Snow Report Hotham 2019 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

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First run of day down Gotcha, not bad.
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Just went down Micks (Hulls), one of the best runs I've ever had.

Remarkable weekend, as good as yesterday.
 
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Although plan B could be to go back to Victoria Falls and green camp there.
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A snap decision based on amazing deep powder snow at Mt. Buffalo has been made !!! .

My friend and I are going snow camping at Lake Catani hut at Mt. Buffalo tomorrow for 2 nights. She will be on snow shoes and I will be on BC XC skis. The entire mountain at Mt. Buffalo is rarely skiable like it is now, it costs nothing ski and camp there, and the trails have been groomed, whereas JB Hut and surrounds are skiable every winter.
 

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Earlier in the day, fun around Lindsays.
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A great run somewhere between Micks (Hulls) and Golden Point.
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Left some nice marks looking back from Blue Ribbon chair.

3.00pm and done. As always Half-Backscratchers will go to the end. Superb weekend with September now looking good to.
 
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Heavy downpours here in Omeo over the last hour or so, ongoing. That's in contrast to fairly dry weather in Omeo earlier today and yesterday. Hope it's snowing a bit more up top
 

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Snowing lightly at Hotham. Not much accumulation but better than r@#n. Summit, Gotcha, Orchard/Keoghs, Roadrunner on wind hold. The groomers in open areas are skiing well.
 
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This afternoon was very super excellent. Not anywhere near as deep as the last storm; but even better quality

Extreme zone is basically shark free now - meant I could ski with more commitment. Had some highly satisfying skiing; aggressive yet controlled. Steepest part of Mary's was absolutely sensational - nothing like shredding steep pow and racing your sluff

The flow of the terrain at Hotham is the best on days like today - ridgelines into delicious pow wow filled, untracked bowls. This season I have found some new lines; feel I am reading the terrain better than ever

Resort in great shape. 1.5m with fresh is just perfect - no sharks; but not too filled in. Lots of features around
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Not sure I would agree with the other comments entered today. My take was that I would occasionally get a pleasant feeling that there was neither solid ice nor chopped up re-compacted dirty snow under the first 2 inches of surface powder. Sorry, not powder, but sleet. It was painful on any exposed skin. Felt horrible under skis and gave many people the impression they were skiing on powder. And it was slooooooow. Not sure how many cumulative days I would need to ski in Hotham for it to be similar to an even mediocre day in North America or Europe.
 

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Not sure I would agree with the other comments entered today. My take was that I would occasionally get a pleasant feeling that there was neither solid ice nor chopped up re-compacted dirty snow under the first 2 inches of surface powder. Sorry, not powder, but sleet. It was painful on any exposed skin. Felt horrible under skis and gave many people the impression they were skiing on powder. And it was slooooooow. Not sure how many cumulative days I would need to ski in Hotham for it to be similar to an even mediocre day in North America or Europe.
I think you've just done the entire day wrong.
Aspect, equipment, wax, timing, attitude. Even snow description.
 

L337sk33

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Sorry. Forgot this is the internet and didn't read the overwhelming default positive comments left. Enjoy your stove pipe.
 

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Trust me I wish I had a great experience, but after this mornings water festival I just had to check back in to learn how to realign my expectations, as well as hone superlative adjectives.
 

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On the 7th day we got this, despite having flat bodies we couldn't stop smiling. Like Falls yesterday a multitude of snow types a real test for technique at times. Slush bumps under Keoghs chair, Playground and Blue Ribbon, some cream early on down Marys, fast and furious over on Orchard. Sugar and ice on Heavenly. All a stack of fun, tomorrow is looking good, was refreezing fast later in day.
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Pity this wasn't the cover for the Pub2Pub 2 weeks earlier. Great cover, almost noone on the trails and, excellent grooming which remained intact after last weekend's biathlon.

On the trail to DP.
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Sunrise over DP before the storm last Sunday/Monday
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Pity this wasn't the cover for the Pub2Pub 2 weeks earlier. Great cover, almost noone on the trails and, excellent grooming which remained intact after last weekend's biathlon.

On the trail to DP.
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Sunrise over DP before the storm last Sunday/Monday
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The snow cover is looking good. I am packing the car tomorrow for the drive up on Tuesday to JB Hut from Melb. via Omeo.
 

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Finally got both the kids on a trip together and what a beautiful day.
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Daughter has really improved her skiing this season off limited days.
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So time to test her with her first trip past Spargos
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And well she did, now she knows the best way to the Village chair.
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Snow holding up well, will be interesting how long Blue Ribbon can stay open for.
 

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dunno.....im trying to get up there b4 lunch! looks like midday is when shit gets real
 
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