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Resource Observations 2020 Spencer’s Creek snow depth

Discussion in 'Alpine & Snow' started by Lady Penelope, Apr 30, 2020.

  1. warrie

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    Numbers are in and zero cm at both Deep Ck and 3 Mile Dam. Spencers not up yet, but possibly down to sub 80 cm
     
  2. Chookfooter

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    Perisher shows the natural snow depth as 70cm, maybe they know something we don't. It showed that yesterday too.
     
  3. SMSkier

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    yep - 3 seasons back (or thereabouts) peak depth was post the end of the resort season. We were skiing boot deep fresh dry snow out on Guthries and in resort with no one about...
     
  4. SMSkier

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    Noted the snowy hydro skidoo trailers and vehicles out at PV. They have probably been up and done the readings.
     
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  5. Lady Penelope

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    They often seen to get advance notice of the readings. So if they’/re saying 70cm, then the SC depth probably is 70cm .... and declining.
     
  6. Lady Penelope

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    Snowy Hydro STILL to update the Spencer’s Creek depth. Deep Creek (1620m ASL) not looking too flash though ....

     
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  7. warrie

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    Spencers at 70.2 and compare with 2006 and 1982.
     
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    It certainly looks low, and worse in Vic after they missed the big fall. Falls Creek just doesn't look skiable on the cams, in early August!
     
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  9. SMSkier

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    I predict 86.7 for this week......

    Oh wait - that’s the official depth :thumbs:....

    Now, if the forecast holds true for the next week who knows what it could be but I reckon there’s going to be a lot of comparisons with past years rolled out.....;)
     
  10. Chookfooter

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    Which puts it 2cm above the '06 maximum.
     
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  11. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    And voila .... (ps definitely SC in the graph there).

     
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    im guessing 172 for this weeks reading, this is seeming to be the season that rose from the ashes and might even top the 2m mark! Who would of thought 4 years in a row topping the big 2m!
     
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    im all about quality not quantity, and the quality this year has been bottom shelf.
    137 jellybeans in the jar this week.
     
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    well after that adomination of an event id like to go for 126
     
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    I'll go for 99. We still have to get to Thursday and have some warm weather and r*** between now and then
     
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    90 I reckon.
     
  17. robbo mcs

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    I think around 120cm, based upon my observations around 1800-1850m today
     
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    Snow came from an unusual direction. Would be cool to get up to the site and take a first hand look to see how it landed. I’d guess 112.5...
     
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    If the freeze continues like today, they won’t be able to get a probe to break the surface, so I’m going with Zero!
     
  20. Lady Penelope

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    With the mix of rain and snow, I’ll put bets on 101.2cm, to be precise :p
     
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    Hmm ok hows my bumper season prediction going ...
    Up there with that guy in Baghdad that said there were no Americans in Iraq ..:eek::eek:
     
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    Thredbo going with an updated snow depth of 99cm this year. Just short of a metre (and right on my guess if confirmed by Snowy Hydro). Pretty stark in comparison to 13 August last year, which is when we cracked 2m.
     
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    Almost at Bradman's batting average.
     
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    Difference is if I could take Bradmans batting average, I would be very happy:) If I had to take this snow depth middle of August every year .... :eek::(
     
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    Snow depth of ZERO at Deep Creek indication of a failed season (so far). Being on western side of range at about 1560m it missed out on mid July falls which came in from east. The previous lowest snow depth at DC around Aug 13th was 13cm in 1973, 21cm in 1975 and 22cm in 2006:(:(
     
  30. Gregah

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    Righto you lot. Usually the season comparison game is dominated by comparisons between the current season in question and good or reasonable seasons of yesteryear. Lets flip that around - has there been a worse season to this stage that people remember experiencing? I worked Hotham in '91 and it was dire until the first week of August then didn't stop snowing for a month and is now accepted as one of the great seasons. 1984 was horrendous until about this point and then salvaged itself. For the "senior" crew among us - were there seasons in the 70s you recall that were as abysmal as this at this stage but then salvaged themselves?
     
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    Not sure I can get a copy (of an old photo) but drop in and see Adi at PV (he’s not there’s so much now given his health) but the point is......

    He has an old pic - taken in August and pre snowmaking. Just a small patch of FV snow and mud everywhere else.

    I’ll try get some details. If you go in there ask about that shot. Be cautious about global warming conversations though.
     
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    Well worse than 1982 , some snow early then just dry days and clear freezing nights! Perfect for snow making that didn’t exist but what snow was there hung around a bit till end august. This year was a shocker due to rain . Yes I remember 1984 as last gasp then bang about second week of August. Heaps of snow at closing weekend.
     
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    82 was the worst I remember, especially straight after 81 when we our lodge was covered.



     
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    But there’s always hope...


     
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    Haven’t seen it as bad around Jagungal at this time of year since touring there from 1980.
    Low snow, shrubs, raging open rivers with no snow bridges! :(

    Thursday last week.
     
  36. Ramshead

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    That the view from the north up the upper Tumut? Also can I tweet this pic in my daily snow pic tweet? Thx

    lovely pic btw despite lack of snow
     
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    Here’s the challenge and fun comparing seasons IMO.....

    I was there in 81.. all good lots of snow. In 82 not so much however we were there in a week when it snowed. So fun to be had. Pleasant memories just skiing Smiggs!!

    Fast forward to 2020.... There’s been ample good skiing (not loads of powder) but turns to be had. IF you were fortunate enough to score the right conditions during your ski trip(s).

    And therein is the truth of it. Great seasons generally have periods that are sub optimal. A few years back, when PV was flooded it would have been a crap trip. However next three days post the rain yielded almost a metre of snow. I skied all through that event. So it was a case of good or bad timing for most folks.

    Unless your there every day it’s possible to have a poor experience even in the best of seasons.....So a good ski season does not necessarily equate to maximum snow depth. More a case of individual reflections...IMO .
     
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    Looking north up the Valentine River, between Tin and Mawsons towards Jagungal.
    Tweet away.
     
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    It sure is a low base this year. However, it is interesting at Perisher. Due to the direction of the weather systems some areas have not filled in so well, and others have done quite well.

    Generally the coverage is actually not too bad at the moment. Skiiable coverage most places, not really any bare patches or grass in the areas that are open. In my recollection, 2006 was much, much worse. Areas like pretty valley, interceptor, pleasant valley, away from snow making struggled to get open at all in 2006, whereas they actually have decent coverage at the moment. Likewise Smiggs, which actually is skiing really nicely with good coverage.

    Have to remember though, not only has snowmaking improved out of sight in the last 20 years, so has snow management. Grooming practices, snow farming and harvesting etc
     
  40. Ramshead

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    I might just be saying this but now I look at the summit I can see it’s from da south. Doh! Anyway cheers and also cheers
     
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    My observations after 3 weeks are that there is a utilisable broad shallow cover of snow all over which is good for touring above 1600 - 1700. E.g the plains of heaven, smiggins area offer ok touring. The rain event at end of July was a pity but it has partially recovered. I reckon it could be a lot worse. Hopefully next week delivers, cause a warm/ wet spell would not be good at this stage. Interesting year in so many ways.
     
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    Well done - you are this week’s lucky winner (you too can mull over previous seasons and compare them to 2020!).
     
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    It's not so lucky as that means there is still less than a metre of snow on the ground :(

    I have only really closely followed snow depths and alpine weather since 2017, so I only really know what good seasons look like. Isn't a 2 metre plus base normal?!?o_O

    In saying that, my first season skiing was in 2006 (as a tiny 3 year old) and I have lots of photos of me surrounded by not that much snow. My photos from this year have slightly more snow in them so I'm going to hazard a guess that this year has been slightly better than 2006.
     
  44. Chookfooter

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    Tha average maximum snow depth at Spencer's Ck is 176cm, which happens at the end of August.
     
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    wetter then average september, might be the latest season on record with a cheeky back door october 2016!
     
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    Whats more important than a big season is a long season. We may yet max out at 3m in Sep but I feel like I lost most of June and July. And now every trip lines up with r**n. Blergh.
     
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    I'm more optimistic than many of you, and think we will max at 1.5m! Every year I have a wonderful time riding in early to late Sept and so often with powder days. I'm holding out hope, but agree the next 2-3 weeks forecasts arent looking amazing...

    Also, irrespective of the lack of natural you've got to be thankful with the incredible amount of snow making we have at our disposal. To be riding high noon (my fav run for smashing out loads of vert in a day) consistently in June each year is amazing.
     
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    Snow was grey in 03 due to black ash from bushfires, but you may not remember LOL
     
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    May 6 2020, roadside below measuring site
     
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    This weeks measure 165