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Ben Lomond 2012 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Ben Lomond' started by BenLomond Iceman, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Re: Benlomond snow & weather 2012

    looking at the cam this morning it doesn't appeared to have snowed................but it doesn't appear that we have lost any snow either, so all good!!
     
  2. BenLomond Iceman

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    mmm u would think it,s cold enough , maybe no wind & its drizzly snow gobbler.. hopefully maybe some today or this evening.. hasn,t snowed properly up there for 2 weeks!.. a bit of something from Huey would be good!
     
  3. BenLomond Iceman

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    nothing but gobbler & Ra*n to warm currently @ +2 on the ben.. hopefully this doesn,t melt what left before hopefully we get snow from tomorrow evening & into wednesday.. It is from the north west which is the bens best direction..Maybe some more again friday. ! [​IMG]
     
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  4. BenLomond Iceman

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    Snow !!!.. Ist since the 1st July, settling stuff in any quantity that is... Its cold too and north westerly - 2.4 on the Ben.. Possibly more with a couple more fronts through until friday night. Clearing up in time for the Bender!
     
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    2 cms of wet slushy shyte over night, melting fast on the open areas like the village road

    BD
     
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    Come on Huey!
     
  7. Jonwah

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    Someone sacrifice a goat or something, quick!
     
  8. Bulldozer

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    -2 and snow showers
    Snow makers should be in action, even if they are only making snot!!!!
     
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    YOWL LITTLE BEAUTY! Wub woo Huey!
     
  10. Bulldozer

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    No fresh Snow over night, No news as to what the snow maker has been up to,CSIRO weather station went down to -4.7 and only got up to -1.2 just now, not ideal with the wind but still suitable for rebuilding a base one would think?????
     
  11. BenLomond Iceman

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    first cam pick from this morning look like maybe they made snow last night.. you would think it would be good for it ! Will be up there today later so i will have a look see ! at least its cold again ..
     
  12. BenLomondBezzer

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    Yeah, Luke posted on Facebook about 11pm that they were making snow!
     
  13. Bulldozer

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    Refer Ski.com
    "Snow makers on standby"
     
  14. Jonwah

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    Spoke to Eryl, he said they made a bit of snow last night but the wind got up and the temps weren't great so they didn't make heaps, visibility is terrible today.. cover marginal he's not terribly optimistic for an opening this weekend, but Huey could still come through with the goods! Fingers crossed, let it snow!
     
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    any one else noticed that snow-forecast.com and the BOM are heavily contradicting each other over the next 6 days, They dont always agree but this is the first time I have seen them go to such extremes.
    BD
     
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    Looking a bit sad up there this morning... [​IMG]
     
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    Snow gobling rain overnight has undone all the good of two nights ago, still some large drifts over on Big Ben and Giblin fo those keen enough to walk.
    Weather should be settled over the weekend with clear sunny skies and little to no wind. Not much chance of any natural snow till the middle of the week but plenty of opurtunity for the snow guns.
    BD
     
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    snow maker luke on standby 24/7 !! The 3 things have to line up
    humidity, temp and wind. The 3 never ever bloody line up !!! Don't worry he keeps on planning every day.
     
  19. BenLomond Iceman

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    Well finally looks to be a bit more positive weather on the way for the ben.! Looks like we might see some n/w snow on wed & thursday hopefully with not to much snow gobbler before hand. there will be a follow up front on sat into sunday which will put us into a cold period of weather into next week... Looks to be some good stuff potentially in early August too so we might all still get a ski & board yet!...
     
  20. BenLomondBezzer

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    Looks good Iceman! I'm on your side! [​IMG]
     
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    Good bit of snow making last night, Luke started around 11pm and finished around 8 this AM
    I think the Cam has fallen off its perch So I will ring them and let them know,
    Should be a good picture when it is back up

    I think Luke will have a busy week.

    BD
     
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    Launceston airport was reporting via a misreading automated system "light snow falls" this morning - it would have been a bit sad if they have more snow than the Ben.
     
  23. Bulldozer

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    Might have trouble differentiating between a heavy frost and Snow?
    Have rung snow sports, no answer, have left message re cam
    Hopefully sooon

    Bd
     
  24. Bulldozer

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    Was working over the back today, still some solid drifts and sheet ice every where.
    Dam is full with only a trickle spilling so ver little melt on the back slopes

    BD
     
  25. BenLomondBezzer

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    ITS SNOWING!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Re: Benlomond snow & weather 2012

    Started snowing around an hour ago,
    No pre frontal rain so all good.
    Lets hope it continues.
    I would say the chances are good for more over the weekend.
    BD
     
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    That's what I'm talking about!

    BD, are you on the mountain all week?
     
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    LIKE
     
  29. Bulldozer

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    Snowed on and off most of yesterday until around 3pm, then it cleared and temps and humidity dropped. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Net gain was around a cm over the back where the angle of incidence is lower however the only gain on the front slopes was where there was existing snow on the ground . [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Good hard frost this morning, clear skies no wind temps down around -2 good snow making conditions one would think !!! but apparently not perfect? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    sounds good. looks like temps are dropping and conditions are looking favourable.
     
  31. Flea Foot

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    -1.6 at 7.OO this morning, and the minimum humidity was 94%, still nowhere near good enough to make snow, not sure where you are getting your readings from ! The temp would have changed to be too hot to make snow at that time. If the conditions are not right by 4-4.30 AM it is not worth the cost of diesel to the amount and quantity of snow that can be made, trust me Luke is eating, sleeping breathing any opportunity to make snow.
     
  32. Aaron

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    This hill needs to take a long hard look at itself
     
  33. Bulldozer

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    Gimme a clue; what am I looking at?
     
  34. Bulldozer

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    has started snowing again, only lightly but naturally of course
    BD
     
  35. BenLomondBezzer

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    Well done Flea, I think its a great idea to be looking for the best opportunities to make snow. Especially ones that could link into an actual return when there is natural snow forecast. a big thumbs up to you and the other mountain operators.
     
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    Small amount of Sago Snow late yesterday, just enougth to make the place look pretty but thats about all. Still very cold with nil melt.
    BD
     
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    Nice BD, it sure prettied the place up!

    The snow made the other night certainly looked windswept

    Looks like some calmer conditions with cool nights on the way for the mountain, should be good for a snowfall or two and some Luke made white stuff! Good luck up there to all.

    If anyone could get a shot up through from the snowsports window looking out up the snow that would be sweet too [​IMG]

    Snow forecast Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

    Talk soon

    Bezza
     
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    I think Snow making will struggle this week whilst the weather is coming from the SE as the humidity will stay way to high even for making snot, also whilst the temps stay so low there is little chanceof there being any water to work with.
    BD
     
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    i agree, great work flea with the snow making. whilst the weather was foul on sat & sunday & would blow a dog off its chain if it wasn,t for the snow making on saturday night there wouldn,t be much for our Kids & their friends & play on ! Looks like Huey might give us some natural stuff over the next 3 to 5 days which will be great ! The fat lady hasn,t appeared just yet! [​IMG]
     
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    Question, whats Sago snow?
     
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    It's like little balls of hail.
     
  42. Bulldozer

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    Sago snow is different to hail.
    Hail are frozen rain drops that have formed due to a change in temp/pressure in the cloud
    Sago snow is a snow flake that has either formed at a marginal temp or humidity or has descended through a warm layer and softened then fallen rapidly refreezing in a spherical shape similar to the age old process of making shot (as in the shot tower at Taroona).
    You can tell the difference by attempting to break them apart. Sago Snow will crumble once you break the outer shell where as Hail will be solid right through. Sago snow as such is less dense and therefore tends to bounce and blow around when compared with hail.

    BD
     
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    Sago sounds different to hail too when it hits ground/leaves etc. If you've ever heard those peruvian rain stick thingies, sago sometimes sounds like that. It's a much lighter sound in my experience than hail of a similar size.

    Great explanation BD.
     
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    hueys on the way !
     
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    Looks good today
     
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    Things are looking very positive going into the end of next week! Looks like a cold SE flow could be possible at some stage thurs/fri.. opening weekend coming up perhaps?
     
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    Be very very quiet - we don't want to scare it
     
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    Touch wood!
     
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    Wind just starting to clock further to the west and snot starting to firm up.
    BD