Snow Report Hotham 2016 - Trip Reports, Pics & Conditions

Discussion in 'Hotham and Dinner Plain' started by dossa5, May 31, 2016.

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    dossa5

    dossa5 Dedicated Member

    Good to see guns blazing on upper Imagine today/afternoon
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    i got a pretty magazine in the post with some nice pix
     
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    Boodwah

    Boodwah Dedicated Member

    Me too. Really showed H up for what it is, minus all the advertising fluff which was refreshing. Who's up for qbwe?
     
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    Boodwah

    Boodwah Dedicated Member

    Big WE down at DP.
    It was 30 years ago today...
     
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    Rimey

    Rimey Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    I was working at Alfa City then. A couple bought an Alfa 33 Quattro wagon from me to get 'em up to their new purchase at the new DP.

    Agree, the Hotham rag is minimum BS. Just had a quick flip through.
    They've opened punters eyes to the easy Hotham sidecountry.
    Didn't see any real secrets revealed.
     
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    cookieman

    cookieman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    we plan to be at DP qblw
     
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    Boodwah

    Boodwah Dedicated Member

    Guns all blazing in balmy 4 degrees.
    Imagine starting to get a nice cover.
    Few turns DP today in beautiful weather.
     
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    gurenkuraku

    gurenkuraku Active Member

    Snowguns were kicking on Big-D all night til about 10am in +3/4 degrees thanks to low humidity - a few more nights of that and it'll be on.
     
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    Kyle naquesage

    Kyle naquesage New Member

    Anyone have a prediction for the for Sunday the 26th driving up Saturday night for the day.
     
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    gaz35

    gaz35 Active Member

    from today's Border Mail

    Heavy snow fall has closed the Great Alpine Road between Harrietville and Hotham Heights.

    VicRoads will keep the road closed until snow clearing machinery has been through.

    Great Alpine Rd (B500), Harrietville - Road Closed, The Great Apline Road has been closed between… https://t.co/UcPpqIb2Rj#victraffic

    — VicRoads (@VicRoads) June 14, 2016
    Frost, ice, snow and fog may have affected some roads in the alps, drivers should keep wheel chains on hand if required.

    For more information on snow alerts and road closures listen to local radio or phone 13 11 70.
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

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    gaz35

    gaz35 Active Member

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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Haha I think the words 'heavy snow' have been misused by the Border Mail
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    yep, but youll have to wait til the 22nd to get it, when the 4 day chart comes out. anything else is guesswork
     
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    Cuppa

    Cuppa Addicted Member

    Did the snowmaking blow across the road near the Summit Trainer and the road crew think it would be easier to clear it first thing in the morning?
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Booked in for the last 3 days of August, fingers crossed there's some cover by then!
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Cams looking the goods!
     
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    I would suspect that the weekend will see Summit, Big D, Roadrunner, Playground and Village running at minimum.

    Correction: Village will be running this weekend.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    thats all you need open to ski heavenly with a little imagination (har har)
     
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    bdenny4

    bdenny4 Dedicated Member

    Hey Fletch - need your cam back online

    Hotham Central (Fletch Cam), Hotham
    [​IMG]
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Anyone skiing this weekend? Saw some pics on social media, looks epic!
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Just saw on Instagram that Heavenly is opening tomorrow.
     
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    kimberlee81

    kimberlee81 Dedicated Member

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    Pisteoff

    Pisteoff New Member

    Skied this afternoon. Cold wind but very good packed dry snow. Close to a full cover on heavenly. Good cover on the top half of hogs back.
     
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    snowduck

    snowduck Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    What ?

    No forumite reports in the last 3 days !
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    too busy skiing maybe.....im booked in for 4 days next weekend but would love to be there today
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    I'm heading up on the weekend and staying for the week, happy to post some reports once I arrive!
     
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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

    I'll be up next week on friday.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    its funny, but once i get to the snow i totally forget about this forum!!

    likewise snorkler, ill be there friday-monday next week

    leave some snow for us blue_cruiser :)
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Hopefully there will be more than enough to go around! (P.S. Just so you know, I have progressed beyond my username and plan on spending much time in the blacks around Heavenly...:))
     
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    stansi

    stansi Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Twas good today.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    puts fingers in ear and goes lalalalalalalalalalalalala
     
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    ice_man

    ice_man Dedicated Member

    I'll be there from the 10th until the 15th. Looks like a cracking start to the season. Fingers crossed next week delivers!
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    I put some pics from today in the weather observations thread: http://forums.ski.com.au/xf/threads/july-3rd-6th.75425/#post-3042498

    It was crazy icy this morning but softened in places this afternoon. Snow holding up well but patchy cover in places (including a highly inconvenient patch on Snake Gully). A top up is starting to become necessary...
     
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    Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    This seems like as good a place to ask this question as any... First time ever, EVER, skiing in Hotham from the 13th July for 5 days. Four advanced skiers, plus Mum (intermediate). Really looking forward to it. As advanced skiers (comfortable on double blacks), where do we head straight for? Yes I'd love to know your secrets... Muchos gracias!
     
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    FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave Well-Known Member

    Magic carpet on Big D is where it's at :thumbs:
     
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    Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    Already at the top of my list
     
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    Froff Life

    Froff Life Dedicated Member Season Pass Gold

    Anything off the Gotcha and Keogh's chairs are challenging enough for advanced skiers. Provided cover is good enough of course. Sometimes lapping the 'Audi' chair can be sweet fun and less crowded
     
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    cookieman

    cookieman Dedicated Member Season Pass Silver

    Hotham is best for advanced...there are many secret spots where you can find challenging drops and virgin stashes but most are best done with someone with experience in the area.
    If we have a full cover, do a few laps at heavenly valley...you can spend at least half a day there exploring all the different runs.
    Then head towards Mary's Slide and extreme area (this requires caution at bottom of run as it funnels towards the creek and trail out.).
    Spargos,one tree hill and golden point for a bit of side country.
    Blue ribbon if enough cover and blizzard conditions as its sheltered from the weather.
    Its all dependent on conditions as to where best to go.
    I will be up that weekend and happy to catch up.
     
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    kimberlee81

    kimberlee81 Dedicated Member

    Pump House Drop, at speed
    Funnel/Wall Of Death
    The ridge line under the lower section of the Playground chair
    Wendix
    Mary's slide (Though not nearly as good since the lifts went in)
    Spargo's
     
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    FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave Well-Known Member

    Blue ribbon if there is enough cover to open. And all the other runs that funnel into the Blue Ribbon chair Hoggs Back, Varsity Drag, etc.... Good for high level intermediate and up.

    Pretty much all the advanced and Intermediate stuff at Hotham is in the valley AKA "below the road", so is sheltered from the worst of the weather.

    Mary's can be good, but ONLY if the conditions are suitable. If there was no new snow for a couple of days, it would be a pretty ordinary experience in my opinion. At least you can have a look at it from the Gotcha chair on the way over to the Orchard and make an informed decision.

    Other areas I'm willing to share..
    Along the ridge coming off the chair at the top of Slalom Gully. It's marked as Purgatory Spur on the trail map. Around this area generally gets the good wind blown stuff.

    If tree skiing is your thing, you can cut through the trees between Russells Runway and Twirligig over in the Orchard, just make sure you come out high enough to get back to the lift.

    If you trawl through this site you might also read up on a few Hotham secret runs like behind the Joyce Brockoff Hut down to the Valley trail too.
     
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    Wardy

    Wardy Active Member

    Ah bless you all. Thanks for that. :cheers:
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Back in for the day after a damp one up here. It was snowing all the way to the bottom of the village chair until about 9:30am and then the freezing level slowly rose leading to r**n. Luckily it was fairly light rain but still enough to get my gear soaked. The snow held up quite well. Got some nice fresh tracks along Hogg's Back. Slalom Gully was still unmogulled when I last skied down it at 1pm, it was actually really nice going down there! Hopefully there is no major rain damage, if there is I reckon lots of the runs off Heavenly will close or be just awful to get down.
     
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    nightbird

    nightbird New Member

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    Snorkler

    Snorkler Part of the Furniture

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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    Rain damage in minimal and the snow is pretty good. Black Snake is probably the most rain affected. Had some good runs through Upper and Lower Imagine this morning.
     
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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    I also put a couple of pics on the weather observations thread.
     
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    mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Season Pass Silver

    im heading up early tomorrow til monday. ill be happy with anything!
     
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    FatBoyDave

    FatBoyDave Well-Known Member

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    Bluebird

    Bluebird Old And Crusty Season Pass Gold

    You'll be right. Heavenly is fully open, plus a lot of the Blue Ribbon runs (using the Village chair). Summit, Big D, Drift and Road Runner are all turning too.