Richard's Report - Thursday, 12 July 2007 1:27:32 PM

CCC - Cold, Clear and Crowded

Monday and Tuesday were somewhat foggy and damp. The grooming has been superb. The off piste fun though not what you would call powder. The fresh corduroy on True Blue has been a treat each morning. The cover in all areas is excellent. The Redlands Cup had massive crowds queuing on Kosi Express.

Wednesday was a crisp blue-sky day. Overnight temps went below –10C and the snow makers had a ball for the second night in a row, making snow on the lower slopes. The runs were fast and firm, the crowds were huge. By late morning every lift had a long queue but Ramshead chair has still not been started up.

The cover out of the resort on the main range looks delightful and deep. The official base depth has gone way past last year’s maximum depth and is now above the 1982 maximum depth. On July 8th the base depth was the deepest for a July 8th since 1990.

Went out to Signature Hill this morning to escape the crowds. The snow quality is variable, the cover is great while the wind-chill was quite severe.

By the way, the Schuss is open while Bunny Walk could do with some more snow.

Kerry and Jackie dropping from a foggy Karels
Kerry and Jackie dropping from a foggy Karels

School holiday crowds on High Noon
School holiday crowds on High Noon

Jackie at the bottom of True Blue
Jackie at the bottom of True Blue

Merritts on Wednesday (The Schuss is open)
Merritts on Wednesday (The Schuss is open)

Crackenback bumping up
Crackenback bumping up

Jackie in a big hole behind Karels - Thursday
Jackie in a big hole behind Karels - Thursday

Frozen geology
Frozen geology

From the top of Signature Hill
From the top of Signature Hill

Jackie negotiating the steeper section of the north face of Signature Hill
Jackie negotiating the steeper section of the north face of Signature Hill

Looking back across the valley to Sig Hill - main range looks set for some kiting
Looking back across the valley to Sig Hill - main range looks set for some kiting

All except the ACT schools should be over their holidays after this weekend. Ramshead chair has still not started up and yet this would have been the week to be running it.

Snow conditions in the resort are firm with lots of man made topping up each night. The fresh corduroy is the best of it while off piste has been firm and bouncy.

The forecast is for some snow tonight and on and off for the next week.

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