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BenLomond Bliss 2013

Discussion in 'Ben Lomond' started by BenLomond Iceman, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad First Runs

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    Cool, just read ur post bez, you're onto it and I hope ur right.
     
  2. BenLomondBezzer

    BenLomondBezzer Hard Yards

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    Yes, however the Launceston airport has had 9mm rain since late afternoon. Temp still rising at the airport also +11.4c. Not a good sign for solid state precipitation! Need to be seeing this down to about 10.0c before things start to freeze up on the Ben, assuming there isn't any temperature inversion.
     
  3. Ben Who

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    There has been significant r$%n late last night followed by some fresh snowfall early this morning. So the good news is there is white stuff still there - the bad news is that there is a lot of run off happening. Net result - soft and soggy snow. The temperature is falling so hopefully a freeze will happen and minimise the damage. Please try not to go and walk up the slopes today as you will very quickly ruin the snow as you will plug big holes in it due to the current soft state. If we can wait for the freeze it should hopefully be in good condition as there is still a lot of snow out there. Currently a minimum temperature of -8 is the prediction for tonight!

    No lifts running today to try and save the snow for when it will actually be fun to ski!

    Of course there is still snow around to play in (just please don't wreck the ski slopes for everyone else) and drinks/food etc available at the various businesses.
     
  4. BenLomond Iceman

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    Thats good news!, looks like it held together with some late snow! should get that freeze we need today & overnight! & maybe a few snow showers today ! like Ben says, guys please stay off the lift lines so they dont get trashed !
     
  5. RARRRRRRR

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    doesnt sound too good? [​IMG]
     
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  6. BenLomond Iceman

    BenLomond Iceman One of Us

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    its great up there ! was this afternoon anyway! no wind good snow! definatley worth a trip if you can get a good day ! ... tomorrow should be good!
     
  7. Powder_skier

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    Word is that four lifts today and the same for the weekend.
    Surely now we have a good base as it must have frozen over?!
    More snow on the way (touch wood)
     
  8. BenLomondBezzer

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    Snowing up there at the moment peeps. Just under 3mm at the airport so about 3-5 cm snow! Should snow all day up high (to 1200) and continue on the slopes through all next week. Should be reasonable quantities today and Sunday then again on tuesday-thursday. God only knows how deep it could be after next weekend.
     
  9. bigdamo

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    Should be good if it doesn't rain again.
     
  10. BenLomond Iceman

    BenLomond Iceman One of Us

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    Ra#n not Rain! lets not encourage it ! forcast does look promicing though!
     
  11. bigdamo

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    Weather forecast looks promising with five days of snow forecasted for Ben Met eye
     
  12. xecute

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    Do you think that typing "Rain" encourages it to rain? Really?
     
  13. sircrackerjc

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    of course it doesn't... Unless you are the crazy superstitious type.
    Ra#n is just that which must not be named... A little like Voldem.. can't do it
     
  14. bigdamo

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    Ok POWDER
     
  15. BenLomond Iceman

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    It was good to see the tows going today on a foul day ! snow was not to bad considering it was wet all day ! will need a top up so hopefully the forcast snow arrives later tonight! snow forcast all week! so it could be looking good by friday !
     
  16. daveski4ever

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    Hey all looks like we may finally manage to get a decent ski in. Snow cover is looking pretty damn decent, just need tows to be working and a nice blue bird day would be the icing on the mountain !!
     
  17. North Face

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    Tows working good luck and if they are working you will be lucky to ride to the top with so much snow they have no excuse but they always have a reason to not to get to the top. Brad will defend them as usual.
     
  18. BenLomond Iceman

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    Better get up there dave rather then talking about it! . Would be snowing well up there again now! Cover is very good now by Friday morning cover will be the best up there since 2004! . Sat should be a blue bird for you! Though busy!
     
  19. Ben Lomond Brad

    Ben Lomond Brad Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    North Face.....you must have me confused with someone else. I've never defended poor service or lack of running. I have however moderated the way in which complaints are put forward in this public forum.
     
  20. BenLomond Iceman

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    I knew u would bite !! [​IMG]
     
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  21. CaptainPowder

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    just spoke to hill good dumping overnight and guess what..... wait for it no tows ive been told. With a forecast of R@#N for weekend i mean wtf is happening. Ive bit my tongue long enough but seriously.......

    Is it possible for me to buy a skidoo and tow people over the mountain? least might have some access.

    Finally get a chance to go for a slide and......the best cover in years [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  22. daveski4ever

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    Ben, I am trying to get there, have been trying to inspire some mates to come with me, but given we have to come from up south, and concerns about tows not working or crap weather, let alone an early start they seem to be reluctant. Friday is not likely for me. So Saturday will have to be the day, as Sunday is out for me. I do hope that Snowsports will run the shuttle bus as I really don't want to take my car up if I don't have to. If it is raining and/or white out conditions at Ben though I might go to Mawson if conditions there are ok instead.
     
  23. Tassie_JamJar

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    Great day skiing yesterday, summit early had a very good covering of fresh on a solid base. Bills later was also good with nice fresh snow over ice. Next stop Mawson Saturday.
     
  24. daveski4ever

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    Heading up tomorrow morning for hopefully my first ski for the year. Spoke with both Ben Lomond Snow Sports and also Eryl at Alpine Enterprises this afternoon. Shuttle bus to run all day as needed. 3 lifts (Summit, Village and Fanny's) to be running as of 9. Eryl said that they needed to de-ice Bills and hoped to have this done by lunchtime. Seems a little sad that they don't have this done already and ditto Giblin, but hey any day on the snow has to be a good day.

    The one concern though being the wind forecast for tomorrow. Eryl said this could become a problem, as if too strong they will have to close it down. But stuff it, I am willing to take the chance that all will be ok, as I need to ski and the snow cover is the best for more years than I can remember.
     
  25. North Face

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    All I can say is AE move on and let go and let others on with the job. The lifts are not worth nothing.
     
  26. Bulldozer

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    Great Skiing today, only 3 lifts but no queues, Surface is softening and a few bushes are starting to show thru. Expect more of these to rear their ugly [​IMG]head as the weather moderates later in the week.
     
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  27. North Face

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    Rub it in Bulldozer. Glad you had a great day with no queues. I am jealous after the huge queues on Saturday. I agree with you that they will lose heaps of snow this week when the NE comes through. Need to take it while its there.
     
  28. Bulldozer

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    Told you I would Rub it in, at least I refrained from posting Pics
     
  29. North Face

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    The only person with the power to change the lease is the Minister. If you are unsatisfied with the lift operations, email Brian.Wightman@dpac.tas.gov.au defining your reasons. Now is the time to get action before the local state elections. Nothing will happen this year but your influence can change the outcome for 2014.
     
  30. chunky

    chunky Old n' Crusty

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    Any pics?
     
  31. daveski4ever

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    I took a heap of photos and some video on my iphone last Saturday when the conditions were really excellent. Not sure how to post pics on this site
     
  32. JoeKing

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    How to post images on these forums

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  33. daveski4ever

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    Sad, too confusing for me to use either suggested way. I know and only understand how to load pics off the work PC. Oh well, can't post any pics.
     
  34. tom11

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    Dave email them to me tomcarpenter11 ( at ) hotmail.com and i'll put them up here and on Ben Lomond snowsports page, Cheers
     
  35. BobGnarly

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    You should edit that email address before the spambots get a hold of it. Swap @ for "at"
     
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  36. daveski4ever

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    Will do Tom, and many thanks. I must be a computer cretin or something. Cheers D
     
  37. tom11

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  39. Sago

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    great photo's
     
  40. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Alpine Enterprises have advised that they will no longer operate this season and Ben Lomond Snowsports will be closing the doors for the season st the end of tomorrow (Monday).

    While there is still plenty of snow about for snow play and tobogganing, the large singing lady is taking to the stage and warming up...
     
  41. North Face

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    Brad, you have no idea what's going on up there, you need to see it first hand.
     
  42. Ben Lomond Brad

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    Certainly looks like enough for a toboggan and a bit of snowplay

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  43. daveski4ever

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    Thanks Tom, appreciate you posting my photos, it sure was a magic day with magic snow conditions. If only it could last for longer and be like that for a month or more. One day on the snow at Ben, I am not sure really counts as having had a ski season ! [​IMG]
     
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  44. BenLomond Iceman

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    Snow melts just as fast on the mainland!,, went from good snow & 16 lifts on monday to burke st & shakey Knees on friday ! at buller ..and 50% discounted tickets because of the poor snow this week!... we still had a great week! ... till next winter!