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Parks Victoria photo: Alpine National Park

Snow safety

Snow safety

Parks Victoria photo: Alpine National Park

Alpine rescues a reminder to be prepared and stay safe

Cold snap brings flurry of snow to the Alpine National Park

From Parks Victoria

Parks Victoria and the Victorian State Emergency Service (VicSES) are reminding visitors to the Alpine National Park and Mount Buffalo National Park to remain aware of the hazards and assess whether it’s a good idea to continue with their activity following a series of rescues this week with the Victorian Police and VicSES.

The recent polar blast has resulted in early snow dumps across the Victorian mountain peaks.

Whether snow camping, hiking, driving, or back country skiing it is important visitors understand the risks associated with the alpine environment in winter, are experienced and well prepared for sudden changes in conditions.

A range of hazards including unstable snow, steep icy slopes, avalanches and extreme weather may be encountered.

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Dramatic weather changes are common in the Alpine areas and should not be underestimated when planning a winter trip.

Here are some basic preparations to stay safe this winter:

Check park conditions: Visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963 for current park conditions.

Prepare for adverse weather: What’s the forecast? Are you weather-ready? Check www.bom.gov.au or download the BoM app for forecasts in your area.

Seasonal road closures: Many of the seasonal road closures within parks take effect from the Thursday AFTER Queen’s Birthday weekend (from 13 June).

Carry snow chains and check road conditions: Visit www.traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Stay in touch: Let friends or family know your plans. Avoid walking alone. Remember, phone reception may be limited.

Pack the right gear: Protective clothing, appropriate footwear, plenty of water, extra food, wilderness first aid kit, map, compass and GPS.

Rubbish is not fire fuel: Do not put rubbish, including cans or bottles, in campfires. Take all rubbish with you.

Emergencies: In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000). Be aware you may travel out of phone range.

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