Back in Melbourne after the long weekend festivities up at Buller, and filing the first of many reports throughout the season.
Some snow that fell in late May was an exciting prospect until it all melted during a massive rain event last weekend. That’s not much concern – as the old saying goes ‘Snow in May will wash away’ – and the resorts were left looking rather bare for Queen’s Birthday. However on Friday afternoon the temperatures plummeted and when we arrived that evening the snow guns were running, and they managed to pump out quite an impressive amount of snow.
This is a pictorial representation of the sequence of events for the weekend:
The snowmakers did an excellent job on Friday night, and with some supplementary work on Saturday night the magic carpet was groomed and open for skiing on Sunday. We did not partake but my niece and nephew were stoked! On Sunday afternoon there was talk that if there was another decent night of snowmaking that Bourke St would open for skiing on Monday, and it was not at all far-fetched, but even though the guns came on in the evening the humidity rocketed around midnight and they had to be shut off.
There is a weather event arriving at the end of the week – we will comment on it here when things are more apparent. Also we started our weekly emails with a snow-forecast and conditions wrap-up last week – scroll down to the bottom LHS of the page and sign up to receive these along with announcements and deals from our online store.
Thanks so much for everyone who contributed with an #aussieskier Instagram – we received dozens over the weekend from all the resorts – you can check them out on our Facebook Page and http://aussieskier.com/social
Finally thanks to all the kind wishes of support we received from everyone over the weekend. Our new venture is flying, we have had a far stronger start than we ever anticipated and we know that’s due in part to the huge support from our large circle of friends up on the mountains. It was so awesome to see aussieskier hoodies and stickers everywhere, and we sincerely thank you all.