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Snow Report Falls Creek 2019 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by D-eye, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey, Ziggy, that fresh stuff sounds sweet. Enjoy. But where is Corkscrew? Can't recall or see it on map.
     
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  2. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    You bet CC.
    If you ski down the line of Monkey Bar poma (platen really) and keep going, you go down Corkscrew Gully. It narrows and veers to the right joining Scotty's.
     
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  3. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    From the Falls app
     
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  4. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Exhibition groomed for that person that asked a few weeks back

    First time I have seen it done this year

     
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  5. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Summit masters is next week IIRC. I didn't know if they would be old school and use natural bumps. They must be making bumps instead and needing an even surface to start with
     
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  6. fallsskier1186

    fallsskier1186 First Runs

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    Does anyone know how difficult the runs in the middle of the maze (Jigsaw, Roller Coaster, Black & Blue) are?
     
  7. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It depends. If they have been groomed on the day, or one before, they are not really much harder than shadow ridge. As they get cut up they get much harder. How do you go on the Ys when they are bumped up? The maze runs are similar but longer and more chance of bare patches
     
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  8. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    From the Falls app
     
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  9. gaz35

    gaz35 One of Us

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    they are fun
     
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  10. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Not super easy to be honest

    They were groomed earlier this week but by now I'd say a few bare patches down lower IMO
     
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  11. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator

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    I don’t think they are as steep as the Y’s or as narrow and I think the only problems are lower down. You tend to find buried VW Beetles on occasions.
    I tend to avoid Black and Blue as I find that’s the one that gets the most bumps. Although, I found myself down there by accident last year and it wasn’t as bad as I remember it LOL
     
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  12. Dan29

    Dan29 Hard Yards

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    I spent the majority of the last 3 days around the summit and the maze area.

    The maze was fantastic - the snow was in good condition, however it was getting very bumpy yesterday, combined with patchy cover I was having to pick my lines down quite carefully.

    Did one run down the Y’s and left it at that - very large bumps and lots of exposed rocks and shrubs.
     
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  13. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Yes from my limited experience you need 1.3m or more for good coverage

    Last time.they closed some.of the far runs when the average was below 1.1m
     
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  14. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    My ROT was 1.5m, but 1.3 is close enough.
     
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  15. Slide Sideways

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    You are thinking of Jigsaw @Sadie not black and blue.

    Y's are definitely steeper than maze area, I think the pitch is not the issue, it's more the width of the Y's that can catch you out . Steepest run in maze area I think is chainsaw for sure.
     
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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think a certain Z man took me down Corkscrew as access to the bottom of Ruined Castle a few years back. I said, "But it's a Black run" and he said "no, it's really more of a blue!" I made it down on touring skis with no style at all and swore I would never tackle it again.
     
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  17. gettingtooold

    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Isn't it funny. I find all of the maze great although narrow .Rarely if if ever come unstuck.
    Every time I take short and curly back to the car for a a break it does my head in and and I always go arse up. Hate that bloody 50 metres
     
  18. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    sounds more like shadow ridge. corkscrew is easy, moderate blue, easier than ruined. shadow ridge used to be graded black but these days is graded blue. one of the harder blues at falls, but only because it is narrower than most blues and can be icy.
     
  19. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    i love short & curly. I haven't been able to ski the maze for several years, but really enjoyed short & curly this year. it's often groomed, it's not that narrow. Only problem is that can be icy, and it means skiing down gully afterwards unless you exit hard right with speed
     
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  20. soza

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    Last week, when all groomed skyline - short n curly - final muster was a great combo to lap from international poma.
    Bit of tree shade and lack of traffic made it a great afternoon option.
     
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  21. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    What a wonderful day of spring skiing! Firm / icy in the morning but softening nicely during the day but without any of that wet, sticky, slow snow

    Still a fantastic cover
     
  22. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep. Surprisingly good after the rain last night. The south side stayed firm.
    I had a hoot using the Nastar berms as jumps and bumps. And hit a life-long ambition to telemark off the BHP road right down to the creek just past the first turn out of Windy. The snow was packed sugar and very forgiving.
     
  23. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    how was the climb out?
     
  24. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Slow!
    The snow was soft enough to boot pack straight up.
     
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  25. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Exhibition groomed again..

    All runs still open just need to get through this heat til Friday then a nice top up

    20 to 45cms over the weekend
     
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  26. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Currently 7 deg at 1130. Bluebird day with nice soft snow
     
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  27. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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  28. soza

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    Spending 4 days on the hill with friends from Sydney. Nice to enjoy the village and not have to drive down home everyday. Lunch time drinks in frying pan going down a treat.
    Not a bad view from the digs either

    As for the snow, its been crazy hot and humid. Bottom of maze and last hoot are done and dusted and not much grooming action on summit.
    Sun Valley and Lakeside are excellent even in the little bit of rain we had today. The terrain parks are in tip top shape if thats your thing and as its September your straight onto the lifts without any waiting. Perfect spring conditions.
     
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  29. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    I am coming up to XC Ski out to a hut of some sort ( Edmondson' s/Johnston's/ Fitzgerald's) via The Heathy spur loop route , this Tuesday. I look forward to skiing down the Paralyser !
     
  30. soza

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    Snow clouds hovering this morning then after an hour or so of heavy rain it puked all afternoon
     
  31. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Looks epic up there
    19cm overnight
    Another 15 to 30cm to come by Monday night

    Base back to 128cm

    May hit 1.5m again

    Perfect for my arrival
     
  32. Medicine_Shoes

    Medicine_Shoes Early Days

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    Conditions are epic today. Coming down pretty nicely at the moment and outside of the green runs, there is only a handful of people on the slopes.
     
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  33. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    4cms overnight
    Cams look amaze

    International and lakeside POMA

    On Standby :crap:
     
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    Medicine_Shoes Early Days

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    Once again, awesome conditions today. Pick of the runs would have been the skiers left side of the maze. Still plenty of areas there that weren't tracked out when we went through there after lunch.

    Highlights of the day, seeing one of my mates stack and end up riding upside down on his helmet about 6 metres down the hill. Also, same mates getting lost in the maze and having to walk out under trees and across a stream to find the way out.
     
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  35. Chaeron

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    Awesome day on the groomed - fast and easy skiing all over the pistes to complement the fresh untracked snow.

    Really enjoyed South Face, Big Dipper, St Elmos, Father Fosters, Racecourse, Corkscrew, Nastar and Exhibition.

    Treat of the day was sharing lifts with instructors doing their top level APSI exam on Race-course - wonderful elegance and skill on display. Inspirational to watch!
     
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  36. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Epic morning
    Firm and fast
    Softening about now

    The 4 year old having a blast in her lesson :)
     
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  37. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Oh and it's a ghost town
     
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  38. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    After the Wanaka + Queenstown resorts I rather like ghost towns.
     
  40. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Firm til 9am now soft

     
  41. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Still excellent skiing on a firm base around Scott and Ruined

    Summit is slush

    Snow holding up amazingly well elsewhere

    Oh and it's so quiet
     
  42. Ziggy

    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sun Valley groomers are good. Off piste is a pesky mix of consolidated wet old snow and wind-sculpted dry new.
     
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  43. soza

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    Wish I knew about the elk breakfast toastie deal before last week.

    Beautiful day on a almost empty mountain.

     
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  44. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Shoulda listened to @Sadie
     
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    Where is elk and what’s the deal with this toastier .. will need some fuel to get to McKay
     
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  46. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator

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    Best thing ever
     
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  47. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    elk is near on slalom st, near The Man. not sure of the price but I think it's coffee and toastie for not too much
     
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  48. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Despite the ugly forecast for today there was a slight freeze overnight

     
  49. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Firm this morning
    Summit beautiful spring slush
    Rest of mountian softening up

    There is no one up here :(
     
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  50. Noah

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    Google says more than half the trails are closed, is this accurate? I couldn't find information on open trails on the website and a rough count of the trail map seems to suggest falls only has about 50 runs, not 92. If this is wrong do you know what trails google is referring to? If it's accurate why is so much of falls creek closed? Interested for future reference.