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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Dead Horse Gap 8th of October 2009
    there was a light breeze which came and went through the morning and it was snowing lightly I was really excited to be skiing freshies this late in the season and it was the most snow I ve seen this late at Dead Horse Gap since November 2005 But once I started skinning I started to worry that the skiinning would be the most enjoyable part of the morning There was a thick layer of breakable crust with between 20cm to 30cm of dense snow underneath the crust which slowed my progress up the hill and I feared what it would be a nightmare to ski on the way back down Despite the crust I really enjoyed leaving such a deep skin track a rare treat for me and I made it up to the tree line before my compulsory turn around time I had to get home to do some University Work The last section of skinning the crust disappeared and I became hopeful I would get some nice turns in After a quick sandwich and lolly pop break I skied about 100m vertical of gorgeous dense snow it was silky and felt bottomless I enjoyed those turns so

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Twin Humps 19th of September 2009
    the Spur but we chose the saddle to the north and had trouble finding a way down After some scrambling we skied down to Leather Barrel Creek The snow was soft but only sticky down the very bottom From there we made our way to the Twin Humps for lunch I skied down the face of the South Hump whilst the others skied down the North Hump The snow on the North Easterly aspect was wonderful corn real hero snow We managed another lap before we started the slog back out The view from Eagles Nest Skifree messing about with skins Almost at Mt Ramshead The first line into Leather Barrel Creek didn t look very promising Twin Humps and the Leather Barrel Creek Tony skiing down into the Leather Barrel Dylan Tony being a goose in a cornice crack Tony plodding towards the Twin Humps and our line into the Leather Barrel in the background Me plodding towards the Twin Humps My line down the face of the South Hump First Turn Dylan skinning back up to the Twin Humps for another lap The rest of the group Tony skinning back up to the Twin Humps Me on the

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Parlayser Tour 26th of July 2009
    to Guthega via the Paralyser The warm weather yesterday and cool night last night had refrozen the snow and most aspects were either very firm or they had a nasty crust The cover is complete above Guthega and there seems to be a good base But there were still some nice turns to be found on the more Southerly aspects It was fairly easy going from the top of the Mt P Double to the top of the Paralyser but sadly the low cloud meant we didn t have any spectacular vistas to add to the joy of skiing beyond the resort We found some very nice snow on the first slope we skied from the Paralyser West Ridge into Old Farm Creek but after that the snow was interesting to say the least Tired we arrived at the flying fox and had a well needed lunch on the other side before we kicked steps back up to the Blue Calf T Bar The Paralyser Guthega River Valley Big lenticular cloud The view from the Paralyser Tony skiing next to my turns Sking towards Guthega Guthega Guthega Dam Guthega River It was great to get out of the resort again

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Avalanche Near Tin Hut 18th of July 2009
    1 25K slopes I headed down the slope to where it rolled over and got a bit steeper turned again and a crack went across the slope and it started moving under me breaking up into dinner plate sized floes I took a line diagonally down the hill out of the slide and found a safe location As my friend skied into view above I crossed my poles and warned him not to ski his slope As he traversed south a crack developed about one metre below him and more of the slope fell away The section where I skied broke with approximately a 50cm crown wall and propagated for 30m across the slope It only slid for 20 30m Where my friend traversed the slope released for probably another 15 20m Under the slide was a hard icy base The snow I was skiing on before the slide was the consistency of soft styrofoam skis sinking in about 10cm Unfortunately the light was flat with the wind howling and the only pic that we took doesn t show much Apart from that the skiing was good from GPS up to Whites over the Kerries to Tin Hut There was

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Leather Barrle Creek 4th Sept 2008
    Summit of Mt Ramshead Owain is also into Mountaineering and has to summit we skied down the Spur It was heavily wind affected on top and the thin cover will soon be gone in wind exposed areas it has been a windy winter On the Spur itself the snow was either firm or wonderful velvety fresh that had not yet become wind or sun affected The rains on the pervious Sunday had removed the snow bridge from the Leather Barrel Creek and left 1 5 meter high snow banks to negotiate I failed and put a boot into the creek but luckily my feet stayed dry Upon Summiting the Twin Humps we discovered that the steep lines had become polished ice and instead opted for the line in between the humps once again varying from firm up high to that lovely velvety fresh lower down Once we reached the trees we followed the Twin Humps South Spur down to Leather Barrel Creek Skiing down the spur was magical The slope was very gentle but skiing through the tight 10m tall burnt out snow gums felt like skiing through a cathedral I got to laugh back once we crossed the Leather Barrel Creek again as Owain failed this time and spent some time in the Creek To reach the ridgeline that would take us up to South Ramshead we had to skin up a small gully and cross a creek I spotted a good looking crossing that was above a little waterfall but it was a bad choice again I almost lost a ski and myself down the little waterfall trying to negotiate the tall snow bank I was a bit shaken so no photos Owain getting ready at Dead Horse Gap Skin tracks heading to South Mt Ramshead Owain with

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Golden Pt (Mt Hotham) 24th August 2008
    will present Australian ski instruction to the rest of the world Sadly I was not selected to be on the team for the St Anton Interski Conference in 2011 but congratulations to Tom and Graham I was a bit disappointed after missing the cut on Sunday afternoon and knew a bit of uphill exercise would boost my mood I had been eyeing off the lines across the valley from the Mt Hotham Village all weekend especially they southern ones on Golden Point All I can say is Mt Hotham has some nice inbounds terrain but the slack country is the goods It hadn t snowed for two days but cold nights and a direct southerly aspect had sucked the 15cm of fresh dry and the snow was blower I even got a face shot Great steep trees combined with the best snow I have skied this winter gave me my best afternoon skiing in a long time It was so good I did two laps and I couldn t believe that no one else was there Mt Hotham Sunrise Graham and Mt Feathertop in the background Tracks in oh so dry snow The view to Blue Ribbon The bottom of

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Bella Vista 9th of August 2008
    was keen to see how my heavy Telemark rig with free piviot bindings went on the flats I suggested to Carl that we should check it out We cheated by catching the lifts to the top of Mt perisher and skied down to Perisher gap and then made our way along the Kosciuszko Rd untill we reached Trapyard Creek We then left the road and headed up to our goal Bella Vista The snow looked like either a firm crust or nice windblown so we selected a nice looking drift and had a great run Carl did admirably with only his excursions to drive a pair of DPS Wailer 95s The snow was in the process of crusting up but still had that wonderfully inspiring grippy texture The trip back home was fast and it was a nice novelty to finish a little tour with a t bar ride to get me back to the car Looking North East from the top of Eyre T Bar The view to Bella vista from the top of Mt Perisher Skifree Skiing Down Mt Perisher towards Perisher Gap Skifree skiing south along the Kosciuszko Rd Skifree s first turn into the Abyss My

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  • Telemark Phat.Telemark skiing in Australia - Tate East Ridge 14th of July 2008
    Surprisingly the forecast bad weather never appeared and more often than not we roasted under the hot sun as there was not much of a breeze to cool us down until we got above the tree line There was plenty of cover on the way out to the Guthega River Bridge but the base was still unconsolidated This was the first time either of us had skinned with tour mode bindings and wow the difference is amazing I will never go backcountry without tour mode bindings ever again We made quick progress to the top of Tate East Ridge and skied some excellent snow with a good base before we hit the tree line Below the tree line the snow was very wet and had formed an interesting crust on top It was kind of crust where if you pressure your skis just right you neither break completely through the crust nor skim over the top of it Once we made it back to the lake we skinned half way back up and traversed back to the Guthega River Bridge and back to the car Unfortunately the camera had some condensation issues so please excuse the fogging The cover on

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