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How much snow depth to ski a road?

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Scooter, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Scooter

    Scooter One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey Folks - So pretty much as per the topic title - how much snow do you reckon you need to ski a road?

    Reason I am asking is I have been following the snowfalls down in Tassie on Mt Wellington. They seem to have had a few decent falls this season which has had me thinking how much snow would it take to ski the road.

    I am not sure what the road clearing schedule is (anyone know?) but I am thinking if you were motivated enough you could hike the summit after a fall and ski some of the road back down. I know a lot of factors (like the amount of moisture content of the snow etc.) come into play but I was thinking if you didn't care about your bases a couple of cm's might be ok (if sketchy turns)? But how much for decent turns?

    Give me an idea and/or your thoughts :D
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Calling the expert @Untele-whippet, known for his first descents in the Blue Mountains.
     
  3. dr80

    dr80 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    If road is smooth:
    Straight 5 cm
    Gentle turns 5 - 10 cm
    Full carve 10 - 15 cm
     
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    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    If it's a (rounded) gravel road, not much!
     
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  5. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heavy frost!
     
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  6. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That sounds like a movie title!
     
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    iagreewithhim One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Rental skis or your own?
     
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  8. Scooter

    Scooter One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The road to Wellington is a proper road - but with soft shoulders so perhaps (depending on how the clear it) one side could be an option but I would have thought better/easier on the actual road surface (although I guess gravel has a bit of give - eg. ski it without the snow if you didn't care about your gear).

    Some of the NZ access roads are still gravel yeah? I should go looking - sure plenty of people have skiied them with varying levels of cover (same is probably true of the Mt Wellington road as well).

    As per above if you didn't care about your gear I am sure you could do it with 0 cover provided it was steep enough (not sure about turning however :D ). Guess I am trying to establish a base line figure/depth for when it wouldn't be that bad an option.
     
  9. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    If they're someone else's skis
     
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    Chaeron One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Soft melting slush or crisp firm snow...
     
  11. Untele-whippet

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    that's the right question
     
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    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skiing down the gravel road from the lifts down to the car park at Mt Mawson, I've found that it depends on how much you value your skis.

    Last time I was there, I was on my 2008 vintage carvers and I was quite happy to ski on 1 cm of snow. I almost made it all the way down to the car park :cool: , but not quite. :(
     
  14. Charlie

    Charlie Still the most depraved poster here Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's quite possible to ski on 1cm of snow, but sooner or later you have to stop or turn!
    Edit:
    If you're doing it at night, it makes for a spectacular light and fireworks show!
     
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    Harper11 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Candide does it on zero cms
    Anything else is a bonus
     
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    I've done some backyard skiing in Anglers Reach on about 5cms, but my bases were screaming out in pain (lots of rock and stumps etc). Still worth it for getting to ski in my undies and retreat to a sauna when it all got too much. Good times.
     
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  17. Scooter

    Scooter One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ok so I went and had a quick Google (specifically for Mt Wellington as that was what got me thinking).

    First article I was looking at was this one
    https://www.mountainwatch.com/Snow-news/snowboarding-hobart-mt-wellington-tasmania/
    Talking about 20cms(+?) in July - two things - first they talk about waiting 11 days for the road to open before heading up - WTF :confused: Why would you wait? Should have hiked up earlier. And the second was if the pic of the cliff drop is real :eek: Hell of a lot more than 20cms at the landing (as you would want to drop that).

    Would have been good if these pics were still active https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/mt-wellington.67482/

    Anyway, couple of youtube vids



    This is a good one - notes 10cms of fresh (doesn't hit tarmac once) but was interesting to note the comment about wishing the road was steeper.



    This was another one.

    Both talk about driving up - so maybe the got up there BEFORE the road was closed?

    Edit - The first clip looks like parked low and walked up the road and then skied back down (see he walk track). If there is snow down to 300 odd meters (as stated) from the summit that's a fair bit of vertical.
     
  18. Scooter

    Scooter One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @Untele-whippet - Nice :D That was from that recent wide area snowfall event yeah? How far did you ski? I think I saw them posted - was good following the pics/clips as posted on here and that snow follower site somebody linked to.
     
  19. Untele-whippet

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    That was the snow event of 12/10/2012.
    Unfortunately not enough snow this year for a ski.