The summit building with skis and pack
This activation was opportunistic while I was up at Mt Buller for some skiing with the family. The weather was outstanding with blue skies and only a light breeze. The snow season has begun fabulously with over a metre of snow at Mt Buller by mid-July – quite exceptional compared to recent years.
You can get a sense of the amount of snow from the build-up around the summit building in this photo.
I was up at Mt Hotham with my family for a week’s skiing in the July School holidays, and like last year decided to activate Mt Loch (VK3/VE-005) and Mt Hotham (VK3/VE-006). Both are straight forward if the weather co-operates and you are staying on the mountain. During this week, the weather was very variable and even on the Sun night, the forecast for Mon was for cloud and possible snow showers. I woke up on Mon morning to a clear blue sky and virtually no wind, so made a snap decision to go activate rather than downhill ski.
Mt Buffalo in the distance behind the Razorback (which leads to Mt Feathertop)