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Snow Report Thredbo 2019 Trip Report, Conditions & Pics

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by D-eye, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Which is the ultimate premise of this trip. Get the kids stoked, bonus if I get any turns
    Happy days
     
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  2. Sbooker

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    My family of four (advanced??) intermediates have just finished three of the best days skiing I’ve ever had anywhere in under rated Thredbo. I understand the skiing here in Australia is very conditions dependent but when this mountain has snow (not the sun beaten or rained on type that it sometimes gets) it is a great place to ski for all levels of skier. Even today after being firm this morning it softened beautifully about 10am and held the good conditions all day without turning to slush as is common.
    I spoke to an older guy on a lift who did three seasons in Tignes about twenty years ago. He claimed the skiing here on Sunday and Monday rivalled anything he has seen anywhere else - big wraps I know and probably exaggerated due to excitement.

    Some of you experienced skiers may be able to help with a query of mine? Why do some slopes turn to moguls while other almost adjacent and similar slopes with same gradient and orientation and (it appears) skier traffic not form moguls - or at least not of the same degree?
     
  3. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Because some are groomed every night and others go days, even weeks without grooming.
     
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  4. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thredbo is underrated?
     
  5. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Also great to catch-up with a few forum stalwarts today, if briefly whilst I was distracted by kids and maaaayyybe a tad hungover... :cheers: to @telecrag and @skifree nice to share a cawfee
     
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  6. Alleve

    Alleve Hard Yards

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    Who would've thought
     
  7. skull

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    shhh


    Perisher is better.
     
  8. zac150

    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Seriously the reporting on this goes from bad to worse! 9 need to up there game!

    https://www.canberratimes.com.au/st...ied-by-avalanche-in-snowy-mountains/?cs=14225

    So it seems he was snow shoeing putting two and two together with other stories this is the avalanche on ethridge! He was climbing up to go snow showing and set the slide off!
     
  9. Rick Ross Da Boss

    Rick Ross Da Boss One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Skiing everywhere is conditions dependent...
     
  10. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well that's a debate I don't care for, I'm just surprised someone considers thredbo underrated
     
  11. Untele-whippet

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  12. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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  13. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Or at least had done a course*. IMO nothing beats decades of observation.


    *I don't know how experienced or otherwise they were, I just get the willies with doing a course, and then thinking that is good as. You could be the best skier in the world, but if you have not spent time out there........Im sure the courses are beneficial still though in some way. I don't mean to criticise these individuals, more just a general point.
     
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  15. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here is another pic of @skifree not getting eaten by an avvie, or getting lost OOB, or crashing his car off the road, or falling off a lift.

     
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  16. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Couple from the filming day on Tuesday

    The interview


    Jen getting some action footage


    Bit of a ski



    DHG run after

     
  17. skull

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    wow.

    And to think last year getting set up for a BC tour while I was putting on a transponder a fella came past me and said you don't those here.

    This and my mishap with the stream have me thinking I need to sort my solo skiing out
     
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  18. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I’ve been thinking a similar thing but just for inbounds riding - I believe the latest Apple Watch has a fall detection feature that calls emergency services if it detects a fall and you don’t acknowledge it in a certain time frame. I reckon it would be good for solo riding in the event of a bad fall or something similar
     
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  19. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don’t fall.
     
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  20. Interruptedbyfireworks

    Interruptedbyfireworks One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    LOL
     
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  21. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well, if you must, just forget to hit the ground!
     
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  22. skifree

    skifree Sort of old & definitely grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Works for me, I’m so lazy. :thumbs:
     
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  23. linked_recoveries

    linked_recoveries One of Us

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  24. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    missing the ground is the trick to flying :p
     
  25. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bloke and his missus snow shoe a wind loaded lee side +30 degree Etheridge multiple times 2 days after a significant period of weather and it let's go sometime around midday under a warming sun. Snow shoe route up is claimed to be a "rocky ridge I thought to be safe". Avalanche occurs when one person is walking up the "rocky ridge". Person is caught in slide and is able to self extract.

    The couple have "all the safety gear" and "training" also claim to do a "hand shear" test prior to boarding the ridge.

    Was this a natural release in an area well known to form cornice and crumble or human triggered ?

    Are "rocky ridges" a safer travel route ?

    Nil "safety gear" utilised.
     
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  26. Sbooker

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    From what I can make out I’m referring to runs that are not (never) regularly groomed. For example the Funnel Web always has large moguls but Cannonball often doesn’t. Certainly not to the same degree anyway.
     
  27. Sbooker

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    Sorry. I should have qualified that.
    I was meaning on an international scale. It really is a great hill with snow - just as fun as many of the big name resorts overseas and better terrain than a lot of them too. I mean it’s no La Grave or Jackson Hole but you get my point.
     
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  28. VSG

    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thread is about conditions, observations and photos.
     
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  29. db2567

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    Snow guns fired up on Kossie side.
     
  30. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's about skier traffic. Funnell web is a much tighter space so skier traffic more dense in the defined run. Cannonball is wide so skied less frequently imo.
     
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  31. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Narrow also means people ski more conservatively. Cannonball also gets wind refill. Which flattens but is also firmer snow to start with.
     
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  32. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wind is up
     
  33. LaNeige

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    Refill time
     
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  34. PMG

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    Yep. Should be some nice snow around today.
     
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  35. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow.

    We were packing kit yesterday for this (all inbounds) Thredbo trip and PBs Himalayan climb and he queried where our beacons were. I thought home but we couldn’t find them. But the immediate response was “if we can’t locate them then we buy new ones, it’s an essential piece of kit and having spares is always a good thing”. Why you’d NOT take it out if you had one is beyond me!
     
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  36. linked_recoveries

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    If you have them / forgot them could you hire beacons locally?
     
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    Well we haven't hit last year's high (yet) although the Spencers Creek snow depth has snuck over two metres.

     
  38. db2567

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    Fantastic up here..... And the lines.
     
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    I was honestly convinced this year would be a bad one. After two two-meter years in a row....and then us buying season passes. I figured the season passes would at least allow us to ski on manmade WROD when the BC didn't have enough cover!
     
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  40. gareth_oau

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  41. linked_recoveries

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    Yeah, there were a few similar comments within our group. Up until this last weekend things were progressing along those lines, and we were concerned about the cover for our weekend in mid-September. Now it seems conditions should be the standard hard-refrozen-turning-slushy affair. Happy with that.
     
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  42. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I tried to tell Geraldine you were coming, but I dont know who she is, the other lady said, Im not Geraldine, but she knew you were coming. I also dont know who you are, so it was a fun conversation.
     
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    Excellent snow today. Pretty breezy but there is some lovely wind blown and the snow has dried out. Most of the queues were terrific although I guess this will change tomorrow.
     
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  44. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I missed both previous 2m seasons. 2017 on kid duty and last year with busted ankle. I wrote it off last September when I put a deposit down on the pass.
     
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  45. db2567

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    Glad you told her telecrag as I didn't want to indulge a second time.
    Think Geraldine was the lady that served me.
    Not only do they do great doughnuts their coffee is my favourite at Thredbo.
     
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  46. db2567

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    Windy up top, nice everywhere.
    Softening at bottom of high noon near Merritt's creek station.
     
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  48. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    sorry for this cross post but I desperately need some advice, not trying to start an internecine war between Thredbo and Perisher ;)
    with the Alpine Way still closed I need some sage advice please. Our accom in Corryong have graciously refunded the fee and have been super upfront and helpful - kudos.

    I've got two options (I think):
    1. Drive to Tumut on Saturday and spend the night there, and on to Bullocks on Sunday morning
    2. Drive to Bombala via East Gippsland, spend the night there and then on to Bullocks

    In total both drives take about the same time so that evens out. I've never been to either Tumut or Bombala so happy to visit either, however i'm not sure about the road from Tumut (B72) across the mountains. I'd like to see that scenery if it's worthwhile.

    Any response greatly appreciated as I need to hustle and book accom.

    Thanks
     
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  49. cornice11

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    tumut and bombala both nice towns. tumut bigger with more services and better accom if going for a motel. drives much of muchness if similar duration.
     
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  50. Tanuki

    Tanuki A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks very much, all sorted now. Tumut it is.