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    News Falls Creek news and chat

    The before and after shots. He landed it (you can see the divert), however just after that turn in the lower photo he caught a edge in the soft sticky stuff and had a crowd entertaining stack. :D
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    News Falls Creek news and chat

    Whilst on appearances they might looking similar in length and vertical, each area skis surprisingly different. Towers area has a more consistent fall line. Scotts is flattish for the first half, you build rhythm before working harder on the fun and fast second half. Ruined Castle is bowl shaped...
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    Thredbo Development - bang a gong and get it ON!

    Was that at the same tower, I thought it was lower down? Edit, just looked at photos, ok it looks like the same tower.
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    Thredbo Development - bang a gong and get it ON!

    We hope so. You would assume they have identified a engineering issue and resolved it. Doesn't explain what happened to the downloading chair however, unfortunately. Edit: Seems like it is the same tower so hopefully the issue is resolved.
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    Thredbo Development - bang a gong and get it ON!

    That wouldn't work at Thredbo. Thredbo lifts* are required by health and safety standards to have a optional emergency exit out the front. :out: *well one of them
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    Thredbo Development - bang a gong and get it ON!

    I don't think government run Baw Baw would do secondhand very well, the type of expertise needed just isn't there to make it viable. The more flexible privately owned Selwyn/Charlotte Pass might get some benefit however. Isn't the problem of being large actually on the small person beside them...
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    Thredbo Development - bang a gong and get it ON!

    Buller haven't touched Leitner/Poma since they installed the Howqua Quad many moons ago in 84. Hotham is all Doppelmeyer except Village in 93 and Roadrunner in 95. However Falls haven't installed a Doppelmeyer chair since Ruined Castle in 95, Towers 1999 is by Garaventa whilst Drovers 2004 and...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    The lift company was originally a ski club operation which became a private company. That came to a end when the government would not renew the lease in 2000. They have also purchased numerous other businness on the mountain since that time and taken over many failed ski clubs.
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    The old numbers were, Summit 1200 Maltese 1200 Painted 1200 Hut. 600 Tank. 600 Big Hill 600 Big Hill 600 Total 6000 The lifts run nowhere near as fast these days with the electric drives, in fact you could run some of the old diesel lifts overspeed if you knew what to do...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Look at the bright side, you can still do your famous out of season snow dump chasing, just might end up more of a July/August thing. The place might be becoming uneconomical for downhill, but the type dumps you chase will be around for a long time yet.
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Add Big Hill platter and Poma and you get the old 6000 per hr figure. That didn't include the chairlift. Early season Buller often has only the two 6-packs on Bourke St/Baldy running. 6400 per hr down a narrow strip, every chair full. Not saying its ideal and personally I wouldn't go anywhere...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Racking them and stacking them is the future of OZ skiing. 2 x 6-packs on Bourke St at Buller. Narrow Friday Flat at Thredbo has a Quad chair. Front valley at Perisher has a V8, a Quad and a couple of T's servicing one spot small area. Throw in the effective doubling of terrain available under...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    I thought or at least it seemed that Belgravia was doing a reasonable job. It certainly felt like the management and workers had a passion for the mountain. Unfortunately a private business being subsidized by government suited the Liberal government that set it up, less so Labour ethos when...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Yes unfortunately Baw Baw's numbers don't stack up, the magical wealthy benefactor who loves the mountain like Grollo loves Buller doesn't exist. Personally I've given up on skiing at Baw Baw, slow lifts or not running when claimed to be, very poor customer service (I'm going skiing not to...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Belgravia never had a lease nor purchased the lifts, it was just a management agreement with the government. A very big difference to actually owning the lift operations. A change of state government and they were gone.
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Yes poor old Buffalo, a case of were a private operator isn't allowed to have a go at getting the lifts going again, they just hit red tape by the sounds of it. :( For MTB the only real option at Baw Baw would be something akin to the old access chairlift, preferably from Neylunes Mill. That is...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    The gov pushed the founding ski lift company out by putting onerous demands on the new lease agreements. Then announced that they were going to find some magical private operator to take over and develop the resort. Of course it never happened and here we are today. Realistically and very...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    No arguments from me, I love them. I dress for skiing black runs, I freeze to death if I do a few laps of a flat fixed grip. :D Getting back to Baw Baw, the only realistic spot for detachable would be the Summit, preferably a 6-pack IMO. It could be made to work but you really need mains power...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    Detachables have a noticeable capacity increase due to less empty spots on seats, the slower and easier loading helps to increase real world capacity. Also doppelmeyer quads can carry a max of 2400 per hr for a fixed grip vs 2800 for a detachable*, if you check there technical specs. However...
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    Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2021 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

    There not long enough to justify being detactable. But they should have been built as separate lifts to separate the load areas, won't happen now.

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