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Perisher 22nd of June 2010

Mt Perisher has been tempting me since Saturday. With news from pceo on ski.com.au forums that Mt P would be opening this Saturday I had to go for a skin up it and have a ski before the lifts opened. The groomers on Front Valley and Goats Gully are in great condition. From the Quad Mid-Station I traversed over to above the bottom of the Sun Valley T-Bar and started skinning to the top of Mt P.

The snow was rock solid after the weekend rain, but there was a tiny cover of hoar frost to make things sparkly. After a visit to the trig to take a panorama of the Main Range (didn't work) I skied down Boomerang to the bottom of Eyre. The top half had enough snow to make turns easily, the bottom half had a lot of vegetation poking out which made skiing more difficult. With another 20cm of snow Eyre should be nicely skiable.

I skinned back up Eyre which I followed up with a run down Towers. Towers has a pretty good cover, still some patches and some grass showing but with a couple more cold nights I'm sure it will be great on Saturday. After Towers I skied over to the bottom of Leichhardt and skinned up The Cleft. With the lower altitude the cover was thinner around Leichhardt and needs at least another 40cm.

Front Valley Goats Gully
Front Valley Goats Gully
  Centre Valley needs another 40cm to open  
Centre Valley needs another 40cm to open
Mt Back Perisher Panorama
Mt Back Perisher Panorama
  Big rocks where there is normally snow at the top of Boomerang  
Big rocks where there is normally snow at the top of Boomerang
  The View to Guthega  
The bottom third of Exhibition
Boomerang and Shifty's
Boomerang and Shifty's
  The top of Towers  
The top of Towers
Patches at the top Patches at the bottom
Patches at the top Patches at the bottom
  A close up  
A close up
The view up Leichhardt Looking back down
The view up Leichhardt Looking back down
Powder Ridge
The Cleft Powder Ridge

Today was a great day for a stroll. Shame about the rock hard conditions, but I got first tracks on Towers!

Richard Hocking