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With preparations complete for the 2006 ski season at Ben Lomond, the only thing missing is the snow.

Mountain manager for the Ben Lomond Skifield Management Authority, Russ Jackson said the annual road works have just been completed and the road is in good condition.

"In an effort to make the road safer for visitors, the road has been resurfaced, drains cleared and some dangerous rocks have been removed from Jacobs Ladder," Russ said.

"Those brave enough to camp in winter will be able to get out of the weather in a new log cabin day shelter. It has tables, chairs, a log fire and toilets nearby. The campground can be found at the base of the mountain about 2 km from the park boundary."

McDermotts Coaches will continue the daily run from Launceston to Ben Lomond during the ski season. In a first for the mountain, they have a new four wheel drive Toyota shuttle bus which will operate on the road from the snow line to the village.

"Please remember that all vehicles are required to carry chains, unless you have made arrangements to catch the bus from the snowline," warned Russ.

The former ski rentals operation is under new management and is now known as Ben Lomond Snow Sports. It contains the ski school and a substantially better range of skis and approximately 50 snowboards available for hire.

On the new home trail, from the base of Giblin Lift back to the village, 2 metre orange flexiposts with reflectors have been installed to assist skiers in conditions of poor visibility.

"We are keeping our fingers and toes crossed for a good, early and strong start to the season," Russ said.