Decent dump makes up for r**n

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All resorts did suprisingly well from the snowfalls following the r**n on Thursday. Thredbo & Charlottes Pass both reported 25cm, Perisher Blue 15cm. Unfortunately for the Mexicans, the Victorian hills all received a bit less.

Perisher Blue

Thredbo

The forecast for around the 2-3rd is improving, so cross all your appendages that we will see some more typical weather patterns for the rest of winter, & those stupid blocking high pressure systems will finally weaken!

This is the best I have seen the Unisys MRF look all season – check the big finger of blue reaching up to the mainland on the 2nd, that’s what we like to see :)

Kosciuszko park fees petition

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This year, the fee to enter Kosciuszko National Park has risen from $16 to $22 per day. Next year it will cost $27. Yearly passes are also increasing. Why the price hike? Read on…

What is this campaign about? (from www.knpfees.com)

By the time you read this you may already be painfully aware of the new range of fees being charged to enter the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of NSW.

The fundamental reason for these massive increases in fees, as I see it, is to fund the new water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley.

The NSW government owns and operates the water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley and they want to expand it.

Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields own and operate their own water and sewerage plants and it is NOT paid for by the NSW government but instead by the leaseholders.

I have questioned both the NSW government and the National Parks and Wildlife Service as to why they are making visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields pay for the new water and sewerage infrastructure in Perisher Valley when Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields are already paying for their own.

The most informative reply I have had was from the Parks and Wildlife Division of the Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW) stating that: 80% of fees collected at the Kosciuszko Road tollgates (entrance to Perisher) goes towards paying for Perisher Range infrastructure works and 20% to projects within KNP, while 100% of fees collected at the other entrances to the Kosciuszko National Park go to projects within KNP.

It doesn’t matter how you word these statistics, it still comes down to the simple fact that because visitors entering Kosciuszko National Park, regardless of whichever road they use, pay the same entrance fee, they are ALL fundamentally funding the Perisher Valley water and sewerage infrastructure. Saying that visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn must pay a higher proportion of park projects than visitors to Perisher Range have to pay, it still does not appear to me to be a fair or equitable fee structure.

This is not a user-pays system as far as visitors to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields are concerned.

A visitor to Perisher uses the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure and pays for it through their entry fees.
A visitor to Thredbo who does NOT use the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure still pays for it through entry fees as well as having to pay for using the Thredbo water and sewerage infrastructure through costs factored into all services within Thredbo.
The same applies for a visitor to Selwyn Snowfields.
In my opinion, this is unjust and inequitable and if the NSW government is to charge all park visitors for paying for the Perisher water and sewerage infrastructure then they should be paying for the water and sewerage infrastructure for all areas within the Kosciuszko National Park. Together with the high cost of fuel, the higher park fees are anti-tourism.

I urge you to sign the petition to at least reduce the fees to Thredbo and Selwyn Snowfields, if not all parts of the Kosciuszko National Park.

Richard Pascoe

If you agree with this, protest against the price hike by signing the petition at www.knpfees.com

Some snow after the r**n

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After a horrible amount of r**n yesterday, the forecast snow has arrived, & apparently it’s snowing a lot lower than expected – in fact I just heard it’s snowing in Jindabyne!

So it’s good news for those heading to the alps this weekend! It’ll be interesting to see how much snow actually falls today.

Thredbo 8am

Thredbo 12pm

First Tracks in Surry Hills

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Huey just cant get it right this year… bugger-all snow falling in the alps, & now an early hail storm for Sydney…

From this Sydney Morning Herald story.

Some city streets were covered in ankle-deep hail and callers to talkback shows were reporting the Anzac Bridge covered in “snow”.
“There’s hail stones all through the street and the cars are finding it hard to drive because it’s incredibly slippery. It’s about four inches deep – it’s close to ankle deep,” said Forest Lodge resident Elissa Blake.

First tracks in surry Hills

“Fancy a game of marbles?”

Slippery Street

Pyrmont ski report 15/8
Wet and heavy going in patches with a fair cover across all runs. Best picks are Harris st for beginners and the approaches to the Harbour bridge for the more advanced. Although this run will get heavy traffic later in the afternoon.
Cover: 1cm

Thredbo report 31/7-3/8 by Al Ferg

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The lodge now has broadband & a wireless router, so i can do on-site snow reports – sweet! We have also had the place to ourselves all week, which has been luxurious – like staying at a rich uncles huge house :)

This weeks LPL crew consists of me – al ferg – & my 3 brothers, andrew, douglas, & graeme, plus andrew’s mates alex & mick. Rob, Pat & Clare also joined us for a couple of nights at the start. I’m pretty excited to be snowboarding with all my brothers for the first time, as we all love our boarding, so it’s a great excuse to have a holiday together.

It’s been a suprisingly impressive week on the mountain, considering how little snow has fallen this season. On Sunday night it snowed 10-15cm, & Monday was blizzards/windy, so Thredbo was fairly quiet, allowing us to bag all the best fresh tracks all day long. Once the in-bounds powder was mostly tracked out, we braved the blizzard & headed high to the Golf Course Bowl (GCB), & were amazed to only find a couple of tracks & all the upper glades full of powder! The snow depth started to run out 1/2 way down, with heaps of bushes still poking through, so there was a 10 minute walk through the bush to the Funnelweb run, but that was a small price to pay for being amongst the first people to ride the GCB this season!

Tuesday the sun was out & suddenly the place was packed! It seemed like all the locals & 1/2 of Canberra had the day off, & were making the most of the best conditions yet this season. We still managed to find plenty of untracked snow, & checked out the terrain parks.

All week the temps have stayed very low, so the snow has remained cold, dry & soft, which is pretty unusual for Oz. This afternoon, it snowed huge fat flakes for about 2 hrs, falling straight down in zero wind, producing around 3-5cm of fluff on top – nice! A couple of laps of on the GCB produced more lovely freshies, & even the cornice of far skiers right of the upper GCB is nicely formed now.

Hopefully there will be more snow tonight – friday freshies would be a superb way to end an awesome week :)

Al Ferg.

Monday – fresh tracks at 9am on the Supertrail

Monday – Graeme bashing the Bluff

Monday – Graeme in the lower GCB

Monday – Douglas contemplating the bushy hike-out in the lower GCB, while Graeme digs himself out of a hole

Tuesday – the lads at the top of GCB

Tuesday – back-lit vapour trails in the tracked out glades of the lower CGB

Wednesday – Douglas flicking a 180 off the funbox at High Noon

Thursday – snow depth indicator at the exit from GCB

Thursday – dumping on the Funnelweb

Thursday night – Michaels crevasse… (sorry ladies, this was just too funny, I had to put it in!)

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