At $500 it takes a bit of a consideration, but I've always trusted Mont. The industry-leader IMHO.A mate has one and really rates it due to the space. Probably at the top of my list at the moment.
Amazing decades old photos.. https://www.flickr.com/photos/garratt3/albums/72157633893002332
from further down the valley looking up. Albina Hutte.
Heaps of snow has melted since I was there on 15/10.17.It looked like almost complete cover on the Main range that day.After a failed effort to ski yesterday due to a flat car battery, my fault plus old battery so a nuu one was required which delayed the start time just that bit too far. So went the the movies to see Blade Runner 2049 instead. Not as good as skiing, but there was snow in the movie.
Got away today. Caught up with @telecrag 's crew on the other side of the foot bath (they must be clean to allow you into heaven). They went one I went the other. Got up Lee, dropped a woofy line (line was good skiing was wooffy) deep into the valley, had to dodge some huge cracks well down. Got up Northcote and dropped a clean line except for the stop to re-attach a leash. Lunch at the Kunama ruins. Got over to the South side of the Clarke spur and found a nice run into the top of the Clarke Quarry. My run of the day was thru to the North edge of the Quarry. The target line proved to have a vertical 20M start then huge cracks you could lose a caravan in. So I took a dodge the cracks and rocks line to the North side. Down to the Club Creek and a snow bridge that wasn't, climb back up round and to the snow bridge that was. The run down to Foreman's Chimney was good and a better way to go but I'd left my river crossing shoes behind and did not fancy 2 crossings of Club Creek to get them.
A couple of pics so @gareth_oau can gauge conditions.
From Lee back to the Charlotte Pass access.
The Carruthers lines into Club Lake, i knew it would be busy over there and avoided it, the lines looked like a ploughed field at the end of the day.
Looking to Townsend and Alice Rawson.
The Clarke Quarry.
Heaps of snow has melted since I was there on 15/10.17.It looked like almost complete cover on the Main range that day.
Probably saw you guys in the distance.
Carruthers lines into Club Lake were actually pretty quiet after lunch. The narrower central ones did get a bit ploughed up in the morning and it wasnt helped by my buddy who slid a fair bit of it after an unexpected binding release.
The wider face on the right of skifrees pic only had a couple of lines down it which i very much enjoyed adding to.
Was going to catch you guys out there, but there was a cloud in the forecast so I went today instead haha. Elevator was still riding nicely today!Haha, I skied down the large (as far as I know unnamed?) chute, as it was almost untracked (one track) to get down and get photos. I have skied Elevator a few times, and so had a few from the group, who also were tempted to join me (it was obviously going to be the best skiing line available), but for the newbs, well, it really had to be Elevator, even though it was pretty tracked, so they went and led them in. Phil from Straightline was playing guide, and may have sold a couple of spots for the Japow tour, hehe.
It was a great crew.
Was going to catch you guys out there, but there was a cloud in the forecast so I went today instead haha. Elevator was still riding nicely today!
Yeah the cloudy day must have been good for it - was in fantastic condition all day yesterday. Even down low was still nice after 4pm.We started off from Jindy in overcast, then bright sunny for most of the climb up, then a few dark clouds, actually got a few snowflakes while climbing Lee at the end, bit of mist etc, not perfect for the views, but the snow held up almost all day.