Snow Report Lake Mountain 2017 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

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  1. teckel

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    Looks perfect. Why do I have to be stuck in a shop on such a day?
     
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    Errr.......financial survival? :D
     
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    Hadn't been skiing for over 8 years (12 June 2009 according to the tag on my stock!) because of basketball, footy and swimming obligations, but none of that yesterday, so took the kids. Not too busy at all out on the trails, and fully groomed. Up top by about 10 (?) and no real long queues anywhere - I was expecting bedlam. We got into the second par park, so no walk, either. Could not have been better conditions - full (not deep, but complete) cover of dry snow slightly softening later, but never wet. One small wear patch on the steep bit that faces north on Panorama. Pretty much full sun but not too melty-warm. No wind at all. We left early, about 2, and there were more queues going UP at that time. Not at all icy. Really easy to ski in those conditions. Kids did about 10 km on their 3rd (?) day ever on skis, and first since they were 6 and 9 yrs old (now 14/17), total of 3 falls between them, which amazed me. I guess the snow was so perfect there were no lumps to catch edges etc. Noticed it is snowing on the cam there this am. Might hopefully dash up for another day if it doesn't all melt off. I hired for the kids (from Teckel it would seem) on the way up, although I found I had taken one of the missus' boots and one of mine, and so I had to hire an outfit on the mountain, too (doh!) - their boots would not fit my salomon bindings.... Despite the stuff up on my part, could not wipe the smile from my face. Won't be 8 more years til we are back!
     
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    It was. It was that awesome again we went back on Saturday arvo, skied until sunset. Stayed somewhere nearby and came back up on Sunday. ;)
     
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    Way to go equatorial rabbit and Mr bunny
     
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  6. TeleXC

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    Nice! I was there sat afternoon, I loved it XD. I may have seen you! I am in the bright fluro yellow & black oneway pants and jacket so I easy to spot if anyone wants to say hello lol XD
     
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  7. TeleXC

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    When does LM close skiing for the season? Is this weekend the last weekend or do they keep it open if there's still snow there?
     
  8. teckel

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    They've told me they want to keep it open until mid September. They may be able to do that with the toboggan area provided there's not any big rain events or the weather's not too warm. To keep the trails open, they'll need good falls of snow. Assuming that happens, mid September I suppose. But for at least the last 10 years, they've kept the resort going until the first weekend in September (which this year is the 2nd & 3rd). So, at least 2 more weekends, maybe 3 or 4.
     
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    Tracking ok to visit LM this Sunday Teckel, my +1 is hooked.
     
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  10. teckel

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    Excellent :) Kids too?
     
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    Hmm maybe 1
     
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  12. EquatorBunny

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    I think...I saw you in that black/green outfit as per the avatar. Maybe at Snow Gauge when I stopped to have a breather. Cool outfit, I thought. LOL
     
  13. teckel

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    Lake Mountain has announced that they expect to remain open until mid to late September, due to good snow falls and good snow making weather.
     
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    Wow if I recall correctly first time that late in a long time but really great news.
     
  15. teckel

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    A bit of a quandary for me. The trout season ends on Queens Birthday weekend, when the ski season starts. The trout season begins on the first weekend in September when the mountain tend to close for the winter. So I usually have 2 weekends a year when I'm hiring out skis to one customer and selling scrub worms and fish hooks to the next. Well, I suppose this year it will be 4 or 5 weekends that I'm doing both :)
     
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    I think trout fishing might be slow early season up that way, as the rivers will be icy and high. Gives the fish a chance when the conditions are too cold and high until late spring, anyway! So two reasons to hope for more snow!

    Hoping this week piles it on as we may dash up Sunday??? If so we will be in for kids ski hire.
     
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  17. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    If it keeps snowing up there I am going to do a day trip on Monday or Tuesday next week ( 12/9/17 ).
     
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  18. gettingtooold

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    C'mon Teckel. Money in the bank. Busy times but more to spend on your next trip.;)
     
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  19. Chaeron

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    @teckel, sell them punters ice-saws to fish for trout in the Lake on Lake mountain. :evil: Some people will buy anything as long as the price is high enough....

    Some of my best trolling I've done on Lake mountain, forget Eildon!
     
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  20. teckel

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    It has been known for people to turn up to Lake Mountain in the summer towing a boat and asking where the lake is! LOL
     
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  21. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    If the Lake at Lake Mtn. is dry ;-P and there are no fish then send the punters to Kinglake! .The water skiing there is superb!
     
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    That reminds me of a Chinese tourist who asked me last year where the water was when he hopped off the train at Bayswater Railway Station...
     
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  23. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I went up for ski lesson and a XC ski plod out to Helicopter flat and back today. It was raining and the surface was very soft indeed.There was hardly anyone there!.
     
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  24. teckel

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    Yes, a very quiet day today. Good to see you again :)
     
  25. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    It looks like Lake Mtn. will get a top up of snow before the end of this weekend. Jeepers! If it is really good I might come up again early next week!
     
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    Is Lake Mountain going to be open for the Term 3 School Holidays?
     
  27. teckel

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    The way things are going, my guess would be 'yes'. Only 9 days until the start of the holidays, and there has been 20cm of fresh snow overnight. The resort is looking fantastic. More snow is forecast for Saturday and next Tuesday.
    So unless we get some very warm weather and lot of rain between now and then, it's looking highly likely :)
     
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  28. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    If it snows on Saturday 16/9/17 then I am coming up for another XC ski lesson and a XC ski plod along the beginner trails on Monday 18/9/17.:)
     
  29. LarryC

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    Can anyone tell me if Friday 15th (tomorrow) would be a bad day to go to Lake Mountain for snow play because the forecast says showers, or is that likely to turn into snow?
    I'm thinking of bringing my 3yr old for snow play, but have never been so not sure how to interpret the snow forecast. Thanks in advance
     
  30. teckel

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    I doubt the showers will turn to snow - I think it will be too warm. Of the outlook period, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday look the best. That said, if those days don't suit you, provided you're both totally waterproofed, tomorrow shouldn't be too bad.
    Please note, that this is my personal opinion based on forecasts, which can change
     
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  31. LarryC

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    Ok cool, thanks. Maybe I'll try Saturday then as it looks a bit better than Friday
     
  32. teckel

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    Saturday will probably be snowing, and quite windy - which may not be pleasant for the 3 yo. Rain would be more comfortable than wind-driven snow in the face, imo
     
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    I will wait and see but Monday is my day for the XC ski plan.
     
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    We went up (AGAIN!!) yesterday. Front row parking spot, arrived with other skiers too.
    It was fantastic. No wind, warm in the sun but icy and fast. We had to walk up about 50m before we could skate up the trail. Approx in front of the groomer's shed. A few patchy spots here and there but I was happy that I could skate the whole of Woolybutt trail and Mr EB went off to skate Jubilee. At about 9.30-10am a lot of other skiers started to come through. Mostly on classical. We mucked around the Heli Flat at this stage.
    The only annoying bit was the trails. Deep grooves, bumpy churned up snow. It'll be nice if it's corduroy perfect. Stacked hard a couple of times but it was definitely a good day to ski. I took the good along with the bad....
    Around 11am the snow started to soften a little and on the brink of a slushy arvo. We went back at about 11.30am.

    Yesterday will probably be our last day on the XC ski. Unless there is another snow on the weekend!!! LOLLOLLOL
     
  35. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I went up to Lake Mtn today , 18/9/17 and had a lesson( a one on one lesson at group lesson rates !) at 0930 am and then skied the entire green learners' trail network. I had about three spills but I am getting the hang of this and must admit I have got the bug. By 1 pm my legs were cooked and the surface was becoming very soft indeed, esp. lower trails were turning slushy in the bright spring sunshine. I headed back down the hill at about 1.30 pm.This morning at 9.30 am it was quite icy and getting the ski edges in for amateur turns and wobbly snow ploughs was not that easy.The lower trails are turning brown and I had to walk up to near the snow gauge to get some good snow cover.
    I think that was it for Lake Mtn. for 2017. I will be back for sure next season and leave the snow shoes at home.Thanks to Teckel for taking care of my ski hire needs and the classic xc ski lesson is cheaper when you buy it from Teckel, off the Mtn..
    I find the ski instructors there on the mountain push Fischer ski gear and the ski lessons cost more when you buy them at Lake Mountain.
     
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  36. teckel

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    I only do the cheaper lessons when in conjunction with hiring skis from me. If people rock up just wanting lessons only, I charge the same as the mountain. Sorry I missed you on your return - I had to go Healesville to organise my passport.
     
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    OK, Understood. Don't worry, The skis and boots that I hired today were fine. They worked great. I am not hiring gear from anywhere else if I am skiing( and falling over ;-P ) at Lake Mtn. If it snows really properly on Tuesday 26/9/17 then I will look at having one more day trip on skis somewhere .
     
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  38. teckel

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    Another 4-5 cm overnight. This September just keeps on keeping on :D
     
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  39. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    While I was skiing at Lake Mtn. yesterday , I too found that the trails had not been groomed since the weekend rush of people. There were ruts and grooves that were potentially hazardous.Once the surface softened a bit one could plough over/ ski through them on slightly downhill curves but other patches where it was shady and icy preserved these indentations, ruts , lumps and so forth in the skiing surface .
     
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  40. Ubiquitous Steve

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    Duty of care perhaps.

    Throw a dive...stay down till ski patrol comes.
    Always time to sue somebody or something .

    Then settle out of court perhaps and built holiday house in Marysville.
    Make sure you have go pro footage and stills to substantiate your case.
    Get reputable witness to substantiate the track quality ...

    Go for gold!!
    Possibly give Teckel a few grand for appearing as an expert witness to the track debarkle.
     
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    Hey! Leave me out of it!!! :eek:
    (I know you're kidding and the reference to the other thread)
     
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    Oh I forgot telephone legs from the ambulance to cover all areas that maybe required in future court action.
     
  43. Ubiquitous Steve

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    No on second thought using Teckel as an expert witness may cause friction between her and the Resort and damage her commmercial future.
    Yes u must plan this with stealth .....rope in Xplora as expert witness.
    But that might backfire if he appears to know more than the judge!!

    Team Bears are pleased that Mr T is turning from the dark side and embracing the long boards.Perhaps it won't be long before he comes flying down to Tawonga Huts waving his arms a troublesome snow shoe:mad: persons that have encroached his line!!:thumbs:

    Good work .....this is a pleasing story....
     
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    I have embraced the force( XC skis) and left the dark side . The Force is strong inside me. Next season my snow shoes won't get as much use. Better to start late than never. I have bumped into Ubi . Steve twice in my peregrinations and have not seen him on skis yet. Blundstones/ elastic sided work boots are not quite the same as skis.
     
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    I think we are done for XC skiing at LM for 2017.See you all at LM with renewed interest in 2018 for some weekday ski trips.
     
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    So In All it's Been a FAB Season re Snow Yay or Nay?
    Thanks
     
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    Yes, I would say so. The first half of the season was poor; the second half was great. So averaging it out, it was a pretty good season - the best I've had in 13 years. :D
    I'm exhausted and have come down with the lurgey :(
     
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    The dreaded Lurgi! Do you realise that it was a German manufacturing company? I used to work with a young guy whose German born father worked for Lurgi as an engineer. Can't remember the connection between the company and the dreaded ******.
     
  49. teckel

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    Apparently from the Goons: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dre1.htm
     
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    Thanks, but doesn't really clarify the derivation. My young workmate was quite sure that Lurgy (the company) was the basis of this "dreaded Lurgy" thing. I think I've got it now! (spoken in a John Mellion accent)!