Urggghhh, how we yearn for that steep deep sensation. Alas, we must wait… 10 more days.
Here’s a quick roundup of what been happening. Last week we saw unprecedented frost growth at the start of the week with some epic shapes and feathers lasting days in the shady south and east aspects across the range. The solar aspects succumbed to the melt, gradually, and really thinned out what was already pretty meagre coverage. Then, at the end of the week prefrontal warming swept through with heaps of rain, smashing any fear of buried hoar, smashing what was left of the snow on the solar windward aspects before cooling occurred just after dark on Saturday night. The North East of the park fared the best with maybe 12cm on the resort stakes. The windloading through this event was a mixed bag as the low swept to the east providing a fairly even distribution of snow accumulation. No huge cornice growth has been observed. Since this precip event we have seen the tail end of the front and the approaching strengthening high deliver some varied days with wind, then no wind, warming then refreezing with minimal precip falling as snow (2mm) above 1800m (Tuesday afternoon), rime and ice is the primary surface condition observed as a holding pattern of freeze thaw cycles precede the next precip event. SM
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Looking ahead there’s a big ol high pressure system that swings south of Tas over the next four days making for some low slow fog off Gippsland with the easterly airflow that slowly shifts to northerly and stays relatively light through to before the next precip event on Sunday night. It’s really touch and go wether we will see any snow out of this. Pretty marginal. Anyone’s guess.
Then we wait until the following Wednesday when the action is really going to start. Too early to call but it looks like an RDO on the Friday wouldnt be the worst idea for a pretty fat long weekend. Catch us here again next week for more detail on that.
Not really enough snow in the back-country just yet. Take Care. BB
Still early days out on the BHP, firm packed on and off the XC trails. Not much available off piste and patchy at best. Although the gnar kids now love skiing bushes nowdays apparently… it’s a paradise for that. SM
Marginal patchy cover, on all aspects. Crusting over this evening above 1800m. firstname.lastname@example.org
Poor travel conditions mixed with marginal cover below 1800m and patchy snow cover above has set the Bogong scene packing. We’ll check back in with Bogong after the 19th when the next meaningful snow event is tipped to take place.