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Middle of June - Snow?

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by Aaqqwwee, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. Aaqqwwee

    Aaqqwwee Hard Yards

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    Hi guys, we are thinking of going to Falls Creek from the 13th to 15th June. Will there be snow then? Also, do you think the Wombat Ramble will be available? Thanks.
     
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    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    enough to throw a snowball but that will probably be it.

    Traditionally very little snow then, maybe a little in man made areas.
     
  3. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    There may be man made snow. You will be very lucky to have skiable natural snow. There may be a bit around for throwing snowballs. Wombats' Ramble has snowmaking, so if anything is available there is a good chance that it will be.

    There can be no guarantees, and skiing that early in the season is always a bit of a lottery.
     
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  4. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    No. But there will be plenty on the MR
     
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    Edgecrusher Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    This vid was made by one of the members on 12 June 2015. See for yourself.
    Was pretty much all man made skiable cover last year until after school hols in July

     
  6. snowduck

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    Most seasons the operators manage to get at least two runs covered for skiing on the opening weekend. Wombats Ramble has snowmaking top-to-bottom and is a priority run for the operators. If the weather in the days preceding is favourable there's a 50/50 chance of making enough snow to give a shallow cover along the full length of the trail
     
  7. Aaqqwwee

    Aaqqwwee Hard Yards

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    Thanks guys, only have time to go then. Not much of a choice for us. As long as Wombat's Ramble and a couple of beginner slopes are open, it should be good enough for us! I enjoyed Wombat's Ramble a lot when I went there couple of years ago. Nice and easy.
     
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    snowduck One of Us

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    Hey, so long as you all enjoy yourselves, then it ought to be a good trip
     
  9. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is the very first week of the season. You might be lucky but you might have nothing at all. If you want to go at low season prices, September is a much safer bet. IIRC last season there was no snow until 2nd week of school holidays in July

    I would never advise anyone to make a booking for June until they actually see that there is snow on the ground and lifts running. On the other hand you would have to be very unlucky not to have reasonable snow for beginners and low intermediates in early September
     
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  10. Aaqqwwee

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    Wow you serious? July? Hmm... that is tricky.
     
  11. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Last year I don't think wombat's ramble opened till a few weeks after that. You really can't rely on snow in June
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Some years wombats is open from first weekend to last, but not always. If you can wait till the week before to book then aim for it. Just don't commit money.

    I have skied Falls Creek every year since 1981 and i now live very close and ski as often as I can. I think I understand the vagaries of our season. It is the most reliable in Vic, but June is still a gamble.

    If you can only go skiing in June and you have to commit now, go to Perisher as the safest bet
     
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    Just realised that's only 4 months off. Bring on the Predictions threads
     
  14. Aaqqwwee

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    Thanks Currawong. Do you know when snowmaking usually starts after season opens? I checked the website and it says start of season is 11 June this year.
     
  15. Legs Akimbo

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    Snowmaking starts when conditions allow. That can be a couple of weeks before the season starts or weeks after. Very weather dependent.

    As Currawong says, Perisher is the most reliable early season resort (it is higher than the Victorian resorts) but even there there is no guarantee.
     
  16. currawong

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    As Legs says, it depends on weather conditions.

    The lift company wants there to be snow for opening weekend - at least wombats, mousetrap, main street and drovers. Snow making needs cold temperatures and low humidity. Without that, despite the best of intentions, it can't happen. Also the lift company don't want to spend a lot of money making snow to see it all washed away before it gets skied on. So even with good conditions, they don't want to start too early, but they will start a week or 2 before season opening if conditions are favourable.

    start of season is a misleading term. I regard opening weekend as the "getting ready to ski" weekend, not the first weekend of skiing. Regular skiers go up to socialise, collect their season passes and stash some grog in the ski club. If they get some runs in, it's a bonus.
     
  17. gareth_oau

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    take some snow hiking boots, and if the cover isn't good enough for skiing, you have got some great hiking as a backup
     
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  18. gettingtooold

    gettingtooold One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Disregard the fact that the official opening day of the season is in June. A month later is more realistic. As Currawong mentioned spring is a much safer bet for you if you can swing it.
     
  19. snowduck

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    Otherwise, find a Tardis and travel back to opening weekend year 2000
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    that was sensational, in fact the whole of June was sensational with everything open and noone there except locals. The whole season was fantastic right up till the day I tore my calf muscle having too much fun on St Elmo's