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Snow Report Hotham 2019 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by D-eye, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Hully

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    Low relative humidity means a sub zero wet bulb temperature (dewpoint on the observations). This results in evaporation occurring at surface of the snow, sub zero temps and surface freezing occurring. Not a deep freeze like you get from cold overnight temps and softens quickly.
    This is the same effect that enables snowmaking in air temps above zero.
     
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    Doesn’t need to be freezing ambient to freeze snow pack.
     
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    Hotham started warm and fresh with good skiing on a soft spring snowpack.

    Started the day with runs of Summit and Road Runner and soon headed down into the valley.

    Light sleet began at about 10 am around the Summit with heavy sleet falling at 10:30 am which sent many ducking for cover at the Heavenly Hut. The wet sleet turned to wet snow about half way up the Heavenly chair.

    A couple of runs down the Cornice and Black Snake provided good skiing although a run of Peach Bowl/Canyon revealed the challenges of skiing wet fresh on top of spring slush - lots of rapid longitudinal acceleration changes kept you on your toes.

    I pulled the pin at 11:30 am to dry out at Swindlers, my Gore-Tex DWR isn't what it used to be.

    After re-charging with an awesome Laksa from the Genny, we headed out to Blue Ribbon. Runs of Varsity Drag and Hoggs Back were worthwhile with the day's snowfalls filling in the holes nicely.




    Wood Run Right still has major holes down the guts. The nicer fresh up top become noticeably wetter towards the bottom of the run.

    I tried out Notice Board. Some nice turns at the top but some major bushwacking required in the middle.

    The final run of day was the best : Deep, soft freshies down Wall of Death. When you cross tracks with a telemarking ski patroller out having fun, you know you are in the right place at the right time.

    "It's a bit better than this morning" I said.
    His smile spoke volumes.




    Lower Wall of Death was chopped up but still had good excellent cover.

    Tomorrow could be awesome, based on this evening's late storm (which added another 5-10 cm) plus the forecast top-up overnight.

    Might be time to do some morning laps of the Extreme Zone.
     
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    Women’s downhill at 2 was mint, enough fresh to not be touching the sugar in turns but shit snow to skin in, super sticky and clumpy
     
  5. Onlybackscratchers

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    Another fun weekend, 20+ OZ fresh, not the easiest stuff to get a rhythm in, but still very enjoyable. Near Gotcha. My turn. Past One Tree Hill.
     
  6. _Yossarian_

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    Glad I'm not the only one who struggled to link turns off-piste today!

    Dumped the kids off at ski-school and my eyes lit-up with the sight of deep fresh of McColls for my first run of the day. After a few turns in the deep heavy snow and getting thrown around into the back seat my enthusiasm was tempered somewhat.

    I headed over for laps of Gotcha to get my deep snow legs again. Visibility up top was awful necessitating 'braille skiing'. That coupled with some windslab made it heavy going on 78 mm skis.

    I eventually made it into the extreme zone, got some knee-deep tracks down Gotcha Ridge but it was really hard going. The ski-out along the creek is in fantastic condition.

    Followed up with a run down Mary's Slide via the North RIdge, and then another crack down Gotcha Face. Again, heavy going with a bit of wind-slab around.

    Strong winds increased during the causing lift closures - we finished the day with Village loops with the kids. Strangely enough Slalom Gully was in awesome shape. Most of the weekend punters packed it in, Slalom Gully was hard-packed cold snow and still smooth and mogul-free by 3:30 in the afternoon.

    Light snow continued all day. Maybe another 5cm in total?
     
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  7. Onlybackscratchers

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    Unexpected sunshine and the snow is making fart noises. Much easier to ski than yesterday. Backside very nice. Now snowing quite consistently.
     
  8. mr

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    Groomers were skiing real nice this morn. Real nice
     
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    Whose backside is very nice...?
     
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    Bit of a mixed bag out there but some really good stashes in the right spots...
    Did some sidecountry laps (within time constraints):

    Cover a bit thin in the wrong areas though...



    Sunday's weather came in a bit:

    Well earned beer break:
     
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  11. Onlybackscratchers

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    According to my son the 16 year old snowboarding girl who asked his age yesterday!

    I think that was Hulls in the bottom shot, somehow I managed to get myself into the wrong bowl over there 3 times on the weekend. Didn't really matter much, was fresh tracks everytime.
     
  12. mr

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    i also skiied that line down to the aqueduct too the other week @Hermannator......didnt go below aqueduct though, too many trees down....fun line, although i did it when it was corny

    im also enjoying joyce brockoff hut too
     
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  13. Hermannator

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    Yeah I knew it was marginal (the new snow fell onto little/no base) but it'd been bugging me for weeks. I agree that it was too woody to go below the ditch.
     
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  14. skilady

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    Anyone have an update on conditions? How much snow softening is there?
     
  15. mr

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    Lots of snow. Softening as youd expect. Great spring conditions
     
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  16. Timmossy

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    How bloody good is September skiing. Doing continual laps of Lower Playground, Hackers etc. Village lift running at a pretty decent pace.

    So much fun.
     
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    Get a job.
     
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  18. Timmossy

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    Back in the lodge now working! I swear! Did manage to get a few turns in at Buller on Wednesday too.....
     
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  19. mr

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    Yeah i love spring too. Slow starts and then just ski groomers by aspect, long lunch with sidecountry arvos on the south sides
     
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  20. Timmossy

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    Or a bush walk. At the bottom of Golden Point Spur.

     
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    Sources inform me that today is Blue Ribbon's last day, if not it will be tomorrow. It's really the Davenport track that is the problem, under the chair and Hogsback still have fair cover.


    The lower back bowls still have a few weeks with luck, just will require the walk back to Village chair.

    Junior freeride comp today, zoomed in you can see a poor shot of probably the days biggest jump, maybe 60ft. Surprisingly fast first up and softened very nicely, let the spring turns continue.
     
  22. Timmossy

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    Was surprised how much snow was still on Hogg’s Back and it was still getting groomed. The grooming machines have made a real mess of the unload area though by blending all the dirt theough it.
     
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    Hats off to Hotham for updating the report so quickly this morning now that is a big rain front coming through. Rained heavy all night in Dinner Plain and it is still pissing down hard and with strong wind gusts.
    We'd planned to ski Hotham to DP this morning. Still might do it using the midday bus up to Big D if this rain front passes as it's now forecast to around midday. Failing that we'll drive up with no entry fee after 3.30pm and ski the trails around wire plain or do an hour on the village runs on our 3 day tickets that start tomorrow.
     
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    The xc trail from The General to Whiskey Flat was still in good shape. Thanks to the xc groomer maestro Graham Donoghue (apologies if the spelling isn't right) for being out grooming xc trails in the steady rain of last night and this morning.
    Beyond Whiskey Flat there are regular breaks in the cover with lots of debris and the surface is rain-affected and a bit rough.
    First time for my two kids to do the Hotham-Dinner Plain ski and they were tired but they got through at a pretty good pace with no mishaps. We'll do it again next year when conditions are better.
     

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    Greg O’Donohue, if I’m thinking of the same person.;)
     
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    @Pink Thanks for the Greg O'Donohue correction☺ I was talking to the photographer Karl in his Dinner Plain gallery and he mentioned the groomer guy's name when I said I was impressed that any had been done with the rain that fell overnight. We will probably be enjoying Greg's work on Friday morning around Wire Plain before heading home.
     
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    Blue skies and no wind this morning. Time to get brekkie and get up the road to Hotham from DP. It will be a cracker of a day!
     
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    Ill be up with 5 kids for 4 days next week. Looking forward to it.
     
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    We'll be up with some kids (not sure how may yet) weather looks pretty good.
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its that time of the year for skelton gully hangmans womens downhill

     
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    We should have a beer or something i reckon
     
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    Sounds good.
     
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    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I love the rocks in Skeleton Gully, at least I thinks it's in there.
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is looking out from pegasus. Lookers left gully = skeleton, right face = hangmans is how i understand it. Big d building right of shot
     
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    Just this side of that ridge is quite nice too. Haven’t been down there since almost wearing a tree though.
     
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    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Definitely Hangman's then. Me and my mate who's family has a membership at Bundarra used to ride it as often as possible. Fun times.
     
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    Ive done the boot out from skeleton twice with my middle son. At least an hour
     
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    Definitely needs a light scrub burn for the next season?
    Kidding!! Sort of! ⚡️
     
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    In and out of Hangman's circa 2002, sorry for the fuzzy photo of a photo:
     
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    BTW Mr, where'd you get that map? Very cool.
     
  42. mr

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    it was in the history of the Wang ski club book at pegasus i think. ill be there next week, ill take a wider shot. We never knew what to call skeleton gully, so when i saw it had a name i took a piccy
     
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    gets steeper and steeper as you go down eh, classic australia
     
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    I also used to drop off Hangmans when a member at Bundarra in the late 80s and 90s. Were only hackers then (and still now), and only knew it as the drop off Big D.
     
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    Then you probably met my friends family. I think they helped build the place. Their son Jim did a season as club manager.
     
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    Its amazing how many good runs are at Hotham and most you cant easily see from anywhere else.
    Love the Dargo faces ,though you can see those.
     
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    Theres a lifetime of sidecountry at hotham i reckon. The resort probanly takes up a quarter of the hill really
     
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    How is it all holding up after the wetness? I’m up next weekend
     
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    On the runs looking pretty good. Tonight/tomorrow freeze/snow will help. Still lots of snow on anything south facing and around lodges in Davenport.