Buller Snow Report – Friday 10th August 2012

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Standard
Standard

The bulk of the snow fell prior to 10pm last night, when I left the lodge this morning my footprints from midnight were still visible.

I got up early but when I looked out the window Bull Run was not yet turning at 8:30 so I decided not to take the risk and walked up to Holden. Holden was slightly delayed opening but I was the first public skier on the chair at about 8:45 this morning.

First in line at Holden
First in line at Holden
First Chair on Holden
First Chair on Holden

At this stage Wombat was the only upper lift running so I had a warm up on LBS – deserted and nice groomed packed powder. As you can see from the pics Robin’s and Powder Keg are still a way off opening but I did hear Outer Edge opened which I will check out this arvo.

Wombat Chair
Wombat Chair
Robin's Run
Robin’s Run

I sidled over to Southside and was informed that it would still be quite some time until it opened but Bull Run had opened by this stage so I checked out Standard. Similar to LBS – nice groomed packed powder. The sight I saw looking up the Bull Run bowl was not quite what I expected – I never thought that Sun Valley or Hog’s Back would be close but the shrubs on Wood Run surprised me, I thought it would be closer to opening but unfortunately not.

Sun Valley from Standard
Sun Valley from Standard
Standard
Standard
Looking up Bull Run Bowl
Looking up Bull Run Bowl
Wood Run/Funnel
Wood Run/Funnel

A couple of laps of Standard then a quick one on Shakey Knees and Southside had finally opened. Easily the best skiing I found – pockets of nice fresh snow in the trees around Yurredla and nice packed powder on Men’s Downhill. Southside is one of my favourite areas and I was stoked to be skiing there again:

Southside Chair
Southside Chair
Yurredla from Southside
Yurredla from Southside
Men's Downhill
Men’s Downhill
Southside Chair
Southside Chair

Then it was one more on Shakey and back to the lodge to warm up & take some more drugs for my knee:

Tyrol run from Shakey Chair
Tyrol run from Shakey Chair

It certainly isn’t the pow extravaganza that Perisher was having yesterday – as I mentioned in my blog yesterday I feared that the wind would affect things and this is definitely the case. Also Wednesday night’s rain has now hardened the snow so the conditions are probably best described as ‘wind drifts of dust on crust’ but there were some lovely pockets of snow in Yurredla, I had a great morning & glad I came up, and will head back out for the arvo shortly.

The weather is cold, windy & cloudy with the occasional snow flurry.

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