There’s a fresh dusting of snow at the top of Ben Lomond today. Unfortunately, Ben Lomond Alpine Resort’s lifts are closed at the moment due to a lack of snow.
Ben Lomond BASE is open for snow chain hire, gear hire, winter clothing hire, national parks passes, food and hot drinks.
Last updated: 9:30AM 20/09/23
It’s going to be a beautiful snowy day with strong winds and light snow showers today at Ben Lomond. Temperatures of around -2C with a significantly cooler -15C windchill.
Rug up warm or hire winter clothing from Ben Lomond BASE, at the bottom of the mountain. Why not grab a coffee or a hot egg and bacon roll while you’re there?
Our ski lifts are closed as unseasonably warm, wet weather has depleted our snow base to a point where we can’t safely run lifts. The toboggan area is also closed today due to lack of snow.
Our BASE operations are available with Ben Lomond BASE Café, Rentals, Retail and Ticket Office open from 8.30am. Rentals are now able to hire winter clothing, boots and snow chains. For those travelling to the mountain, our BASE Ticket Office is now able to sell the compulsory National Parks Passes.
What are the road conditions like on the way up Jacobs Ladder and Ben Lomond?
While chains are required to be carried by all cars until the end of September, they are not required to be fitted today. Snow chains can be hired from the Ben Lomond BASE ($42 per day) on the corner of Blessington Rd and Ben Lomond Rd. Call Parks automated road update service to get the latest update on road conditions 0429 646 557.
What happened to the snow at Ben Lomond Alpine Resort?
Australian ski resorts have all suffered from adverse conditions this season.
A month of significant rainfall and warm weather eroded our snow base making skiing and snowboarding unfeasible. We’ve had little fresh snow since but have been making snow at every opportune moment.
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Our BASE operations have everything you need for a day skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing on Ben Lomond. From equipment rentals, chain hire, national park passes, lift passes and retail gear, to breakfast, lunch and apres.
Ben Lomond Alpine Resort BASE is located at the corner of Blessington Road and Ben Lomond Road. Reserve and pay for your gear below.
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|BASE CAFE||9AM-5PM||8.30AM-5PM||BASE CAFE is now open daily. Stop by for a coffee or pick up breakfast, lunch or dinner.|
|BASE TICKET OFFICE||9AM-5PM
||8AM-5PM||BASE TICKET OFFICE is open daily. Come here to purchase lift passes, national parks passes and hire packages.
||8AM-5PM||BASE RENTALS are ready to rent you everything you need for a day on the mountain. Its the only place you can get our great value lift and hire packages. Snow chains are also available.
||8AM-5PM||BASE RETAIL is open. Come pick up some branded merchandise, neck warmers, googles and kids snow boots.
INTRODUCTION: TO A FUN SAFE TRIP TO THE SNOWFIELDS
The alpine environment is a beautiful destination for winter or summer holidays and a venue for many challenging and exciting activities including skiing and bush walking. Alpine areas however, can be hazardous if visitors are careless and irresponsible. Even on the shortest visit to the snow it is important to be prepared for, and be aware of, the nature of the alpine environment.
When planning your trip to the snowfields, select a resort or area which caters for you and your group’s needs as facilities, experiences and opportunities vary widely between resorts and various parts of the Alpine National Parks and high country. Generally, the better the planning the better the outcome, more fun and less hassles.
The following information is essential and relevant to all visitors to alpine areas, regardless of the length of the visit or the type of alpine activity. When planning it is important to prepare your vehicle for a trip to the snow, and organise your clothing and equipment. Snow sport is more enjoyable if you improve your fitness and organise lessons. Once there, take special care with children. Arrange to leave details of your trip with a responsible contact.
Alcohol and drugs don’t cut it in the snow. Alcohol and drugs impair judgement, slow response time and reduce your ability to respond in an emergency.
ALPINE RESPONSIBILITY CODE – SKI LIFTS
There are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities. Common sense, staying in control and personal awareness can reduce these risks. Risks include rapid changes in weather, visibility and surface conditions, as well as natural and artificial hazards such as rocks, trees, stumps, vehicles, lift towers, snow fences and snowmaking equipment. Observe the code and ski and ride with courtesy to others.
- Stay in control and avoid other people and hazards.
- Use appropriate protective equipment, especially helmets, to minimise the risk of injury.
- You must have the ability to use each lift safely. If in doubt ask the lift attendant.
- Obey all signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails and areas.
- It is your responsibility to avoid and give way to people below and beside you.
- Do not stop where you are not visible from above or where you obstruct a trail.
- Before starting downhill, or merging into a trail, look uphill and give way to others.
- Use care to prevent runaway snowboards.
- If you are involved in or see an accident, alert and identify yourself to Resort Staff.
- Be aware that it is dangerous to ski, board or ride lifts if your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol.
OBSERVE THE CODE
Regardless of how you enjoy your snow sport, there are inherent risks in all snow recreational activities. While in an alpine environment always show courtesy to others and be aware that common sense, protective equipment and personal awareness can reduce the risks. These risks include rapid changes in the weather, visibility and surface conditions, as well as natural and artificial hazards such as rocks, trees, stumps, vehicles, lift towers, snow fences and snowmaking equipment.
Snow sports are lots of fun, but if you do not pay attention to the Code, you could end up hurting yourself or those around you. Observe the Code and share with others the responsibility for a great experience.
Respect gets respect. From the lift line, to the slopes, through the park and the resort.