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Lads at top of Golf Course Bowl

Apparently the Bank holiday weekend is usually the busiest of the year. Perhaps all the public servants in Canberra get the Monday off? Or maybe every bank employee in NSW hits the slopes to spend their huge dividends? Not sure, but either way I was glad I managed to catch an overnight ride to the snow on Thursday night with Matt, Phil & Dan, to get at least one day of riding in before the masses arrived.

We arrived in Thredbo carpark at 9.30am to heavy rain… uh-oh… where was the blizzard? Gradually the rain turned to sleet, & then snow! A bit soggy but smiling, we headed for the chairlifts, & although we stayed slightly damp all day, the mountain was basically empty & the fresh tracks just got deeper as the day progressed. We hooked up with 4 of Matt’s other mates, & had some awesome runs off the bluff with 7 of us racing each other back to the lift, leaving tracks like a swarm of hungry ants. Dan was having his 2nd day snowboarding ever, & was happy to mess about at Merrits all day.

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Matt points out the sick freshies next to Fridays Flat

Owen rolled up from the South Coast in the evening, & met us for a thorough over-stuffing at “The Bowlo”. Saturday morning brought us blue skies & the report that 45cm of snow had fallen in the past 24hrs. Woot! Merrily we chugged up the Alpine Way, only to become stuck in a huge traffic jam 3km before the National Park gates. Noooo! It turned out there was a fatal car accident just after the gates, claiming the life of a young female ski instructor. Tragic, especially because she wasnt wearing a seatbelt – the 2 male lifties in the car walked away from the accident (they did have seat-belts on). Just goes to show you cant be too careful on those alpine roads…

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Watch for that black ice, kids

Going on (erroneous) reports that the road would be closed for 4hrs+, we headed back up the road to Perisher Blue. Blue Cow & Guthega were surprisingly quiet, & after some fast freshies off the Ridge chair, we did several runs over the back of Mt. Blue Cow down to the Guthega Road, which was awesome – only 3 other tracks, nice pitch, interesting glades, rocks & trees to navigate. Guthega was also a total blast, with fast fresh lines full of wind-lips & hits that I hadnt ridden in years.

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Top of the Guthega Road run

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And the bottom

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A tall roadside snow-wall for Oz

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Anarchy in the Ski-tube

After a few drinks that night, we were reminded of how rubbish Jindabyne nightlife is, & retired to the lodge for some wine & dubstep off the laptop to send us off to sleep.

Sunday presented another cracking bluebird day, & Thredbo was oddly quiet, so we ravaged the scraps of powder near the groomers before seeking out the mythical charms of the Black Forest… This area rarely disappoints – we were greeted by completely untracked, deep, dry powder! Matt & Phil both loved it, & coped uncomplainingly with the junglist-stlyee exit ;) We scoured the rest of the resort for a few spots of fresh, but the jelly-legs soon took over & an early return orbit to space-station Sydney was launched at 3pm, with our crew of happy blizzardnauts glad to be back at mission control by 10pm.

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Phil in the Phorest

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Matt communing with nature

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“Where’s my 9-iron?”

By Al Ferg.