Bradley’s Thredbo Report : Fri 19th – 21st August 2005

Well the bad report, as predicted, sure did drive the punters away this weekend. Thredbo was a ghost village! Well, on the medium to high level runs anyway. Great for us hard core crazy nutters. It was a tough assignment, but I think we all passed with gold stars for soldiering on through this uninhabitable blizzard and getting home to write this report without a broken bone in my body. Today was H-A-R-D-! I saw more people getting carted off the slopes in ski-doo stretchers than I did coming on. Someone should have really warned people about how bad the slopes were today. After breaking my collar bone on this icy stuff, I know that feeling and it makes me shudder! Unfortunately, a bus-load full of poor unsuspecting souls arrived around 9:30 and the carnage began. I could see it was going to happen but was helpless to stop it.

I’m exagerating but there were lots going up the gunbarrel and getting hammered with high winds and hard surface and because the Cruiser and Kosiousko Express lifts were closed due to strong winds, people were funneled through the High Noon and Antons. Both were extremely icy until everyone, each slowly but steadily, scraped thin slithers of snow off this oversized icicle. This was just so at least we could ride what this untamed beast of a low pressure weather pattern created. From the big melt yesterday to the big freeze today, by about noon it was beginning to soften up again and get more interesting but by then, the weather had got considerably worse and so did my interest.

Apart from this seemingly terrible begining to this report I must say I had a fantastic time! The highlight of the weekend would have to be on Saturday. Although it rained most of the day, the sun came out in the afternoon, the wind went still and it was quiet but misty. The Crackenback and High Noon Supertrails were in excellent nick, all things considered. A good wax (with a scraping) was essential for a day like yesterday. Wet slushie snow and rain with sleety bits of single crystal snowflakes falling. I tell you it really looked like you could put a bit of rasberry cordial with it and sell it at a Quicki-mart! I thought it was great regardless. Sorta like a powder turn mixed with a surfing cut-back turn. We had heaps of fun taking it easy and tricking it out all the way down, making the most of every lift and learning new things off each other.

Wow… what a weekend! As Yoda would put it, “Adventure, Excitement. A Jedi knows not these things”. It’s a good thing I’m not a Jedi! Otherwise I, “Wouldn’t have had a good timmmmme mmmmmok?” :)

Ghost Town in the High Noon corral
Ghost Town in the High Noon corral

The Basin : It is Windy!
The Basin : It is Windy!

Crackenback midway
Crackenback Supertrail midway

Crackenback top
Crackenback Supertrail top

The Rainbow Connection
The Rainbow Connection