Hi . Your correspondent in the field drove a long way in one day over the border to find some Spring snow to ski on. Having reached an over saturation point of XC skiing this season the main motivation was to visit my old friend who is the manager of the Silver Brumby in Thredbo. In addition to that finding out what the Nordic skiing set up at Perisher is like was interesting , however snow conditions were not that good for XC skiing. I was wise to take my rock hoppers for what seems to have been my last day on planks for 2019. The drive up towards Wodonga became increasingly hazy with what I thought was smoke from a huge controlled back burn. As I travelled further and stopped at Corryong for lunch the gloomy overcast conditions became more pronounced. At Khancoban the man at the petrol station said it was dust. A lot of red dust from the interior of the big dry land. He also said because the weather was windy to watch out for falling timber on the road to Thredbo. I should have packed the chainsaw but fortunately I did not require it. Further along the weather became very wet and driving conditions were not optimal at all. What is usually a scenic drive became less than scenic with visibility becoming quite poor. Finally having departed at 8 am from Melbourne I arrived in Thredbo just after 3 pm. That drive never becomes any shorter or easier. It was very good to see Ms. E. and get all of her news. She has been the manager there for 17 years or so. She introduced me to the K.N.P. and to snow shoe walking on the Main Range some 14-15 years ago. She gave me a comfortable en suite room to stay in on the 21st and on the 24th of September. It rained cats and dogs, monkeys and frogs overnight , as well as much hail and thunder , the red dust fell to earth as precipitation. This was not going to be good for the ski surface. The next day on Sunday Sept. 22nd 2019 I said farewell to Ms . E. and headed off to camp at Island bend for 2 nights . Having found a good spot down nearer to the Snowy river and set up my tent and then I went to Perisher to check out the Nordic ski centre and ski the 10 km loop. The snow cover on the way up from Jindabyne was looking very sparse even above 1700 M. .It was not looking good at all. The Baw Baw Plateau had far more snow the week before on my 17/9/19 trip to Mt. St. Gwinear. I reached the busy car park and I got organized. I found the Nordic ski centre and had lunch there. Then I clicked into my Rock Hoppers for some slush skiing, rock hopping , water skiing, grass skiing and so on. The photos will tell the story better.