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The latest falls have been enough to kick start the season. The Supertrail is now open at Thredbo, so it's top to bottom and left to right. The upper drag lifts don't seem to be operating yet - certainly the Basin T-Bar isn't turning.
Heading down for a four day weekend in three weeks.
the line for the bus to the public carpark at Buller weadles way up there in the background somewhere. At $40 a day to park 2 miles down the road from the lift, the cash registers ran hotter than these frozen folk.
Don't forget to post some pictures!
Sad to say it's been raining on the slopes lately. What little early-season cover there was has been compromised somewhat, and I'm not even game to post up a photo. Rain turns to snow on Friday, with 40-50cm of snow forecast over four days (which is a decent fall hereabouts) followed by small flurries in the days thereafter. We'll be heading down for a four day weekend on Friday, 26 July, and I'll post up a few shots from that trip. I'll be taking my rock skis.
The SKImag demo weekend at Mt Hotham has been cancelled / delayed due to the appalling weather we've had lately. With decent snow on the way they remain confident of holding Thredbo's demo days the following weekend (27 and 28 July). Jeez!
Wow! Where did you find that shot?
Looks like we may have something to slide around on next weekend after all.
Found it on Snow Australia's facebook page.
Snow Australia's facebook page is boasting about some amazing conditions at Charlotte Pass. Where is this in relation to where you ski?
Australia's highest alpine resort didn't disapoint this week. With stacks of fresh powder and Christmas in July celebrations underway Charlotte Pass was looking fantastic. Here's some photos from today.
Just to keep things ticking along, here're another couple of shots pulled from Richard's Report - from Monday, I believe.
We're heading down on Friday morning so I can scratch my 'demo itch' at the SKImag demo weekend. I'll buy him a drink or two on Friday night as thanks
As you can see from the leafiness in the foreground the cover is still pretty thin, but we're finally getting underway.
... and the groomers look to be in fine shape, although the cover is still shallow.
Regarding your above question, Charlotte's is the highest resort in Australia and is accessed via oversnow transport from Perisher - which is a few km on the other side. It's a small resort (one triple chair, two pomas, one T-Bar and a magic carpet) which presents as a single bowl, with runs returning to the space in front of the main lodge. With that layout it's a great spot for families to get some time on snow; you can always see what the kids are getting up to. It's perhaps ten kilometres from Thredbo Village and eight kilometres or so across the main range from the top of Thredbo's lifts. Skinning over there is a common trip for the AT crowd (or just the adventurous first timer in the back country) as it's a pretty straightforward, short trip. It's something that's on my bucket list.
Here's a shot of the Lodge from a prior season.
 Just because of where it's situated, and the extra elevation, they would have received the most snow of all the NSW resorts last weekend. Also, since most of our snow arrives by way of blizzard (Thredbo saw something like 130km/h winds along the ridge last weekend) they would also have a lot of snow drifting into the bowl on the lee side of the ridge. Last Monday/Tuesday would have been a hoot.
Edited by sinbad7 - 7/24/13 at 2:25am
I'm at Buller with my daughter's university ski team that is racing other universities over 4 days. (Its great to see them build another generation of life long ski buddies with pals on every ski hill in the country).
The snow fell only a week ago but it's bluebird, cold, and the snowmakers are working miracles. I think someone should ask the Vatican to make the snowmakers into saints.
No such thing as normal. Marginal temperatures, marginal elevation. Commercialy the season runs for 3 months, realistically it runs for 6 weeks. In the past 20 years snowmaking has made up for fickled snow. This year has shown that not even extensive investment in snow making can overcome warmer than average temperatures.
Where is the best skiing in Australia? On the east island (New Zealand).
Hard to really tie it down, as conditions vary year by year. I think it's fair to say that normally we would have far more snow cover than we have right now. This season's snowfall has gotten going twice already, only for the cover to be washed away by a deluge of warm rain. It was raining again on Monday afternoon as we drove out of the resort. That rain was likely falling as snow above 1,800m, but fully half of the vertical is below that level, and you need that bottom half when the alpine regions (above the natural treeline) don't have enough cover to be skied.
Nobody expects to be skiing on opening weekend, although we've been lucky enough to be doing just that in two of the past three years. Last year was a terrific year - we had an average amount of snow but it was distributed in nice, evenly-spaced snowfalls that continued to refresh the cover just when a top-up was required. Perfect, if not terribly deep. The snow making systems and technology are world class, but they're still hostage to the conditions. Night temps this week are all in the region of minus five or six degrees C, so they'll be pumping snow as fast as they can. Good thing too as we're back there for a week long stay in three weeks. Not much natural snowfall predicted until a system arriving some time around 14 August. Too early to say how much snow might arrive with that system.
I had a number of conversations with the locals who were expecting one of two outcomes this year: 1) a crap season with conditions being too warm, meaning too much of our snow falls as rain (like 1982 or 2006), or 2) a season that is back-loaded in late-August and September, meaning spring will have sprung in the major cities, people's thoughts have turned back to the beach, where locals and dedicated skiers have a terrific back end to the season, but the commercial side of the season (for the retailers and services businesses) is a major bust. Still, there's always a ray of light. Ski bases are being trashed every day and Ronnie's doing a roaring trade with his brand spanking new Montana ski tuning machine. It's a thing of beauty.
Oh jeez! That would be a bit disheartening. The "Saturday at 10:00am" lift queue at Valley Terminal in Thredbo last weekend was about seven or eight minutes. And that crowd only existed for around fifteen or twenty minutes before the wait fell to a minute or two at most.
I'll post up some photos from last weekend when I get a chance to sort them out.
and that's not KT22 on a powder day either. Half the run is groomed, the other half is ice so it's not pleasant picking your way in between a wide variety of riders/skiers and conga lines of ski school kids. But hey, pop into Koflers for an Apricot Mogul - a delicable dessert not made from freshly squeezed moguls
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