Trip Report The Lake Mountain 2018 Trip Report, Conditions & Pics Thread

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  1. Equus

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    Is it time yet?
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    Anything new happening for the 2018 season?
     
  2. teckel

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    • Biggest news would have to be the first lift at LM - a magic carpet which will cost from memory, $8 per person per day. I'm not sure if there'll be one or two of them. One will be on the toboggan run, while one was planned for the Burton Riglet snowboard park, but I'm not sure if that one's happening . https://www.lakemountainresort.com.au/winter/rentals/lift-tickets/
    • Early bird season passes for resort entry available until May 11. $157 early bird. $190 after May 11.
     
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  3. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    If there is proper real snow that comes from the sky this season at LM then I am there for sure. The best thing about LM on a weekday in season is that it seems to be that the XC ski trails are almost empty . The upper carpark is usually full of Mums and Dads' cars taking the tiny tots out for a slide on the 'slurpee' machine strip.
    I emailed DEWLP and LM resort management about clearing the track down to Keppel's hut. I didn't get far with that . It was a case of passing the buck from DELWP to PV to LM Resort etc.
     
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    It's not the resort's responsibility. Generally speaking the trails are outside the resort and in the National Park, even though the resort maintains them. The bottom section of the Keppel's Hut track is in state forest, but the upper (and larger) section is in national park.
     
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    Snow making has started: (top left)


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    The Slurpee ice machine has started. Snow comes from the sky care of Mother nature. When the real snow comes then I will appear at LM.
     
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  7. Equus

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    At Least they've started....
    Do they make snow on the trails for is it Just the Toboggan slops?
    Thanks
     
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    Just the toboggan slopes, Burton riglet park and ski school area.
     
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    The XC ski trails when they are good are excellent and seldom as busy as the car park would suggest. This year I am going to ski from the car park to the Boundary Hut ruins and back. :)
     
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    It looks like some real snow is falling at LM. :)
     
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    Just gone out to The Camp for quick walk, there were a few ski tracks the base at the main car park 5 cm however up higher 15 - 20 cm. It was wet snow at the car park but again up higher the snow was a lot drier and falling very heavily covering our tracks quickly. The Snow cam pictures are a few days old so double check them before heading up.
     
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    Do You Think it will still be skiable further up towards Panorama lookout on Sunday?
     
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    I have some skiers coming through my shop early tomorrow. They want to catch it before the forecast rain washes it away. I'll let you know what they say when they return gear tomorrow afternoon.
     
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    I am planning a food drop at Keppel's hut very soon. I just have to decide when but it will be this month.
     
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    Lady Talbot Drive is closed best to come in from Mt Margaret Rd. Temps were rising in the afternoon most snow will be gone by Saturday night.
     
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    I usually come in from Mt. Margaret. I think there will some timber down on the road between Mt. Margaret road gate/ Lady Talbot road gate and Keppel track etc.,
    Especially what with these high winds. When I do come in I will come fully armed with a chainsaw, 2 stroke fuel, bar oil, crow bar , safety gear and start early from Melb. .
     
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    Don't forget your skis!!
     
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    The snow may well have melted by the time I get up there for my food drop. I will see how obstructed the track from the Hut to the ski trails is too.The Gate at the junction of Mt. Margaret road and Lady Talbot road closes on 13/6/18. The point of the food drop is to prepare for a peak ski season multi night hut visit on foot with skis, stocks, heavy pack , ski boots, snow camping kit etc. .I will walk into the hut from the seasonal closure gate.
    With quite a bit of timber down on the jeep roads ( that give access to Keppel's hut) , as I predict there will be after this weekend is over , there won't be much time for using the skis. It will be a chainsaw and supplies drop kind of trip more like it.
     
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    I deny all planning for a supply drop in the Keppel's hut.
     
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    Hi guys, we are planning a family trip to Lake Mountain for 14th to 15th June. Staying over at Marysville. Good chance of snow in the mountains for some tobogganing with the kids? Thanks.
     
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    I doubt you will see real snow in the Yarra Ranges on those dates but the LM resort does make its own SLURPEE machine ice strip for tiny tots to play on even if the ice in your drink is melting.
    I have been proven wrong about snow at LM. Last year someone wanted to know if they could ski in mid September 2017 at LM. I said it was unlikely. I ended up skiing twice during that period at LM.
     
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    Guaranteed that there will be at least man-made snow on the toboggan run. Maybe some natural snow too. Fingers crossed.
    In the meantime, something has arrived at Lake Mountain. Hoping it's not just new skis, but something like the magic carpets. See far left of the photo
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    Nothing ??????????? 8:51 26/5
     
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    Something to do with the generators. If they run the small generator, the cams hiccup. They run the big generator right through winter, so there shouldn't be a problem then.
     
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    I meant that I couldn't see anything on the far left other than carpark.
     
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    Sorry - I was talking about the pallets sitting in the car park.
     
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    I can see one of 2 magic carpets being installed:

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  28. Equus

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    Thanks Teckel
    NOT sure WHY I have and any Emails from Here......
     
  29. Equus

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    NICE!!!!!
     
  30. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Jeepers, It looks like LM will get some skiable snow in the next 7 days. I might get a June weekday ski in early next week!.
     
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    Don't get too excited Mr Tee it needs to settle into a base then get some more heavy snow to make it "skiable". But it's a start.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing. They are predicting half a metre in some resorts but will it be skiable esp. for off piste XC touring?
     
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    I reckon LM is going to have the best season starter for years come end of the weekend
    lets wait and see
     
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    We can only hope so :ski:
     
  37. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I wish Jane Bunn was doing me ;-P
     
  38. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    The Upper trails of Mt. Stirling are now getting some snow but again it is not deep enough to ski on. One decent snow plough turn and you will be rock hopping or skidding on mud. However it is a start!
     
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    Can someone explain HOW they get the XC trail ready for Skiing as in starting from nothing to Skiing?
    Thanks All
     
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    I guess they have to wait for enough snow to fall to get the skidoo with the groomer out onto the trails without buggering up whatever snow cover there is already. I don't care if it is groomed or not but the big marks that snow plough stops and turns leave can create hazards/divots for skiers, esp. if they freeze overnight.
     
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    If it's a thinner cover, they groom it with a skidoo, including laying the classic tracks. They need a good deep cover to use the Rolba groomer.
     
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    Any way you look at it, even if they do groom it, it will be tough to approach from your fancied alternate way Mr. Tee. Might have to go the entry fee way this early in the season.
     
  43. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Any early season visits to LM will be via the front door. I accept that but they won't have their hands in my pockets every time!
     
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    It's good to know that the LM entry is ONLY $56 per vehicle, what a ****ing bargain! However you can have up to ten passengers per vehicle, too bad if you are you are on your own.

    When I started skiing LM it was $3 entry, wonder how that translates into todays money?
     
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    That would have been before the government took over the running of it from Nat Morandi, who pretty much ran the place single-handed?
     
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    It would have been mid seventies I guess, it was very quiet then.
     
  47. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    You could strap a few extra friends to the roof rack with your skis. That would bring the gate fee per person down quite a bit.
     
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    many years ago, in a poorer galaxy far far away, I skied up onto Lake Mountain from the Royston River road. Older legs and a few coins found behind the sofa later, and...I now pay the bribe at the front gate. I also skied Mt Torbreck early 80s when there will still proposals for a new resort close to Melbourne being touted. It was a long, steep slog for a descent consisting of snowploughs and desperately ugly tele turns down to Barnewall Plains. Access to Lake Mountain via Keppel Hut is also a good day's adventure skiing.
     
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    Yonks ago (90's) it cost $20.00 per car to get in the gate and $11.00 per person for trail fees. So a car of 4 skiers and skiing was $64.00. Correct me if I'm wrong but there's no trail fees now so it's $56.00 for the works or $8.00 cheaper. Mind you for a car of 2 skiers in the 90's was only $44.00.
     
  50. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Access in winter to Keppel's hut is from the locked gate at the Mt. Margaret road. It is a 2-3 hour hike in along Upper Lady Talbot road.I doubt you could ski in from there unless there had been monster dump of snow down to 700 M..The Track from the hut to the upper LM ski trails is full of huge fallen logs that need to be cut by trained and well equipped personnel.