Snow Report Perisher 2020 Trip Reports, Pics, Updates and Conditions.

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SMSkier

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My take on the hill today.

Off piste remains icy. It’s slowly getting better and I expect the “weekend groomers” will start to pack down a bit more off piste around Mt P and elsewhere. If the snow forecasted to fall from Sunday materialises then off piste should be ok.

The sunny weather will help the ops team with the built up rime. International is slowly “thawing out”. I know they are keen to get to it and have it running. Interesting cloud bank in the distance. Some light rain falling in town and bright and sunny up top.

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Eyre was fun first up but you have to be there early as the groomer is quickly skated off. Pretty much the same everywhere. The snow cover there is marginal making for some interesting features on the regular Eyre runs. The track has a decent cover though.

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A few more sunny days should see the trees shed most of the ice.

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Carpark was proper full today with cars parked both sides of the road for a few hundred metres on the way out. Interesting to see that the snow play area is now on the right hand side as your driving towards Smiggin.
 

SnowRabbit

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I am coming to Perisher for the first time in around 20 years (usually go to Falls) and I had a quick question regarding the Skitube. I am intending to drive up as it is only a 30 min drive from Jindabyne, but am I missing something, why do so many people pay that crazy amount of money to utilise the Skitube? There is obviously a reason for it or there wouldn't be the demand. Is parking usually a huge drama or something?

Just trying to workout my options when I come alone for an over night trip, and when I come with family.

The road's probably a lot better than it was when you last came 20 years ago. So if you were OK with it then you'll be OK now.
Obviously there's the risk of having to put on chains and crazy conditions if the weather goes wild but...
And as long as you're up there by 9:00am on a week day you should be right for parking.
 

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It's not "Very icy", it's "caution in the usual shaded spots". It's also not "Very cold", gonna be a lovely day that will soften under sunshine.

To be fair at 7.30am it was -4 or -5, RMS had sintered the road, and even when I got out of the car at Nat Parks it was slippery to walk on, but within an hour or so, it was all good except for, as you say the usual shaded spots.

Was gobsmacked at the line of traffic at 9.15 coming up the hill. Cars being stopped at Smiggs. I guess asking if they had passes?? But the queue would have been diabolical within 30mins or so. CAr park at Perisher was all but full at 9.30 ish
 

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Interesting, the BOM weather station says you guys had 1mm of rain this afternoon. Judging by the blue skies, I take it that is just ice thaw somewhere further up the pole.
 
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Has there been any further clarification on the free half day lift pass for multi day pass purchase (non epic) or is this ruled out completely for 2020?
 

Fast Eddie

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Great day.
No crowds.

So so many pelicans snow playing in the resort area.
On slopes however
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Concur. Top day. With most of the resort now open the crowds were well spread. Skied everywhere from Eyre to Zalis and skied onto every lift without a wait. Groomers still great fun and offpiste still off limits but another 20cm will change all that. Last day on the hill for us for this trip. Hopefully a strike mission later in the season Covid-pending.
 

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Towers was my pick today, first chair up the triple and got 3 runs in before it started to get scrapped off, was an Australian Olympic skier carving it up early too. New snowmaking around Leichhardt works a treat and having no Leichhardt terrain park has opened up more runs. No crowds again today once everyone spread out.

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Swede

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Can’t speak for what it’s been like earlier in the week but today they could have sold double the amount of tickets and no problem with SD. We had a day just cruising around all the resort areas for a look apart from Smiggins and apart from the usual shitfight getting out of FV first up there was just no one around. Pretty much straight on lift all day, don’t think I’ve ever seen the hills so empty.
 

Val Desire

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Can’t speak for what it’s been like earlier in the week but today they could have sold double the amount of tickets and no problem with SD. We had a day just cruising around all the resort areas for a look apart from Smiggins and apart from the usual shitfight getting out of FV first up there was just no one around. Pretty much straight on lift all day, don’t think I’ve ever seen the hills so empty.
Agree with all the reports.
C-19 precautions finally working in our favour after all the angst.
Skied pretty much straight on to all the lifts all day. Easy up on the socially distanced Skitube too...
It will be interesting to see if much different tomorrow.
 

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Interesting, the BOM weather station says you guys had 1mm of rain this afternoon. Judging by the blue skies, I take it that is just ice thaw somewhere further up the pole.

I actually noticed today that there is a big block of frozen snow/ice sitting on top of the rain guage at the BOM weather station. It should be heated to keep it clear, so something wrong there. I actually commented to someone this morning that as the block melts it is going to show up in the guage.
 

Lady Penelope

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To be fair at 7.30am it was -4 or -5, RMS had sintered the road, and even when I got out of the car at Nat Parks it was slippery to walk on, but within an hour or so, it was all good except for, as you say the usual shaded spots.

Was gobsmacked at the line of traffic at 9.15 coming up the hill. Cars being stopped at Smiggs. I guess asking if they had passes?? But the queue would have been diabolical within 30mins or so. CAr park at Perisher was all but full at 9.30 ish
No, they’re not checking passes. I don’t know what they’re doing apart from causing traffic to bank up for kilometres while they stop cars for a bit. My guess: counting cars. Weekend visitors - be prepared! <especially if you leave Jindy after 8.00am>.
 

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Crowds were very light today!

Did laps on Towers, which was good till well past midday.

There were some incredibly good and/or brave skiiers carving the steep section all the way from the top...

Practiced short turns till the second snowgun from the top then gritted my teeth and did my best impression of a carved turn until the fear of serious injury / loss of contact with the ground made me pull into a juddery stop.

Got launched by a roller near the bottom, flailed around on one foot then lowsided. Told myself to watch out for that then did the exact same thing next run.
Going to have to get comfortable with being airborne at some point...
 

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Crowds were very light today!

Did laps on Towers, which was good till well past midday.

There were some incredibly good and/or brave skiiers carving the steep section all the way from the top...

Practiced short turns till the second snowgun from the top then gritted my teeth and did my best impression of a carved turn until the fear of serious injury / loss of contact with the ground made me pull into a juddery stop.

Got launched by a roller near the bottom, flailed around on one foot then lowsided. Told myself to watch out for that then did the exact same thing next run.
Going to have to get comfortable with being airborne at some point...
Bend your knees and absorb the rollers.
 

Lady Penelope

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A few more pics to add to the total. Fantastic to get over to Guthega today, although death cookies abounded especially around the Blue Calf T bar runs (word is that the Burning Log should be open by tomorrow for those keen to sample its culinary delights). Blue Cow still my pick, especially runs off Brumby t bar. Guthega ....

My lot:

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Balsta

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Cant wait for next week!

It’s going to be interesting to see what difference the Epic pass free for all makes though. I’m there Tuesday-Thursday, I’m not going to be surprised if it’s busier next week
 

Billy_Buttons

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It’s going to be interesting to see what difference the Epic pass free for all makes though. I’m there Tuesday-Thursday, I’m not going to be surprised if it’s busier next week
Will be until Uni goes back.
 

Billy Jack

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No, they’re not checking passes. I don’t know what they’re doing apart from causing traffic to bank up for kilometres while they stop cars for a bit. My guess: counting cars. Weekend visitors - be prepared! <especially if you leave Jindy after 8.00am>.
It's a deliberate tactic to stagger arrivals to avoid the crowding around parking lot and Perisher Centre that occured earlier in the week with photos turning up on Social media.
 

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It's a deliberate tactic to stagger arrivals to avoid the crowding around parking lot and Perisher Centre that occured earlier in the week with photos turning up on Social media.
Yup.
However that was at Perisher today rather than smiggs.
Or they could open lifts earlier
 
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