benny b boy said:right i need some help! i'm heading up the ben for 5 weekdays this year, and i want to make some snow!!! All i need is a pressure cleaner, a petrol one would be the best. the idea is to test it in the carpark, where there is little or no snow and then see how much snow we can make off say, 10 litres of pertol/$13. Most of them have their own pump on them, so it'd just be a matter of putting the pickup hose in the creek, pointing the nozel up in the air on a cold night and we could easily make a few cubic meters of snow! Does anyone have a petrol pressure cleaner their willing to use?
From memory! There isnt as many fences as there used to be!! Certainly more would be great and then maybe adapt some sort of blade onto a skidoo to move it around a bitMaxcimus said:Before anything is thought of about snowmaking, i think the slopes need to be groomed to retain what snow we get more effectively. I think BLD is right, snowmaking would need power to be cost effective, and power to the Ben is not likely to happen in the near future in my opion.
Aside from slope grooming I have heard stories of mawson using their fences much better to hold the snow and the result is huge accumulations that obviously take longer to melt. Perhaps whoever strategically placed these fences could give some guidance for the ones on the Ben.
Surely these sort of things should be the first step for development? They are low cost and have the potential to lengthen seasons = more income for other things.
Bogong said:I always liked BLB's suggestion for Do-It-Yourself slope grooming from a few years ago. He said that if we are up there in summer and see a lonely rock sitting in the middle of a ski run, we should feel sorry for it and move it to the side of the slope so it could have some company with other rocks.
I thought that was very caring and considerate.
P.S. What's wrong with using the outflow from the sewage pond for snow making? They do this at Hotham and Buller and the snow at Ben Lomond is shite anyway.
Flea Foot said:Again hard manual work on the ski slopes i think would be the best option.