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Perisher 20th of August 2010

Today was the snow was fantastic, if you knew where to look. There was plenty of windblown from the snow on Wednesday and Thursday, but the wind came from a South Westerly direction, leaving wind scoured ice where normally there are drifts and drifts in unusual places. Tony took the day off work and joined me for an epic day of freshies searching.

We started off with a couple of runs in Leidchardt, which had 10cm – 20cm of fresh and was nicely protected from the wind. My favourite jumping rock is still not in condition, but a little rock underneath it gave me my first air of the season. A couple more laps and a couple more little airs and we decided to move on. Over at International we found drifts of 20cm in between patches of wind scoured ice, the best line was down GS Bowl with consistent deep snow almost the whole way.

However we hit the good stuff once we made our way over to Eyre. Boomerang was good for a couple of laps, but still had some wind scouring. Shifty’s however held the goods, especially the right line. We were skiing drifts of up to 50cm in places with face shots a plenty in the dry wind blown.

  First baby air for the winter  
First baby air for the winter
  Powder Bowl Fun  
Powder Bowl Fun
  Tony in the GS Bowl  
Tony in the GS Bowl
  Tony showing off the Rocker on the Caones  
Tony showing off the Rocker on the Caones
  And having a blast  
And having a blast
The snow on Shifty's was great I'm in there somewhere
The snow on Shifty's was great I'm in there somewhere
  More Shifty's goodness  
More Shifty's goodness
  Damn snow snakes!  
Damn snow snakes!
  The snow got deeper the lower you went  
The snow got deeper the lower you went
  Too much fun!  
Too much fun!

It was a fantastic day, it was great to get the canoes into some deep soft stuff, you can ski them however you want in deep snow, so many options, so much fun. Please Hughie, send more snow!

Richard Hocking