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Perisher 19th of June 2010

I had high hopes for skiing today. It had been snowing between Thursday and Friday and the BOM forecast was for snow down to 1600m. But alas I knew it was not to be as I drove up to Perisher. I rained the whole way except for a few big wet flakes when I drove into the car park; sadly they were absent from the rest of the day. The snow was sticky all day due to the drizzle, but since it was white and could be skied we all had fun.

Goats gully was in much better nick than last weekend and Happy Valley was open. Snowy Trails had a good cover except for some tiny patches at the very bottom. With the new extension on the Happy Valley T-Bar Snowy Trails feels more satisfying to ski. The final section continues to the bottom of the valley rather than stopping near the kiosk like it used to. Also there were people preparing to open the kiosk, a first for at least six years.

At the midstation we saw the coolest addition to anyone’s quiver, a Monoski and a pair of stocks with those ‘80s foot shaped fluoro baskets. Blue Cow opened for the first time this winter but I didn’t make it over. Tony Nicholson told me Perisher had done a great job of snowmaking on Zali’s, which was in good condition apart from the sticky snow.

  Vivkea skiing down Snowy Trails  
Vivkea skiing down Snowy Trails
  Happy Valley used to stop at the first pylon in the photo  
Happy Valley used to stop at the first pylon in the photo
  Looking back up from the new loading area  
Looking back up from the new loading area
The Monoski!!! The '80s baskets!!!
The Monoski!!! The '80s baskets!!!
  The sun appeared at lunchtime on Front Valley  
The sun appeared at lunchtime on Front Valley
  But it was still raining. The rainbow was pretty, but, annoying!  
But it was still raining. The rainbow was pretty, but, annoying!
  Almost enough snow to reach the edge of the magic carpets  
Almost enough snow to reach the edge of the magic carpets

Despite the wet weather June is shaping up pretty well. Not much snow in the forecasts, but hopefully the sunny days will bring cold nights and good snowmaking weather.

Richard Hocking

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