This is a collection of pics and a few words from tuesday 17 to friday 20 july.
Day 1. After the 15cm dump on Sunday there were still some good stashes to be had but there was a crust developing on the surface which made what looked like powder sometimes very icy and sketchy, it was a pity as there was so much fresh snow that had not been ridden. I was camping at island bend and launched from guthega, did a few runs there before lapping my fav run around the back of double trouble.
My lunch spot, looking at the back of double trouble.
After a few laps there I decided to go and boot pack up the rolling grounds across guthega dam.
Well it was hard work with the snow being like mashed potatoes over there so I decided to try a test slope before I invested any more energy into this post hole stomping walk I had undertaken. Sure enough the snow was super slow and sticky so I retreated back to my car and went back to island bend for the night.
Another beautiful morning at island bend.
On my way out I was approached by a guy who happened to be Mattaus from the forums. See this thread.
Island Bend Campground Perisher - Ski Forum
They had been down from QLD for a few days already and were pretty well set up. We had a chat and he introduced me to his brother Chris and their mate AJ. We headed off to guthega together so I could show them some of my favourite parts of the resort. Disaster struck for Chris as on the first run to double trouble he twisted his knee and had to get taken out of a snow mobile by ski patrol who Chris accidentally told we were riding double trouble which is closed. I almost fell over when he said it lol but the ski patrol guy was a really nice guy and said "ok so you did it here at guthega" with a wink and continued on with his accident report. Dealing with ski patrol was definately a positive experience. Turns out Chris had sustained a grade 1 MCL tear in his knee and was relegated to bar hopping (literally!) for the next few days.
Matt, AJ and myself continued riding but there was a terrible wind crust on the surface so we decided to call it a day and we all headed back to Island Bend for the night. Much drinking was done with Chris claiming that he was in no pain and should be right for tomorrow. The morning would reveal a different story as his knee was clearly not up for riding.
Yeah it was windy. Pic taken above pleasant valley station.
I dug by hand a small hole to get a look at the crust and what was going on under the surface, you can clearly see the new wind crust which was about 20mm, it was the top of sundays 15cm dump, beneath that you could clearly see the old rain crust layer that was extremely hard and even thicker at about 30mm. In between these 2 layers was quite dry soft snow.
Wind crust on the surface
A piece of the wind crust
It was snowing when we left for the day.