17th of September 2010 - Mt Tate Zone
With the recent good weather and the chance of rain next week I decided to take advantage and have a stroll out to the Mt Tate area. I couldn’t find anyone else to come along and surprisingly I did not see anyone else all day. The first thing to say is there is still a shed load of snow, you can still easily ski to Illawong, and if the weather is kind you might still be able to on the long weekend. There was still snow on the dam wall and some great icebergs sitting on the shore of the recently lowered Guthega Dam, which was stunning in its partially frozen state.
After crossing the Guthega Creek Bridge I made my way to Gills Knob. Despite the sunshine a cold southerly was blowing which froze me up high and without it I boiled down low. The view south was great and Twynam West is full of snow. I skied down from Gills Knob to the base of Mt Tate, above the tree line the snow was either ice or wind buff. Once I was in the trees the snow varied between patches of the previous night’s snow amongst respectable corn. After a quick sandwich I headed up Mt Tate. Once I reached the top the wind changed to the west and bought with it hot humid air which formed a layer of cloud down to 1900m. There was some stunning rime on the rocks at Mt Tate and on the dead snow gums. The Run down Mt Tate was firm for the first 100m of vertical and then turned into another mix of wind buff and corn.
I skinned straight out of the Guthega Creek Valley hoping to get a run or two on the east side of the Guthega Trig ridgeline, but the lowering cloud layer combined with the solo nature of the trip convinced me to head straight back to Guthega. I skied two nice little pitches with traverses on the way back to the Dam. Just before the dam I ran into my first main range wombat. He was very cute, especially in the nipple deep corn he ran through.
There is sooo much snow and the weather is perfect for the corn harvest. Get out there and get stuck into it.