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Trip Report Thredbo 2020 Trip Reports, Pics, Updates and Conditions.

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by skifree, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Back due to popular demand.:)
     
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    Let's start the 2020 thread with a conditions update, taken from the NSW Fires thread. The Pilot Lookout fire that was threatening Thredbo has been downgraded in size. Apparently it was never quite as large as originally reported. The majority of the fire's edges are now inactive, with a few hotspots. The Geehi fire is roughly the same size as yesterday, but has run up Watson's Crags to the summit.
     
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  3. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    What happened?
     
  4. crackson

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    Oh, it's 2020.

    Ok.

    As you were.
     
  5. Townsend

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    Actually I have been watching the Pilot fire and it was 1000 hectares two days ago, 1200 yesterday and 1700 this morning. As someone who is currently in Thredbo I have a horrible idea that the fact it is increasing in size may encourage the park to evacuate us again.
     
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  6. Sadie

    Sadie Chk Chk Boom Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hope it doesn't happen. :( I just had a look, 1979 at the moment?
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Clipped this from the NSW Fire thread. Doesn't mean those fires can't / won't flare again given the right conditions, but things sound like they're under control right now.

     
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    Graphical errors on the Mt Kosciuszko walk webcam
     
  9. Alleve

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    Thredbo will not be opening this weekend. The status of the Blues Festival is unknown
     
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    At 5:00 pm today there were at least 5 firefighting aircraft flying over deadhorse gap and the Pilot Lookout fire. It was great to see that the KNP fires are now getting air support.

    Photo of helicopter over Thredbo heading to the snow making pond to refill his bucket.
     
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  12. Townsend

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    Huge water bombing helicopter here now as well as large planes dropping fire retardant. The helicopter is taking water from the snow making pond and is taking it over Dead Horse Gap. They seem to be more concerned about tomorrow than they were for last week. However we now have three strike teams here now which is very reassuring.
     
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  13. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's a ghost town down here, well except for helicopters and planes :thumbs:
     
  14. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It appears as though more resources are available for tomorrow than there were last week - hence more activity. (my guess)
     
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    Here's hoping it all goes well .
    I though last week had the most dangerous days.Incorrectly believed things had improved after the rain.
     
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  17. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Fire at map for Friday 10 jan 2020 issued Thursday 9 Jan


     
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    Not so yay!
     
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  19. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thredbo is out there in the smoke
     
  20. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey mate.
    Stay safe today.
    Looking... like a challenge.
    Any tidbits of news would be appreciated.
     
  21. Alleve

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    Found this video in my recommended on Instagram
     
  22. Townsend

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    The Chinook is back today. I do not know if that is good or bad?
     
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    linked_recoveries One of Us

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    Is it bombing the Pilot Lookout fire or the Geehi fire? Maybe the snowmaking pond is a handy dipping option.
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They have not evacuated today? That is a good sign?
     
  25. linked_recoveries

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    Perisher has a bit more firefighting clout today.

     
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  26. D-eye

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    More resources available this time I guess.
     
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    How much water would you say the bladder holds?
     
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    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Noted that Thredbo had pre-emptive Retardant drops laid by LATs yesterday
     
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    59km/h gusts from the NNW last couple of hours, a fraction better then a more Westerly direction
     
  30. Townsend

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    It is flying in the direction of the Pilot fire. I believe that the bucket holds 10,000 litres.
     
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    rugbyskier One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see from the cams that the portable snowmaking guns have been put out near Valley Terminal as a precaution. Puts new meaning to the saying "Sun's out, guns out".
     
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    Looking at the fire maps, it looks like CP and Perisher are more at serious risk today than Thredbo (at least compared with last Saturday).

    Fingers crossed.
     
  33. linked_recoveries

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    Hence this type of action. Photo plucked from Mick Tomasi's FB page recently.



    And this, which is just an incredible view of fire retardant being dropped at Charlotte Pass.



    And, just 'cause it's so good, once more as a YouTube video.

     
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    Watch this space for next Thursday/Friday. There is hope!
     
  36. sastrugi

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    Glad those fires have stopped at the border, I feel so much safer in Vic right now :whistle:
     
  37. climberman

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    They came from there, not stopped there!!
     
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    A very different day to last Sat. Hot, windy but no where near as hectic in this neck of the woods today.

    Given the work put in this week in the area I cannot help but think some of these fires that started prior to Christmas really needed massive attention a lot earlier. (Something for an enquiry)

    Not withstanding all efforts at containment have been awesome.

    MH60 just flew over heading towards Adaminaby
     
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  39. teleroo

    teleroo still looking for Thredbo in the Park Ski Pass: Gold

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    Problem was last Saturday the whole south coast, Gospers and Green Wattle Creek jobs were active with lots if property and lives under threat. Today, its pretty much the Snowies only (noting both sides and well beyond the Perisher-Thredbo axis) so lots of available resources. But sometimes i wonder, three trucks stationed at Selwyn could have done a lot of good. Risky, but not indefensible. Large car park as safety refuge, water on hand.
     
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    I agree.

    Winds lighter now and swinging more W SW. Smoke towards Thredbo is a lot thicker.
     
  41. climberman

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    Thanks DWD, I am cautiously less freaked out than last week.

    agreed re the work.

    shows how hard it is when resources are stretched over many many many hundreds of k’s of fire front and many many locations to defend.
     
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    Pictures from our place looking towards Thredbo, should be able to see Ramshead

     
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    This afternoon's southerly change seems to be really kicking things off west of the range right now. Our thoughts are with anyone who might be in harm's way over there, or anywhere else for that matter. Try to keep yourselves safe.
     
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    Was a magnificent morning. The first morning without smoke this year. However the smoke is now starting to roll in again. Fingers crossed that this is not the fires picking up again.
     
  46. Alleve

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    Good news
     
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    Great news!
     
  48. Alleve

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    We'll have to see what happens with the Merritts Gondola. Hopefully the delay from the closing of the resort won't be a problem. The early start they made on it should help.

    We've also got to hope that the bushfires don't flare up again. It will be a while until they calm down.

    Very glad to hear that Thredbo is opening again in time for the Blues Festival.
     
  49. Townsend

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    I was talking to someone last night about the gondola and was told that they have only missed two days so far. The forecasted rain may make more of a difference.
     
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    It would be entirely too ironic for Thredbo's first investment in new lift capacity in ages (if you ignore the extension carpet at the top of Friday Flat) to get flattened by fire before it's finished.

    Possibly even more ironic if rain causes a delay.

    Hope they can get all the staff gathered once again for the blues weekend. People have scattered in all directions.
     
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