Lake Mountain Snow Report

6:06am - 29 Aug 2015       
Surface Condition Firm Packed
Snow Depth (Natural) 8 cm
Snowfall (Last 24hrs) 2 cm
Today's Weather: Snow showers increasing. Forecast Max 2°c

Uploaded: 8:09pm - Fri 28 August 2015

Surface Condition

Firm Packed

Skiing & Boarding

Good skiing on a firm cover of snow on the upper trails only

Skiable Snow Cover

Moderate

Snowmaking

In Progress

Grooming Summary

All trails groomed

Village Toboggan

Good

Road Condition

Open - snow on road

Snowfall History

29 Aug 20152cm
28 Aug 20152cm
27 Aug 20151cm

Announcements

Good Snow Play and Tobogganing on a good cover of Fresh and man made snow on Koala Creek and Village Toboggan Runs

Updated: 06:06 29/08/2015

Trail Status Grooming Date Groomed
Echo Flat - upperNear Complete CoverSkating28 August
Echo Flat - lowerInsufficient to SkiSkating25 August
Muster Trail - upperNear Complete CoverSkating29 August
Muster Trail - lowerModerate CoverSkating29 August
Home TrailBroken CoverSkating28 August
Snow Gum TrailBroken CoverSkating28 August
Panorama TrailNear Complete CoverSkating29 August
Woolybutt TrailNear Complete CoverSkating29 August
Royston Rd - upperNear Complete CoverSkating28 August
Royston Rd - lowerInsufficient to SkiSkating25 August
Jubilee TrailBroken CoverSkating25 August
  • 29th August 2015

    Uploaded: 8:09pm - Fri 28 August 2015

  • 28th August 2015

    Uploaded: 7:47pm - Thu 27 August 2015

  • 27th August 2015

    Uploaded: 7:55pm - Wed 26 August 2015

Snow Cams

Jane's Weather Snow Forecast

Last Update: Fri 08:59am 28 Aug

Friday August 28, 2015 Presented by: aussieskier Snow is clearing eastwards this morning and we will take a dry, sometimes sunny break. But the next system is not far away and comes from the energy with a front that's crossing Tasmania this morning. This will usher in much colder air and will let a trough and low form over eastern Bass Strait, lingering through the weekend. Snow showers are likely from this afternoon through to Sunday morning, throughout all alpine elevations. Expect 5 to 10 cm of snow. We take a break on Monday and Tuesday, before the next weather system arrives in..

Weather Forecast   Weather Forum

Sun Aug 30
1°c | 4°c
Snow shower or two clearing.
Mon Aug 31
-2°c | 6°c
Mostly sunny.
Tue Sep 1
-1°c | 6°c
Possible shower.
Wed Sep 2
2°c | 5°c
Shower or two.
Thu Sep 3
3°c | 5°c
Shower or two.
Fri Sep 4
2°c | 5°c
Possible shower.

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teckel
29/8/15 - 7:58pm
Hi Tamar, The entry to the mountain is $54.50 for your car. We do a discounted entry if you hire gear from us. Once you park your car, there is no further charge for snow playing and tobogganing. If you hire with us, standard toboggan rental is $7 for the day. There are no hidden costs at all. You may wish to take your own food and drinks, or you can buy on the mountain. Snow chains have not been required for at least a couple of weeks now, and are unlikely to be required tomorrow. But you can check with us when you stop to hire your gear.
29/8/15 - 2:34pm
Hi I am new to all of this and am a Lake Mountain Virgin. I live in Bendigo and want to Take my 9yr old son to see the snow for the first Time tomorrow! I was told entry to the snow play and toboggan snow is free! Is this true and how do we get there when we get to Lake Mountain road? I plan on leaving at 7am,it's a 3hr+ drive and plan to spendthe day only there. I assume there's parking fees and maybe a tabagoggin hire cost too? If so,how much and is there likely to be any hidden costs or catches? Would we need tyre chains for car? Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask,please let me know ASAP where I can find out all this info!? Thanx heaps
29/8/15 - 2:33pm
Quoting teckel: The mountain is offering free lessons and equipment hire for the duration of the lesson only to kids up to 10 years old. Not a bad deal, but for yourself I wouldn't bother. There is a decent walk to skiable snow atm, so if I were you, I'd wait until next year. Take them tobogganing, get them a free ski lesson, and generally get the feel of the snow. Kids need to touch the snow, taste it, roll in it, make a snowman, have a snowball fight etc before they take to skis. Use tomorrow for that purpose. Then next winter, you'll be right to go.
29/8/15 - 2:31pm
Quoting Richard: #snow2015 Snow Report
Hi I am new to all of this and am a Lake Mountain Virgin. I live in Bendigo and want to Take my 9yr old son to see the snow for the first Time tomorrow! I was told entry to the snow play and toboggan snow is free! Is this true and how do we get there when we get to Lake Mountain road? I plan on leaving at 7am,it's a 3hr+ drive and plan to spend the day only there. I assume there's parking fees and maybe a tabagoggin hire cost too? If so,how much and is there likely to be any hidden costs or catches? Would we need tyre chains for car? Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask,please let me know ASAP where I can find out all this info!? Thanx heaps
28/8/15 - 10:09pm
Excellent advice - thanks so much! We're very excited!
teckel
28/8/15 - 10:04pm
The mountain is offering free lessons and equipment hire for the duration of the lesson only to kids up to 10 years old. Not a bad deal, but for yourself I wouldn't bother. There is a decent walk to skiable snow atm, so if I were you, I'd wait until next year. Take them tobogganing, get them a free ski lesson, and generally get the feel of the snow. Kids need to touch the snow, taste it, roll in it, make a snowman, have a snowball fight etc before they take to skis. Use tomorrow for that purpose. Then next winter, you'll be right to go.
28/8/15 - 8:51pm
Hoping for some advice: taking kids to experience snow for first time. We were hoping to book a ski lesson but just wondering if as all beginners we're better off tobogganing given snow coverage this weekend? Thanks!
teckel
28/8/15 - 8:23pm
Aahh, no. You can't avoid the windy roads once you leave Healesville. Drop in - the only ski hire on the left side of the road as you come through Narbethong. :) Ask for 'Teckel'. ;)
28/8/15 - 1:47pm
Gr8.. thanks. Planning to be there tomorrow. i guess we still have to hire some clothes and obviously toboggans on our way.. My kids prefer the straight roads.. Any good route from Melbourne where i can avoid those ?
teckel
27/8/15 - 9:50pm
Indeed it is, coolhunter. I always recommend, for those who can do it, to go on a weekday, as it is much quieter than weekends. However, not everyone has the luxury of being able to take a day off work and the kids out of school. However, at this time of the year, we are at the tail end of the season, and it's certainly a lot quieter on weekends than it was a few weeks back. I'd suggest that if you're planning on coming this year, that you do so in the next few days. There is no guarantee that there will still be snow in a week's time - the resort has not yet made a decision on a closing date for the season. However, if we do get a good fall of snow over the next day or two, it is likely to be open at least until the weekend after next. Probably the most important thing for first time visitors is to be warm and dry. So many people think they hate the snow - generally speaking, they don't hate the snow at all; rather, they had a bad experience as a child in the snow - cold and wet because they weren't wearing the appropriate clothing. I see people everyday, thinking that jeans and runners will work and that gloves aren't needed. They have a miserable time. What everyone needs is warm and waterproof jacket and pants, snow boots, warm and waterproof gloves/mittens, beanie etc. So beg and borrow what you can, or come on in and we'll kit you out with everything you need to ensure a good experience for your whole family.
27/8/15 - 9:28pm
never been to snow before. .heard LM is good place for a family day at the snow ??
teckel
27/8/15 - 8:59am
Well, the season ain't over till the fat lady sings, as they say. It's currently snowing at Lake Mountain. Looks like this weekend could be a goer :D :thumbsup:
Pay Padog
16/8/15 - 8:01am
Very nice skating yesterday on Jubilee and Woolybutt/Echo return loop to The Camp. Where was yesterday's snow report video taken from? The coverage looks like it was really good. Was it the top of Royston Rd?
weerab
14/8/15 - 6:22pm
I was out there a few weeks back after varicose vein surgery. yes, we are a bloody tough lot! I guess as long as you can walk you can sort of XC ski:).
chriscross
14/8/15 - 5:45pm
Just back from another day at LM. I'm glad I could get up there today, as it was a lovely day, weatherwise, and tomorrow will most likely be very busy. The condition of the snow, however, was very different from my previous trip. Today, it was soft and slow, making for hard work on skating skis. Glad I took fast skates and new boots, but it was still tough going. I had hoped the snow might be firmer higher up, but apparently there has been r**n and it was soft and messy just about everywhere I went. Past the Camp via woolybutt, out to the Triangle, up to the junction at the top of Muster, the back via Echo Flat and Snowgum trail. Not too bad for an old fart recovering from knee surgery, I thought. But then I came across Steve, a pretty serious and competitive skater, who was out there after heart surgery this year! What is it about xc skiing? Some thin brown patches on the way down suggest some meltage has already started. Make the most of LM for this year, people.
EquatorBunny
9/8/15 - 9:27pm
Happy Mr and Mrs EB at LM late yesterday and today. :) Arrived about 4pm yesterday, the snow was quite soft. Not too many people around late in the arvo so we had the trails to ourselves. Skated all we can muster for an hour. Today was different. So many people on the slopes. All happy faces and very skillful! Snow was neither too icy nor soft today. Just right for me, a tad too slow for speedy Mr EB. haha Oh, saw a kid getting picked up by a skidoo on Panorama today. Hoped he is alright. All in all, it was great skating around seeing happy faces. The sun peeked out for a little bit but the clouds didn't dampen everyone's spirit. :)
teckel
5/8/15 - 7:21am
Talking about chains, AWDs etc, I have a question for the mountain staff. This year a number of cars are trying to say that they're AWD/4WD because they have a snowflake button next to the gear stick. One joker even went so far as to tell me he had diff lock. On his Holden Astra. ROFL OK, so I've researched this snowflake symbol and apparently what it does is change the gear ratios so that it starts in a higher gear, and therefore reduces wheel spin. This may be a good thing, but it doesn't change a 2WD into a AWD or 4WD. But then, I get returning customers telling me that they were told on the mountain that they didn't need chains because they have the snowflake button. So my question to the mountain staff is whether chains are only required on 2WDs without the snowflake button, or whether chains are required for all 2WDs.
chriscross
4/8/15 - 8:13pm
Super snow at LM today, fresh, dry, slightly crunchy and groomed trails to boot. The signs recommended fitting chains but some experienced drivers didn't bother. I gather AWD helps. No-one much about, no-one directing traffic in the car park. A few school groups were out on the trails, with Frankston H.S. setting the pace. No sign of the hotshots from Alex. Rubicon groups were out there, too. Full, groomed cover all the way. Interested to see Fischer ski demos at the base, with interesting options to demo a variety of skis and boots, with some expert advice, too. Worth a look. Great to see such good conditions. Suggest people check the incoming weather, then get up there and make the most of it!
PeregrineFalcon
2/8/15 - 9:11pm
Yes, it was a nice day. Couple of patchy bits near home, but the rest was really nice. Good to see you too teckel. Thanks
teckel
2/8/15 - 8:59pm
100% happy campers today - snowplayers and skiers alike :D No complaints from anyone. Good to see you again PF :)

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