Snow Report The Lake Mountain 2019 Trip Report, Conditions & Pics Thread

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Gonna heading to Lake Mountain tomorrow morning. Is Lake Mountain open? Is the road from Melbourne to Lake Mountain all good now?
 

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Gonna heading to Lake Mountain tomorrow morning. Is Lake Mountain open? Is the road from Melbourne to Lake Mountain all good now?
The snow ball throwing resort should be open and the road from Marysville should be open. Look at the LM resort website and the LM resort FB page plus the VICROADS website for details.. It has rained up there so the snow cover for skiing is not as good as it was few days ago . i.e. last Saturday . Can one predict if another Ning Nong will have a car accident on the Black Spur? .Your guess is as good as mine about that.
 

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Not a ning nong if a tree squashes your car and kills your wife. Just damned bad luck. LM was excellent on Wednesday.
I was referring to the subsequent accident on Saturday 10/8/19 on the Black Spur which caused us to have to return to Melb. via Yea and Whittlesea, which was as far as I know was caused by driver error.
The accident involving the tree crashing onto blameless humans in a car on Friday 9/8/19 was dreadful and no one was at fault there .Indeed nobody was or is accusing those unfortunate people of being anything but very , very unlucky .
I apologize if I seemed insensitive or seemed to be mocking anyone in that regard.
The Black Spur and the overall approach to Lake Mtn. from Melb. is perilous for inexperienced city based drivers.
Lake Mtn. is very skiable at present so get up there and ski it and drive safely.
 

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The cold temps and light rain have made for icy conditions all the way up the mountain. Take care. Carpark is currently windy and seeing both snow and precipitation.

Will be interesting to see what happens.
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Percipitation isn't rain :p

Besides, its stopped now, snow is not really affected. Just a very thin crust in parts with fresh powder as far as the eye can see... in a blizzard.

BYO Glide wax.

Conditions above snow are amazing!
All your powder r belong to me!
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Conditions today are as one would imagine. Very windy, particularly in the morning. Slushy from beginning to mid way up. Less so above the camp. Even though panorama and jubilee are the choice trails today, the snow is very slow.
Obviously tomorrow will be a much better day, maybe even good, IF the trails get groomed... which they were NOT today.
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Oh u need a little chainsaw in your back pack!Where is Mr T when u need him?i still think they should have a little shelter up there ...well out on Panorama etc so you can stay out on those windy days have your lunch and cup of tea and just look out a nice window or two while u enjoy the silence !
 

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Oh u need a little chainsaw in your back pack!Where is Mr T when u need him?i still think they should have a little shelter up there ...well out on Panorama etc so you can stay out on those windy days have your lunch and cup of tea and just look out a nice window or two while u enjoy the silence !

That would be great!
 

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I wonder how long that snow cover will hang in there? Some soothsayers are predicting a snow fall of some importance around September 11th.

Well if they actually pack the trails it might just hang in there for a little longer and maybe provide longer lasting conditions... that being said today i saw thin coverage on that little bit of perineum between the end of roysten and the trail conditions board.

Sep 11th would be favorable. it's around the time of my birthday and what better way to celibate than going to Keppel's hut for an over night stay? IDK :D
 

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Well if they actually pack the trails it might just hang in there for a little longer and maybe provide longer lasting conditions... that being said today i saw thin coverage on that little bit of perineum between the end of roysten and the trail conditions board.

Sep 11th would be favorable. it's around the time of my birthday and what better way to celibate than going to Keppel's hut for an over night stay? IDK :D
I still have yet to do an overnighter at Keppel's hut hiking from Mt. Margret Gap with skis strapped to my pack. I have secreted a supply drop out there and all. I have been too busy skiing to bother hiking very much. My XC skiing has improved too with more speedy parallel ski descents and turns and far fewer debilitating crashes . I have not been to the physiotherapist with any complaint at all so far this ski season . Even the 'war wound' in my ankle from a crash at Falls Creek in June last year is holding up well .
 
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I still have yet to do an overnighter at Keppel's hut hiking from Mt. Margret Gap with ski strapped to my pack. I have secreted a supply drop out there and all. I have been too busy skiing to bother hiking very much. My XC skiing had improved too with more speedy parallel ski descents and turns and far fewer debilitating crashes. I have not been to the physio therapist with any complaint at all so far this ski season. Even the 'war wound' in my ankle from a crash at Falls Creek in June last year is holding up well.

I'm looking at doing this as a spring bike ride coming from Lilydale, probably going over Donna Buang and up Acheron Way. Camping outside the hut with a dusting of snow around the place would be damn magical.
 
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Hut time is good time!Feet up in front of fire having cups of tea and bickies....you may need sniffer dog to find Mr T’s hidden stash of goodies?
 
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I'm looking at doing this as a spring bike ride coming from Lilydale, probably going over Donna Buang and up Acheron Way. Camping outside the hut with a dusting of snow around the place would be damn magical.
It gets pretty boggey up from Lady Talbot Dve .....I think a few of us are hoping that the DSE perform more road works this summer.....more drainage and more crushed rock on this track.They should be well aware it’s a popular destination over summer months....it becomes a bit of a mud bath till the summer heat dries it well out!But the DSE seem pretty proactive ....so with a correct approach we may find that they do some good works !
 

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Is the road to Mt Margaret open in Winter? Accessible?
The Mt. Margaret Road is open up to Mt. Margaret Gap. It is best approached from Buxton. Take wheel chains and a chainsaw. It is a dirt road. It can be used by 2 WD but it can become muddy or slippery after a low fall of snow. Access to Keppel's hut is on foot from Mt. Margaret gap at the Lady Talbot Road winter gate. It is nearly 7 km on foot or on skis/skins if there is a low dump of snow to Keppel's hut from Mt . Margaret Gap. See the Mt. Margaret Thread.
 
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Up earlyish to beat the crowds. Hovered around 4C all morning, minimal wind on trails. Cover was good with minimal bare or thin patches on Jubilee and Panorama trails. Cover between 15-40cm. Snow was firm and fast until it softened around midday. Despite the lack of overnight grooming, the freeze thaw from the last grooming still provided pleasant skating.

One of the tarns in thaw, out on Echo Flat, on a beautiful winter's morning. A morning of solitude on firm, fast trails with very few people once the village is left behind. Skating heaven❄
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Trails today are much like yesterday. Still ungroomed. Nill wind. A bit of sun glare.
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Trails today are much like yesterday. Still ungroomed. Nill wind. A bit of sun glare.
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What depth of snow cover do you estimate there is at Helicopter flat ?

Mt.Stirling's management groom their terrain daily and they have double the amount of terrain to groom compared with LM . They have a big scary machine groomer too. Come on LM , pull your finger out. Grooming packs the snow down and keeps the cover intact for longer.
 
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At a guess I'd say 15-20cm give or take. Started seeing dark patches of snow becoming visible down roysten. It's still got full cover, but it's getting thin.

Really needs packing down, especially after this Wednesday.

Apparently the grooming crew are at the hoppet.

EDIT: Just to clarify:
*trail conditions are my personal assessment and opinion made at LM on the day.
*the trail conditions board did say all trails are all ungroomed.
*the location of the LM grooming staff was hearsay. i have no first-hand confirmation, just relaying what i was told by a store owner in marysville.
 
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Great conditions at Lake Mountain today for this intermediate classic skier. Cover very good on blue and green trails. Softened throughout the day with some crusty patches in the shade. Grooming very good; only Royston Trail got a bit messy by mid arvo from lots of tracks, but was still fine.
Give The Jubilee Loop a go but don't do it if it is icy . Some of the descents are quick even on sticky fresh snow.
 
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Started early at Lake Mountain yesterday (Saturday). 4C, no wind on the trails and with the groomers back at work, the trails were in good condition. I think I was first onto Jubilee and it was firm, fast and beautifully groomed, with minimal bare patches. The rock and dirt patches on the last third of outer Jubilee loop have appeared, but could be sidestepped. On return, I wandered out onto the open flats and followed the creek and tarns. Woollybutt was ok, Panorama had the usual dirt patches on the outbound downhill. It was nice in the sun doing laps between The Triangle and Lookout Rock. Friendly skiers kept to the side of the trail to let me by as did some snow-shoers. After countless laps, the return down Royston rd was a good finish, a little slow due to the softening snow, but not yet damaged by plodders and stompers. I returned home after a quick trip to Mt Margaret.

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The view to Gerraty's from high on Mt Margaret
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Same as yesterday, just slower. Skis off for bottom of jubalie most of which seemed ungroomed.
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Same as yesterday, just slower. Skis off for bottom of jubalie most of which seemed ungroomed.
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September to me means long day tours out to Fitzgerald's hut on the BHP as well as day touring on the Main Range in the KNP in NSW. However another dump of snow could warrant a quick LM trip this month.
 

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The green and blue trails were well groomed but were going soft by 10am. The surrounding areas were still good for some off trail skiing although it's getting soft and a little harder going. Long heath trail was super soft too with lots of fallen trees, pools and rocks to keep things interesting.
 

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The green and blue trails were well groomed but were going soft by 10am. The surrounding areas were still good for some off trail skiing although it's getting soft and a little harder going. Long heath trail was super soft too with lots of fallen trees, pools and rocks to keep things interesting.
You should purchase the early bird pass in April /May 2020 for LM. You are their biggest patron!.
 
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All Trails Groomed / Jubilee trail part open due to trees down ".

Get on the skidoo and take the 20 inch bar chain saw and clear the trees. It cannot be that hard to do. If Mt. Stirling can do it at their hill then it is possible.

Mr EB said there's tree down at Lower Muster. He said he didn't see any tree down at Jubilee today. :nerd_ubb: We'll be back tomorrow.
We came late today, after 2pm. Freshies on groomed tracks. Not many were around on the ski trails. There was someone who was walking in the middle of the trail though!!! :tany: I was just doing some speed runs from the hut to Heli Flat. Let's hope for a cold night and groomed skate tracks tomorrow. Good night people. :sleep:
 

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The green and blue trails were well groomed but were going soft by 10am. The surrounding areas were still good for some off trail skiing although it's getting soft and a little harder going. Long heath trail was super soft too with lots of fallen trees, pools and rocks to keep things interesting.
I will possibly go up there in Nov. and do battle with some of those fallen trees on Long Heath trail. 'Makita' now make a shoulder bag for chainsaws so carrying such a things up and down hills becomes easier.
 
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Conditions are better than expected. Below snow gauge is touch and go. Be low helicopter flat is good, even if its a bit thin. Above HF is excellent. Although skis off for once section at panorama. Roysten is patchy from half way down.

The sun is stuck behind the clouds so the ice crust is keeping speeds favorable

Currently snowing at panorama. Light snow in carpark.

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