of Ben Lomond.

Overnight on Friday a dusting of snow covered the mountain and allowed operators to switch on the ski-tows for the first time in 2017. 

It was a sweet relief for the staff at Ben Lomond Snow Sports, who had spent the past fortnight creating man-made snow in anticipation of a natural dumping.

On a picture-perfect Saturday dozens of people made the trip up the mountain for the first significant day of snow coverage. 

To celebrate the opening of the season a Kids’ Fun Day was held at the summit.

It featured a snowman competition, toboggan racing and a tug of war event.

The snow on the mountain was visible from parts of Launceston, and the chilly feeling was comparable for much of the day.

In Launceston the temperature hovered around 1 degree on Saturday morning before warming up to 7 degrees by midday. 

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, Sunday is expected to see showers developing and a temperature between zero and 12 degrees. 

People venturing up to Ben Lomond on Sunday could expect to see scattered snow showers.

A minimum temperature of minus 7 degrees is expected before a top of 2 degrees sets in. 

Temperatures of minus 3 degrees and are expected on the summit for most of the week.

As the snow falls on the summit, drivers are being warned to be prepared and vigilant as they make their way to the top.

On Saturday morning there was reports of snow on the road from the park registration area, at Jacob’s Ladder, and on the plateau to the car park.

Members of the Ben Lomond Committee stressed motorists should drive to the conditions and keep a sensible distance between cars.

Drivers are required to carry snow chains, know how to use them, and follow the directions of Parks and Wildlife staff.

Tasmania Police are also reminding drivers to be cautious for black ice on the state’s roads after a two-vehicle crash at Hampshire on Saturday morning.