So what's new for 2015?

We have chains suited to very low profile tyres. Provided you have 9mm clearance behind your wheels, we have chains to fit. Needless to say, as are all chains available from us, they are diamond patterned, the safest style of chain for you and your family.  However, we take no responsibility should your car manual advise that chains  should not be fitted. You hire these chains totally at your own risk.

We also have some new pants, especially suited to skiers. These are a shell pant - 10K waterproof and breathable, lined, but no insulation.  And they have no side slits, like the ubiquitous overpants, and they look much better. Perfect for wearing with thermals on colder days, or on their own on warmer days on the trails.  They are available in all sizes from small children to large adults.

Also for skiers, especially the big foots - we now have ski boots in sizes 49 and 50.

So what's new for this year?

We now hire out ski helmets for children ($8/day).  The mountain is recommending their use on the toboggan run to protect little one's heads. Bike helmets really aren't suitable because they don't provide warmth and a beanie will neither fit underneath them or over the top of them.  Also, the impact points of a bike helmet are different to the impact points of a ski helmet.  A ski helmet will not only protect their heads, but keep them warm as well.

As usual, we have replaced a lot of our snow boots and clothing with new items.  We try to renew these items every couple of years, so that the gear you hire is not only in tip-top condition, but also looks good.

Well, it may be 2 months late, but winter has finally decided to come to Lake Mountain. Good snow falls today, and more snow is expected for the next few days. This will guarantee the best weekend of the season coming up. We're also expecting all those patient skiers to start flocking up.

Well, it's been a slow start to winter 2014.  I hope you all enjoyed that warm May weather, but unfortunately, it didn't help with the snow situation.

But there is good news - next week - starting 23rd June, good snowfalls are forecast for Lake Mountain, just in time for the school holidays.

Unfortunately, Lake Mountain's web cams have been down since the 10th June, and do not show the extraordinary efforts they have made with snow-making on the main toboggan run. So, if you're thinking of bringing the kids up this weekend, don't hesitate - the snow is great and the crowds just won't be there.

As usual, we have a warm friendly shop with great gear sitting here waiting for you. The staff are on standby, so come on in.

It's been a very ordinary season to date, with systems failing to deliver the white stuff.  The mountain has valiantly defied the weather and continues to make snow to cover the toboggan runs. But nothing is as good as the real thing.

So this Friday (19th July) through to Sunday should see good snow falls at Lake Mountain, and signal that winter has finally begun, even if a month late.

So hang in there and stay glued to the web cams over the weekend. They should show lots of white.