Ben Lomond ‘blessed’ with a fantastic snow season

Ben Lomond has been blessed with another fantastic ski season with thousands of tourists and locals checking out the snow, Ben Lomond Snow Sports manager Geoff Foot says.

The ski season, which kicked off in mid-July, has officially wrapped up at the mountain after lifts closed on Sunday and Foot’s shop started packing up to close on Wednesday.

He estimated 90 per cent of the visitors in the first three to four weeks of the season were international tourists.

“The tourism has been phenomenal,” Mr Foot said.

“We’re very pleased with the season.”

It meant the snow machines worked hard to create the winter wonderland tourists were excited to see at the start of the season, Mr Foot said.

“Locals don’t come up until they see natural snow on the mountains.”

The last three ski seasons had been fantastic after almost 10 years of poor snow, he said.

“We had three weeks of man-made snow, then natural snow ever since,” Mr Foot said.

“We’ve had good cold weather and good coverage all the way through the season.”

Usually warm weather would strike halfway through the season, ruining the snow for the rest of the time, he said.