Hotham Snow Report Open

2:31pm - 22 Jul 2017       
Lifts Open 10 of 14
Snowfall (24hrs) 0 cm
Snow Depth (Natural) 73 cm
Weather: Partly cloudy. Winds northwesterly.. Forecast Max 0°c

Skiing & Boarding

Good skiing on groomed runs. Big D / Village Loop / Snake Gully.

Bill Barker Report

Another cold and clear morning although the wind is blowing pretty strong from the northwest today. The air temperature stayed cold yesterday so the snow has remained dry and the snow guns have had another great run overnight so the groomers will be in top shape once again this morning. Off piste will be variable with some sunny aspects moving into a melt freeze cycle and a slight wind crust in areas while some shaded slopes and higher traffic zones should still have good dry packed snow conditions. Enjoy.

Weather

PrecipitationNone
VisibilityExcellent
Forecast: Partly cloudy. Winds northwesterly 35 to 55 km/h.

Road Conditions

OmeoOpen - fitting chains to 2WD vehicles
HarrietvilleOpen - fitting chains to 2WD vehicles

Surface

Snow CoverExtensive
Surface ConditionFirm Packed
SnowmakingIn Progress

Snow Depths

Snow Depth: Natural73cm
Snow Depth: Snowmaking98cm
Snow Depth: Sun Run81cm
Snow Depth: Big D74cm
Snow Depth: Upper Higgi Drive63cm

Snowfall History

21 Jul 20173cm
19 Jul 201714cm
18 Jul 20179cm
Season Snowfall (to date)115cm

Terrain Parks

Summit Terrain ParkOpen
Basin Rail ParkOpen
Big D Rail ParkNot Constructed
Road Runner Skier / Boarder XOpen

Facilities

Snowplay AreaWire Plain
Scenic RidesOpen
Kat SkiingClosed
Heli LinkOpen

Trails

Hotham - Dinner Plain: Trail to DP was groomed last night right through with skidoo towing the G2 for skating. Narrow in parts. Some grass showing but generally in good condition / icy sections.
Cross Country Trails: good packed and groomed trails. Firm surface.
Backcountry: Variable conditions in the backcountry with a slight wind crust on many aspects. Take Care.
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

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Sat Jul 22
Max 0°c
Partly cloudy. Winds northwesterly 35 to 55 km/h.
Sun Jul 23
-3°c | 0°c
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds northwesterly 50 to 60 km/h decreasing to 40 to 50 km/h in the early afternoon then tending westerly in the evening.
Mon Jul 24
-2°c | -1°c
Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds westerly 25 to 35 km/h.
Tue Jul 25
-2°c | 1°c
Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds westerly 30 to 35 km/h tending northwesterly 30 to 40 km/h during the morning then increasing to 40 to 50 km/h during the afternoon.
Wed Jul 26
-1°c | 0°c
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of snow showers. Winds northwesterly 35 to 50 km/h shifting south to southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h later.
Thu Jul 27
-4°c | 2°c
Partly cloudy. Winds southerly 25 to 40 km/h shifting north to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day.
Fri Jul 28
-2°c | 0°c
Cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of snow showers during the morning. Winds northwesterly 35 to 55 km/h tending westerly 25 to 35 km/h later.

Comments

cookieman
22/7/17 - 3:32pm
nice day at Hotham today. windblown in sections but overall pretty good. Starting to get tracked out over the other side.
21/7/17 - 5:40pm
The day rounded off very nicely. I felt that the snow conditions were great throughout, all the way through to the last lift. That said, I am not particularly fussy or well versed in what would be considered good snow. If tomorrow is more of the same, then this trip will be well worth it!!!!
mr
21/7/17 - 2:31pm
FatBoyDave: You just perfectly described "Excellent" conditions at Buller.
You need to add mist, mizzle and low cloud and poor vis for the perfect day.......:)
21/7/17 - 12:40pm
Beautiful day at Hotham, nice snow in the morning which is probably taking a battering by the sun. Hope it doesn't get too slushy in the arvo
FatBoyDave
21/7/17 - 12:07pm
kimberlee81: "Not too bad", "OK", "some obstacles", areas "not open yet"... let's hope this isn't where we are headed with Australian snow reports.
You just perfectly described "Excellent" conditions at Buller.
mr
21/7/17 - 12:00pm
Always has been hasnt it? 10 years ago we would have only started skiing this week Little wonder australia leads the world in snowmaking tech
21/7/17 - 11:26am
Of course it is.
kimberlee81
21/7/17 - 11:10am
"Not too bad", "OK", "some obstacles", areas "not open yet"... let's hope this isn't where we are headed with Australian snow reports.
MarkV
21/7/17 - 10:30am
Bluebird at Hotham today. Firm packed and sliding nicely. A little crusty off piste but skiable. Some wind blown drifts available. Extreme area skiing ok. Some obstacles at the bottom but return trail in reasonable nick. Not too much in the way of crowds. Some grooming has been done at the orchard, but not open yet.
20/7/17 - 10:08pm
Had a quick warm up run in the afternoon. Only stayed near Heavenly. Good snow in some areas, but there was some slippery ice towards the bottom of the lifts. Got two full days ahead, will post more updates. Hope the conditions are good tomorrow!
hongomania
19/7/17 - 8:41pm
Carve shred GS turned and sent it for the first time on dinner plain lift tonight. Getting dat hero pass value
Mister Tee on snow shoes
19/7/17 - 2:06pm
It was a powder snow white out at Fed. hut on Mt. FT yesterday , 18/7/17. A trip report in the BC forum is coming soon.I cracked out the snow shoes for the first time for 2017.It was hammering down. My tent was buried !!
18/7/17 - 9:38pm
hongomania: WHAT an afternoon. freshies all day, no one around. lap after lap in the "extreme" zone. snow quality was quite nice up higher. later arvo was properly good. cant wait for tomorrow!
I think that's a 'yes' to my earlier question.
18/7/17 - 6:36pm
Wow, looks like ill have to bring the powder board along :D
Tanuki
18/7/17 - 6:07pm
hongomania: WHAT an afternoon. freshies all day, no one around. lap after lap in the "extreme" zone. snow quality was quite nice up higher. later arvo was properly good. cant wait for tomorrow!
Nice
cookieman
18/7/17 - 5:38pm
hongomania: WHAT an afternoon. freshies all day, no one around. lap after lap in the "extreme" zone. snow quality was quite nice up higher. later arvo was properly good. cant wait for tomorrow!
very, very LIKE
hongomania
18/7/17 - 5:33pm
WHAT an afternoon. freshies all day, no one around. lap after lap in the "extreme" zone. snow quality was quite nice up higher. later arvo was properly good. cant wait for tomorrow!
mr
18/7/17 - 3:37pm
If by 'season' you are waiting for blue ribbon, orchard and gotcha to open, no we dont have one as they are basically 1m mark openings. If you want to go skiing, and arent too fussy theres half a mountain open up there with not many people around. I had fun up there with my kids. I try not to be too fussy about snow in the driest, warmest, flattest inhabited continent on earth.
18/7/17 - 1:48pm
So do we have a ski season yet?
hongomania
18/7/17 - 12:57pm
If anyone wants to shred / can please give me a lift from hotham village to DP this arvo pm me

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