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skifree

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SMSkier

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Well I’ll look forward to other reports and views on today……..My 2 cents……A very decent snowfall for late September :thumbs:

Powder Ridge had the best of the snow quality IMO. It was tracked out in under 5 mins. Others areas had conditions ranging from dryish to heavy. Wind impacted sastrugi contrasted by deep drifts. Everywhere tracked out in record time.

Got onto Leichhardt, triple and Eyre with @robbo and @Billy Jack and skied fresh where we could. Inter opened and that helped with the lift lines.

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We noted a small wind slab near the base of Sun - Robbo standing below.

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Left my touring kit at home so went so boot packing just to get away from the morning crowds.

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A very decent morning all up however that touring kits already in the car for tomorrow……
 

skichic

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Well I’ll look forward to other reports and views on today……..My 2 cents……A very decent snowfall for late September :thumbs:

Powder Ridge had the best of the snow quality IMO. It was tracked out in under 5 mins. Others areas had conditions ranging from dryish to heavy. Wind impacted sastrugi contrasted by deep drifts. Everywhere tracked out in record time.

Got onto Leichhardt, triple and Eyre with @robbo and @Billy Jack and skied fresh where we could. Inter opened and that helped with the lift lines.

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We noted a small wind slab near the base of Sun - Robbo standing below.

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Left my touring kit at home so went so boot packing just to get away from the morning crowds.

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A very decent morning all up however that touring kits already in the car for tomorrow……
“Crowds” puhlease!
 
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Donza

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Well I’ll look forward to other reports and views on today……..My 2 cents……A very decent snowfall for late September :thumbs:

Powder Ridge had the best of the snow quality IMO. It was tracked out in under 5 mins. Others areas had conditions ranging from dryish to heavy. Wind impacted sastrugi contrasted by deep drifts. Everywhere tracked out in record time.

Got onto Leichhardt, triple and Eyre with @robbo and @Billy Jack and skied fresh where we could. Inter opened and that helped with the lift lines.

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We noted a small wind slab near the base of Sun - Robbo standing below.

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Left my touring kit at home so went so boot packing just to get away from the morning crowds.

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A very decent morning all up however that touring kits already in the car for tomorrow……
Just think. Its the first week of the NSW school holidays...
 

MattyHoll

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Leichhardt as with most other areas were well tracked by the time I got there but still was good fun. There were still a few lightly tracked sections across the mountain around 11.30. But I pulled the pin at around 1, snow was getting a bit thin on the groomers for the skis I brought and off piste was getting pretty rough.

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robbo mcs

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Interesting day. The snow was a real mix this morning. First run down powder ridge was sensational. However, over on Mt P it was a mix, rough sastrugi, wind compacted powder, as well as stashes of good stuff. It was busy over there, significant lines on the triple chair and both t-bars, car park half full, and everyone in Mt P. The snow broke up into rubble and slabs, which then hardened up, and became hard work to ski. The t-bar tracks for some reason became diabolical around lunchtime too.

As mentioned by @SMSkier we saw a small slide, wind compacted snow on a convexity, looked skier or patrol triggered. A couple of pics from below, you can see the crown up the top, around 30cm

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I stopped by by my favourite hardy tree, @GlendaN was missing the photos:) Now well and truly emerging. Early August at one stage it was completely gone

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Reetro

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Stake ain’t the only method and it depends on many variables such as elevation and temps, wind direction etc.

I’ve indicated 30 plus cents up high (probably more IMO) and sticking with that. It seemed that the new snow, wet early on today, was consolidating to the existent snowpack pretty quickly. It was drier later in the day as temps further dropped.

Skiing from the get go this morning did not rain, even with marginal lower elevation temps that were colder up top.

Here’s the BOM numbers from pre 9:00 a.m and during today. Just on 68mm. You need to remember that AWS is just on 1738 ASL so a good deal lower than the top of Mt P……

Better vis will show how much fell at higher elevations.

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Re extensions.
I've skied front valley during a extension.

It was so so slow you had to straightline the fall line.

Its quite incredible how fast the snow goes to shit after October lwe.
What if it doesn't go off, How long since we have had 60 in Sept?
 

GlendaN

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Interesting day. The snow was a real mix this morning. First run down powder ridge was sensational. However, over on Mt P it was a mix, rough sastrugi, wind compacted powder, as well as stashes of good stuff. It was busy over there, significant lines on the triple chair and both t-bars, car park half full, and everyone in Mt P. The snow broke up into rubble and slabs, which then hardened up, and became hard work to ski. The t-bar tracks for some reason became diabolical around lunchtime too.

As mentioned by @SMSkier we saw a small slide, wind compacted snow on a convexity, looked skier or patrol triggered. A couple of pics from below, you can see the crown up the top, around 30cm

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I stopped by by my favourite hardy tree, @GlendaN was missing the photos:) Now well and truly emerging. Early August at one stage it was completely gone

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Thank you @robbo mcs I'll definitely take a look next year
 
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robbo mcs

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What if it doesn't go off, How long since we have had 60 in Sept?
I don’t recall the precipitation numbers, but last year Spencers depth increased 43cm in a week, from 60cm 22nd sept to 103cm a week later. Then it very rapidly deteriorated. Eyre T-bar didn’t even make it to the closing weekend :( When snow falls this time of year generally it doesn’t last long.

Having said that, the coverage on Mt P is currently much better than this time last year. Front valley is in better shape too.

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GobrinIce

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Brilliant photos and reports, thanks so much everyone. Feeling very envious. This first week of september school holidays is my favourite of the season. Warm weather, most everything open and less crowds.

Just also hit me that we won't get there this year at all(I knew this already obviously but just wasn't thinking on it). But not sooky about my condition or anything, just can't wait to get there again and plan to spend some time there this summer to compensate.

Meanwhile, really appreciate the photos and reports.
 

teleroo

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Jun 19, 2019
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Is there normal snow from October the 11th in perisher or the backcountry thinking about going down there to do some laps and hiking ?
Is usually skiable snow within resort area up high (say above 1800 m) mid-October. And lots on the Main Range. North and west faces will be melting rapidly but southern and eastern faces will hold snow above 1800 m, so that will give you a few hundred metres vert if you head to the right places. Just by way of yardstick, I think this season officially peaked at about 180 cm depth on the Spencers Ck snow gauge, but unofficially it probably just snuck above 200 cm but then melted before next reading. So has been a little above average year (in terms of the pattern for last 30 yrs).
 

Chookfooter

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Is usually skiable snow within resort area up high (say above 1800 m) mid-October. And lots on the Main Range. North and west faces will be melting rapidly but southern and eastern faces will hold snow above 1800 m, so that will give you a few hundred metres vert if you head to the right places. Just by way of yardstick, I think this season officially peaked at about 180 cm depth on the Spencers Ck snow gauge, but unofficially it probably just snuck above 200 cm but then melted before next reading. So has been a little above average year (in terms of the pattern for last 30 yrs).
Actually the numbers are a bit misleading. This season peaked in late July, above the average by about 10 cm, and has been dropping since then. It dropped below the average line in the 3rd week of August and has been below since then, the season normally peaks at the end of August. As of last week it was about 50cm below average, so I doubt this latest dump will bring it up to average. So overall, an early flash in the pan and downhill from there. A very abnormal season this year, and I'd suggest if you want to head out backcountry after the lifts close you do it soon. Just another fun fact, the level at Spencer's Ck last reading was 70cm below the average for the same week in the 60's. The average for 10's (the last decade) in that week was 40 cm less than the 60's, but the 00's were worse. Global warming is definitely here.
 

GlenH

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As they say, it ain't over till the fat lady sings.

Until they turn the last lift off, there is always a chance. :love:

The glass is half full.
Yes I am holding on to hope too.

I note their web page says "planned closing day on Monday 4 October".


Call me an optimist!
 
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Chookfooter

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Perishers main reason for extending the season is marketing, advertising the fact they can be open longer than Thredbo gives the impression that they have better snow than them. Now that Thredbo has announced they are closing early that marketing has already been done for them so there is no incentive to extend, they certainly wouldn't do it for the money. I saw it mentioned earlier on this forum there was talk of extending, but since Thredbo pulled the pin that talk has disappeared.
 

Donza

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Perishers main reason for extending the season is marketing, advertising the fact they can be open longer than Thredbo gives the impression that they have better snow than them. Now that Thredbo has announced they are closing early that marketing has already been done for them so there is no incentive to extend, they certainly wouldn't do it for the money.
Gotta sell them epic passes.
 

warrie

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Actually the numbers are a bit misleading. This season peaked in late July, above the average by about 10 cm, and has been dropping since then. It dropped below the average line in the 3rd week of August and has been below since then, the season normally peaks at the end of August. As of last week it was about 50cm below average, so I doubt this latest dump will bring it up to average. So overall, an early flash in the pan and downhill from there. A very abnormal season this year, and I'd suggest if you want to head out backcountry after the lifts close you do it soon. Just another fun fact, the level at Spencer's Ck last reading was 70cm below the average for the same week in the 60's. The average for 10's (the last decade) in that week was 40 cm less than the 60's, but the 00's were worse. Global warming is definitely here.
Red dot is estimated reading for 23rd based on 125 cm by Hydro on 15th plus recent 30 cm fall less compaction etc to give plot at 140 cm. So not too far below the median and mean. Hey, judging by the pix the last few days have been awesome regardless of depth.
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Kelpieboy

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Nice big earth tremor at 9.15am.
Out with the dogs ,sheep spooked about 2 minutes prior and dogs all gathered around me looking a bit edgy. Wondered what was going on then felt the earth move under me. Lasted about 25 seconds I reckon ,missus says windows rattled at the house.
Apparently felt in Melbourne and Geelong as well.
Anyone up at Perisher feel it ?
 

Spence

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Anyone on the mountain just feel the earthquake? Centre in Melbourne but felt it as a very gentle sway in Bondi. Lasted 15-20 seconds. Hopefully no one out back under a big cornice.
 
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Spence

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Nice big earth tremor at 9.15am.
Out with the dogs ,sheep spooked about 2 minutes prior and dogs all gathered around me looking a bit edgy. Wondered what was going on then felt the earth move under me. Lasted about 25 seconds I reckon ,missus says windows rattled at the house.
Apparently felt in Melbourne and Geelong as well.
Anyone up at Perisher feel it ?
I must have been typing as you posted. Very subtle but very noticeable in Sydney Eastern suburbs. It must have been a decent size.
I was actually sitting on the bed and thought I might be having a stroke or some other sort of medical mishap :) (Fortunately I don’t have a point of reference).
 
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MattyHoll

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Looks very firm up there this morning? Hopefully the warm weather softens it up again so I can go back to spring skiing ha.
 
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