Richard's Report - Friday, 18 July 2003 11:14:58 AM

One Night Stand

Following Tuesday's big blow when most of the mountain was closed for the day we were expecting awesome wind drifts of dry powder on Wednesday. However rain and moisture-laden clouds put an end to that as the "dry" snow became "wet" and then as temps dropped the "wet" became "set".

Blue skies and school holidays resulted in very long lift queues on both Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday's snow pack was so hard and crowded that I only stayed out for an hour and a half. From what I was told the snow pack didn't soften much during the day.

Extensive snow making on Thursday night revitalised High Noon, Sundowner and even Supertrail was carvable this morning. It is amazing what a change one night can bring. Even though interschool races were still on today, the crowds were way down and I managed to get six very fast top to bottom runs in on my rock hoppers. I put my good skis away on Wednesday but haven't touched a rock since.

High Noon at 8:00am this morning - guns pumping
High Noon at 8:00am this morning - guns pumping

Merritts Falls - nice grooming
Merritts Falls - nice grooming

Mid Supertrail with lots of man made snow
Mid Supertrail with lots of man made snow

Inter-schools races
Inter-schools races

Looking back up High Noon
Looking back up High Noon

Lower High Noon and Sundowner with a great cover
Lower High Noon and Sundowner with a great cover

The Bluff and Kareela Cross were closed today after accidents occurred on the icy off piste yesterday while Michael's Mistake was opened this week.

The forecasts don't have any new snow on the horizon until at least mid next week. Hopefully cold temps (-7 this morning) will keep the guns pumping out the good stuff.

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