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Perisher 14th & the 15th of August 2010

This weekends skiing was full of surprises. Perisher had some great weather on Saturday morning and the resort skiing looked pretty good as Tony, Scruff and I headed out for a slack country jaunt to Guthega via the Paralyser. The winds picked up through the day and the pistes we skied on the way home were the classic Aussie combination of sugary scraped man made snow with sheet ice in between.

  Flippy spinny kids prepping their jump by Sturt  
Flippy spinny kids prepping their jump by Sturt
  Mt P  
Mt P
  Olympic  
Olympic
  The Eyre T-Bar  
The Eyre T-Bar
  Guthega has a pretty good cover, but we still need more snow  
The skiing was good on exhibition

On Sunday Chris Ernst joined us for skiing on what I expected to be dust on crust. Perisher had only reported 2cm when we left, which they updated to 8cm on their mobile report. How wrong they were. We headed straight for international and had 4 runs from tower six with 10cm to 30cm of fresh. The snow was dryish up top and heavy down low, but consistent. I was sad because my flat light goggles had started to fog between the lenses on Saturday and I was forced to use my bright light goggles, forcing me to really ski by Braille. After we tracked out interceptor we had another 4 runs down Boomerang on Eyre before a well earned break. Each line we took down Boomerang gave us fresh tracks each run, amazing for mid August.

After the break Tony and I still had functioning legs so we decided to head south of Shifty’s and skied down to the road three times. We had three fantastic runs. The snow was untouched snow up to 40cm deep with enough rocks to give you an idea of the slope, but no surface definition. If you just turned consistently you got the floating feeling of good snow and they were great runs. Tony and I polished ourselves off with a skin up Mt Wheatley and a leisurely ski back to Perisher to finish off our day.

  Tony on Fall Line  
Tony on Fall Line
  Jeremy in front of the pre-dawn glow at Blue Cow before the GS Race  
Tony South of Shifty's
  Sunrise on Boot Hill  
Me on Shifty's

I still can’t believe how good this weekend was, great snow on both days and good fun with friends. What more can you ask for?

Richard Hocking