After a hectic summer it feels like we are due some relief right about now. No chance! Snow season 2013 get underway this weekend and even the staff are hassling me to get my blog written! Big changes at Cross Country Ski Hire this year will include the addition of our onsite bar/cafe and the opening of our onsite ex-rental and retail shop.
ELEVATION 423 BAR & CAFE
Finally Marysville has a bar! Admittedly it was a bit of a glorified tuckshop when it first opened in July 2012. Over summer it’s established itself as one of the best local food stops. Cafe food during the day for the snow crowds and pizza and pub food with a beer or wine in the evening. Easy.
With the colder weather now here we have also added cafe blinds and heaters to the deck. It’s got a cosy atmosphere which is probably one of the reasons we are now getting groups using the venue for functions. We’ve even had an enquiry for a wedding reception! Also, it’s good to see locals getting out again and mixing it with tourists.
It’s currently open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm to late but this will change in-line with the snow season. Stay tuned for updates. So first up, grab a coffee and a bacon and egg muffin before organising your ski gear. Then, pick up or scan a menu at the ski hire registers and if you can’t stop in for a meal on your return at the end of the day, ring on your way down the mountain and your pizza will be waiting when you drop your gear off! Nice.
With all the new gear arriving we’ve had to set up an on-site shop to sell all the ex-rental stuff. By turning over the gear quickly, those wanting to buy can still get a garment in good condition for less than half the cost of a new one. Items for sale include insulated and non-insulated clothing, snow boots and toboggans. $10 to hire a pair of new adult snowboots or $20 to buy a one year old pair… Check it out.
For the opening weekend it looks like Lake Mtn will have the snow guns working overtime to get the toboggan runs open. Big news this year is that the mountain has been privatized and the new mob are out to impress! Better coverage with man made snow, better access to higher snow areas for non-skiers and a wavering of snowtrail fees. Should be a good year. Let’s hope there’s plenty of natural falls as well. All of us adults remember the first time we saw snow, only some of us got a bit carried away since! Remember, keep the kids warm and dry and mums happy and if mum’s happy then dad’s happy!
Have a great 2013 snow season. Stay safe and ring if you need some advice or gear. You won’t need to pre-book as we’ve got heaps and are confident that we won’t run out.