Richard's Report - Wednesday, 10 August 2005 2:25:23 PM

A Major Improvement

With nothing much on the immediate horizon I went to Canberra on Sunday and Sydney on Monday arriving back on Tuesday evening. The winds driving up the Thredbo Valley were possibly the strongest I have ever encountered. It was half raining and half sleeting. The slopes did not look good at I approached the village. The rain turned to snow later last night.

This morning there was snow all over the village and 25cm up top in a cold air mass of 5C with a wind-chill of 25C. Snowgums was first option as de-icing of Kosi chair was going to take a while. My first two runs were fantastic. The snow was light and dry until below mid station. I had my knee disappear under the snow a couple of times on the steeper slopes.

Kosi chair eventually got going and then so did the upper T-bars. Golf Course was wind-packed but delightful until the tree line where it was deep and light.
How good was it the sun came out and very few others were anywhere near me. The run out was somewhat scratchy as was getting off funnel web. I hit several rocks.

It is snowing again heavily now. Tomorrow will be well I guess it depends on the wind. Chains were required into all resorts today and there was even snow on some roads out of Cooma.

High Noon - Wednesday morning
High Noon - Wednesday morning

Snow covered trees on Crackenback
Snow covered trees on Crackenback

Who's that following my tracks?
Who's that following my tracks?

Jay did a good job of 8's
Jay did a good job of 8's

Jay's better half
Jay's better half

Little Beauty
Little Beauty

No wind down here
No wind down here

Peter on an empty Cannonball - Thursday
Peter on an empty Cannonball - Thursday

Ramshead Chair - Thursday
Ramshead Chair - Thursday

Wombat track under Snowgums chair
Wombat track under Snowgums chair

The forecast is blizzards till the weekend.

Thursday update: Air temp -9C, wind chill -34C, wind strength high and another 15cm of light dry snow. Much of yesterday's snow has been wind packed otherwise it's still deep.

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