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Report provided by Bruce Easton - Wilderness Sports

Mt Perisher Blue Cow

Saturday 27 August

Yet another beautiful, cold, clear morning.  The newly groomed trails are sparkling with frost.  And all will be calm and peaceful around the Perisher XC Centre.

Today is looking so good following good grooming, cold temperatures and a frost. Try some off track skating in the early morning on the frost or be more adventurous and deviate from the trails to enjoys the landscape.The Nordic Shelter is OPEN now we have some snow on the Nordic area. The Wilderness Sports store in Perisher is open for hire as well as lessons. 

Nordic Shelter Access - Groomed and Track Set

Sprint Loop - Groomed and Track Set

Valley Trail - Groomed and Track Set

Valley Loop 
2.5km Loop - Groomed and track set - a good ski today early around the trails

3.5km Loop - Groomed and track set - a good and fast ski early on newly groomed trails

5km Loop - Groomed and track set - likely a quick ski early on new tracks

7.5km Loop - Groomed and Track Set - great skiing

10km Loop - Groomed and Track Set last on Saturday-  still good skiing for those wanting to get away & ski some distance on a marked Trail and good for a ski tour

Porcupine link to Rock Creek - Porcupine Trail - Groomed from Rock Creek over a week ago if you want a tour and get away from main trails for a scenic trip;

XC Events:

BBQ will be operating on both Saturday and Sunday, yummy sausages!;
Saturday September 3rd is Snowy Mountains Nordic Family Cup at 11:am ... a fun local event.

SNOWSHOEING: 

Cold night with a frosty cold night to freshen up conditions with light winds. Should be nice to take a wander and check new places with snow in the trees. If you are going to venture out a better cover, but look to visit the valleys and treed areas of Rock Creek and check out the stunning scenery. Smiggins Trails are now a bit patchy with cover so you will need to travel to higher elevations beyond Perisher.
Always a good day to remember to take your camera.

Explore places like Rock Creek Snowshoe Trail and higher for a wander and some opportunities to explore new and different places if you do venture out. 

Snowshoe EVENTS:

The Snowy Mountains Snowshoe Stomp is scheduled to return in Perisher on Saturday, August 27, 2016 (cancelled due to conditions on the course we use). Keep an eye here but "save the date" on your calendar for 2017. So much fun for all ages and levels of fitness to discover the ease and joy of snowshoes. 

Be careful and be prepared when visiting the Snowy Mountains but it is good to get out and explore to get familiar with terrain!  
PLB's are available for hire here in store and available to "try before you buy". 
Hotline for updates 1800 654 168. 

BACKCOUNTRY: 

Snow conditions will remain complex though expect to be a wind drifted & blown with recent falls of new snow with frosts to firm and keep snow squeaky and dry. Lee slopes have a deep cover due to wind loading effect and snow, still icy in many places up high. Wind scoured on ridge lines. There is some fresh dry snow to be found but you will need to hunt out the right aspects which will be on lee slopes.

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