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.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
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