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Happy Snowman

Its been a great week for snowplay up at Mt Mawson, and there has been a steady stream of school holidaymakers enjoying the snowfield all week. Last weekend’s snowstorm brought strong winds and a good dump of snow, and has been followed by fine settled conditions.

 

Blizzard conditions on Jeep Trail 8 July 2018

 

Snowboarders trudging the Mawson run to bag a few midweek turns

 

By Tuesday it was looking promising that STSA might be able to kick off the 2018 Ski Season this weekend, and the Mount Mawson Ski Club volunteers and Ski Patrol were ready to go. However the top of the run still requires some additional cover – and hopefully this will come with the snow forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

In the meantime Vos Builders have been pushing on with construction of the new Mt Mawson Day Shelter and Ski Patrol facilities. We understand the builders had to walk to site in deep snow on Monday until an excavator could clear the jeep trail for vehicular access, and a first task had to be recovering the scissor lift platforms which had become buried on the leeward side of the building. On Tuesday the builders (and the Parks project manager!) picked up shovels to clear snow out of the downstairs rooms in preparation for a concrete pour which will hopefully occur on Thursday this week. A team of plasterers will be on site this week to start installing ceilings and internal wall linings, and STSA volunteers will be on the mountain on Saturday to complete the wiring in of the new solar power system STSA has purchased to provide light and power for the first aid facility and ticket office.

It is great to see the efforts being made to get the new Mt Mawson Day Shelter complete – it will be a great addition to the visitor infrastructure in Mt Field National Park for tourists and locals alike.

We will continue to provide you with updates on preparations for the 2018 Ski Season, and in the meantime enjoy the opportunity for some fun snow-play at Mt Mawson and around Lake Dobson.

Here’s how to accurately measure the snow depth – move some away and measure the cross-section! Note the optimistic picnic table 🤔

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About the author

Peter Davis

President, Southern Tasmanian Ski Association

Peter is currently President of the STSA, and a member of the Oldina Ski Club. He has been coming to Mt Field for many years, and is an intermediate skier who can get down most black runs, but without much style.

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