Snow Report Mt Baw Baw 2019 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions.

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The Plowking

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The Plowking

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My late mate Wangers circa '95 He went on to do a season at Hotham, then Canada with me before returning to another 10 years at Hotham.
I just pretty much stayed overseas for the next 10 years chasing snow and surf and good times.
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I remember helping dig the footings for the Towers, pouring top station, working with T Fisher do the
electrics, flying in the towers with the (Lama) french helicopter amongst other fun stuff on the summit T, 1979.
 

The Plowking

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Love the bottom station shots @The Plowking , Nos and Shaggy at 12.15am? haha
Lel. Yes. Bloody hilarious back then. Whole place was loose as.
Starting up hut for our own personal use after a storm, nightime skidoo shenanigans, a road that never closed, chainsaw summer grooming and jump building
Hmmm, whos 'onlybackscratchers' in the real world?
 
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Q. How many years was Kelly's feeding faces ?
And what was this Bawbaw deevice called ? A skiskateboard ? They never did get to the Olympics.
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Q. How many years was Kelly's feeding faces ?
And what was this Bawbaw deevice called ? A skiskateboard ? They never did get to the Olympics.
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Swingbo, if I recall correctly.

There is a similar style one on display in the Neerim Sth hire shop, called a "Skeeter" which I believe to possibly be the first snowboard style device used on tows with approval in Australia and proudly that was at Mt Baw Baw in the very early eighties. The first runs witnessed by management and ski patrol were on lower Big Hill Poma to prove his control capability after which he was allowed access to all other tows.
 

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Different to Skeeter, no doubt just as hard to ride :(
The Skeeter was definitely a lot harder to ride, nearly impossible on firm pack due to the curved plastic edge design.

For a small period of time around mid to late eighties at Baw Baw the Swingbo seemed to rule over flat snowboards, both in numbers and talent of the riders. Then suddenly they vanished.
 
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I love the comments on the BB FB page when there is 1 - snow and 2 - no fresh snow. When 1 happens people whinge the road gets closed, but when it's open schmucks keep running off the road causing it to be blocked anyway, and when 2 happens people go up and whinge about how small the resort is and how 'it's not like insert a larger ski resort'' type comments. Are these idiots unable to look up trail maps and google? BB never claims to be a big ski resort, it's a little ski hill, it's not Vail or Whistler. The number of comments that like 'should have gone to Hotham/Buller etc and skied a real mountain' are astounding.
 

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I'm contemplating a trip to Baw Baw this Sunday. The predicted snowfall for the current system varies massively by site, but overall it looks good. What are people's thoughts on the likely conditions on Sunday? I am hoping to take my 3.5 year old, who was very upset that I didn't see him snowboard while we were at Perisher. Is it likely to be too wild for him to have fund on Sunday?
 

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I'm contemplating a trip to Baw Baw this Sunday. The predicted snowfall for the current system varies massively by site, but overall it looks good. What are people's thoughts on the likely conditions on Sunday? I am hoping to take my 3.5 year old, who was very upset that I didn't see him snowboard while we were at Perisher. Is it likely to be too wild for him to have fund on Sunday?

I am going to MSG this Sunday. It will start to snow a lot around 12 noon according to the modelling on Ms. Bunn's forecasting .The R**n word is forecast for Fri. and Sat. mixed in with snow.Irrespective of prospective participants ' ages the conditions should be worth the drive. I like XC skiing in a snow fall/ storm. I dress for the conditions!. It will be my last chance to ski at MSG and the Baw Baw N.P. this season. I have BHP and KNP trips lined up after that.
http://www.janebunn.net/mt-baw-baw
https://www.mountainwatch.com/australia/mount-baw-baw/weather/
 
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I'm contemplating a trip to Baw Baw this Sunday. The predicted snowfall for the current system varies massively by site, but overall it looks good. What are people's thoughts on the likely conditions on Sunday? I am hoping to take my 3.5 year old, who was very upset that I didn't see him snowboard while we were at Perisher. Is it likely to be too wild for him to have fund on Sunday?
Half an hour OK
Tuesday nice white mountain :)
https://www.onthesnow.com.au/australia/mt-baw-baw-alpine-resort/weather.html
 

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I have not heard of such grooming at BB or MSG. Mt. Stirling is a better place for skating.
They sometimes take a groomer up to the Gwinear summit but it wouldn't be suitable for skating IMO. Most of the tracks are quite narrow and it is difficult enough on classic gear. Other people might have different opinions but you would be much better off sticking to Lake Mountain for skating. I used to ski BB regularly on XC skis but they don't seem to give a **** these days. There's hardly any grooming and you have to mix it up with the albeit lovely huskies pulling sleds!
 

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Best in Australasia. No doubt it will end up with the worst utilization for skiers. (sigh)
 

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Best in Australasia. No doubt it will end up with the worst utilization for skiers. (sigh)
I was skiing on the BB plateau today. There is still a lot of fresh snow out there for BC ski touring. I need to become better acquainted with the whole layout of the area by hiking it this green season.
 
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weerab

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I was skiing on the BB plateau today. There is still a lot of fresh snow out there for BC ski touring. I need to become better acquainted with the whole layout of the area by hiking it this green season.
Most of my early XC skiing was done at BB. We would catch a bus and a chairlift to get to the village if you can believe that! We had some great skiing beyond the village towards Gwinear, really can't remember much detail, although Mary's slide, pudding something rings a bell. It was very often very icy but I think access was still better than it is today. It is a great little resort but I think XC is not a priority, or should I say it is not a priority!
 

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Had a fun day with Mr 3.5 at BB today. Booked him in for a mid-morning snowboarding lesson - he was the only participant, so (for better or worse) he ended up with a 1 hour private lesson. Got some good videos of him on his board, which was awesome.

I managed to hit the 4 main Ts, managing runs on nearly everything. Cover was a bit firmer than I expected, but far better than the bulletproof I have experienced elsewhere this season. We were also grateful for the communal warm room, where we were able to enjoy our home made pumpkin soup.
 

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Most of my early XC skiing was done at BB. We would catch a bus and a chairlift to get to the village if you can believe that! We had some great skiing beyond the village towards Gwinear, really can't remember much detail, although Mary's slide, pudding something rings a bell. It was very often very icy but I think access was still better than it is today. It is a great little resort but I think XC is not a priority, or should I say it is not a priority!

When the snow is there (like now), it's a brilliant little XC mtn. Unfortunately the XC component of BB skiing has been diminished in importance - as the almighty dollar dictates, that alpine skiing, tobogganing and snow play gets the attention.

With some decent funding for summer works like groomingand drainage, plus regular winter grooming with a cat, it could be better.

Still, we're lucky to have this gem < 3 hrs from Melbourne, < 2 hrs from central Gippsland.
 

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When the snow is there (like now), it's a brilliant little XC mtn. Unfortunately the XC component of BB skiing has been diminished in importance - as the almighty dollar dictates, that alpine skiing, tobogganing and snow play gets the attention.

With some decent funding for summer works like groomingand drainage, plus regular winter grooming with a cat, it could be better.

Still, we're lucky to have this gem < 3 hrs from Melbourne, < 2 hrs from central Gippsland.
I don't think the resort wallahs at BB want people like me XC skiing over from MSG for the day. They want people to pay at the gate. However skiing from MSG to BB and back is my XC skiing goal for 2020.
 
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It’s not such a difficult ski from Mt St Gwinear to Baw Baw and back.As long as it’s not too icy!

Getting over Mt St Phillack used to be a little tricky for the Team Leader but in good snow conditions u could go via Tullicuty Glen .but probably faster just to plod carefully through the trees picking your way up and down the foot track ..just side stepping and groping a few trees as you crash through.

Mustering Flat is not far and it’s pretty unique in good snow conditions....from there you can ski to the old hut.But it’s a little tricky navigation wise the first time with map and compass.
 

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To add to my trip report from yesterday, a combo brickbat and bouquet. On arrival to the hill at 10AM I was told that I would need to fit chains. Fine I figure, the road looks clear and I'll just keep going until I see a sign for where I need to fit. Oh, the sign immediately after the entry box says I have to fit now. Ah well. I pull into the big fitting bay, gloves on, chains out, fit the first chain - and a guy comes out from the chain fitting area to advise us that the road has just been given the all clear, and we can drive up without chains.

Well, at least I only had to remove one chain, not two?
 

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Is your engine mounted on your roof? ;)
"Diesel engines control engine speed and power output by throttling the amount of fuel injected into the engine. A diesel has no air throttle. Because it has no air throttle, a diesel engine offers virtually no engine braking when the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal."
Engine braking is then produced by turbo vanes. Even a second hand turbo is gonna hurt. Ouch !
 

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Went up yesterday, not quite sure what to expect. Very pleasantly surprised by snow conditions as well as weather. Mountain staff wanted to check my chains in the car park, an indication of some of the issues they have had this year. The 3 main lifts were running, full cover apart from a couple of rocks and patches at the top of Maltese. Gauge on Summit run showed 65-70cm. V good side country through the trees on skiers right top of Maltese. Almost no-one about, despite Wicked Wednesday, so I pretty much had Champagne to myself after lunch. It did soften up early but Qst 92s coped with the conditions nicely. I took the xc trail from summit look-out to 5 ways junction, then beyond. Full cover untouched apart from some boot tracks right up the middle (who'd have thought ?) A few patches were appearing along the summit tow path in the afternoon and the melt water was gurgling away. Faint echoes of a fat lady singing through the snow gums but great spring skiing, sunscreen required. Make the most of it, folks.
 
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