Ben Lomond Snow Report Open

8:26am - 03 Aug 2015       
Lifts Open 2 of 7
Snowfall (Last 24hrs) 15 cm
Today's Weather: Array Forecast Max —°c

Surface Condition

Fresh

Great skiing resort wide

Skiing & Boarding

It just keeps falling, another 10cm fresh snow and Excellent skiing and boarding conditions on the mountain today. At least another 10 cm of fresh snow on the mountain. Low visibility and a snow showers on and off. It’s currently minus 7.1 conditions are Excellent with a fresh layer of snow and the village rocks are barely visible from all the snow, winds are WNW at 20 to 30 knots (40 to 60 kmph). De-icing will be done first up with Bass then Summit and finally village opening in that order. Snow is within 500 metres of the main sealed road and all vehicles are strongly advised to drive to the conditions and fit chains as soon as the road becomes icy. There is 5cm of snow at the Rangers station, more on the ladder. The Grader is on standby to clear the road again. For more information check out our website and web cams. More information will be communicated throughout the day.

Skiable Snow Cover

Snowmaking Areas

Snowmaking

On Standby

Grooming Summary

Toboggan Run

Open

Cross Country Trails

Snow on the trails is good with some obstacles to negotiate

Road Condition

Fitting chains to 2WD - all other vehicles must

Snowfall History

03 Aug 201515cm
02 Aug 20151cm
01 Aug 201510cm

Announcements

ROAD CONDITIONS: Ben Lomond Road is extensively covered in snow and ice and will again need to be graded tomorrow after the snowfalls overnight. Snow is built up on the sides of the road which makes passing cars challenging and means that rules on Jacobs ladder with regard to giving way to each other especially important. CHAINS are required to be fitted to all vehicles this morning, the BLC and Parks and Wildlife Services (PWS) cannot stress enough that it is imperative all drivers follow the directions of the PWS staff. If you are driving a car you not only need to have chains, you need to know how to fit them and how to drive your car whist they are on. For more information on chains visit the snowsafe website SAFETY REMINDER: After a number of vehicles were found carrying chains that were not the right size for their vehicle, the BLC cannot stress enough the importance of understanding and respecting the conditions in alpine environments. People choosing to ignore the safety precautions not only put themselves, but their passengers and others at risk. A number of drivers were assisted throughout the day yesterday after getting into difficulty above the snowline. In addition to having the right equipment, please consider your experience and skills when deciding to venture into the alpine environment. Consider having someone in your party with experience driving on snow and ice bound roads.. TRANSPORT: If you’re considering using the mountain transport service, please phone ahead when leaving St Leonards by calling (03) 6390 6185 as snow has fallen to extremely low levels well below the normal pickup point please phone ahead . Buses will be shuttling to pickup on an hourly basis starting from 10am being the first pickup and the last bus down will be at 5pm. As the shuttle is running 3 times the distance to cover additional fuel costs Prices have been raised for these exceptional circumstance and have been set at $20 per person or $60 for a family of 4 return The Alpine Hotel is a great place to stop in, warm up soak in the winter atmosphere and grab a bite to eat and a drink Snow Sports operating hours are 9am to 4pm most days during the season. The usual equipment and clothing hire, hot food and drinks and a shuttle service from the bottom car park.

Bass (Poma)
Big Ben (Poma)
Bills (T-bar)
Fannys (T-bar)
Giblin (Poma)
Summit (T-bar)
Village (Poma)
Run Status Grooming Snowmaking
Summit T
Bass
Village Poma
Big Ben
Fanny's T
Bill's T
Giblin Poma

Snow Cams

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Tue Aug 4
-9°c | -1°c
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Wed Aug 5
-8°c | -3°c
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Thu Aug 6
-8°c | 0°c
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Fri Aug 7
-8°c | 1°c
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Sat Aug 8
-7°c | 1°c
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Sun Aug 9
-6°c | 1°c
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BenLomond Iceman
31/7/15 - 11:08am
15 -20 cm over night - hopefully the same again tonight & in the morning saturday - looking great for more snow on and off through to next wednesday - late next week the ben should be looking great
30/7/15 - 5:12pm
Puking right now! very strong winds so should be some nice stashes in the morning, but also some wind affected crud :) Bass was running today in very strong winds the AE crew are doing a great job. Lift tickets have been $10-$20 depending on what' s running. I can't remember what the temperature was on Monday but we need -4 or so when the humidity is 100% and running in the day has additional safety problems, we have to run hoses across the ski run. The cover in the snow making areas is already quite sufficient though, just need the natural stuff to keep falling for the rest of the mountain to get going. The biggest constraint is $$$ not the weather, the snowmaking is paid for by snowsports, so we may not have them running even if we get the right weather. Edit: oh and almost forgot, I think the full price for lift tickets will be $65 same as last year but you may have to check with AE
27/7/15 - 4:34pm
OK so we got the dump we were hoping for, need to get out there and start compacting it down so a solid base forms. Would have loved to have seen the snow guns firing today adding to the cover! Looks like good follow up snow for later this week, particularly Thursday, and then again early next week - August is looking the goods! Also does anyone know what the lift/tows pricing will be for this year?
23/7/15 - 9:02am
Forecast looking good for Friday afternoon through to Monday, could be the season opener we have been waiting for!
Ben Lomond Brad
16/7/15 - 11:50pm
Quoting Ramshead: Hey guys, wrote this. Some have interpreted it as negative but I hope you don't. Wishing you all the snowy best for the rest of the season! http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/as-the-antarctic-vortex-maintains-its-icy-stranglehold-on-southeast-australia-meet-the-two-little-ski-hills-that-missed-all-the-fun/story-e6frfqdr-1227443365788
Good article. Love the quote form Flea. She does tell it how it is ;)
16/7/15 - 6:32pm
Typical cut off low result for Tassie, if it all happened 600 odd km further to the south BL and Mawson would probably have 50cm each. We are due for a big Mawson system, one like 2010 would be nice, or was it 2011? Too bad there isn't more snow making on the Ben, the 2 guns look to be producing some reasonable results.
16/7/15 - 10:22am
I didn't read it as negative. I saw this weather pattern in 2007, when we made our first trip to Tassie. Hoping to see plenty of snow at Ben Lomond and Cradle Mountain - we didn't :( The locals were all very hopeful of the big system coming but it tracked around them to the north. There was a couple of positives. We had lovely cold weather with clear sunny days most of the time. Getting the ferry back and on our drive back to Brisbane we detoured to Hotham and experienced the snow dump that Tassie missed out on.
Ramshead
16/7/15 - 9:49am
Hey guys, wrote this. Some have interpreted it as negative but I hope you don't. Wishing you all the snowy best for the rest of the season! http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/as-the-antarctic-vortex-maintains-its-icy-stranglehold-on-southeast-australia-meet-the-two-little-ski-hills-that-missed-all-the-fun/story-e6frfqdr-1227443365788
almontyrat
14/7/15 - 10:17pm
Yep pretty much. It's been cool and a bit cloudy but nothing much happening here on the mid north coast. That's Tassie snow for you.....Fickle :-)
14/7/15 - 10:10pm
Wow - you missed out :( Tracked around to the north and missed Tassie?
BenLomond Iceman
24/6/15 - 10:22am
it was on sunday , its the ben , snow melts quick as weather is northerly now, the cams show nothing over the back which can be deceiving as it holds snow much better and can be 2-3 degrees colder. The front slopes go quick unless there is a huge cover on it - still nothing much in the way of snow weather on the radar now until next week - maybe late tue-wed . stay tuned
almontyrat
23/6/15 - 12:36pm
While I'm all for wishful thinking and would dearly love to see the Ben with a half a foot of snow and more on the way, I think calling the current cover "a good base" is a wee bit of a stretch. Chunks of ice are better than liquid water but that's about as far as it goes IMHO. http://www.ntac.org.au/web-cams/front-slopes-cam/
BenLomond Iceman
22/6/15 - 10:44am
mountain has a good base - its frozen up there . if the atmosphere stays cold a chance of some snow tonight with this front timing is important - and maybe on and off a bit this week - we will in a be a bit of snow / thaw situation this week as usual - fairly typical june patten
Ben Lomond Brad
15/6/15 - 2:47pm
Nothing open as yet. Worth a day drip just for the drive (you need to carry chains) and a beer/coffee at the pub.
Alkaros
15/6/15 - 2:42pm
So are there any lifts open etc? I'm going to find my self in Launceston in a fortnight for work, was keen to do a day trip on the weekend since it's so close. What are costs for lifts/ hire etc?
BenLomond Iceman
14/6/15 - 5:34pm
i will add to this quite convo brad .. looking like something brewing south easterly for benlomond wednesday / thursday .. might come off . we have got big snow from systems like this in years past
Ben Lomond Brad
1/6/15 - 4:29pm
Could this be the best season in a long time? Will it be short lived? Will you party hard anyway and ski/board a bit if you can? Ben Lomond Bliss 2015 is the 'corner of the bar' place to hang out and chat about all things Ben Lomond :D See you on the slopes

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