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Perisher Valley 19th of July 2009

When I arrived at the Perisher car park I thought today was going to be a thoroughly miserable day. The drive had been a white out since below Smiggins, there was no snow falling and there was only about 3cm of snow on the ground, at least the wind wasn't too strong. It didn't seem to improve much while I waited in Cowpuccino for my friends Robbie and Patrick to ski over from Guthega. There were some snow flurries, which continued occasionally throughout the morning, but nothing to get excited about.

With the bad weather we made our way back to Guthega and a pleasant surprise, there were 10cm deep drifts to be found everywhere. There are still quite a few rocks and shrubberies poking out of the snow, but the cover is much better than it was last weekend. The sheltered conditions and ample drifted snow made for a great mornings skiing.

  The bottom of Blue Calf has a complete cover now  
The bottom of Blue Calf has a complete cover now
The Cover on Parachute Parachute is thin, some nice poaching was had though
Not much cover under the Car Park Double Parachute is thin, some nice poaching was had though
  Woodpecker, with a single line of grooming?  
Woodpecker, with a single line of grooming?
  Super Pipe starting to take shape  
Super Pipe starting to take shape

It looks like the snowmakers have managed to build about 1/4 of the super pipe, the flippie spinnie kids will be happy soon.

Richard Hocking