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Thredbo's "Dream Run" - Snowmaking?

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by gareth_oau, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Forgiveness requested in advance, if this turns out to be a dumb comment/question.

    3 years ago was my first try at snowboarding, after about 3 days of lessons, the instrutors took us up to Merritts. Had a great time there, and when we finished, we were taken back down Dream Run - virtually everyone in the group almost maimed themselves. Despite being peak season, it was very icy and almost devoid of snow - the instructor claimed that Dream Run was often like this after little snowfall or high winds.

    Again, went there last year and Dream Run was closed for the entire stay because of the same problem.

    Now, for an intermediate, to easily get back down from Merrits, you have limited options, either the Merritts chairlift, or Dream Run.

    So, assuming my observations are reasonable, wouldnt it seem prudent to instal some snowmaking on Dream Run?
     
  2. wangster

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    You can ski down High Noon as well, which is a far easier option than Dream Run....

    Dream Run has to have the most ironic name of any run at that place. It faces a horrible direction - even in a big snow season it gets scoured by wind, the afternoon sun melts it then it freezes overnight and gets no sun all morning... It's just shocking no matter what.

    I think snowmaking would make it worse. Granted there would at least be white stuff on it, but I reckon it would be even icier than it gets now.
     
  3. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    gotcha, you have to go back up the cruier chairlift from merritts and travers across to get there tho.

    will try that later this year!
     
  4. cin

    cin Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If theres plenty of snow you can always give that run under the Merritts chairlift a go, they mark it as a black but its not that bad, and nowhere near as hard as it looks from the merritts chairlift. There is also hardly anyone ever on it so you will probably have it all to yourself! Bonza!!!

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  5. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think its the Schuss, a fun bump run last time I did it last season. Last season was also the first time Ive had a dream run on dream run [​IMG]
     
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  6. oreo

    oreo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    oh yer, all to yourself. Enjoy the icy moguls at the end of the day. [​IMG]
     
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    Cant imagine the Schuss (under Merrits chair) would be a whole lot of fun on a board. It's usually big, icy moguls most of the way down.
     
  8. benchives

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    last year cruiser was on wind hold around lunchtime. Every time this happens punters make a bee line straight to dream run, as it is the only way down without downloading on merritts.

    If thredbo could make an easier alternative "getaway" plan for when cruiser goes on hold that would be great. Will free up dream run for tragics! I love the pitch in that first section (u get a good view when going up gunbarrell)
     
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    scottik187 Hard Yards

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    Sure, dream run is icy...and the lower section down through the trees is often only reduced to two strips of white seperated by a sea of brown slush/ice/grass, but sometimes id rather go down that than deal with the cruiser lift line, and the bumped out high noon.

    All this thredbo talk is getting me excited to go riding again...just got back from Canada on Saturday, but there is something special about riding here at home.
     
  10. Ian D

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    I have skied it a couple of times when it lives up to its name - morning fresh when they hadn't got to groom it [​IMG]

    I think a few guns up the top that they could push the snow down would be worthwhile and a few at the bottom that they could push back up the tree lined run out.

    Mind you I agree with them that the True Blue / Little Beauty areas were a higher priority, also the bottom 3rd of Funnelweb I would put ahead of it (possibly).

    Bit shocked that a 3rd day lesson would be taken down Dream Run on what sounds like their first day at Merritts! That is asking for carnage.
     
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  11. K10

    K10 Hard Yards

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    As you know TeleCrag, M10 (my 9yr old daughter) calls the dream run "nightmare run" but she also calls the supertrail "yawn" and Funnel Web "easy"

    But here is a link to helmet cam footage of us skiing Gunbarrel glades and Pegasus and last half of Schuss at the end

    Its was a fun bump run with rocks and ice under a fair bit of snow

    video of schuss
     
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    Nice vid K10 [​IMG]
     
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    benchives Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just realised I saw you guys skiing last year from Gunbarrell and being like, whoa, look at those dudes fly. I remember being in awe.
     
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  14. Bhagwan

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    If your not keen to go down high noon, I know its longer but taverse to the cat track then onto super trail, down sundowner to friday flat. pretty much dream run suxs, after its 1st year it got the woftam award.
    Ian D for your info bottom 3rd of funnel web has snowmaking, it was put there for the world cup many moons ago. I guess management feels not important if other ares are suffering.
     
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    Ian D Pool Room Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Does it link all the way back to the soup-a-trail? Never seen snowmaking linking the bottom of FW all the way out to complete the run.

    Depending on the Blue Ribbon/Little Beauty snowmaking that may overlap and provide that (not sure) but still leaves the exposed northern face to die - which would be a shame that 50m can effectively close the whole run.
     
  16. Bhagwan

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    Sure does Ive made snow on it, It was mainly put there to run the World cup (1989), when all the teams turned up only the crazy canuks & the aussies would race on it, all the other teams said f**k that,its all steep & off chamber & every other p*** weak excuse. Cannot recall snow ever being made there again, but its there. They may have pinched the hydrants to repair others, but the pipe work would still be there. I'll try & find a piccy
     
  17. Donza

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    Dream run can be very dreamy.
    So can schuss.
    In 2000 I seen guys getting faceshots down schuss. Then skiing solid deep snow all the way down under the gunbarrel.
     
  18. K10

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    I have done it too Donza but you have to be early
    Trouble is the dream run attracts a certain type of snowboarder that is a GM hybrid crossed with a PistenBully/Kassborher
    (some skiers arent much better either)
    They scrap the snow off in a matter of minutes
    The sound of it drives me mad and makes me wanna yell TURN TURN TURN FFS
     
  19. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

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    The thing is those trees can be great at capturing snow as well.
    In a blizzard dreamy can be great.
     
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    I'll be keeping that in mind this winter......
     
  21. Donza

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    I don't think we've had a "proper" blizzard for a few years.
     
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    This year is the year [​IMG]
     
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  23. K10

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    I usually head there in a blizzard - got lost once and had to boot out [​IMG]

    Like to link up High Noon to Dream run exit and also Pegasus? to Dream Run
     
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  24. Donza

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    I hope so too.
    I want to see a groomer in the carpark at Friday flat again.
     
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    Pegasus and the Glades when they get enough snow from a NW wind are the bomb.
    The NW blows ito those areas and fills em up.
    Problem is in the last 4 years or so most of our base snow has come from strange places.
    Then the good stuff has been southerly cold and scarce.
     
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    So the trees to skiers left of High Noon down to the Dream Run exit are actually skiable? I've often wondered....
     
  27. Donza

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    Not really unless its a huge snow year. There are alot of places that can be not very nice to get out of.
    Trees near slow gums are a better alternative.
     
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    You get that when the access is from the bottom of a lower intermediate area. If the access was harder they wouldn't be there (or not in any numbers).
     
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    Like to link up High Noon to Dream run exit and also Pegasus? to Dream Run

    Keep pegasus the way it is or all those GM hybrid/pisten bully skiiers & boarders will stuff it. They can have Dream run.
     
  30. K10

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    I mean thru the trees, not changing the run
     
  31. Donza

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    I must admit my Wife is one of them.
    She gets on the anchors when the dust on the crust starts to come away.
    Then i always hear..."this isn't like japan"...
     
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    cin Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Be good if they just reclassified it as a black run with a nice big sign saying "prone to icy surface - experts only" next to a big black diamond sign
     
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  33. Donza

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    The best thing about dreamy is the fence at the bottom.
    Also the dip...I seen a guy double eject after he didn't compress.
    he actually ran off his skis....
    So funny.