trip report for feathertop 12-14 august. thought I should post some stuff from back south of the border to balance things up a bit! small mountain called feathertop has a little bit of short riding in not very steep terrain either... departed car park at about 3.30pm friday afternoon after being reasonable convinced visibility would still be poor on friday. killer hangover was not helping from previous night catching up with mates from out of town.. but whatever... powered up bungalow spur with walkman in.. snowline was very low, maybe 600m, but not consolidated until maybe 800m. The old hut site was well plastered with snow, and put the snowshoes on at that point. Was up to the hut just after sunset (which was beautiful amongst the burnt trees and regrwoth from 2003 fires) in about 2 hrs 40m. think the walkman must've helped with that..cos the hangover wasn't.. A few in the hut that night, but not many. No one had yet skiied anything on the friday, so it was up fairly early to check everything out sat morning. West face of feathertop was well covered, but layers were pretty unstable. 15cm or so of fresh on top of the corn/rain affected snow from the previous week. Looked really good, but though I'd look for something a little more stable or safe. Dropped into the ridgeline adjacent to avalanche gully, which was wind affected but more stable and followed it down into some open glades which had pockets of powder, and down deeper into the SSW gullys. Had about 2 or 3 runs before some other tele crew rocked up and dropped in the same gullys. Was mainly working the SE gullys and got some good pockets of powderish stuff that was warming rapidly. Avalanche gully looked well lumpy and had avy debris in it. Unstable and not nice. Although the steep chutes between avalanche and hellfire looked as tempting as always. Low cloud blew in late in the day, and the warming powder went sticky and very ordinary, before starting to crust over by late arvo. Unfortunately didn't get down the west face in the end, but some others did so.. after about 7 or 8 runs and the previous days walk in was well screwed... Heaps of crew (walkers, skiiers, snowboarders, mountaineers in training, and some dangerously inexperienced ppl as well) were in and around the hut on sat night.. so was a hive of activity. Wind kicked up sat night and heavily crusted the melted fresh. Clear night further iced things up. Woke up lazily sunday morning and had a little ride on the slope next to the hut to be convinced it wasn't worth riding the mtn (1-2 inches of hard crust with soft underneath.. sometimes breaking through, sometimes not - very unpleasant and edge catching like).. so rode down as far as the old hut site and walked out. all in all sat was good, but definately not best conditions seen up there before.