Australian ski resort event organisers are busy putting the final touches on their preparations for what is arguably the biggest weekend on the ski calendar - the season launch celebrations. Traditionally, the June long weekend is the start of the Australian ski season for all resorts in both New South Wales and Victoria. The festivities focus around fun, enjoyment and general appreciation of the glorious alpine region.
Thredbo's Communications Manager, Susie Diver, is very excited about the massive party organised for the famed resort.
"The opening weekend at Thredbo is one of celebration; I'm really looking forward to the party. The PotBelleez are performing all their hits including, 'Don't Hold Back' in the Village Square. I'm really excited about Thredbo becoming Australia's only alpine outdoor poolside venue when we formally unveil our pool that's heated to 28 degrees. You can jump into the pool and enjoy the great views. We also have lots of things for the kids such as face painters," said Susie.
Meanwhile, Neil Thew is responsible for the PR at Australia's largest ski resort, Perisher.
"At Perisher, we're kicking things off on the Friday night with the Snowy Mountains of Music Festival. This festival, which we introduced four years ago, came about because we wanted to create a party atmosphere for the opening weekend; we wanted to focus on other great activities apart from the skiing. We wanted to give holiday-makers some entertainment so that they can come down and enjoy the long weekend - to have a good time," said Neil
"There are going to be 40 acts performing across the four days at ten different venues. They'll be all different types of musical genres but the headline act is the ARIA nominated Blue King Brown. There'll be a real festival vibe across the resort."
Across the border in Victoria, Gillian Dobson, Mt Buller's Marketing and Communications Assistant Manager tells Flight Centre all about Glühwein.
"The highlights for the opening weekend at Mt Buller for me are the festivities in the square with the live music, the kids' entertainment and the Glühwein, which is mulled wine with spices. It's super delicious and warms hands and bellies. When the sun goes down we've got fireworks. We have a couple of live bands performing - some local and some from Melbourne. We have Kaity Dunston, who was on The Voice, Ikarii and DJ Richter. On Sunday night we have the Olympic Winter Institute Fundraising Dinner, where guests get to rub shoulders with athletes who'll compete at the Winter Olympic Games in 2014," said Gillian.
After the celebrations have concluded and the snow gods deliver a wonderful cover of white fluffy snow in line with the previous two years, the big question remains; What are the favourite runs for the marketing specialists at each of the resorts?
"At Perisher, I like Kamikaze at Blue Cow. It's a black run. It's nice and steep and long; it's a good challenge. We have 1245 hectares of skiable terrain with 47 lifts. We cater to every ability level from first timer's right up to experts. We have four unique resorts all combined into one lift ticket," said Neil.
At Thredbo, Susie's favourite run on a good power day involves taking the Kosciuszko Express Lift, then skiing down into Bluff and across into Canon Ball. For a groomed run, Susie likes taking the Super Trail, into True Blue and into Little Beauty.
"With Thredbo, we have the five longest runs in the country. But apart from skiing, we've stepped it up a gear, by making it all about having a great holiday. We have heaps of events through the year. So even if friends aren't too keen on skiing, there's still plenty for them to do so that they have a good break," said Susie.
Gillian at Mt Buller gave Flight Centre the inside scoop on her favourite run.
"I think the most underrated run is Standard; it's a lot of fun and doesn't get too busy. But with nice fresh snow, the Federation Bowl is the place to be. We have lots of events during the season. I'm really looking forward to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, which comes from Canada. We have a cinema on Mt Buller, so we'll be showing fantastic films that focus on mountain adventures," said Gillian.