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Ski Season – good or bad this year?

By canberracafe.com - 5 June 2008 34

What’s with the heatwave we are having?  Will we hold out yet again in desperate hope of a ski season?  Has the outrageous consumption of fossilised ameoba killed my snow forever?

What’s Your opinion?


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Ski Season – good or bad this year?
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shanefos 8:49 am
05 Jun 08
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Wasn’t 2007 one of the best ski seasons on record?
And I thought I saw a report on ABC a few weeks ago saying that they (BOM) are predicting another bumper season this year….
Still, it’s hardly been a cold start to Winter this year, so fair question.
But, given it costs a squillion dollars to go skiing these days, I’ll just be happy if I get to see a bit of snow on the distant mountains to the south of Canberra….

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Thumper 9:15 am
05 Jun 08
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And hasn’t this been posted and discussed before? Well, similiar anyway.

Like, a few weeks ago.

http://the-riotact.com/?p=7583

And here’s something

http://www.theage.com.au/national/melbourne-set-for-cold-winter-20080530-2jry.html

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Jazz 9:42 am
05 Jun 08
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not everyone is on RiotACT as often as you thumper :)

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ant 10:04 am
05 Jun 08
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2007 was not “the best season ever”, in fact, it was a fairly ordinary one. The ski resorts hype each season and the media helps them. BOM certainly haven’t forecasted a great season either, however the resorts’ paid shill Ken Ring has. As usual. As he does every snow season.

This photo of Twynam (3rd highest peak, on the main range) was taken on Sunday. Ski season opens this weekend.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/EmuBobOz/1-2Jun08006smll.jpg

Smiggins had made a tiny strip of snow, next to their magic carpet.

This cold SE wind today might help bring temperatures down, in fact it’s cold enough today for it to be snowing up there, if there’s any moisture. Let’s check it out…
http://www.snowcams.com.au/
Looks like Perisher made snow on front valley (quite a lot of it) and it’s turned to frozen chunks of rubble. Thredbo evidently made snow on friday flat, and most of it has gone with the rain. Rest of the pictures tell the story pretty well.

Things could change, but it hasn’t been a good run-up to the winter. The best winters have a long, slow descent into cold right through autumn. We had one brief cold snap, and then it was back into quite a pronounced Indian Summer, right up until this week. And there’s every chance it might return when this coastal system leaves. It’s way too warm and WAY too dry.

I wouldn’t be paying any money up front for June or July.

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ant 10:05 am
05 Jun 08
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OK. Why is the post I made above (that no one can see yet) “awaiting moderation”?

[Ed. (Jazz) we automoderate any post that has hyperlinks in it, just to make sure they’re a) correct, and b) not linking to something we dont want them to]

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canberracafe.com 10:07 am
05 Jun 08
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Well if the ski fields keep going this way, hopefully Tiger Airways will start up jatropha fuelled flights direct from Canberra to Christchurch for better and cheaper snow fun!

http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,26058,23813585-5014090,00.html

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Thumper 10:14 am
05 Jun 08
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My post was moderated as well?????

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ant 10:21 am
05 Jun 08
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It’s rather annoying. I’ve stuck in some links to photos and the current snowcams which will answer all questions. Maybe that’s why it’s “awaiting moderation”. Maybe I should just switch to abusing people and using asci swear words, that seems to get through with no problems!

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ant 10:40 am
05 Jun 08
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OK, I give up. By the time my comment gets un-moderated, the discussion will be over. So I’ll do it in chunks. I think having two urls is what’s triggered it.
So, first bit:

2007 was not “the best season ever”, in fact, it was a fairly ordinary one. The ski resorts hype each season and the media helps them. BOM certainly haven’t forecasted a great season either, however the resorts’ paid shill Ken Ring has. As usual. As he does every snow season.

This photo of Twynam (3rd highest peak, on the main range) was taken on Sunday. Ski season opens this weekend.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v105/EmuBobOz/1-2Jun08006smll.jpg

Smiggins had made a tiny strip of snow, next to their magic carpet.

(let’s see if this gets through).

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ant 10:42 am
05 Jun 08
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OK, it got through. So I’ll bung up the second bit:

This cold SE wind today might help bring temperatures down, in fact it’s cold enough today for it to be snowing up there, if there’s any moisture. Let’s check it out…
http://www.snowcams.com.au/

Looks like Perisher made snow on front valley (quite a lot of it) and it’s turned to frozen chunks of rubble. Thredbo evidently made snow on friday flat, and most of it has gone with the rain. Rest of the pictures tell the story pretty well.

Things could change, but it hasn’t been a good run-up to the winter. The best winters have a long, slow descent into cold right through autumn. We had one brief cold snap, and then it was back into quite a pronounced Indian Summer, right up until this week. And there’s every chance it might return when this coastal system leaves. It’s way too warm and WAY too dry.

I wouldn’t be paying any money up front for June or July.
(ends)

[i]Your comment is awaiting moderation. [/i]

You don’t say.

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Skidbladnir 10:44 am
05 Jun 08
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Yes, moderation is annoying.

But:
Anything with one of the common swearwords gets moderated.
Anything with more than one external hyperlink in it gets moderated.

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stereo henry 10:53 am
05 Jun 08
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just had a look at some snow cams… looks bleak to me

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canberracafe.com 11:05 am
05 Jun 08
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New Zealand it is then.. Looks like a permanent state of affairs :-( If there was any evidence of global warming, this would be it.

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ant 11:22 am
05 Jun 08
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Never believe the reports. Use the snowcams (all of them) and read any “punter” reports you can find on forums. I guess we’ve all had those days driving down the mountain, hearing some chicky-babe on the radio resort report breathlessly recounting a day that was plainly at a different resort from that which you were skiing at.

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canberracafe.com 11:24 am
05 Jun 08
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Was it better 10 – 20 years ago? 30 years ago?

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