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Snowiest place in Australia

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by Placebo, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. Placebo

    Placebo First Runs

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    Two Questions really.

    Where would accumulate the most snow in Australia?

    Where would receive the most snow in Australia? (not taking into account it all blowing away!)

    The Western peaks of the Main Range and Western Tasmania comes to mind, however western Tasmania is very unpredictable, so im not sure if it would win talking about averages.

    Im sure many of you have seen a lot of the high country than me though!

    I was thinking about putting this in weather, but ill put it here for now and see what response it gets.

    Cheers
     
  2. Graeme

    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    probably Club Lake, south facing aspects of cirque, re accumulation/mainland Australia. Not sure about Tas, let alone subantarctic islands.
     
  3. Principal Douglas

    Principal Douglas A Local

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    It would have to be the Main Range. You see snow up there when you least expect it.
     
  4. Kieran

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    Where are the longest lasting drifts on the Main Range? They'd be good candidates. The cornice line along the Sth Ridge of kossie might be the spot, or some of the drift lines around Twynam.
     
  5. loweee

    loweee One of Us

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    Maybe Heard Island.
     
  6. D16371

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    Build a ski run there :)!
     
  7. Snowdata

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    Long life snow (before climate change)often occured on Tassie mountains, this may or may not require huge depth rather cold/cool spring and summer. Cradle/Lake St Clair mountains receive heavy falls, areas such as Frenchmans Cap, King William Rg, Mt Field, Mt Anne (SW Tas) also. Recent dry winters in Tassie may indicate that big snowfalls from previous years maybe a thing of the past??
     
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  8. faceshots

    faceshots Hard Yards

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    I was told once by a backcountry guide when we were out near Jagungal way that the "greymare range" accumulates the most snow in Australia.

    It certainly looked as though it did... they looked so quiet and isolated when i saw them.

    Imagine the heli/sled opportunities we have here in Aus... too bad about the negative effects for the environment
     
  9. Tasnow

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    Yeah I've always thought there's a fantastic opportunity for heli skiing on the Falls Creek glacier.
     
  10. Top Rock

    Top Rock Hard Yards

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    heard island

    plenty of snow accumulation at the top
    glacier to sea level

    55 deg south 2745m asl....
    Australia's highest mountain!!
    Australia's only active volcano
    and possibly the windiest place on the planet..........

    Oh and a bit awkward to get to

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. oreo

    oreo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds a bit harsh, weather wise. Would certainly be something to brag about:
    http://www.skimountaineer.com/ROF/ROF.php?name=BigBen
     
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  12. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    A bit off topic but , met a guy a couple of years ago who was doing tours in summer to Antarctica , now that would be something to brag about...
     
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  13. Snowdata

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    Its taken time to find the item. July 1978 the snow depth on the Mt Rufus (Tas) ski slope was a 10m cover (about 30ft). The winters in the 1940s were good for snow with skiing on Rufus until Christmas, the hut at one stage being buried under 3m (10ft) of snow. However, recent climate changes seem to have made these falls a thing of the past?
     
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  14. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In Victoria I'd say that the longest lasting drift would be the one near the North-East peak of Mt Nelse. The one with the scary cornice in winter.

    In Tassie I've seen a massive snowdrift near the summit of Frenchmans Cap quite a few times in summer. On one February visit (1992?), it was a hundred metres across and over 5 metres deep.
     
  15. Mr Bent Knee

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    Mt Macedon is way snowy.
     
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    My head, just before heading to the fields, snow is all I think about.
     
  17. Snowdata

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    Yes, Frenchmans Cap holds the snow well, maybe it was after the winter of 1994 Bogong saw the drift? It lasted through the summer to the following winter of 1995. A number Cradle-Lake St Clair peaks have long lasting difts as do other locations in Tassie. But will it snow again?
     
  18. Squidly

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    It would be rare not to see snow on Frenchmans Cap in early summer, many of the high peaks hold snow drifts well into Xmas and beyond. Tassy more has the ability to retain snow in drifts for long periods rather than maintain large areas of skiiable cover. Big snowfalls do occur in Western Tas, but can often be followed by big rain, one tends to negate the other.
     
  19. Placebo

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    Well we all know how bad 2006 was, in late December of that year there was a very large drift on the south side of Mount Ossa (1617asl), by far the biggest drift on the central plateau area on that visit
     
  20. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I got snowed on whilst climbing Mt Ossa on New Years Day of 1984. Snow stuck to the ground in the summit area and was accumulating nicely. It was a big novelty to me back then but I still didn't stick around long, weather was not at all ideal.
     
  21. INDI

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    What is the deepest recorded depth of the Kosciuszko drift below the cornice.............of course that it is if it has ever been recorded!!
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Where is the zombie icon when you need it @Richard
     
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    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    A few folks regularly probe for snow depth in their travels, do there is a bit of informal measurement about.
     
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