Hotham Snow Report Open

2:08am - 31 Jul 2015       
Lifts Open 12 of 14
Snow Depth (Natural) 82 cm
Snowfall (Last 24hrs) 0 cm
Today's Weather: Cloudy. High (80%) chance of snow showers, most likely later this evening. Winds northerly 50 to 60 km/h tending northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h in the evening. Forecast Max 5°c

Surface Condition

Packed

Great skiing resort wide

Skiing & Boarding

Heavenly Valley, big-d

Skiable Snow Cover

Extensive

Snowmaking

On Standby

Grooming Summary

Cross Country Trails

Very good cover.

Road Condition - Omeo

Open and Clear

Snowfall History

28 Jul 20152cm
27 Jul 20157cm
26 Jul 201515cm

Announcements

High cloud, light fog and a strong north-westerly blowing this morning. Yesterday saw the opening of Keoghs / Orchard and the runs were in top nick. The snow quality was the best on the hill as it was not affected by the mist from the day before, and Big Slope area was top notch dry powder and skiing really well. A fog came in around midday which dampened the snow a little and we will see more off piste areas moving into a melt freeze cycle, although most of the groomed runs will still be dry and chalky but just a little firmer than yesterday. Great snow conditions for carving and for the FIS races on today. Check out the guys and gals on the Snake Gully GS course if you really want to see how to bend a ski. May be some wind hold on upper and outer lifts today. Enjoy. Cheers Bill.

Big D Express (Quad)
Blue Ribbon (Triple)
Dinner Plain (Poma)
Gotcha (Quad)
Heavenly Valley (Quad)
Keoghs (Quad)
Playground - Lower (Double)
Playground - Upper (Double)
Road Runner (Quad)
The Drift (T-bar)
The Orchard (Quad)
The Summit (Quad)
The Village (Quad)
Trainer (Poma)
Run Status Grooming Snowmaking

Big D

Easy Street
QC

Blue Ribbon

Varsity Drag
Roaring Forties
McColls
Hogg's Back
Boondoo
Blue Ribbon
Frosty Drop
Wood Run

Gotcha

Gotcha Access
Greenline
Initiation
Skating Rink

Heavenly Valley

Snake Gully
Black Snake
Blue Snake
The Canyon
D8
Gun Barrel
Harper's Face
Imagine
Milky Way
Mother Johnsons
Swindlers Trail
Southern Cross
Slalom Gully
The Cornice
Twighlight Zone
Purgatory Spur
Brockoff
Race Gully

Keogh's

Keogh's Bash
Tele Treat
No Nonsense
Leap of Faith

Orchard

Bushwacker
Spargo's
Twirligig 1
Twirligig 2
Watershed
Zirks
Big Slope
Mitchell's

Playground

Lower Playground

Summit

Summit Trainer
Summit Run

The Drift

Drift Return
Rambo's Revenge
Australia Drift

The Road Runner

Beauchamps
Road Runner
Sun Run
Wendix

Village Chair

Davenport Access
Gully Cat Walk
Notice Board
Off the Edge
Playground Trail
Pump House Drop
Sundowner
The Funnel
The Pipeline
Basin
Wall of Death

Snow Cams

Summit 360

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Fri Jul 31
0 to 2 mm°c | -3°c
Partly cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of snow showers in the early morning. Winds northwesterly 20 to 25 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming north to northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the late afternoon.
Sat Aug 1
2 to 8 mm°c | -3°c
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Winds northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h decreasing to 20 to 25 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.
Sun Aug 2
0 to 0.4 mm°c | -5°c
Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a snow shower. Winds northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending westerly during the evening.
Mon Aug 3
1 to 6 mm°c | -4°c
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of snow showers in the morning and afternoon. Possible hail in the afternoon. Winds northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h tending westerly during the morning then tending southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon.
Tue Aug 4
0 to 2 mm°c | -8°c
Mostly sunny morning. Medium (50%) chance of snow showers later in the day. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h during the morning.
Wed Aug 5
0 to 4 mm°c | -5°c
Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of snow showers, most likely during the morning. Winds westerly 30 to 40 km/h turning south to southwesterly 25 to 30 km/h during the morning.

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29/7/15 - 11:07am
Haven't seen much reports about the last few days, must be good. Time for me to get into it. Will probably head up Sunday (small lull in weather) and stay for a few days. If I don't get a ride with someone else, then I'll have room in the car for anyone wanting a ride up on sunday.
28/7/15 - 5:10pm
Mates who were up on the weekend estimated 30 cm fell over the weekend. They got back down the Harriettville side early Sunday afternoon.
bdenny4
28/7/15 - 4:40pm
Quoting Cuppa: Orchard opening tomorrow.
Leave some for me..........some freshies for when I get there on the 9th would be good Birthday is 11th, so here's hoping for a mega dump leading up and bluebird on the 11th. Happened that way in 2012 I think it was
28/7/15 - 4:37pm
I am pretty sure it has opened previously with less than 1 metre reported snow depth, 2015 cant be that special. It always depends on the snowfalls, wind direction etc, as it needs to fill in a fair bit down the bottom
28/7/15 - 2:43pm
Orchard opening tomorrow.
dossa5
28/7/15 - 10:14am
Quoting Snorkler: Will they do enough to have GAR open in the morning?
Personally I think the road crew are doing a pretty good job this year and having to drive up most days all year round have seen it all. The hill is good nic guys- get away from your computers and get into it. Weekends are the best. :mad:
Edgecrusher
27/7/15 - 11:15pm
Quoting Farkle Minkus: When could we expect orchard open ?
Need around 1m snow depth to open. Resort has said as much on their FB page. https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=31364888695&tsid=0.7096944935619831&source=typeahead&feed_ufi=comments " Hi Ryan, our ops team inspect this area frequently a few times each week. We have never opened it on less that a meter of natural base and then we need a follow up storm of at least 40 cms to keep it sustainable. Long story short, we're going to need a helping hand from the snow gods on this one. When we get close to opening, you'll know about it cause we'll be shouting it from the top of the mountain!"
27/7/15 - 9:22pm
Finally all booked for Hotham on weekend 14th-16th. Can't wait. New board and finally the snow is picking up...
Apresski
27/7/15 - 11:16am
Quoting Timmossy: Left the mountain about 3pm via H'ville and was surprisingly quick, maybe I just managed to time it ok. Terrible vis for the first few kms, was a bit hairy!
At 4.30, the queue off the mountain went for a kilometre, which is why the bus driver for my son's group decided to go back to Melbourne via Omeo. Don't really know whether they were any better off, the bus finally pulled up at 12.10.
Timmossy
27/7/15 - 10:42am
Quoting andy222009: I am enroute now from Hotham Good snow very dry Bad vis very high winds and challenging I would without hesitation select Omeo approach Easy Sunny skies east of dinner plain No hairpins The hville approach is and will be hell and slow and you will not make up much time I am nice and dry as a pax in the sunshine now after digging car out of powder in very challenging conditions and would not even consider snaking down to hville in these conditions
Left the mountain about 3pm via H'ville and was surprisingly quick, maybe I just managed to time it ok. Terrible vis for the first few kms, was a bit hairy!
Farkle Minkus
27/7/15 - 10:36am
When could we expect orchard open ?
26/7/15 - 10:23pm
Had a cracking day. Snow was pretty good quality and there was a lot of fun to be had. Upper blue ribbon trails were probably the pick. Drove home via Harrietville and didn't think the road was too bad. People just need to fit chains where directed and drive to the conditions. Tomorrow should be another great day.
Apresski
26/7/15 - 4:57pm
Just had a message from my son, who is travelling back to Melbourne by bus on a uni trip, road closed so have to come back via Omeo.
26/7/15 - 1:34pm
I am enroute now from Hotham Good snow very dry Bad vis very high winds and challenging I would without hesitation select Omeo approach Easy Sunny skies east of dinner plain No hairpins The hville approach is and will be hell and slow and you will not make up much time I am nice and dry as a pax in the sunshine now after digging car out of powder in very challenging conditions and would not even consider snaking down to hville in these conditions
The Plowking
26/7/15 - 11:10am
Quoting Snorkler: So go the long way around?
I'm in bonbeach so it's not much longer for me. harder decision if you nth or west of city
26/7/15 - 11:01am
Quoting The Plowking: Wouldn't even risk it. They are pretty anal these days
So go the long way around?
The Plowking
26/7/15 - 10:54am
Quoting Snorkler: Will they do enough to have GAR open in the morning?
Wouldn't even risk it. They are pretty anal these days
26/7/15 - 10:52am
Quoting The Plowking: If you don't have kids/firm commitment s there is no excuse
Will they do enough to have GAR open in the morning?
The Plowking
26/7/15 - 10:46am
Quoting Snorkler: To go or not to go, that is the question.
If you don't have kids/firm commitment s there is no excuse
26/7/15 - 10:43am
To go or not to go, that is the question.

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