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Snow Report Charlotte Pass 2017 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Charlotte Pass' started by D-eye, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    Season 2017
     
  2. Nidecker

    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You are definitely a glass half full guy :)
     
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  3. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    Someone started the Perisher one, so I decided to set up all the 2017 ones ready for when Ian and Richard swap the report feeds over. But yes, 40+ degree day was a good time to think of snow.
     
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  4. SMSkier

    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Charlottes this morning.
     
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  5. SMSkier

    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Monday snow.... Thursday MTB ride Charlottes to Rawsons and back. Blue sky day. Windy up high.
     
  6. SMSkier

    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Charlottes today post yesterday's storm. Cool and sunny. View Walking back from Stillwell to the village today.

     
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  7. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Could see some snow up there Thursday.
     
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  8. SMSkier

    SMSkier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Charlottes due to open in about 1 week. Their daily snow report indicates snow making and how they are getting ready. Gee I hope they get some snow before then!! Drove up this morning.......
     
  9. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Might be worth a trip next week, what day do you think Guthries will be running Chris :rolleyes:

    Doesn't matter I'll bring the snow shoes

    Bob
     
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    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    FANTASTIC! :woohoo:

    Thank you! :thumbs:
     
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  12. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Put it in its own thread, so everybody can see it! Lots won't click on Charlotte's thread.
     
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    NewTurns One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Amazing. Like how you can zoom out/in as well... nice boots too.
     
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  14. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow! How do you do that? Looks like it's worth a $2 Tuesday!
     
  15. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    that looks brilliant!
     
  16. Gimp

    Gimp One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Cornice on Mt Lee looks a weird shape
     
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    bluestick One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    illustrative pan. thanks. looks to have a good uniform cover (thinnish) all around @ 1700 m.
     
  18. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    :thumbs: Brilliant stuff Pat. Even the scree on Mount Clarke is mostly filled in. Good cover out there.
     
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    jonathanc One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sure does! Wonder if it's from the photo stitching or if it actually looks like that...
     
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    Yeh, sometimes the software stitches things together a little strangely.

    Cheers everyone, more where that came from!
     
  21. Ian

    Ian Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    Last week was great, I was a bit worried about the lack of snow but it was OK. There was a little bit every day mostly sago. It was windy, had to use my facemask for comfort. Guthries opened on Monday or Tuesday. A bit of rain mid week turned the off piste to a breakable crust for a while. The sun came out on Thursday and overnight a fresh topping had The Pass and Rocky Road runs perfect. The band in the Adams Bar was great, guitar, flute and two violins playing popular songs, lots of applause from the crowd.
     
  22. Sago

    Sago Hard Yards

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    Hi Bob,
    When are you up there next.
    All going well I will be up from the 19th till the 26th August.
    S
     
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    skiaus Hard Yards

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    Back in Brisbane now - but skied at Charlotte Pass on Thursday. First day at C P since 1977. Sunny day after 7 cm snow Wednesday night with no wind. Great skiing everywhere but particularly at Guthries. Fast poma but got used it fairly quickly. Best skiing ever for the conditions making fresh tracks and looking behind to see the S shaped tracks we had made. Tracks we left were about 2 inches (5 cm) deep. We were able to make fresh tracks until about lunch time. Stayed at Ski Rider and got 2 - 3 cm snow Friday morning. Snow good at Perisher but got chopped up quickly. Overall best week ever (except year 2000 in June). :)
     
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  24. Tree Breaker Bob

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    The week before but am hanging in till the 21st

    Coming up to check out your old lodge, bookings have been good at ours but the hill looks empty

    Bob
     
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    Hi,
    Surprised it's still standing. Still uncoccupied this year.
    Will let you know asap if coming up.
    You may have to stretch you stay a little longer,
    S
     
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    Snow fall for 31st is inaccurate (saying 0cm). It didn't stop snowing today from 8am till 3pm.
     
  27. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Although I like the non groomed areas there seems to be very little slope grooming going on for the not so adventurous, it's as if as little money as possible is being spent because of the ongoing head lease debacle or maybe they don't have the staff numbers this year

    Bob
     
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    Hey Bob which lodge are you referring to ?Can PM if need .
    I stay at pygmy Possum =15 th year but always looking for a new adventure.
     
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    Or maybe there hasn't been the snow depth needed.
     
  30. Ian

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    Picking the optimum amount of grooming would be diabolical, I personally prefer the minimum for beginner safety. Last year we got a foot of fresh across the mountain and they didn't touch it for 4 days, ideal for me. This year it was a bit thin before we arrived for the Christmas in July week, Top of the World was like a relief map of the Himalayas until they got a good dump and smoothed it out. I remember some years ago they got a new bloke from Thredbo who groomed everything in sight, including a run all the way down from the rocks around the Stillwell trig station.

    I don't consider children learning to ski in boot deep snow to be a problem, bit of a learning curve when they go to Perisher to ski 2" boilerplate, but set them up early for Nozawa.
     
  31. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Ian, it was some years ago now that I skied with you just before the boys weekend and I was there Mon, Tues and Wed this year again just before boy's weekend again, there was very little snow when we arrived but did snow the three days I was there so you guys did well considering, but I am hoping to do better next week but wishing I had picked this week for freshies

    Bob
     
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    When I posted that it was the 1st Aug and there had been good falls, I would have said the owner is saving money due to the fiasco of the head lease. It seems pretty obvious that NP&WS are stacking the odds against Kevin keeping the lease as they keep extending the temporary lease arrangements and calling for EOI again and again after the closing dates they set, again an announcement was supposed to made early in this season as to the future but again nothing except take a waiting list of customers and we will let you know later if you can operate next season (2018), how poor is that

    Write to your local state member and express your dissatisfaction about the continual waste of money and of creating a situation where no infrastructure money is being spent (I believe Kevin is willing to spend $20 million in upgrades) because of this lack of direction. I feel personally that the closing of CP is very much on some peoples mindset that are high enough in the system to be able to pull it off. So much for an open and transparent process.

    This Head Lease should have settled Years ago

    Bob
     
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    You would be staying with Richard then, I am staying next door but that is not the lodge being referred to

    Bob
     
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    You're not the only one.
    I'm prepared to concede CP was caught up in a larger state-wide crown lease governance review due to the previous administration's mining lease scandal.

    But we need to be careful what we wish for, the state government also wants to put the resort leases on a 'long term sustainable' funding model. Does that mean CP lodges pay higher bed taxes to cover the full cost of running the poo farm?
    Or is it related to NPWS deriving >80% of total state-wide funding from the southern snowfields. It would be nice to see the transparent figures but I guess that is commercial in confidence. This really should go to the lease thread.
    And on top of all that is the increased cost of electricity.
     
  35. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Raining up here but not as heavy as predicted so cover is holding up well, occasionally the rain is stopping for a while

    Waiting patiently for Wed - Fri coming snowfalls

    A couple of the boys went to Stillwell Trig station yesterday (Monday) morning to watch the sun rise, they picked it well as the day including the morning was basically sunny

    Snowline cup has been rescheduled

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    A good afternoon was had by all with 10 cm falling after a loss of 20 cm in places after CPV got some lifts running, well done Chris and team

    Bob
     
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    Great Morning had already

    Sago, Sago where are you

    Haven't meet Rowdy either but I have seen Richard

    Wouldn't be dead for quids

    Bob
     
  38. Sago

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    Hi Bob,
    There Sat.
    Some people still have to work.
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  39. Sago

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    Hope to be on hill just after lunch Sat.
    Blue jacket, black helmet.
    Save the bowls for me.
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    Looks good today Sago just learnt the snowline cup is on today and the boys have just gone out to set up, bu**er means first tracks are gone but should full fill back in pretty quick

    Only the T bar ran yesterday so the bowls etc will probably be untouched

    Bob
     
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    Bob I wont be there until after the 26th at Pygmy Possum.
    Will you still be there then ?
    Great snowfall hope you get some good tracks.
     
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    Sorry mate out on the 21st

    I'll leave some snow for you

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    Glad I made it Bob,
    Was great to catch up.
    The snow quality yesterday as good as any in the world!!
    I leave it to you to post the photos!!
    S
     
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    I feel a bit silly, I took the video googles up the rocks above Guthries Sat and forgot I had them on

    Even at the top Brian said wish I had bought my camera, my reply "yeah I didn't bring mine either" still didn't click

    Wasn't till I got back in the lodge and taking them off I realised

    The joys of getting older

    Bob
     
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    just spent a week at Charlotte's. Beautiful weather, little wind ,10/10 visibility, the snow that fell a week ago was funky so only north facing slopes were really good unless you found a magic powder patch.
    Skied Northcote ,lake Albina and Clarke north side, down to Trapyard was good also.
    The piste was like concrete until Saturday due to unseasonably low temps night and day.
    A brave and talented woman was filmed dropping the Amphitheatre at Blue lake and using an axe and kicking steps to climb up twice more!!
     
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    hi Bob,
    Any more trips planned?
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    I wish, my son is down at Thredbo this weekend, looks good, hey, maybe

    Our lodge is always full the last few weeks of the season because of the cross country contingent and then it shuts for the next week for cleaning so would require our lodge directors to authorise to take advantage of CPV staying open an extra week this year (facebook page)

    Most years there is more snow on the hill when CPV closes for the season than during the season but this year the snow quality has stayed good due to the low temps and good falls

    Bob
     
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    Do any Charlotte Pass gurus know if any lodges will accept a non-member for a spring stay (next couple of weeks). Im hoping to take fam up there for some ski and walking adventures. I'm also scouting for possible lodge membership so I want to see what CP has to offer. Cheers
     
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    Pygmy possum very reasonable family rates ok for guests great self catering lodge or maybe southern alps
     
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    Except most lodges will now be closed.