Queues and cautions amid abundant snow

THIS season’s snow on Ben Lomond has been hailed as the best in a decade.
Nanjing Night Net

Snow enthusiasts from across the state flocked to the mountain at the weekend to make the most of the perfect conditions.

But with the people came waiting lines across the park, whether it was for the shuttle bus up the mountain, in a queue on Jacobs Ladder or for the ski lifts.

With ski seasons differing each year, and this one being a particularly busy one, Ben Lomond Committee secretary Adrian Beswick said business operators did a good job of working with the crowds.

‘‘It’s certainly the best snow in about a decade … some spots on the mountain snow drifts have built up well over four metres,’’ Mr Beswick said.

‘‘The crowds have just been huge and on Saturday the cars were nearly as far back as the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

‘‘On occasions such as this weekend, all the stars just lined up and the businesses operators did such a fabulous job.’’

Alpine Enterprises operations manager David Goodfellow said it was good to see so many people on the mountain having a good time.

‘‘We’ve had some good weather and lots of good people up here,’’ Mr Goodfellow said.

‘‘The ski lifts have been going round and round and we just keep taking people up the mountain.’’

With more rain and cold conditions predicted in Launceston for the next few days, roads are set to be slippery and more dangerous than usual.

Road Safety Advisory Council chairman Jim Cox reminded the community to act sensibly on the roads.

‘‘The recent state of cold, wet, miserable weather is probably a good reminder that we need to drive to the conditions,’’ Mr Cox said.

‘‘The posted speed limit is a guide, it’s not a challenge and all motorists and all road users should be mindful of all others on the road.’’

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