The fourth annual Frosty Fruits Ski Trip will be held at Victoria’s Hotham Alpine Resort, August 19-24.
For Tasmanian Vincent Bound, this year’s event also marks his fourth anniversary as a Frosty Fruits devotee.
“The first year I went I’d never even skied before, and I’ve been doing it ever since. This year I’ve decided I’m going to give snowboarding a go for the first time, so we’ll see how that
goes – I’ll probably be the guy in all the photos flat on his arse,” he joked to the Star Observer.
Frosty Fruits is a fully hosted trip with on-mountain accommodation, great runs, easy access and a full program of activities and events, both sporting and social. For Bound, a solo traveller, the social aspect of the annual event is just as important as the opportunity to hit the slopes.
“I think I’m just about the only person from Tassie who comes, but it’s never a problem. There are singles, couples, big groups – it’s a real mix. If you arrive alone you certainly won’t be by the end of the first day; you’ll have a big group of friends. Through Frosty Fruits I’ve made a lot of friends from Sydney and all over Australia.”
As well as all the skiing you can handle, Frosty Fruits offers a swag of social events including a gourmet welcome lunch and dinner, and a special welcome après greet guests on the first day.
There are group breakfasts and lunches each day, plus a special Sivilised Supper fine dining event at Dinner Plain, a pizza night, a dinner cabaret and a farewell champagne lunch.
This year’s event also includes two new events — a day spa afternoon and the first Frosty Fruits Ski Trip film night.
The trip also marks the highest-ever drag event in Australia, with Dolly Diamond performing her show There’s No Business Like Snow Business.
Dolly’s show will kick off the final night party, with the Great Gaydar Disco Snowball capping off the trip with special guest appearances from Sydney DJs.
“You really don’t need to have any interest in skiing to go along,” said Bound. “Everything’s opt-in/opt-out and there are so many other activities to get involved in too.”