Hotham Snow Report Open

9:16am - 28 Jul 2016       
Lifts Open 8 of 14
Snow Depth (Natural) 104 cm
Snowfall (Last 24hrs) 1 cm
Weather: Cloudy. Medium (50%) chance.. Forecast Max 0°c

Video - Tue 26 Jul 17:39

Surface Condition

Packed

Good skiing on groomed runs

Skiing & Boarding

Heavenly Valley and The Big D.

Skiable Snow Cover

Extensive

Snowmaking

On Standby

Grooming Summary

Cross Country Trails

Good cover. Grooming in progress.

Road Condition - Omeo

Open - fitting chains to 2WD vehicles

Snowfall History

28 Jul 20161cm
27 Jul 201615cm
26 Jul 201623cm

Announcements

We had a dusting of natural snow and a good run of snowmaking overnight. There is light fog and a strong north-westerly blowing in the village this morning. The temperature warmed a little yesterday and the fresh snow off piste now has a shallow melt freeze crust on it but the groomed runs will still be dry and great skiing this morning. Blue Ribbon opened yesterday and is in much better shape than I expected and hopefully we will have the whole mountain open again very soon. The extended outlook is looking good for a great start to August. Get out there for some beaut carving this morning. 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

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Fri Jul 29
-2°c | 0°c
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of snow showers. Winds westerly 30 to 45 km/h decreasing to 20 to 25 km/h in the late evening.
Sat Jul 30
-1°c | 0°c
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the evening. Winds westerly 15 to 20 km/h tending northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then increasing to 30 to 45 km/h during the day.
Sun Jul 31
-1°c | 1°c
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of snow showers, most likely in the morning. Winds northwesterly 30 to 45 km/h.
Mon Aug 1
-2°c | 1°c
Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers or snow. Winds north to northwesterly 35 to 50 km/h.
Tue Aug 2
-3°c | -2°c
Cloudy. High (80%) chance of snow showers. Winds west to northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h decreasing to 15 to 20 km/h during the morning.
Wed Aug 3
-6°c | -2°c
Cloudy. High (70%) chance of snow showers. Winds west to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 30 to 35 km/h later.

Comments

Skiddy85
27/7/16 - 1:22pm
Hotham today, lots of snow, getting heavier as the day goes on. First time I have ever seen Blue Ribbon but not Gotcha or Orchard. Fairly quiet too.
Hamburglar
26/7/16 - 11:44pm
Some interesting photos of some lucky motorists on SES Facebook page... https://www.facebook.com/Vicsesbright/?fref=ts
Hamburglar
26/7/16 - 11:41pm
Thanks Slush. Yep going via feathertop. 25k. 32k to Falls and then 34k to Mountain Creek. Big adventure!
snowtyres
26/7/16 - 11:40pm
Ubiquitous Steve: so a very sophisticated car still runs off road with its traction control,abs braking and god only knows what other features.. this demonstrates something we feel......that some are relying to much on the advertising hype and rely too much on so called safety features....:p
No matter how many safety features a vehicle has, it is the tyres that determine how it drives and handles on snow and ice. Any more on this incident?
Slush
26/7/16 - 11:34pm
Hamburglar: Quick summer question (not sure where else to post). I am planning a walk from Harrretville to Mountain Creek with an overnight stop at Hotham. Looking for a recommendation of basic accomodation + pub. Looking for a place to drink a few beers when we arrive with a nice view. Would love accomodation with a hot breakfast provided. I assume the supermarket is open over summer? Many thanks!
General Store - that's its name - is a pub with accommodation that is open in summer. Other than that Hotham is a ghost town in Summer. Long walk up the hill from Harrietville to Hotham. Going via Feathertop? Slush
Hamburglar
26/7/16 - 11:30pm
Quick summer question (not sure where else to post). I am planning a walk from Harrretville to Mountain Creek with an overnight stop at Hotham. Looking for a recommendation of basic accomodation + pub. Looking for a place to drink a few beers when we arrive with a nice view. Would love accomodation with a hot breakfast provided. I assume the supermarket is open over summer? Many thanks!
Slush
26/7/16 - 10:57pm
snowtyres: "Slush can easily turn a driver into a passenger."
Easily? Normally I have to at least buy them a few drinks...
26/7/16 - 12:27pm
my guess is that Hotham will need at least another 30cm this week to reopen Orchard. As the rain last Thursday/Friday would have completely washed out the creek. And there would have been other areas laid bare that will be starting from scratch. Although the last few days would have helped
Ubiquitous Steve
26/7/16 - 11:54am
so a very sophisticated car still runs off road with its traction control,abs braking and god only knows what other features.. this demonstrates something we feel......that some are relying to much on the advertising hype and rely too much on so called safety features....:p
cookieman
26/7/16 - 11:26am
With the predicted extra snow next few days i will be pretty certain that the whole mountain lifts will be open this weekend (orchard and blue ribbon).
Timmossy
26/7/16 - 11:18am
brink: Does anyone know when the orchard area may re-open? (Is it just wind hold atm or is there water damage to overcome yet?)
It was all looking a bit sad on the weekend but my hunch is this weekend too. Top half of Blue Ribbon was pretty good. Below the track it was only Hoggs Back which look good (except for the creek in the middle of it). I'd be thinking it will be going by the weekend too.
mr
26/7/16 - 11:10am
typically orchard wont open til a metre natural and then clear weather. i reckon they would be aiming for this weekend but depends depends
brink
26/7/16 - 9:19am
Does anyone know when the orchard area may re-open? (Is it just wind hold atm or is there water damage to overcome yet?)
FatBoyDave
26/7/16 - 6:02am
Probably not the sort of exposure Audi was hoping for with Hotham sponsorship.
snowtyres
25/7/16 - 9:20pm
Boodwah: We just saw the aftermath of that........... so poeple are more careful up high - then they get down, take off their chains and think they can speed up through the slush.
"Slush can easily turn a driver into a passenger."
Boodwah
25/7/16 - 7:02pm
We just saw the aftermath of that, SES cleaning things up. No ambos so dont think any injuries. Was more dangerous down low than up high. Snow at minus 6 sticks to tyres. It looks more impressive when you're driving through drifts (plus hard to see) so poeple are more careful up high - then they get down, take off their chains and think they can speed up through the slush.
mr
25/7/16 - 3:24pm
FatBoyDave: Do tell. We drove down just after 4pm yesterday and they were putting chains on everyone. There was snow down to the top of the Meg . So at a guess ~900 to 950 metre level. The car external thermometer was registering -3 degrees at the top and -1 by the time we got to the top of the Meg. It was a slow drive down but didn't see any incidents. I've seen the road a lot worse.
a friend saw an Audi doing a few rolls down off the hillside somewhere just above old ticket booth
25/7/16 - 1:46pm
Did anyone see the new Hotham magazine this year, "Reach the Peak"? Had a cool centrefold of the Extreme Zone with the steepness shown. Pretty nifty.
FatBoyDave
25/7/16 - 12:41pm
Most of my passengers were wishing we'd get snowed in.. Given how much base they lost on Friday, they did an amazing job to get anything open on the Saturday. The snow on Sunday was actually some of the best man made snow I've seen. I guess due to the weather conditions (colder than usual?). With all the blowers running they were pumping out a fair bit of snow on Imagine. Those blowers sure make some noise though.
cookieman
25/7/16 - 11:46am
FatBoyDave: Do tell. We drove down just after 4pm yesterday and they were putting chains on everyone. There was snow down to the top of the Meg . So at a guess ~900 to 950 metre level. The car external thermometer was registering -3 degrees at the top and -1 by the time we got to the top of the Meg. It was a slow drive down but didn't see any incidents. I've seen the road a lot worse.
Same here...drove down about 3.30pm Sunday,slow trip down but conditions were manageable. A lot of traffic and did notice one car with much side damage being loaded on truck. Also noticed ambulance,SES and police heading up the mountain. Sounds like there will be excellent dry snow this week. Upper blue ribbon skiing pretty good in these stormy conditions.

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