Hotham Snow Report

9:29am - 28 Jul 2021
Lifts Open 3 of 14
Snowfall (24hrs) 9 cm
Snow Depth (Natural) 133 cm
Today's Weather: Max 5°c

Conditions

The Victorian Government has announced the end of the state-wide Stay at Home Directions so we are very excited to welcome guests back to ski and board from 8.30 today. We have had 4 cm of wet snow overnight, it is snowing heavily as I write this and decent but borderline falls are forecast to continue for the day. The temperature is just below zero and the wind is a very strong northwesterly, giving a wind chill up top of approximately minus 12! The conditions will be pretty rugged out there today, so rug up in your warmest and most waterproof gear, and check the lift status in the Hotham App before launching into it. Lifts are scheduled to open at 8.30 this morning. Enjoy! The safety of our guests, staff and community is, and always will be, our highest priority and we encourage everyone to follow the COVID SAFE rules when visiting the resort. Find out more: www.mthotham.com.au/discover/connect-with-us/latest-news/covid-19-update

Weather

PrecipitationSnowing Heavily
VisibilityPoor
Forecast: Cloudy. Very high (near 100%) chance of snow, becoming less likely this evening. Blizzard conditions and gusty winds. The chance of a thunderstorm during this afternoon and evening. Winds northerly 40 to 55 km/h tending northwesterly in the middle of the day then tending westerly in the evening.

Snow Depths

Snow Depth: Natural133cm
Snow Depth: Snowmaking107cm

Snowfall History

28 Jul 20219cm
27 Jul 20211cm
26 Jul 20219cm
7 Day Snowfall46cm
Season Snowfall (to date)238cm

Facilities

SnowmakingOn Standby
Terrain Parks0
Heli LinkClosed

Trails

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Snow Cams

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Weather Forecast

Wed Jul 28
Max 5°c
Snow showers. Blizzards at times.
Thu Jul 29
-5°c | -2°c
Possible snow shower.
Fri Jul 30
-5°c | 0°c
Snow increasing. Windy.
Sat Jul 31
-4°c | 4°c
Showers or snow. Windy.
Sun Aug 1
-1°c | 1°c
Snow showers easing.
Mon Aug 2
-4°c | 0°c
Snow showers.
Tue Aug 3
-5°c | -3°c
Snow showers.

Comments

28/7/21 - 11:28pm
StashyMcStash: So out of all the things Hotham could be leaving out, you reckon they're choosing to leave out windspeed? Righto. What does windspeed mean to the average punter?
You’ll find out on the weekend. High winds equals closed chairlifts.
StashyMcStash: No idea. All I know is people who care about weather forecasting a lot more than me are complaining about it.
If your people think that a single ‘faulty’ * AWS can influence a five day weather forecast you should stop listening to them. *not actually faulty when you look at the data.
Dalesh
28/7/21 - 6:09pm
The sticky snow was the main thing I noticed. I've never had anything quite that slow. No complaints though, I spent a day on the snow so today was a good day.
Any
28/7/21 - 5:46pm
Any: todays conditions report, in order:
^ thats a good gif, it really is that windy right now.
my eyeballs are stinging from the wind blasting me in the face.
Any
28/7/21 - 5:26pm
todays conditions report, in order:
^ thats a good gif, it really is that windy right now.
28/7/21 - 5:23pm
BOM has just scaled back their wind forecasts for Saturday for Falls Creek. Assuming it will be the same for Hotham.
Boodwah
28/7/21 - 5:13pm
Timmossy: What happens when one doesn’t fit chains where requested. A mid road chain fit halfway between Dimentina and The Cross.
We had a muppet do that to us a couple years back and had to stop, The drifts piled up and road was blocked within 5 minutes in both directions, took the machines over 2 hours to get it all freed up and moving again. Muppets like that do my head in.
Timmossy
28/7/21 - 4:44pm
What happens when one doesn’t fit chains where requested. A mid road chain fit halfway between Dimentina and The Cross.
Any
28/7/21 - 2:21pm
_Yossarian_: The forecast impact of a single AWS wind speed sensor versus millions of data points from aircraft, radiosondes, doppler radars and earth orbiting satellites? Seriously? BTW it's highly likely that bad BoM AWS data is not being assimilated by BoM, ECWMF, UK Met Office or anyone else as standard quality-control algorithms will discard repeated zeros. But checking data for the last three days, it all looks pretty good to me : Link You don't work for the Hotham owners do you?
No idea. All I know is people who care about weather forecasting a lot more than me are complaining about it.
28/7/21 - 1:30pm
So out of all the things Hotham could be leaving out, you reckon they're choosing to leave out windspeed? Righto. What does windspeed mean to the average punter?
28/7/21 - 1:01pm
Any: as I hear it, BOM's data is full of shit. story is that there's a weather station here somewhere, I think at summit?, that is faulty and is pumping out zeros non stop. zero wind. zero degrees. zero humidity. zero everything, 24/7. but BOM are still using it as actual data in all their systems and its ruining all their models and forecasts.
The forecast impact of a single AWS wind speed sensor versus millions of data points from aircraft, radiosondes, doppler radars and earth orbiting satellites? Seriously? BTW it's highly likely that bad BoM AWS data is not being assimilated by BoM, ECWMF, UK Met Office or anyone else as standard quality-control algorithms will discard repeated zeros. But checking data for the last three days, it all looks pretty good to me : Link You don't work for the Hotham owners do you?
Any
28/7/21 - 12:48pm
_Yossarian_: So, looking at the forecasts for this weekend. Here is the BoM official forecast for the North East District.
And the official BoM Hotham forecast.
Looks like Saturday is a classic Alpine day for playing cards in front of the fire while every lift is on wind hold (never mind the rain). But what does the Hotham website say? If you click on their website it takes your the weatherzone portal for Mt Hotham
They use the BoM Hotham forecast for the min/max temperature data. But they use BoM text data for 'North East District'. Why would the do that I wonder? If you click on the forecast, you can use Weatherzone data which has the following:
This windspeed data is either a raw model grid point near Mt Hotham, or it uses the 'North East district' windspeed. But if you click to the BoM forecast - they remove the wind speed data.
If you use the mobile app, this is what you get.
They ignore the official BoM windspeed forecasts. They use BoM min/max temp forecasts but BoM North East district for the windspeed. Question : Would the Hotham owners have a commercial interest in ignoring the best available forecast data, and would they choose data that was incorrect?
as I hear it, BOM's data is full of shit. story is that there's a weather station here somewhere, I think at summit?, that is faulty and is pumping out zeros non stop. zero wind. zero degrees. zero humidity. zero everything, 24/7. but BOM are still using it as actual data in all their systems and its ruining all their models and forecasts. either nobody knows, cares or has bothered to do anything about it, so its ongoing. living in mountains forever, ive come to simply ignore most forecasts, especially far out. mountains make their own weather. especially the wind that curls around, rolls over, and goes completely opposite directions in huge micro climates.
28/7/21 - 12:21pm
So, looking at the forecasts for this weekend. Here is the BoM official forecast for the North East District.
And the official BoM Hotham forecast.
Looks like Saturday is a classic Alpine day for playing cards in front of the fire while every lift is on wind hold (never mind the rain). But what does the Hotham website say? If you click on their website it takes you to the weatherzone portal for Mt Hotham
They use the BoM Hotham forecast for the min/max temperature data. But they use BoM text data for 'North East District'. Why would the do that I wonder? If you click on the forecast, you can use Weatherzone data which has the following:
This windspeed data is either a raw model grid point near Mt Hotham, or it uses the 'North East district' windspeed. But if you click to the BoM forecast - they remove the wind speed data.
If you use the mobile app, this is what you get.
They ignore the official BoM windspeed forecasts. They use BoM min/max temp forecasts but BoM North East district for the windspeed. Question : Would the Hotham owners have a commercial interest in ignoring the best available forecast data, and would they choose data that was incorrect?
Boodwah
27/7/21 - 8:25pm
We had tests in omeo last week, they were back the next day. Take the swab from yr car behind the hospital, then 4pm courier to bairnsdale We were back at DP almost within the hour. But call ahead to organize
hongomania
27/7/21 - 7:51pm
Timmossy
27/7/21 - 7:47pm
If you’re in DP and need a COVID result stat, go to Melbourne.
27/7/21 - 7:32pm
Any: no idea sorry. and yeah some post I saw on FB said as much.
Good luck getting a test in Bright. They only open from 11:30-12:30 and aren’t returning calls to make a booking at the moment. Too bad if I actually had covid and needed a test in the Alpine Shire atm. Feel so sorry for the local health services who are getting inundated. Already short staffed as it is.
Timmossy
27/7/21 - 7:12pm
hongomania: What are the turnaround times at other testing sites in Bright? At this rate people from Melbourne will be able to ski hotham before I can!
Went to Benella yesterday, 24-72 hour turnaround was their response.
Any
27/7/21 - 7:05pm
hongomania: What are the turnaround times at other testing sites in Bright? At this rate people from Melbourne will be able to ski hotham before I can!
no idea sorry. and yeah some post I saw on FB said as much.
27/7/21 - 6:54pm
Posted on the Dinner Plain site - which addresses whether DP residents need to display a negative Covid test to enter Hotham: DINNER PLAIN COVID CHECK REQUIREMENTS | There are new requirements in place for people entering Dinner Plain. All people wishing to enter must now present proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the last 72 hours. This applies to residents of the Alpine Shire as well as visitors. Checkpoints will be in place from tomorrow on the Great Alpine Road, on the outskirts of Harrietville and the Omeo side of Dinner Plain. Entry beyond these checkpoints will require all passengers in the vehicle show ID and proof of a negative COVID test result
MarkV
27/7/21 - 6:46pm
Had a test today. Should be on the slopes Thursday and Friday. There should be enough snow to open all areas, but whether they can achieve that is another story. Didn't get any skiing last season so I'm super keen!

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