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Blue Cow vs Mt Perisher, which is best in the afternoon

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by ar3nbe, Jul 21, 2014.

  1. ar3nbe

    ar3nbe First Runs

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    Hi all,

    I'm heading back down to Perisher at the end of the week and will have a day alone before the rest of the group rocks up, so I thought id take the opportunity to explore Perisher beyond the front/centre valley area.

    Id say my skill is on the beginner/early intermediate section and I'm looking to sink my teeth into blue runs. For a bit of background i've lost count the number of times ive done goats gulley and the steep section right at the top of the quad express (It might be the start of pretty valley or might be something else). I've tried wine glass once or twice in powder conditions but always struggled to make enough speed to get out the bottom section without needing to jump or unstrap.

    I've made a mental loop for blue cow which involves starting on rollercoaster, heading up the ridge quad, down side saddle, up the terminal quad and then start the loop again. Ill get to blue cow via interceptor and will explore the few runs around there too.

    I'm also looking to have a look at Mt Perisher.

    So, what run would be better in the morning vs afternoon. Does Blue cow get icy in the afternoon? Temperatures for this coming weekend seem to be around +4.
    Also happy to take suggestions for any other decent runs I should have a go at, or areas to spend more time at.
     
  2. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    zalis & lower rollercoaster much better in the morning IMO
     
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  3. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    The Ridge cops a lot of sun all day, so lower Rollercoaster will often turn to slush by midday. Lower Excellerator too, but that goes into the shade mid afternoon and you can get very hardpack/ice too. Zalis holds up better than the Ridge, IMO, but Excellerator is more fun. So is Rollercoaster if it isn't covered in bodies and people side-slipping all the snow off the run.

    Give Guthega some love.
     
  4. Adamski

    Adamski Hard Yards

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    Do BC (Ridge and Summit chairs) first thing in the morning while the corduroy is still intact. It's awesome!
     
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    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep in spring like conditions ridge early for the corduroy and later for off piste corn. Mt P in the middle of the day for a little bit of everything. Cruise around in-between. That is my normal 1-day a year at Perisher.
     
  6. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mt P is good most of the day.
    On a crowded day, I have seen towers icy moguls towards last runs.
     
  7. Undies

    Undies Pizza! Ski Pass: Gold

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    +1 vote for getting over to the Ridge early. For a warm up I like heading up the FV quad, down into Pretty Valley on the way to the Interceptor. The run from Interceptor can then be extended down Rollercoaster to the ridge, and if you're early enough the Ridge will be in top condition until the crowds arrive mid-morning, at which point it's time to head somewhere with a more southerly aspect.

    Enjoy the trip!
     
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  8. azzski

    azzski Should know better Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Reading my mind.
     
  9. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    or go somewhere serviced only by t-bars... that sorts out the men from the boys

    Especially if you are a boarder
     
  10. Adamski

    Adamski Hard Yards

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    boarders, stay off the corduroy!
     
  11. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why all the hate skiers?
     
  12. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Might need a new thread for this :deadhorse:
    :out:
     
  13. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep... The hatred is always one way traffic.
     
  14. ar3nbe

    ar3nbe First Runs

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    Thanks for the tips.

    What's the easiest/quickest way to make it back from Guthega to Perisher without using the tube. Looking at the trail maps it seems easy enough to get there, but getting back looks like there's a decent hike from the blue cow way back to the terminal quad?

    Im picturing from Guthega I go up the Freedom quad, down Blue Cow way, go up the terminal quad, go back down till I find myself at the bottom of Pleasant valley, then take the lift back up and head towards Perisher?
     
  15. Mr. Mook

    Mr. Mook One of Us

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    Blue Cow Way ends uphill from the terminal quad. At the end of BCW turn left to get to the Terminal Quad load.
    then do as you said via pleasant valley
     
  16. WaitAwhile

    WaitAwhile One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Its pretty straight forward and as you have mentioned.
    From the top of the Pleasant Valley you can either take the high traverse or ski down to Pretty Valley which is a pretty easy run.
    If you are doing it late in the day, probably need to be loading on the Terminal Quad no later than 3.50/4 pm to make the two link lifts back to Perisher
     
  17. ojisan

    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    I find the pretty valley chair painfully slow.
    I actually quite like the little run that goes down to the telemark t bar.
     
  18. IAB

    IAB A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Another vote for Blue Cow early. Mt P seems to hold up much better in the arvo.
     
  19. WaitAwhile

    WaitAwhile One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Some of the best runs that hold up well into the afternoon, especially from Mid August into September are the runs coming of the traverse from Guthega to Blue Cow,
    Mother in Law ,The Screw, Schnaxl and Karls..
    May change this year with all the extra traffic.