Well, we’ve got another clubbie to introduce you to: Mount Olympus. And the question is, Where do we even begin?
Like all the club fields, Mount Olympus uses the nutcracker/rope tow combination. Nothing new there, and actually, the rope tows are probably a bit mellower than the ones at Craigieburn.
But then there is the road to Mount Olympus. If the parking lot of a ski area can give you a sense of the place and of what it takes to get there, well, take a look:
If it hasn’t snowed in a while, you don’t need one of these 4x4s to make it up to the ski area, but it’s still not a bad idea.
The roads aren’t graded, just leveled and plowed by a bulldozer.
And there’s about a 400-500-foot drop off the switchback road, so in winter conditions, chains are not optional.
But once you make it up the road, this awaits you.
There’s a reason why Mount Olympus is called “The playground of the gods.”
But what also awaits you is an incredibly good time. Mount O may be the playground of the gods, but it is often also described as (and I’m paraphrasing here), “a social club with a skiing problem.”
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