During the week a cold front swept over southern Australia, bringing with it a massive dumping of snow at Perisher. So Peter decided to stay an extra day, and we headed down again yesterday.
Unfortunately the rest of Canberra decided to do the same thing.
Traffic through Jindabyne was a nightmare, and we didn't get on snow til 9:50am :(
But there was indeed a *heap* of fresh snow. In fact more than I've ever dealt with before, so I actually found it a bit tricky! Nothing like Australian snowy mountains to have completely different conditions every time I go skiing!!
I stuck with my mission to continue to try new runs and lifts for the GPS track. I did Mount P for a good chunk of the morning (too much powdery snow - hard!). Did Guthega and Bluecow in the afternoon, heading back to finish up at Smiggins - staying til last lifts on Burke at 5pm.
We stopped for pies in Jindy (it's tradition!), dumped out stuff at Cooma, and made it home around 8:30pm.
Was surprised to see the mountains coming into Jindabyne - was actually expecting clouds to be covering them
So much snow! Dainer's Gap
The crowds! Perisher was full when this was taken at 9:14am. Good thing we were planning on stopping at Smiggins anyway!
Peter and me riding Link T-bar. Probably the only lift we rode together all day!
So much snow! On Link T-bar
Pretty Valley chair
I made it back to Mount P after a several year absence
You can't really see it, but the cars are parked all the way back along the road!
Lunch - pizza pie!! and a vanilla malt milk
I love this view from Bluecow terminal
Heading over to Guthega I was following these borders, and passed a sign that said skiiers/borders left, snow vehicles right. I was following the borders to the right. Whoops. I think this was the "middle traverse" which I'd gotten onto by mistake in 2007
. So when the borders headed left off the track down to the lower trail I followed them. And nearly died! Those two feet of fresh snow? They were right there. Untouched. Soft and waiting to be fallen into. Fortunately I managed to stop myself without stacking it before regaining control and just going straight ahead to the lower trail.
My pole sunk a good foot into the soft snow, and when I pulled it out it had a core sample attached
I never get tired of this view of the main ranges from Guthega
I followed the home trail at Guthega, and got to go up another lift I'd never been on - the carpark lift
Another view from the carpark lift at Guthega
It was starting to cloud over in the afternoon, so couldn't see Kosciuszko
Border jumping at Pleasant Valley
Empty - it was after 5pm after all!
And here's my GPS track of the day.
Made it to all sections of the resort this time.
25 lift/t-bar/carpet rides. Didn't bother to count the blue vs green - since a couple of the runs turned into each other. But did go to a few new places and runs that I'd never done before. The only repeats were the t-bar at Guthega, Pleasant Valley Quad, and Cook J-bar and Burke T-bar at Smiggins at the end of the day. Otherwise I basically didn't repeat anything! Gotta love that about Perisher! :)
So a pretty awesome day really :):)