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Discussion in 'National Parks' started by Richard, Jul 24, 2014.
Anyone been yet this year?
no snow to be able to
Golly! Mt Mawson has a lot of cover... time to get that tow rope running.
Is it worth going to Tassie to ski. Do they get much snow over there and is there much terrain, XC and Downhill wise.
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Did not operate in 2016
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Will this be the year we get a trip report?!
Does anyone know the idea behind this ground covering tarpaulin and how it improves snow cover/retention - if that is the idea?
I saw something on Facebook about Mawson getting a new shelter. I think tenders are going out for construction as we speak.
Does anyone know if there are plans to run the Mawson tow soon? I was on the mountain last weekend and conditions were excellent for tows. Was up there 2 weekends before that and there was plenty to run tows then too. The recent post on mawson.info sounded like they were keen and ready but now it's all gone quiet.
Hi guys, I manage the mtmawson.info web site and do the snow reports there. Also I've just taken over updating the ski.com.au snow report for Mt Mawson this season.
I noticed a few questions here and I thought I'd address the latest ones as best I can. For up to date news and articles, webcams etc, then please go to our primary site: http://mtmawson.info/
There's also a contact form on our web site, if you have any specific questions I can usually respond within a day or so.
Oze: The situation at Mt Mawson is as follows; although we get what looks like a decent snow fall and it looks good on the cams, the snow depth on the main slope isn't sufficient to run the tow safely. The issue is that as soon as people start packing it down, it exposes all the rocks and bushes on the main run. We came close a while back, I was up there and walked a couple of runs, but even that was a marginal cover at best. It's been a frustrating non-season to date with small falls followed by rain events that wind back any small gains we make. I've been up recently and the snow drift is weird near the top of the run. It hasn't filled in that hole up there as it usually does (that last snow came from a more southerly direction and it lays it on the slope differently). Yes we have members, from each respective rostered club, monitoring the situation closely before each weekend and we're all as keen as anything to get rolling. Each of the clubs is rostered on to run the tows on their designated weekend. The tow manager for the club in question, consults with the ski patrollers rostered on for that weekend and a decision is made whether to run or not. In order to run, it has to be; a. safe and b.likely to last at least a full day's operation (we have to be fair to the public and not over represent the conditions up there).
Mick Chopps: Yes the tender process is finalised, contractors have been appointed and some preparation work has already taken place. There are two articles on our website that that may be of interest:
Slowman: Have a look at this article on our website: http://mtmawson.info/new-shadecloth-at-mt-mawson-to-aid-revegetation/
Fingers and toes crossed for a decent fall over the next few days....
All the best
Oldina Ski Club
STSA Web Site Wrangler
Thanks Bush! I'll be sure to have a read and pass that info onto my old man who I'm sure will be interested.
Thanks Bish. I hope a nice strong cover of alpine grass eventuates.
Excellent work by the crew on the mountain to get Mawson tow operating in good time on Sunday but a pity Stornoway were so slow getting the road cleared and there were only a couple of people to enjoy the fresh.
They must've been getting paid by the hour because it was the most pathetic effort at clearing the road I've seen in my 11 years of visiting.
They absolutely milked all they could get out of if. The bloke that used to drive the old plough would clear more snow that that in little over an hour and now it takes 3 blokes with 2 ploughs over 4 hours. And that's not including the time it took to get the engineer in and assess the damaged road.
Couple of pics from Old Chopps wander up at Mawson yesterday.
Such a fantastic season all round for Australian snow lovers. All hail 2017!!
We will be talking about it hallowed terms in our dotage.