Trip Report Mt Mawson - Tasmania

rollyz

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Golly! Mt Mawson has a lot of cover... time to get that tow rope running.

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Jellybeans

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Hey
Is it worth going to Tassie to ski. Do they get much snow over there and is there much terrain, XC and Downhill wise.

Thanks
Jellybeans1000
 

Slowman

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Does anyone know the idea behind this ground covering tarpaulin and how it improves snow cover/retention - if that is the idea?
 
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oze

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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.
 

Bish

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Oct 11, 2007
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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:
1. http://mtmawson.info/tenders-called-for-mt-mawson-public-shelter/
2. http://mtmawson.info/side-by-side/

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

Bishwa
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mick chopps

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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:
1. http://mtmawson.info/tenders-called-for-mt-mawson-public-shelter/
2. http://mtmawson.info/side-by-side/

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

Bishwa
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.
 

Slowman

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Thanks Bish. I hope a nice strong cover of alpine grass eventuates.
 

oze

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Jul 5, 2011
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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.
 

PK Sawd

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It's got a roof on now and they had it open for people to use on the weekend though it is still not quite finished. They've done a good job with it. I was up there Saturday and although the cover was not as extensive on the summit plateau as my visit last season the snow quality was good and cold and was drifting in nicely into the gullies. We had no trouble skiing around following the track to the junction with the Seal Lake lookout and from there to Rodway hut and environs. Good lines were had down the Rodway tow (not running - is it ever these days?) and down to Jackson tarn. The latter has a bit of a cornice you can drop in from and good snow in the upper bowl. I skied all the way down to the tarn and didn't have to work particularly hard to find a rock-free line. A terrific day out. It has remained cold and been snowy in the days following so right now is a good time to be up there. Wednesday looks like being the first sunny day after all those days of snow. Get out among it.
 

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@PK Sawd

2nd pic, ski tips looking ovet the edge? You did drop that line a shred the light fantastic did you not.
 

PK Sawd

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Shamefully, I didn't ski down that gully. Even more shamefully, there were loads of much better covered gullies I also did not ski. But this is the curse of the day trip. You can only fit a certain number of things into the time given. Also, I'm on a promise to be circumspect when I'm skiing alone so I don't drop in unless I have someone else around me. What I really needed was to be camping up there and at leisure to just cruise around checking out all the skiable lines. I'd so love to do that but didn't feel I could justify the time on this occasion.
 
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PK Sawd

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*bump*

Was up at Mawson again on Friday. It was a clear, sunny day but fairly high wind on the spine of the Rodways. We could see the snow being blown off the top from a distance. The wind-scoured base was scratchy but not boilerplate and you only had to drop a few metres on the leeward side to find the deposited snow in the gullies and it was in good condition. We warmed up on Rodway tow hill then over the top to the bowl above Jackson tars. This was really good fun, soft and good snow up high and soft and heavier snow down low, skiable all the way down to the Tarn shelf. We had another run there courtesy of some skin tracks of a trio of fit, young lads ( I asked them would they mind laying another ascent in the next gully around for about 45 minutes time...........). We decided to cut below and then slant up into the next gully, the first in the long sweep of the range that curves around and above Lake Newdegate. I got within about 10 m of the top of the steepest part of the drop in when the snow started sloughing and lost about 30m in a barely controlled slide before I was able to kick out of the sloughing snow and managed to bite in again. Conceding defeat I kicked steps from there. Then it was a lovely run down and we found a sheltered bowl which was a real sun trap and had a late lunch. After that we traversed back along the Tarn Shelf and dropped off that to ski a little way down on nice snow that hadn't seen the sun all day. You could, though we didn't, have skied a long gully down toward Lake Seal below the Rodway tow. Lots of snow had blown in there. I grabbed one more run directly down the Rodway tow line which had also stayed mostly shaded and was nice. Then we traversed back and down the Jeep track to the car park. A very good day. Beer was had at the Bush Inn in New Norfolk to mark the occasion.

Saturday was really warm and then a fair dump of snow came that night so Sunday would have been equally fun I suspect.

I took @skifree advice and didn't worry about gear niggles and just skied. The months of speed skating have prepared me well. I had a couple of runs where I really felt both skis solidly weighted and working well for me. Had to rock back a fair bit on the heavier, sticky stuff below when the slope flattened out. Crayoning some wax on helped a bit. No pics sorry though one of my mates is going to send me some which I will post.
 

wheresthepark?

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Feb 15, 2005
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Went to mawson yesterday. By the feel of it it, it rained before the snow on sat night.Storm total 5-10cm. All in all a fun day on the two tows operating. Jeep track hard at the top, sticky at the bottom. No cover on the last couple hundred metres before the boom gate. Lots of families around on the toboggans, throwing snowballs etc. Car park packed. Still lots of traffic going up. I was heading down at 1.30pm.
 

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