We had it all at Thredbo this week: dirt, pow, slush, ice, rain, rocks, hail, tears, and most importantly, smiles. To call the weather fickle would be quite an understatement.
Things started off quite grim late last week with lots of grassy patches starting to show up, especially at the lower mountain. Our prayers were answered by the weekend with about 30cm of fresh snowfall and lots of fun skiing and riding. The Bluff, Supertrail, World Cup and Waimea were all skiing very well with wind blown, chalky snow.
What followed was something that has sadly become a trend this season after any new snowfall – RAIN… LOTS OF RAIN (and tears). Much of the freshies that fell either got washed away or became saturated wet slop. After the rain stopped, it luckily remained cold enough overnight for some snowmaking, which added a nice layer for some blue bird conditions by Wednesday, August 7th. Despite all of the things we could be complaining about, there were still large crowds of people and smiles to be had all around. A wise young lifty said it best this week during the pouring rain, “Hey, at least you’re skiing.”