Is 2017 Shaping Up To Be A Lean Season?

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  1. Old School Mike

    Old School Mike One of Us

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    We are currently experiencing very dry conditions at the moment (symptomatic of an El Nino weather pattern) with no significant snow falls on the horizon. Will 2017 be a lean season?
     
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    Way too early to tell.
     
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    Yeah pretty shit, only done 5 days so far.
     
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    Could be the best 5 days of the season...

    :out:
     
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    Far too early to tell yet, but the signs do point to a cold and dyer than average season.
     
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    It's only how many days into the season so far? Last year Perisher had most runs open by the first week of July using man made snow only. Early days yet.
     
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    Has been so far!
     
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    Welcome Mike!
    Most seasonal forecasts including my own, lean towards an average season. Like @Froff Life said, it currently looks to be cold and dry for this season. The current dry conditions are being caused by a blocking high. Many long term forecasts show better snow conditions in late June and early July. We will just have to keep watching.
     
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    @Old School Mike Good to see you joined the forums buddy. The snow will come and hopefully the Main Range will be kind to us.
     
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    blardy show off.
     
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    We had some early falls which raised the expectation of many. I never really expect much snow till July. June is a bonus.
     
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    At least we all love having our best guess at what the season will bring...:)
     
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    This. I have three family birthdays a week apart in the 9th, 16th and 23rd of July and that's how I judge a ski season. If there's no snow in the 9th I don't worry, a week later I get a bit worried and by the 23rd I get really worried. But 2003 went berserk on the 23rd.
     
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  17. nfip

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    and last year went nuts after the lifts stopped turning....
    oh and welcome Old School Mike.
    tip : don't believe anything you read here.
    especially in the weather predictions ;)
     
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    I always plan a Mt. Stirling trip for the last weekend of July. If there is no snow up high on that mountain by that date then we are all collectively rogered. If that happens then I will take my snow gear and go to N.Z. for a proper winter mountaineering fix.So far this plan has not had to be enacted.
     
  19. Zimboo

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    Yes, late July to early September is a shot season!!!!! Without the "rrrrrrrrrrr" in shot.
     
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    Every season is what it is, and it's rare if there isn't at least several brilliant days. Just gotta get the timing right. My opening season starts on 1st July and finishes mid September. Anything out of that is a bonus.
     
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  21. Fast Eddie

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    They need to move school holidays back to August
     
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    I had my best "in resort ski" around 23 October last year. Skinned up Olympic and Eyre. More snow than any other time of the season and it was high quality dry snow-not corn. We won't know till seasons end this year! Same as every other season.....,,
     
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    Nah, just send em away for 12 weeks in Summer. Bound to help them long term......just ask our US friends.
     
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    My best day for snow in 2016 was Oct. 14th at Charlotte pass / Blue Lake/ Carruthers Peak.I am definitely going again up there , on that first weekend when NPWS open the gate from Perisher to C.P.
    Mt. Bogong will have snow but timing the weather window is the key.
     
  25. chicski

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    Jealous? :p
     
  26. nfip

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    you betcha !!! LOL
    edit : get our baby back , after 6 months away , on Tuesday so has taken the sting out of it ....
     
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    Mike leading the way to the lunch rock Carruthers Nov. 6 ;)
     

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  28. Marquise de Kappy

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    Here's hoping for some consistent if not huge early July so there will at least be a 'all mountain base' by mid july. I'm not asking for too much am i?
     
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    I remeber your posting.
    I was out bc same weekend
     
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    I think I done 10 - of which only 4 were questionable. Day of the season so far was June 6. Freshies on FV. Some other top 10 days in there as well. Only Friday 9 was a true dud day as it had crappy cloud and was the start of the current non snowmaking period. QBLW were great days just way too much sharing ..... SDS is now getting serious again and laps on Quad on Mon or Tue have the call of the vibe ....
     
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    I'll tell you in October.
     
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  32. Rush

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    It's that time of year again when I dust off these old chestnuts.
     
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    I've been skiing in June since 1969. Some of the season's best days for beginners are available right now. And likewise for those who ski to be fit ... ahead of what might be.
     
  34. Vermillion

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    A little bit of information can be dangerous. It's not as simple as El Nino = no snow and La Nina = lots of snow. There is a period almost every year in autumn/early winter where we have highs sitting over us and there are lots of calm days and frosts/fogs and to be honest, not much happening. Last year this happened really early, this year it seems to be happening at around 'normal' time.
     
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    SDS is alive kicking and in the house.
     
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    How exciting for you all. Has she had the most awesome time?
     
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    Oh hang on...off topic?
     
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    42 is the answer.
     
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    Good onya nfip and family........big thing having kids OS. Hopefully another young person that can break down barriers!!!!
     
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    Yes shes had a great time. Will be straight down the road and into the water when we get her home.
    I also observe the SST anomalies here are in the positive . :)
     
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    Don't you just love it how this thread pops up around this time every year without fail

    Well said @Vermillion

    IMO generally speaking though, I think it will be an ordinary to below average season (i.e. what we've just seen - early snowfall to get everyone amped, now long dry spell with nothing on the horizon has happened many a time in those average to below average seasons). Early snowfalls more often than not end in shit seasons IMO.

    At this point, I would be looking at an NZ early season trip and then hope that there's a shift in the jetstream/LWT that Oz gets some loving towards the end of July & into August but best to keep expectations low
     
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  42. Stephen James Allen

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    Yes, 2017 shall be a lean season. And the leanness shall become more pronounced with each and every subsequent season thankyou to global warming, or should I say thankyou to humans burning fossil fuels.
     
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    BTW chances of El Nino forming this year have dropped to virtually zero.
     
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    No global warming discussion in the Weather forum please.
    We know what happens.
    Bear pit is where you can discuss this to your hearts content.
     
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    Not yet, June has no bearing on the overall season. July is the month when the magic happens, and the key is Praying for us avoiding rain events.

    We have the same chats every year lol, it will turn out ok, or average or amazing. I know i enjoy my pass every year tho. But it allows me to go on short notice.

    I don't and won't really worry until July 7th. If after that we are struggling then we can start to panic.

    But as regulars will know- Aus snow is all about timing...I did 7 trips last year and hit the 2 huge rain events, oops! And no fresh snow on any of my trips! Bad season? Certainly not if you was lucky enough to go when they had the 70cms in 2 days or the few epic days in July.

    A big dump is coming, end of June or first week of July...she'll be alright! Watch and wait and get ready to throw the board on the roof! I know I won't miss out again this year!
     
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    FYI it is very important and Always wise to take out an insurance policy, I took out two this year. hakuba in feb and America in December.
     
  47. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I am ready to jump if the snow comes at the start of July and I can get two nights away on a Sunday and Monday at Mt. Stirling or MSG.
     
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    @bondibob you do make some valid points there.

    If you look back at historical data from over the years, you can see that there are some patterns, for example we often will get a snowfall in the last week in June / 1st week in July.

    I never used to go down until mid August but now it seems like the best time to go is late July / early August especially for the best snow quality.
     
  50. Old School Mike

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    It's not that unusual to get skiable snow in June or earlier. In 2009 I skied Club Lake and Carruthers in April and Kosciuszko in May. In mid May 1981 I skied to Jagungal in good snow from Munyang Pumping Station. Last year I skied Mt Kosciuszko, Ramsheads and Thredbo on 25 June. I've also skied in June in quite a few other years.
     
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