Snow Report Lake Mountain 2015 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

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  1. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us
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    Just back from another day at LM. I'm glad I could get up there today, as it was a lovely day, weatherwise, and tomorrow will most likely be very busy. The condition of the snow, however, was very different from my previous trip. Today, it was soft and slow, making for hard work on skating skis. Glad I took fast skates and new boots, but it was still tough going. I had hoped the snow might be firmer higher up, but apparently there has been r**n and it was soft and messy just about everywhere I went. Past the Camp via woolybutt, out to the Triangle, up to the junction at the top of Muster, the back via Echo Flat and Snowgum trail. Not too bad for an old fart recovering from knee surgery, I thought. But then I came across Steve, a pretty serious and competitive skater, who was out there after heart surgery this year! What is it about xc skiing? Some thin brown patches on the way down suggest some meltage has already started. Make the most of LM for this year, people.
     
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  2. weerab

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    I was out there a few weeks back after varicose vein surgery. yes, we are a bloody tough lot! I guess as long as you can walk you can sort of XC ski:).
     
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  3. Pay Padog

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    Very nice skating yesterday on Jubilee and Woolybutt/Echo return loop to The Camp. Where was yesterday's snow report video taken from? The coverage looks like it was really good. Was it the top of Royston Rd?
     
  4. teckel

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    Well, the season ain't over till the fat lady sings, as they say.
    It's currently snowing at Lake Mountain. Looks like this weekend could be a goer :D :thumbs:
     
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    never been to snow before. .heard LM is good place for a family day at the snow ??
     
  6. teckel

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    Indeed it is, coolhunter.
    I always recommend, for those who can do it, to go on a weekday, as it is much quieter than weekends. However, not everyone has the luxury of being able to take a day off work and the kids out of school. However, at this time of the year, we are at the tail end of the season, and it's certainly a lot quieter on weekends than it was a few weeks back. I'd suggest that if you're planning on coming this year, that you do so in the next few days. There is no guarantee that there will still be snow in a week's time - the resort has not yet made a decision on a closing date for the season. However, if we do get a good fall of snow over the next day or two, it is likely to be open at least until the weekend after next.
    Probably the most important thing for first time visitors is to be warm and dry. So many people think they hate the snow - generally speaking, they don't hate the snow at all; rather, they had a bad experience as a child in the snow - cold and wet because they weren't wearing the appropriate clothing. I see people everyday, thinking that jeans and runners will work and that gloves aren't needed. They have a miserable time. What everyone needs is warm and waterproof jacket and pants, snow boots, warm and waterproof gloves/mittens, beanie etc.
    So beg and borrow what you can, or come on in and we'll kit you out with everything you need to ensure a good experience for your whole family.
     
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  7. coolhunter

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    Gr8.. thanks. Planning to be there tomorrow. i guess we still have to hire some clothes and obviously toboggans on our way.. My kids prefer the straight roads.. Any good route from Melbourne where i can avoid those ?
     
  8. teckel

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    Aahh, no. You can't avoid the windy roads once you leave Healesville.
    Drop in - the only ski hire on the left side of the road as you come through Narbethong. :)
    Ask for 'Teckel'. ;)
     
  9. urbanventure

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    Hoping for some advice: taking kids to experience snow for first time. We were hoping to book a ski lesson but just wondering if as all beginners we're better off tobogganing given snow coverage this weekend? Thanks!
     
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    The mountain is offering free lessons and equipment hire for the duration of the lesson only to kids up to 10 years old. Not a bad deal, but for yourself I wouldn't bother. There is a decent walk to skiable snow atm, so if I were you, I'd wait until next year. Take them tobogganing, get them a free ski lesson, and generally get the feel of the snow. Kids need to touch the snow, taste it, roll in it, make a snowman, have a snowball fight etc before they take to skis. Use tomorrow for that purpose. Then next winter, you'll be right to go.
     
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    Excellent advice - thanks so much! We're very excited!
     
  12. Tamar

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    Hi I am new to all of this and am a Lake Mountain Virgin. I live in Bendigo and want to Take my 9yr old son to see the snow for the first Time tomorrow! I was told entry to the snow play and toboggan snow is free! Is this true and how do we get there when we get to Lake Mountain road? I plan on leaving at 7am,it's a 3hr+ drive and plan to spend the day only there. I assume there's parking fees and maybe a tabagoggin hire cost too? If so,how much and is there likely to be any hidden costs or catches? Would we need tyre chains for car? Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask,please let me know ASAP where I can find out all this info!? Thanx heaps
     
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    Hi I am new to all of this and am a Lake Mountain Virgin. I live in Bendigo and want to Take my 9yr old son to see the snow for the first Time tomorrow! I was told entry to the snow play and toboggan snow is free! Is this true and how do we get there when we get to Lake Mountain road? I plan on leaving at 7am,it's a 3hr+ drive and plan to spendthe day only there. I assume there's parking fees and maybe a tabagoggin hire cost too? If so,how much and is there likely to be any hidden costs or catches? Would we need tyre chains for car? Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask,please let me know ASAP where I can find out all this info!? Thanx heaps
     
  15. teckel

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    Hi Tamar, The entry to the mountain is $54.50 for your car. We do a discounted entry if you hire gear from us. Once you park your car, there is no further charge for snow playing and tobogganing. If you hire with us, standard toboggan rental is $7 for the day. There are no hidden costs at all. You may wish to take your own food and drinks, or you can buy on the mountain. Snow chains have not been required for at least a couple of weeks now, and are unlikely to be required tomorrow. But you can check with us when you stop to hire your gear.
     
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  16. Tamar

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    yay thank you
     
  17. teckel

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    Great news from the mountain! Winter will continue until next weekend - 5th and 6th September. Snow making will continue until then. So what a wonderful Father's Day weekend - kids can take Dad to the snow. LOL
     
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  18. Equus

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    Please Can We Have Some Photos?
    Thanks
    :) :) :)
     
  19. teckel

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    More good news. There will be no gate entry fee charged on Sunday (Father's Day).
    Sorry, I can't help there Equus, but there must be someone out there who can.
     
  20. FatBoyDave

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    Are they still skiing up there at the moment or is it just snow play and tobogganing?
    Want to introduce my daughter to cross country (if there's enough snow).
     
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    Top of 14c over this weekend. Might be the final hurrah for made areas?
     
  23. teckel

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    I agree Stratus. I think tomorrow (Saturday) is possibly the last day, unfortunately.
    Special thanks to all my customers - hope to see you next year :)
     
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