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Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by D-eye, Jan 1, 2019.
sounds like common beginner dummy spit
What time would you suggest arriving by in order to get a park for the day this Saturday? Is it likely to close to day visitors at some point?
It's the day of the big race. It starts at 9.30. There's a 1000+ competitors. Many will come by bus.
Windy Cnr lower park is being emptied of overnight parkers to make more day parks.
Season pass holders can still I think ride Halleys and Towers from 8am.
Thanks everyone. I was planning on day tripping from Melbourne, but I think I’ll give it a miss by the sounds of it!
Not that hopper whopper thingee again.....time to head for the remote backcountry indeed and sit out the onslaught !
it's one day a year
it's a celebration of xc skiing, even if it's not your preferred flavour
some of the people involved are pretty keen tourers too
the birkebeiner club that organises it is an important player in Bush Search and Rescue
let them have their race day and be happy that there are so many keen xc skiers
Oh we are sure they are having a fun time....Team Bears chose to have fun where it is quieter....we do like the quiet...perhaps some chainsaw noise to get the lyrebirds singing our song!
It’s good for the economy we understand !
We'd probably only see a fraction of the XC trail work without the Hoppet.
I went Rocky Knobbing this morning (via Rocky Knolls) and got the lot: frozen bubble wrap, sastrugi, windrift, caster sugar on a firm base, white sugar and melting boilerplate.
Came off the main knob down a narrowish gully to the dam and had to put skins on to make it safe.
Tempted to do the same this weekend.
It's a world apart and yet so close.
Is there xc stuff happening Sunday aswell?
You should! Gonna be good weather
Two thousand thighs will be burning.
I'm not a racer but the Hoppet is important
I take it that you jest.
The tablecloth at Cedarwood has shrunk. It looks more like a place mat.
That’s a lot of thighs...
Not really. Some will come back for a short xc ski. Some might have a downhill. The lift co user to give sunday discount to comp etitors but i don't know if that still happens. Most will just have a lazy start and then head home.
Clear blue skies so icy early on (also colder windier than expected) and so better on the groomed bits... softening up nicely around summit and inter though.
The freeze thaw daily cycle has begun
First time I've seen it. She did it just below the ski patrol attending to a crash. The whole run was concrete.
I now know why boarders and beginners were put on the planet - to produce some dust from frozen corduroy.
Friday nights at kittens are bad enough but that hoppet whoppett thing is another dimension of insanity...but Team Bears don’t jest ....we can see it is of benefit to the economy!We just chose to stay well away....we get a greater reward from chainsawing the Bungelow or Staircase !Horses for courses but NSW dudes might not ike that !
Was an unbelievable day for kiting today, couple of cents of wind blown dust in the bowl behind the summit. Rode lifts after lunch till close and the corn fest was on!
A brew and dinner watching sunset on Bogong the sealer
Oh! And bugger all lift lines was a bonus considering the weather report for this weekend!
Lovely, can't say I recognise that picnic spot?
Sullivan’s lookout, Tawonga gap
Look like new skis? V for Volkl?
Do you mean Voile? That would make sense as they do touring skis.
Haha yeah that one, bad grammar....
Inter was nice early on. So was The Slot.
Taking your advice this morning and have to agree
South Side sensation.
The dusting overnight was magic.
East facing side-country held some wonders too. One slope made for immaculate telemarking. South side-country that I covered was screech and squeak.
Quieter than a weekday. Scotty's got very quiet!
A blast from the past - Hoppet morning 2012. Heavy falls and heavy traffic well handled by FCRM.
Boy that looks like a lotta fun.
Toured from the top of the Summit lift to Westons hut via Pretty Valley & back via Rocky Knolls - a nice easy 21km.
@Ziggy quite right on BC conditions- icy, with some snowdrift cover - entertaining skiing.
Once the pole line dips below the ridge it’s difficult to follow - had to break out the GPS.
Lots of softening snow lower down.
Not much of a base @Chaeron ?
No fresh falls this year.
Nice one....yes it gets a bit tricky in trees...well Team Bears are not gifted in diwn hill abilities.Once you have been in once then it’s pretty simple navigation next time.We didnot get in there prior to wnter this year!
Only a few folk get diwn there....respect!
It’s a really nice hut.that Weston’s .
When that Mr T ganna get diwn there?
We did a day trip from Melbourne to Falls as I do most years on Hoppet weekend.. I think most people avoid it, longest i waited in a lift was 5 minutes on Ruined, great day although wind had some bite to it.
Car Parking was easy, except for the guy in front of us in the village, stopping to look for the 1 spot that nobody else would have seen all morning and slowly making his way up the mountain. That was until the shuttle driver stopped him and gave him both barrels
Sidecountry was stunning today, once it warmed up a bit. Shallow sugar on a firm base (except south faces were alternating wind drift and softening ice) - you could do anything on it. Had the best telemarking ever on slopes that normally get treated with caution.
Haha well done
Just a shame you cant really read it
We were blessed with a few cm of light dry snow overnight and they didn't mess it up by regrooming Main St. That offered some very sweet gliding first up. Corkscrew and Sundown also offered some sweet patches along with buried ice cubes in places. Elsewhere on the south side the runs were regroomed. Why?
In pursuit of wind drifts I headed out to Boomerang and was lucky to keep my fillings before finding soft stuff.
There was moving cloud, there was hail, sleet and snow all while the sun shone, and it all stayed dry until bang, it got warm and the snow got sticky.
It was quiet.
Put ya goggles on, it’s clear as day!