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16th of October 2018

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For snow-loving Melbourne supporters, the season's been quite a Dee-lemma

"There's quite a contingent up here of Melbourne supporters, we all get together for games," the 59-year-old tells The Age, as his friends sing It's a grand old flag in the background.

He'll be watching the clash in a well-heated apartment with his fellow Demons, after a "prelude of about eight hours of skiiing".

For 25 years, Mr White says he's wanted to spend an entire season up at Mt Hotham. This year just happened to coincide with the Demons being in the running for the flag.

"It's very exciting. I think they've just transformed themselves into a really terrific football team, which is lovely to see," he says.

So what does he think about the stereotype of well-heeled Demons fans flocking to Mt Hotham and Mt Buller in their four-wheel-drives instead of heading to footy games?

"It's pretty funny. But we don't all drink chardonnay and eat cheese platters. And we don't all drive Range Rovers," he says.

"I'm sure even Collingwood fans go to the snow."

Jon Hutchins, CEO of Mt Hotham Resort Management Board, agrees a zest for wintersports is not restricted to one set of supporters.

"I've seen more Richmond jumpers on the slopes this year than ever before and there's always a plethora of Collingwood colours," Mr Hutchins says. "It's the nouveau riche."

He's another mad Demon who will be at the snow instead of the 'G this weekend, however, in his case it's the job to blame. A quote for a helicopter ride came out at $2000, he says.

"It's real dilemma isn't it?," he says. "Do I go skiing or watch the football?"

Melbourne fan Arabella Houghton is working at Mt Buller this weekend but will head back to town if her boys make the grand final. 

Melbourne fan Arabella Houghton is working at Mt Buller this weekend but will head back to town if her boys make the grand final. 

Over on Mt Buller, Armadale resident Arabella Houghton will be doing a shift at Altitude ski shop instead of heading into the MCC to watch the Dees with her family.

This is the 16th ski season for the 19-year-old, who has been working up at the mountain since June.

She reckons Melbourne will make the grand final and not even the freshest of powder will stop her getting there. When asked if she's a cliched Demons supporter, she laughs.

"I'm the biggest stereotype, I went to a private school. Although I am from the country."

Tom Cowie is a journalist at The Age covering general news.

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