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Ben Lomond Summer Grooming 2012

Discussion in 'Ben Lomond' started by BenLomondBezzer, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. BenLomondBezzer

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    Hi All,

    Thought I would put it out there nice and early to see what plans there might be in the pipeline for organising the summer grooming on the mountain?

    Things fly between here and March generally so it would be great to get some dates down for weekends that can be nominated for grooming on the mountain.

    Talk soon

    Bezza
     
  2. BenLomondBezzer

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Keep posted, but it looks like something is going to be organised for Feb March and April for working bees on the mountain.
     
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    Hi All,

    Great news that the grooming is going ahead as planned,

    Flea, Geoff and Eryl are discussing the finer details later this week to ensure we are complying with all requirements before the first weekend.

    Working bees are planned for the Third weekend of February (18-19), March (17-18) and April (14-15)

    Dates for the first weekend will be the 18-19th February

    BYO lunches, but no doubt there will be some on mountain hospitality also.

    A free BBQ for helpers will be held on the mountain at one of the lodges TBC after the Saturday's grooming with the hope that helpers can stay overnight on the mountain and continue into the Sunday.

    Further information will be available early next week after the plan has been discussed with Parks. This will include what you could bring to help out and start and finish times etc.

    If you are interested in helping out but don't have somewhere to stay on Saturday contact a mountain friend with a lodge or shoot me a PM and we can see where we can bed you down for the night.

    Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it becomes available.
     
  4. BenLomond Iceman

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Good news Bezzer lets see if we can get a few up there ! I will be attending with my 2 biggest small helpers .. BLIM !
     
  5. BenLomondBezzer

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Sure is Iceman! I'm well keen to get the community going this year on the mountain, perhaps a calendar of events?

    [​IMG]

    Small helpers can still garden, right?
     
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  6. BenLomond Iceman

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    They wont be much use im afraid maybe for 5 mintutes until they get bored & wander off ! [​IMG]
     
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  7. BenLomondBezzer

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Hi All,

    I can confirm that the slope grooming will start at 9am on Saturday and again Sunday.

    Bring your own Brushcutter if you have one and safety equipment along with any hand tools or gardening weapons that may assist in the process.

    Crow bars and the like won't go astray either.

    BBQ at Bellendena Ski Club about 6pm following the grooming bee BYO drinks

    Again if there is anyone who is keen to stay up send me a personal Message and we might be able to arrange a bed.

    Talk soon.

    Bezza
     
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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Bloody work, i would be up there other wise.
     
  9. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Sorry Bezza, I'm out as well now. Surgery and recovery taking a bit more out of me than planned, plus can't drive on these drugs.

    I'll bust a gut to get to the next two tho. Good luck with it all and I look forward to some pics
     
  10. BenLomondBezzer

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  11. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Nice work all that were there!!
     
  12. BenLomond Iceman

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Regular skiers & boarders who frequent summit will really recognise the work we all did on that slope when the snow falls ! [​IMG] Thanks to all those who pitched it.. Would be great to get some extra help up there at the next working bee (17-18 march) it think . Bezzer will confirm this
     
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  13. BenLomondBezzer

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    Your right there Iceman,

    It was great to see all the stakeholders on the mountain working together on the weekend, including business owners, Parks and Wildlife and volunteers.

    Finally we are moving forward in leaps and bounds on the mountain. There were 6 brush cutters hard at work along with numerous hand shears and saws tending to the vegetation on the main ski runs on the front of the mountain. This will assist the snow groomer in the winter months and ensure its safe operation across more of the mountain.

    Further encouragement comes from the further investment in snowmaking on the mountain with a second snowmaker currently being purchased for delivery before the beginning of the season.

    Works in the next couple of weeks include rock breaking throughout the newly groomed runs of Bass and Summit along with areas of the Ski School area to make the surface safer for the groomer throughout the season and preventing serious damage to the fragile snow tracks it rides on.

    The next working bee is going to be more focussed on rock relocation after the heavier works are conducted and erosion mitigation through mulching and spreading of the vegetation that was pruned over the weekend. We will also look into grooming vegetation further across the mountain forming further "Runs" down from the summit linking in areas of village and possibly even over the back of the mountain in coming working bees, numbers dependant. These measures are in alignment with the Ski Slope Plan

    It is important that we get as many volunteers up to the next working bees to move rock and proceed with the plans.

    Some erosion and safety works also need to be carried out to create better drainage around the Bass and Village lift bases to prevent snow washout and also an area down from the Alpine Enterprises ticket office and Snowsports as there is a metre drain against the fence line that beginners walk up. All of the above mentioned areas are a skier OH&S hazard and pose the risk of serious injury during skiing and lessons. This is in line with the aims of the Ski Slope Plan.

    The BLC and lodges look forward to further works and are excited by the direction and progress that has been achieved in one weekend alone.

    Keep talking.

    Adrian Beswick
     
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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    Jonwah and myself managed to make an appearance on Saturday. The brushcutters made for a fun day!
     
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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    As a one-time summer visitor - only:
    Just a idea - do volunteers receive a lift ticket, mtn entry or similar?
    Sorry for the egg sucking but that might. be one way to increase. numbers.

    Good to see some community cooperation though - something the mainland fields could/should try.
     
  16. BenLomond Iceman

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    Re: Ben Lomond Summer Grooming

    not a sausage ! oh yes you do have the satisfaction hacking into the Benlomond skiers worst enemy (other then rocks and ice) "The prickly kerosene bush" and you do get a free bbq ! (sausage) and are of course at one with nature ,except for the brush cutter din that is ! <img src="https://www.ski.com.au/xf/styles/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="\:\/" title="smirk" height="15" width="15" />
     
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    Kerosene bush cutting? How could I resist?
    Good stuff BLB - a long way from Mel!
    See how you this year - with snowmaking should make quite A difference!
     
  18. BenLomondBezzer

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    Yeah, your right, some more incentive for the people that get involved is good.

    My Ski Club is doing so by giving members who help out a discount off their lodge fees and offering guests who come and help a free weekend on the mountain during the season.
     
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    Can anyone confirm the April dates?? I need to roster days off at work.

    Cheers
     
  20. BenLomond Iceman

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    i am faily sure the working bees are the 3rd weekend of the month (in march & april) bez will confirm this !
     
  21. BenLomondBezzer

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    Yep thats right April 14-15 are the dates you'll need to lock in [​IMG] need a place to stay?
     
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  22. BenLomondBezzer

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    Hi All,

    This weekend is shaping up to be another cracker, the weather is looking good and a few have flagged their interest in making the trip up to give another hand to the mountain in preparation of the coming snow season.

    This weekend will be similar to last as we tackle further vegetation pruning and continue to assist with piling the already cut vegetation into a pile to be mulched and spread over the freeze-thaw areas down in near ski school.

    Again a sausage sizzle will be on Saturday and Sunday for volunteers at Lunch.

    Bring your own Brush cutter and Protective equipment, Small Tarp, pruning equipment and Gloves. Don't forget warm clothes.

    See you all there,

    Adrian.
     
  23. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Well done to the small crew who were there on the weekend. A few more nasty rocks smashed up and moved out of the way, a little more pruning was done and there is anow a large pile waiting to be mulched, ready to help cover areas that need some help.

    Hopefully we can see a few more on the hill as the working bees progress for the year.
     
  24. BenLomondBezzer

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    Hi All,

    Just a note to let you all know that there will be a Mountain Grooming bee on the 19-20 May.

    Start at 9am on Saturday and again Sunday.

    The plan is to get everything tidied up that has been done, pick up any loose clippings that were cut at the last working bee and mulching to be carried out and spread on the freeze thaw areas near the ski school and the base of the lifts.

    A free BBQ for helpers will be held on the mountain at one of the lodges TBC after the Saturday's grooming with the hope that helpers can stay overnight on the mountain and continue into the Sunday.

    If you are interested in helping out but don't have somewhere to stay on Saturday contact a mountain friend with a lodge or shoot me an email and we can see where we can bed you down for the night.

    Talk soon, hope to see you there,

    Adrian Beswick
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    Would love to get up there but busted collarbone won't let me unfortunately! Good luck with it...
     
  26. BenLomondBezzer

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    Hi All,

    Thanks to the helpers from Bellendena Ski Club and Parks and Wildlife that came up and got the final slope grooming completed before more snow falls that are forecast this week.

    The team of 10 got all the chipping of the bigger mulch chipped and spread over the freeze thaw areas in an effort to both regenerate vegetation in the areas and also prevent snow loss during the ski season.

    Sunday we also did some repairs to some of the more heavily damaged snow fences on the mountain as well as did some repairs on the summit offloading ramp to re fix the carpet that had blown off in last season.

    Hopefully everyone will be able to experience the work of a large number of people that have helped out over the three working bees in February, March and May. Each weekend we have had a different bunch of people up there ready and willing to lend a hand which has been great to see.

    A big thanks to Parks and Wildlife who have been very helpful throughout the summer grooming period assisting and providing equipment for the mountain grooming.

    Trails down Village, Bass, 30 seconds and summit have been made which can hopefully be groomed by the snow groomer throughout the ski season with enough snow.

    Hopefully next year we can continue the good works that begun in 2011 and 2012 to improve the viability of the snow sports that we all enjoy so much.

    Keep posted for more grooming information during the season and into the summer months.

    Adrian.

    Bring on season 2012!
     
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    Couldn't make it; thanks to those who could.
     
  28. BenLomond Iceman

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    great work Bezzer & all that helped out over the autumn.! Im realy looking forward to giving the new groomed summit a run when it opens !
     
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    Thanks BLIM,

    Hopefully the fruits of our efforts will be rewarded with better skiing conditions across the areas that have been groomed. I think one of the big gains will be the rock work that has been carried out on the base of summit and bass. This has reduced any prominent rocks down substantially and will help mitigate as many damaged skis from rocks in the area this year.

    The mountain could use a consistent ski season. One plus will be that the second snow making gun should be on the mountain soon to start making a base for the beginner slopes.

    Looking to next summer I am really keen to see what sort of erosion mitigation can be planned and in train with it, drainage improvements where areas have been impacted. If drains can be installed, soil replaced and seed sewn it will go a long way to restoring some of the areas that need a better base to work off. It would be great to do this in conjunction with further developments for access to the back of the mountain in due course.

    The tobogganing area needs a re vamp after a whole stack of rocks were spread there a few years ago after a bad decision was made. It would be great to build up the rocks at the base of the slope and re grass this area also as the rocks have only covered up what little vegetation that was there in the first place. That would make the toboggan area much more people friendly whilst making the area safer also. An additional plus would be that the snow needed to use the area would be less as the grass is much safer to play on and a vegetation base will hold the snow for longer and not thaw the snow from the ground up as easily.

    The mulch generated from the slope grooming has been great to spread across the base of Bass lift and throughout the ski school area so hopefully this will help with any freeze thaw issues that they have been having and we can in turn sew grass in this area as the mulch decomposes.

    All up, over the back of the mountain could also benefit from some grooming, there are some very big rocks that could use some attention on Fannies and some minor trimming which would be beneficial.

    The next big difference that we could make is to get many more snow fences of small height scattered strategically across the mountain. This could also include portable snow fences which could be moved around by hand and also by the snow groomer. Fences could also be placed along the base of the back lifts where they could be harvested for snow throughout the season and spread up onto the base of the back slopes in high impact areas.

    The best thing about a lot of this is that the approach we are using is all within the current Ski Slope Plan for the mountain. This means that we are helping the viability of the mountain improve whilst ensuring that we are meeting the aims of development, protection and restoration that are laid out in the Ski Slope Plan.