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Ben Lomond National Park is set for the expected influx of snow sport enthusiasts as soon as the snow falls.

Ben Lomond is Tasmania’s premier ski field and the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is keen to ensure that visitors to Ben Lomond arrive at the village safely.

Providing safe access to our parks and reserves provides challenges at times due to the rugged nature of the landscapes and extremes of weather where our parks are found. Jacobs Ladder at Ben Lomond is a prime example and managing this road requires ongoing expert advice and maintenance efforts.

Motorists travelling to Ben Lomond are reminded that for safety reasons, it is compulsory to carry chains during the winter months of June to September.

Jacobs Ladder, the only option for accessing the village, is a unique road. It is in the alpine area between 1300 and 1400 metres and as a result can be subject to ice and snow conditions on a daily basis during winter.

People also need to be aware that conditions on the mountain can change very quickly and this can mean that vehicles already at the village can be faced with dangerous snow and/or icy conditions as they leave and descend Jacobs Ladder.

For motorists’ own safety and that of other visitors, it’s imperative that visitors drive to conditions, carry chains and fit the chains where directed by signage or PWS staff. The requirement for chains includes both two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles.

For latest information on snow conditions:

Southern Cross TV (once conditions are suitable), ABC radio (91.7 FM),

Alpine Enterprises (6390 6122) Ben Lomond Snow Sports Facebook page, and the Ben Lomond Committee Website http://benlomond.org.au/

Getting there safely:

All vehicles driving beyond the entry station within Ben Lomond National Park must carry snow chains from June to September.

Visitors not carrying snow chains are advised to find alternate transport to the ski village. Snow Sports (6390  6185) operates a bus service when the ski lifts are operating.

Ensure your vehicle has antifreeze in the radiator before travelling to Ben Lomond. Carry a shovel in case you need to dig out your car and a windscreen scraper to remove ice and snow.

Park entry passes

Visitors to Ben Lomond are required to display a currents Parks Pass.

Day passes can be purchased from self-registration boxes at the entry station before the Carr Villa Road turnoff and at the self-registration boxes in the information booth adjacent to the Legges Tor public shelter.

Annual passes (including one park pass) can only be purchased prior to arrival from Service Tasmania, visitor information centres and PWS visitor centres, or online at www.parks.tas.gov.au