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

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  1. Ubiquitous Steve

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    Your boss may be reading this....?
     
  2. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    A full trip report with photos is coming very soon. There is a lot of snow at LM but it is starting to become soft and wet and will begin to melt soon unless the big scary machine groomer is used vigorously.
     
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    Some on the forum are suffering chronic fatigue syndrome from too much skiing!They need time back at work to recuperate!:whistle:
     
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    Bouquets to Lake Mountain today. Had a fantastic ski, great grooming and terrific conditions. what an amazing season they are having. We skiied everything but jubilee and it was all in fantastic condition. the snow froze hard overnight but there was nice grooming and a consistent corduroy pattern across the tracks and perfect classic trails on each side which just softened nicely on the surface by later in the morning. very scenic and not super crowded. definitely worth the trip today !!
     
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    Do not mention corduroy grooming.Most of this weekend in the Hot ham sandwich to Dinner Plain XC ski area has been corduroy boiler plate before eleven am.That is my only complaint.
     
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    It looks like LM is getting some fresh cover :)
     
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    http://www.janebunn.net/lake-mountain

    This Thursday looks like a wash out followed by a dump of snow on Friday . The best day to be anywhere for skiing is the day the fresh dump of snow occurs!
     
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  9. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Jane Bunn has revised the forecast for LM for closer to FA x 2 of snow.
    :-(
     
  10. Equus

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    I'm heading to LMTN tomorrow so will provide an update tomorrow night.

    Judging by today's report (depth 40cm), I don't think a little damp stuff will hurt too much.

    Most of the last 20 years the snow would be close to gone by Sept 1, so we're pretty fortunate. We should be able to ski until mid month. Possibly a tad more if this Friday's event is cold enough.

    That's a (season) win in my book. (;-)
     
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  12. snowgum

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    Reasonably pleasant conditions at LM CP - bit of sleet & wet snow with the odd glimpse of sun.

    Slight dusting in trees. Suspect some light additional cover on higher trails.

    SG out until later. (Fischer demos looking a goer)!
     
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    Nice skiing late am - snow soft & forgiving around Echo Flat.

    Quite a bit of sleet & soft snow observed. More like snow above the village level.

    And a bit of sun as I type! A Great Fathers' day!
     
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  14. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    I am giving Mt.St.G. a go tomorrow. I have never skied it before. I have snow shoed the Baw Baws in the past, before I joined the XC skiing cult.
     
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    Take care on your way down from summit, some of these chutes are quite narrow, however, you can always take the Cascade trail which goes thru some lovely boulder fields, take your camera. Sorry for poor Grammar but it does not seem to matter anymore! I haven't skied Baw Baw plateau this year but there still might be time!
     
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    Great finish to the day. Still snowing (wettish) much of pm.
    Snow softish but forgiving for my rare skate.

    Thanks to the Fischer demo guys for a great day on classic & skate. Hoping snow lasts until sch hols. Still worth a visit!
     
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    Was also up at LM today for my first XC ski in a few years (oh god my legs hurt). Really nice to return to the place I learned to ski. Snow was a tad crusty in places early on, but softened up as the sun came out. Was varying between sleet/light snow most of the day.

    Disappointment of the day was the Marysville bakery. I had fond memories of ducking in for a vanilla slice after a days skiing as a kid, but today they had very little on offer, and what was available was on-mountain tier expensive...
     

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    BYO all food and drink for LM and most other XC ski locations and avoid price gouging and disappointing fare.
     
  19. snowgum

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    Few food joints stay as good as you remember them. They were OK say pre fire. Alas poor snow and new baby post fire has reduced my contact with LMtn and the bakery.

    My Son is now 9 and starting to XC - together with good snow this has drawn me back to the Lake. The Bakery will stay on my 'tbd' list. ⛷❄️
     
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    Anyone in the know about what ever happened to The Local Spot terrain park project that Lake Mtn appeared to be pushing last season and early this year? Was actually something i was quite keen on.
     
  21. teckel

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  22. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    This warm R**N cannot be doing any good for LM.
     
  23. snowgum

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    No, Indeed. I have severe doubts about the longevity of natural (XC) snow cover at LM beyond this weekend. We can only hope the rain stays mostly north of the southern alps, as it seems to be.

    On the bright side, the snowmaking can top up the village 'runs' to the end of the season.

    But for natural snow, the extra height and extra cover at Baw Baw should see it last an extra week or two.

    But it's all a big guess. A week of warm weather after 100mm and all bets are off!

    I think Bawbs
     
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    Let's hope the temp keeps falling:
     
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  25. snowgum

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    Xing fingers Teckel. Gee I'd love another 100m or so up top in this sort of weather. (;-)
     
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    100m! The whole village would be buried!
     
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    I skied at MSG on Monday because I think the end is nigh !
     
  28. snowgum

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    Good news -ish.

    I note Bawbs went negative at 10:30 & still receiving precipitation it seems.

    Perhaps some cooler air will at least freeze the pack for a night or two and minimise losses. Any fresh at either mountain would be a nice bonus. :)-)

    http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDV60801/IDV60801.95901.shtml
     
  29. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    Double figures in Celsius and the R word are forecasted for LM. It has been a grand season , a real cracker :) but I suspect the end is nigh.
     
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    Like! :thumbs:
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  31. LM Obsessive

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    For how much longer will we be able to ski do you think?
     
  32. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    How long is a piece of string?. If you are prepared to drive to Charlotte's Pass in NSW then you can ski well into October. As for LM I am sorry but spring has sprung and double figures in day time temperatures plus the R**n word cannot be good for skiing .If you do go to LM then go super early in the day when the surface will be firmer. I suspect tomorrow afternoon at Mt. Buffalo there will not just be a very soft surface but visible melting and running water everywhere.
     
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    No skiers yesterday complained to me about the lack of or the quality of snow. I have a guy (whose opinion I respect) who'll be skating there today. I'll let you know what he says when he returns his gear. I suspect that it's quite a bit deeper than the reported 20cm on the upper trails. Last year if you remember, there was still good skiing to be had higher up into early October. This year we have a better and deeper base.
     
  34. LM Obsessive

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    Thanks! You don’t think the warmer weather will melt it all? I’ll look forward to hearing what your skiers have to say tonight!
     
  35. teckel

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    Wind and rain are worse enemies than warmth.
     
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    Skater went only as far as the Camp, and gave up trying to battle the soft stuff. He said there was still a good coverage - about 20cm on the lower trails, but dirt trying to show through at Echo Flat.
    Some classic skiers were happier, but reported one spot where they had to take their skis off - I think they said on Panorama.
    Both lots said there was at least another week in it even with this summer weather.
     
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    Thanks for the info! The forecast is predicting 9cms for Saturday...
     
  38. teckel

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    Which would be great - taking it up to the school holidays.
    It ain't over till the fat lady sings - and she hasn't done that yet.
     
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    Hi Teckel:

    Classic skiers are always happier as they’re on classic skies (;-)

    Seriously though: theres a sunny north facing part of Panorama just below the first lookout and its diabolical for cover after a few days of warm sunny weather. Its the perfect angle to maximize winter 12 noon solar heating. It was always thus even pre fires.

    If theres one spot management could string up a sunshade it would be that spot on Pano.

    Still for 10th Sept thats pretty good going.

    We could be lucky with Saturday if FLs drop / moisture picks up?? A last hoorah???
     
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    Ha ha! Fingers and toes crossed for more snow yet!
     
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  41. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    It was rockhopper city at Mt.Buffalo.I went skiing there today.LM sounds like it is holding up a little better than the Buff is.
     
  42. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    It looks like LM is getting a mid September snow fall top up which might help the XC ski trails survive for another few days .See you all up there in 2019. :)
     
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    What d'ya reckon'? Some hope for first week of hols on upper trails or forget it?
     
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    Any reports on how much snow fell today? Looks like a cm or two based on the cams
     
  45. Mister Tee on XC Skis

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    The Bogong High Plains esp. around Mt. Nelse are still amazing for skiing. I am still buzzing from my XC ski trip out there on Tuesday 11.9.18. Either The BHP or the Main Range in NSW would be my choice if considering XC skiing anywhere from now until the end of the month.
     
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    Hi Teckel, what did your returning skiers have to say about the state of the xc trails today? Do you think it would be worth going this Monday?
     
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    Sorry, but I doubt any of the XC ski resorts below 1600 M. would now be worth paying to ski at .Have a ski sickie on Monday and Tuesday and get up at 4 am & drive up to Falls Creek. The snow cover out near Edmondson's hut on the B.H.P. is very good:cool: .The weather should be clearing up on Monday too. 11.9.18. Bogong High Plains near Edmondson's hut, Alpine N.P.. Amazing spring skiing.
     
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    I didn't hire out any skis today, only snow-players/tobogganists. Hang on - I hired some chains to a group of skiers. They said that this morning they had to walk a couple of hundred metres before they could put on their skis. But in the afternoon they skied almost back to the village. They only saw 2 other skiers the whole day (a father and child). They really enjoyed their ski. It pretty much snowed the whole day up higher - very little rain early on. So I'd say they got a reasonable amount on the trails. And with the weather remaining cool, there should be at least another week in it - at least on the upper trails. I also note that the snow guns are operating tonight (although the slushy machine hasn't operated for a couple of weeks), so it looks as though the resort has no plans to close this weekend.
    I'll be interested to see what the resort reports in the morning as regards to how much they got.
     
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