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How much snow depth required to open a lift?

Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by FatBoyDave, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    How much snow depth do they need to open anything?
    Big D?
    Summit Poma?
    Upper Playground?
    These are usually the 3 first.

    What's the likelihood that anything will be open this weekend?
     
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    thought big d was last to open ?

    oops. think we meant blue ribbon
     
  3. FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    These are generally the first 3 they open to cover their Snow guarantee :
    Big D
    Summit Poma
    Upper Playground

    Although to my mind, calling the Summit Poma a run is a bit like calling the magic carpet a run.

    Blue Ribbon is generally the last (but not always).
    The Orchard needs the creek to freeze before it can open (I believe).

    I'm hearing they got ~20 centimetres in last 24hrs, can anyone confirm?
     
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    Cams are back on.
     
  5. FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    Summit can open on a thin cover, simply because there's little vegetation to cover over. There's little snow making up there though so after this compacts, might need some more on top.

    Big D gets snowmaking, so good chance that the few days of snowmaking on top of the fresh will lead to a spinning bullwheel next weekend.

    Road Runner, 40 odd.
    Heavenly, 60cm.
    Orchard, 80cm.
    BR, 100cm.

    These are approximations and as you mentioned, few other variables which can affect the opening of an area.
     
  7. Yardsale

    Yardsale Part of the Furniture Moderator

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    Normally you need two decent falls in quick succession to open. The first will flatten the bushes down a bit, and fill in the holes. The second will make groomable cover.
     
  8. Boodwah

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    Based on current guns firing, they're aiming to have the following spinning by the weekend:
    Dinner Plain
    Big D
    Roadrunner
    Village
    Maybe summit, but limited snowmaking so will depend on further snowfall.
     
  9. FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I'd be stoked if they got the village open this weekend.
    Seems like a tall order though.

    Roadrunner would be pretty good though.
     
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    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    There's every chance of Village as they are pumping it out in Slalom Gully. It'd be also good for them to get some traffic down there to compact it all as well, makes it last better for the season.
     
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    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Even if they don't open it, it will be very skiable for those who like to climb.:)