Snow in the Territory?

La_Tour_Maubourg 6 June 2013 22

Dear RiotACT members

I am wondering where and when snow falls in the ACT. Obviousy Corin is one of the most popular, but do the ranges around Brindabella Rd/Piccadilly Circuis get a share of snowfall?

If I were to continue down Naas Rd towards Adaminaby would I begin to see snow along the roadside? (Not too familiar with the area yet) 🙂

Thank you


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460cixy 460cixy 9:30 am 09 Jun 13

Futureproof said :

In 2000 it snowed at Bruce stadium. The Raiders were playing Wests Tigers if I recall correctly. My memories of the match were tries being scored by players performing dives well before the try line and using the snow to aide their momentum across the try line.

That was the day I came back from a two year stint in qld a great welcome to the Capitol

Futureproof Futureproof 8:58 am 08 Jun 13

In 2000 it snowed at Bruce stadium. The Raiders were playing Wests Tigers if I recall correctly. My memories of the match were tries being scored by players performing dives well before the try line and using the snow to aide their momentum across the try line.

EvanJames EvanJames 4:35 pm 07 Jun 13

poetix said :

Some of the clouds in Canberra today could produce snow, methinks.

I was thinking the same thing, “coldies” they call them. Saturday is the coldest it’s forecast to get for the next few days, although not cold enough unfortunately. Still, you never know. I imagine the ski resorts are furiously dancing, it’s too warm to even make snow consistently.

poetix poetix 2:44 pm 07 Jun 13

Some of the clouds in Canberra today could produce snow, methinks.

triffid triffid 1:56 pm 07 Jun 13

460cixy said :

Only need a bit of heavy rain for them to close the roads off it gives me the shits.

I’m like you I have a 4wd and know how to use it and go prepared for anything weather changes fast in the hills

Give’s me the shts as well. But, I accept that ‘they’ need to do something on behalf of the numpty in the Hyundai Excel who wonders if the Waterfall Track leads to, like, a waterfall that’s a spectacular sight after heavy rain (Mr / Ms Hyundai is not to know that Waterfall Track, er, becomes a waterfall after heavy rain).

Last time Brindabella Road got closed, though, I simply dragged out the topos and re-plotted to my chosen destination via East West. It was fine.

shirty_bear said :

Yeah, but *every* peanut’s got a 4WD these days. And the sense of invincibility that ships standard.

I’d put it to you that 2, maybe 3 percent of them could get themselves out of the do-do when things suddenly turn messy a hundred clicks from civilisation.

That’s probably true, and I’ve seen some real genius in operation when out and about in the Brindies and beyond. Remember, though, that a good many of those particular peanuts wouldn’t even dream of taking their pride and joy off road (What? And risk getting it ‘pinstriped’ by the shrubbery? What’s that other gear lever for anyway?).

But, among the people I wheel with, pretty much all of them know exactly what to do in that situation (and are prepared for it JIC).

watto23 watto23 1:22 pm 07 Jun 13

astrojax said :

Masquara said :

enrique said :

Where: on the Brindabella mountains.

When: I hate to put it so blatantly dry… but….snow falls in winter.

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It once snowed in Canberra on Christmas Eve.

beat me to it – and in late september in 1987; and end of may (admittedly, almost winter) on the first ‘sorry day’ for just a couple actual non-winter falls i can recall.

The heaviest fall I canremember was around the end of september in the 80’s. At least a couple of inches on cars outside, but melted very quickly, it was a sturday as I still went to little athletics! It also snowed around the late 80’s on a school day, but the snow became icy and the little snow there was became dangerous balls of ise when thrown. Definately in 2001 i think for the infamous raiders vs West tigers snow game. At least one other time since then, but the fall was very light and melted by about 9am.

astrojax astrojax 12:56 pm 07 Jun 13

Holden Caulfield said :

bundah said :

Holden Caulfield said :

At the airport. It’s even sometimes referred to as Snowtown!

Oh yeah it’s a barrel of laughs out there in Snowtown!

Yep, you can bank on that.

ah, the caustic humour on the riot…

astrojax astrojax 12:55 pm 07 Jun 13

Masquara said :

enrique said :

Where: on the Brindabella mountains.

When: I hate to put it so blatantly dry… but….snow falls in winter.

.

It once snowed in Canberra on Christmas Eve.

beat me to it – and in late september in 1987; and end of may (admittedly, almost winter) on the first ‘sorry day’ for just a couple actual non-winter falls i can recall.

tim_c tim_c 10:23 am 07 Jun 13

BimboGeek said :

…Why don’t they try teaching Australians how to get around in snow rather than assuming we can never learn and panicking at the first fall? 🙁

Because then there’d be a bunch of lawyers out of work. It’s all about catering to the lowest common denominator… seriously, do I really need to be warned that a hot coffee is, well, hot?! And if I do, what am I doing roaming the streets without my mummy holding my hand every step of the way?

BimboGeek BimboGeek 7:50 am 07 Jun 13

shirty_bear said :

Yeah, but *every* peanut’s got a 4WD these days. And the sense of invincibility that ships standard.

I’d put it to you that 2, maybe 3 percent of them could get themselves out of the do-do when things suddenly turn messy a hundred clicks from civilisation.

I agree.
But still, there’s nobody stopping them from driving to Thredbo because it’s hard to prevent stupidity.
As for me, I only have a humble front wheel drive station wagon but I am happy to bring along any amount of cold weather gear, snow shovel, supplies for the car should I get in trouble or anything else recommended just so I can get to the base of the snow and hike through it for a while.
Why don’t they try teaching Australians how to get around in snow rather than assuming we can never learn and panicking at the first fall? 🙁

Masquara Masquara 11:00 pm 06 Jun 13

enrique said :

Where: on the Brindabella mountains.

When: I hate to put it so blatantly dry… but….snow falls in winter.

.

It once snowed in Canberra on Christmas Eve.

Shane308 Shane308 7:55 pm 06 Jun 13

Funky Claude said :

460cixy said :

Forget Piccadilly when it snows sparks&wildfires. Locks it up tighter then a fishes arse

For our own safety of course

I was led to believe that the road to Piccadilly and Boboyan Rd is closed by ACT Roads and not ACT Parks. I know they close some roads, but I thought it was the ones they have responsibility for. Does anyone know if this is correct?

I was up past bulls head playing in the snow a couple years back when the ranger came and let us know we had to leave because he was there to lock the gate, he told us that he decided when to lock the gate but once he had it was then up to the ACT roads to decide when to re-open it

Funky Claude Funky Claude 6:10 pm 06 Jun 13

460cixy said :

Forget Piccadilly when it snows sparks&wildfires. Locks it up tighter then a fishes arse

For our own safety of course

I was led to believe that the road to Piccadilly and Boboyan Rd is closed by ACT Roads and not ACT Parks. I know they close some roads, but I thought it was the ones they have responsibility for. Does anyone know if this is correct?

shirty_bear shirty_bear 5:52 pm 06 Jun 13

Yeah, but *every* peanut’s got a 4WD these days. And the sense of invincibility that ships standard.

I’d put it to you that 2, maybe 3 percent of them could get themselves out of the do-do when things suddenly turn messy a hundred clicks from civilisation.

460cixy 460cixy 4:28 pm 06 Jun 13

triffid said :

As others have said, La-Tour . . . yes . . . you get snow in the Brindies. Mt Coree is often dusted / capped, as are Mts Franklin and Ginini. You’ll even see some cover at Picadilly Circus and along Brindabella Road (I camp in places like Flea Creek in winter and often encounter snow on the roads up there).

But, NPWS do close roads and there are seasonal gates that are locked. The road up to Mts Franklin and Ginini is a good example. As are roads such as Two Sticks.

It is possible to see snow along Boboyan Road (there was a bit of cover one morning last year at Brayshaws Hut), but ‘sparks and wildfire’ will, again, close that road as well if the conditions warrant. Having said that, when my lad wants to go tobogganing, we’ll typically head out through Tharwa along Boboyan (that’s essentially ya Naas Rd) to Adaminaby then up the range to Kiandra. We’re in a Jeep, though, which is set up for the sort of ‘work’ that might be encountered (and we carry recovery gear, food for a few days, 20 l of water, changes of clothes . . . all just in case). Providing you respect the terrain and conditions, you’ll be fine.

Only need a bit of heavy rain for them to close the roads off it gives me the shits. I’m like you I have a 4wd and know how to use it and go prepared for anything weather changes fast in the hills

triffid triffid 2:27 pm 06 Jun 13

As others have said, La-Tour . . . yes . . . you get snow in the Brindies. Mt Coree is often dusted / capped, as are Mts Franklin and Ginini. You’ll even see some cover at Picadilly Circus and along Brindabella Road (I camp in places like Flea Creek in winter and often encounter snow on the roads up there).

But, NPWS do close roads and there are seasonal gates that are locked. The road up to Mts Franklin and Ginini is a good example. As are roads such as Two Sticks.

It is possible to see snow along Boboyan Road (there was a bit of cover one morning last year at Brayshaws Hut), but ‘sparks and wildfire’ will, again, close that road as well if the conditions warrant. Having said that, when my lad wants to go tobogganing, we’ll typically head out through Tharwa along Boboyan (that’s essentially ya Naas Rd) to Adaminaby then up the range to Kiandra. We’re in a Jeep, though, which is set up for the sort of ‘work’ that might be encountered (and we carry recovery gear, food for a few days, 20 l of water, changes of clothes . . . all just in case). Providing you respect the terrain and conditions, you’ll be fine.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:20 am 06 Jun 13

bundah said :

Holden Caulfield said :

At the airport. It’s even sometimes referred to as Snowtown!

Oh yeah it’s a barrel of laughs out there in Snowtown!

Yep, you can bank on that.

Kim F Kim F 10:53 am 06 Jun 13

The Boboyan Rd to Adaminaby often has snow – will be closed if there is too much.

460cixy 460cixy 10:39 am 06 Jun 13

Forget Piccadilly when it snows sparks&wildfires. Locks it up tighter then a fishes arse For our own safety of course

bundah bundah 10:32 am 06 Jun 13

Holden Caulfield said :

At the airport. It’s even sometimes referred to as Snowtown!

Oh yeah it’s a barrel of laughs out there in Snowtown!

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