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Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by skiflat, Apr 4, 2020.
Light snow on the ground
Hard to get excited really
The Hotham shop has gone live for lift passes, lessons and the like. They are currently doing the same as Perisher (unsurprising) and Thredbo, and limiting the sale of lift passes to 30 June onwards.
Pass pricing is dynamic, but the "Spring" discounts don't really seem to kick in until the last week, so not really worth it.
I wonder if the season will go ahead anyway...? ikenai kamoshiranai...
Dinner Plain cam seems to show a T_bar type of attachment to the cable and the tracks in the snow looks like someone has been getting some early season turns in
Looks like snowboarders hiking up the little slope for a few well earned turns. Don't think the lift is running.
We've had turns on the DP. nursery slope last 3 days
How hikable is the nursery slope? If movement restrictions are lifted I wouldn't mind taking Mr4 up for some pre-season sliding.
Easy peasy hike. And if you cross the slope at the top and go left, there is actually a nice (short) run through the trees. But DP is a long way to drive just to hike a beginners' run. Suppose it depends where you are coming from.
My son and I were supposed to have been hiking the Western Arthurs last week, which was obviously not on. Lucky, or we'd have been blown to Chile. But as well as needing to get up to DP to wash the smoke out of all the curtains and linen since the fires, last week's ferocious winds blew a section of roof off, leaving 140mm of torrential rain to get in. At least snow was forecast, and we had a cheeky ski the last night of April before two days of awesome ski touring from our doorstep up to DHP, JB, Vic River, and the Falls (photos posted in weather obs). On the way home yesterday it was bluebird, and we were amazed by the cover for May, with pretty much everything everywhere skiable to low levels. We found a nice line down the Drift where the wind hadn't ripped things up too much, all the way down to the waterfall - and then another down Harris' Horror all the way to the bottom - and then a challenging bootpack out. There was snow down to 1000m, and the autumn colours were beautiful.
Gutsy move. The Western Arthurs is by far the best extended (7+ days) hike I've ever done, but also the third most gruelling and exhausting. There is no way I'd dare to go there outside late December to early March when the weather is merely bad most of the time, but not actively trying to injure you physically and psychologically like it does at this time of year. So you and your kid are vastly tougher than me to even think about going there in April / May.
Anyway, thanks for the lovely photos.
I dont like you anymore. Your roof blowing off makes me feel better
How did your ski bases hold up? #sharknado?
There was/is seriously a lot of snow - we didn't have to worry about any rocks at all. If you check out the first shot of Faether from the road, that nice north bowl was as filled in as ive seen it.
I like Fagus, and weather.
But winds last week were gusting triple figures.
Those photos were absolute filth !
Awesome , made my day, congrats !
Racking 'em up for Tele Father of the Year, @Boodwah
Not bad... now go back to work.
Small shortlist Pete. Those boots were his 10th birthday present a couple weeks back, his first tele turns yesterday, one more convert.
There is none.
thats no good, but no-one can say you aren't making the most of it! great pix and good fun in weird times
Fabulous photos. At least one of the regulars on the forum is showing us what we are all missing out on. Amazing snow cover for early May, just redonkulous !
nice one @Boodwah
Sorry to hear about your roof. Hope it didn't cause too much damage.
Must've felt good to get some turns in. I thought about going up and sleeping in my car somewhere, but it was too hard with all the current restrictions etc
My friend in Myrtleford is almost a local and did not go XC skiing along the Twins Road, Dargo HP road , Mt. Loch or at JB Plain on May 2nd or May 3rd.
I thought that was a bit disappointing!
At least somebody got to ski it and take some great photos too.
Work has been a bit stressful, mostly bc we’re all our own anxious worst enemies! So yup it was great to let off some steam.
Feel like DP dodged a bullet in January, and now that Australia has dodged a bullet in May...
Is JB hut still there or did it get reduced to charcoal? What about Howard's hut closer to Hot Ham resort?
With such a good snow fall I think the Cobungra ditch trail would have become XC skiable.
Almost everything was XC skiable down to almost 1000m, although with nothing groomed it would have been pretty heavy going through the mooshy snow with skinny skis - we use wide (80+mm) pattern bases.
I was surprised at how little fire damage is visible. You pass through some in between Omeo and Cobungra, but then hardly any more. JB is fine. Only a few trees above Carmichael Falls, lots below but everything regenerating already. The Falls seem to have saved DP. Couldnt see any fire damage north of the road around DP at all.
O.K. Good . I like snow camping at JB Hut and XC skiing in the area.
I tend to XC ski ungroomed fresh heavy uncompacted BC XC snow like you had on Madshus Epoch PB BC XC skis.
They are wide and metal edged with good flotation over heavy fresh uncompacted snow.
Last year in August the snow ran out near Dinner Plain and I could not ski down to Precipice Plain and The Mayford track junction . I have it in my in tray for 2020.
I have a dream of Nordic skiing near Lankey Plains hut on the Northern Dargo High Plains as well as some of the
4 WD route along the Blue Rag Range.
It could happen one year if we get good snow in May. Even this Sunday could be feasible while the Dargo road gate is still unlocked at Mt.St.Bernard until early June.
Access by a suitable vehicle in an out of season snow fall would be the best way to do this.
Plan B could be to drag a sleddy thing from the Southern Winter gate on the Dargo High Plains road and set up some kind of base camp in the snow further north.
The fireplace and chimney at Lankey Plains hut has been removed and the High Country Hut assoc. left a notice inside the hut in 2018 saying a pot belly burner would be installed. I will believe that when I see it.
Hotham yesterday - lots of snowmelt, but still some skiable pockets
Earlier, Victoria said it would relax travel curbs to boost tourism in its bushfire-struck towns, a key contributor to the southern state's coffers.
Tourists will be able to stay overnight from June 1 in regional areas in the state, Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Victoria will open up ski fields from June 22, with strict rules around hygiene and without shared facilities after a testing blitz showed low levels of community transmission.
If this system drops 10+cms on June 1st then I am going up to do a day trip from Myrtleford to ski the JB hut ski trail to Paw Paw Plain and back for day. We have a ski season at Hot Ham and Dinner Plain. It just remains to be seen how much grooming they carry out for Nordic skiers in August.
Errr, did I sleep through 5 months of winter?!? Again?!? Gotta get my meds adjusted....
When the computer program doesn't get an entry for months on end, it just displays the last one entered, which would be the one in October.
They will get updated when the snow season begins again.
lets see how it works now!
fire up them guns!
Maybe a delivery au naturelle before the guns?
Have never been to Hotham but now get some perspective on where some pics are taken from this video complete with near accident at 4'15" mark.
Thats sadly very normal, i do think the speed of the film made it look worse than it was. Best thing to do is just pullover as soon as someone is up your clacker. Many different drivers on one road but frustration can be high. Im not fast but sometimes will sit behind someone who bypasses a dozen pullout opportunties....
Ill take both thanks
The Hotham Road from Harrietville after a snowfall can be a hairy experience for driving. I prefer to come in from Omeo to access snow camping and Nordic skiing at JB hut . It takes much longer from Melbourne but the approach is much safer.
Plus the powers that be do close the road if it has been throwing it down . So imagine driving all the way to Harrietville only to find the road to Hotham and Dinner Plain is shut. That cannot be good. I must say the Falls Creek road is more sheltered but still has its hazards and bad drivers. I go at my own careful speed and that means pulling over for other motorists all the bleeding time.
Omeo approach from Melbourne doesnt take much longer in my experience. Max 30 minutes.
Depends where you come from it can take more than that but if you are in the SE and its friday it makes sense
That's relative based on where in Melb you are coming from and when you leave. According to Google maps, for me it's an extra 2 hours via Omeo
Yes, and stopping for lunch at Sale, taking a walk around the lake /pond at Sale also makes it a whole day to reach JB hut via Omeo and set up a snow camp by dusk. I usually go on a Sunday night so I can be sure to find a parking spot near JB hut and have two whole days to ski tour the area before going home the same way.
I am pleased to hear that JB hut is still there and did not burn down in January 2020.
turn the guns on!!
Anything rideable at present?
Might head up next weekend prior to season opening and entry fees/restrictions of numbers etc.
Going by summit cam anything se facing looks like decent coverage albeit shaded and likely firm.
Any on mountain report welcome.
@Boodwah @hongomania or others?
We bailed to coast this year, no action up there, not much snow