The past couple of weeks have seen some great skiing and snowboarding at Mt Mawson Ski Field, with a solid base of good snow enabling both Mawson and Uni tows to operate. Volunteers from the Wellington Ski and Outdoor Club, and the Ski Club of Tasmania supported by the Mt Mawson Ski Patrol have ensured that winter sports enthusiasts have been able to take advantage of skiing only an hour and a half from Hobart. The Tasmanian weather has, however, been challenging with cold windy conditions on a number of weekend days. This can be a bit frustrating when it follows warm sunny conditions during the preceding week!
A similar forecast has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for this weekend, with snow forecast to settle as low as 200 metres elevation on Saturday. This will provide a welcome top up to the snow cover, but will mean conditions on the mountain will be difficult until the front has passed through. The Mawson rope has suffered some ice damage in the blizzard conditions requiring a replacement rope to be installed, and whilst both Uni and Rodway tows are ready to operate we need to ensure that there is a bit more cover on the lower slopes of these runs to allow safe operation.
Consequently a decision has been taken to place the tows on hold for this weekend, and hope that we get a good dump of snow to freshen everything up for the following weekend.