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Snow in the Territory?

By 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) πŸ™‚

Thank you

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Snow in the Territory?
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 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? πŸ™

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 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? πŸ™

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 10:53 am 06 Jun 13

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

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 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!

Holden Caulfield 10:27 am 06 Jun 13

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

enrique 10:03 am 06 Jun 13

Where: on the Brindabella mountains.

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

You can physically see it from Canberra when it is there. On Commonwealth Ave Bridge over Lake Burley Griffin or heading toward Woden from The Lodge or perhaps up on one of our local hills are good locations to spot it. Once you see it, this will give you a general direction of where to drive – just match up reference points on a map and you get a general bearing of what roads are in that vicinity.

Yes Piccadilly Circus gets snow at times. Pretty much anywhere up there above a certain height can possibly get snow, depending on conditions.

Bear in mind though, the services teams (Rangers etc) that look after the rural areas don’t really like tourists heading out there unprepared in potentially risky conditions and hence they usually close the roads when it snows.

Depending on what you want, your best bet is probably to drive out to Mt.Selwyn or thereabouts. It will add maybe an extra hour or two to your drive for the day but at least you can check beforehand on webcams to confirm if there is snow about and at least you’ll have a relatively safer drive along the highway than bush bashing on dirt/snow/icy/wet tracks. You’ll also be able to do something more interesting than just look at it once you’re there.

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