SNOW & WEATHER CONDITIONS | Snowy Mountains

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|   17 AUGUST 2017   |

 

Current Weather Situation and Future Developments:

A ridge of high pressure lies over the northwest of the state as another cold front approaches from the southwest and is expected to move across southern parts of New South Wales on Friday. This pattern is generating vigorous westerly winds over the south, with winds expected to ease during Sunday as a high pressure system moves across the state in the wake of the front.

Forecast for Rest of Thursday:
Partly cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of showers in the west, medium (60%) chance elsewhere. Snow falling above 1300 metres at first, lowering to 1000 metres by the end of the day. The chance of a thunderstorm and possible small hail in the west during the afternoon and evening. Winds northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h increasing to 35 to 55 km/h in the morning then tending westerly 35 to 50 km/h in the early afternoon.

Friday:
Partly cloudy. High (80%) chance of showers or snow in the west, medium (40%) chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds westerly 30 to 45 km/h turning southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the evening.

Saturday:
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a snow shower in the morning. Areas of morning frost in the north. Winds southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h becoming light during the evening.

Sunday:
Mostly sunny. Areas of morning frost. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light during the morning then becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening.

PERISHER NORDIC SKI TRAILS:

After recent weather and 10-15cms of new snow Luke has been out to groom with the machine. Hopefully with colder conditions arriving and wind drifting the possibility of further grooming will be reviewed.  

Off trail the base is building a cover but will get cold and already snow building from 1800 metres.

Watch this space as conditions get better and better. The Nordic Shelter is open and expect further natural snow to fall on the trails area and continue to build a base as pre frontal conditions pass and cold air arrives bringing snow.

Nordic Shelter Access - Groomed and trackset;
Sprint Loop - Groomed and trackset;
Valley Trail - Groomed and trackset;
Valley Loop - Groomed and trackset;
2.5km Loop - Groomed and trackset;
3.5km Loop - Groomed and trackset;
5km Loop - Groomed and trackset;
7.5km Loop - Last grooming and track set on Tuesday;
10km Loop - Last grooming and track set on Tuesday;
Porcupine Trail - Packed and track set a few days back all the way to Charlotte Pass so a good place to head for a tour and make the most of it while you can;

Road to Charlotte Pass - Good for a skate and change of scenery from Nordic Trails & loops;
Our Perisher store will be open from 9am - 4pm for any hire and retail needs.

SNOWSHOEING:

With strong winds expected and snow falling go explore places like Smiggins and Rock Creek as they will offer shelter in strong winds.
Perisher and Smiggins have some great Trails with pole lines for safety so no hassle with navigation and all are a loop.
Head up Rock Creek for picturesque and sheltered tours. A few people have been heading this way so the trail is packing in.
Good cover building and higher up on the Main Range where the cover has been very icy so will not be so affected by last nights rain but new snow of 15cms and more will require some care to be taken. Lee slopes loaded and deeper cover and expect large cornices building.
Snow around Guthega has consolidated a base and is improving access.

PLB's are available for hire here in store and available to try before you buy - call 1800 654 168 for updates.

SNOWSHOE EVENTS:
Keep an eye here but save the date for SnowTrail on your 2017 calendar.
So much fun for all ages and levels of fitness to discover the ease and joy of snowshoes.
Be careful and be prepared when visiting the mountains but it is good to get out and explore to get familiar with terrain.

BACKCOUNTRY: 

Strong winds and a new snow of up to 15cms with more snow approaching with this frontal system. Despite recently the snow cover has been very icy the new snow of 15cms falling on the base will require some care.
Go explore and look for sheltered places to head out and explore further for some turns. Trees @ Dead Horse Gap offer good touring but variable cover; also good skiing around the Paralyser and from Guthega in the trees closer to Perisher.

For easier access to the backcountry, the Kosciuszko Express lift out of Thredbo is the way to go!
$37 for adults & $19 for children + $4 for MyThredbo card.

Snow Cams Courtesy of Perisher
Guthega Cam                                       Mt Kosciuszko Cam

    

BE AWARE and ensure you minimise risks and know your terrain.
Dress accordingly and BE PREPARED for mountain weather! 
Remember to stay hydrated and also remember plenty of sunscreen. 

JAGUNGAL: Some of the best snow cover for ski touring; snow a little higher up from Munyang Power Station to Horse Camp and higher areas around White's River on a good cover with snow beyond and on the peaks. Expect snow to be soft and slow if touring.
Snow conditions are very good with recent snowfalls and more forecast and good skiing for touring towards Jagungal and Grey Mare.
NORTHERN END (MT SELWYN/KIANDRA/CABRAMURRA): Touring on a better cover if you head this way following recent snowfalls @ Selwyn on a soft snow cover.
BLUE LAKE CLIMBING CONDITIONS: Recent snow has blanketed the main range - cold conditions and recent snow will ensure the base sticks and ensure that there is more snow than ice for climbing with snow filling the gullies in.
Access from Guthega is much improved to access Pounds Creek and Areas around Mount Twynam.

TIP FOR TODAY:  

Strong winds and expecting heavy conditions and wind drifting with 10-15cms of new snow!
The Nordic ski trails will be soft early and wind drifted, with no grooming on the Trails.
Skiing on the resorts will be on a soft cover with the groomed runs best.
The back country snow base is solid and setting up for a great spring. Further snowshowers are expected to continue through the day.

Access to summit area and upper ridges of the peaks above 2000 metres will be easier with snowshoes, trekking poles and sturdy footwear. 

Keep an eye on our updates via social media.
Get familiar with the terrain and take a look but stay safe.
Know where and when to go (or not)! 

WEATHER FORECASTS: 
Check Weatherzone OR Mountain Watch OR  Snowatch for regular weather & snow updates.

ROAD CONDITIONS:  For updated conditions please check with the RTA on 132 701 or the NPWS on (02) 6456 1553.  
Road is CLOSED for access to Charlotte Pass from Perisher according to RTA. 

2WD cars are required to carry chains in Kosciuszko National Park.

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Snow depth information supplied by Snowy Hydro on a weekly basis, taken every Thursday @ Spencer's Creek (1830 m). Recorded as 179cm on Thursday August 10, 2017.
See Snow Depths at Spencer's Creek

Contact our Jindabyne store for experienced and local knowledge for advice on places to explore and mountain conditions. 

We are located around the corner from the Snowy Region Visitor Centre and opposite Alpine Sports. 
You can download Snowy Guide which is a FREE App developed for the Snowy Mountains and is compatible with Android and iPhone. This app can be used to locate either of our stores in Jindabyne or Perisher and many other useful details and information for Events and places locally! 

OPENING HOURS:
Jindabyne Store: 8am - 6pm (open late Friday)
Perisher Store: 9am - 4pm
7 days a week!