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My Ramblings

Website of Ian Muirhead

Snow Scene

Ski, walk & photograph

Cross country skiing
Mt St Gwinear, Baw Baw National Park

Of all things snow, at least two have waned for me in recent years. The first, my enthusiasm to rise from a warm bed at 4am on a frosty Sunday morning. In my youth this was a necessary trial of mental strength in order to make the four hour pilgrimage to Mt Buller for a solid day of skiing. The companion challenge was to stave off the weariness induced in a tired body by the the sun's warmth, streaming through the car windscreen during the long drive home in the evening. Power Nap - I embrace you!

The second thing to apparently wane has been the average quality of the Australian ski season, both in snow depth and length of season. Perhaps this is due to the natural variability of the snow from year to year, and decade to decade, or maybe it is a consequence of climate change (PDF, 1.5Mb). Perhaps, too, it can be partly attributed to the common illusions one has of "The Good Old Days".

Whatever the cause, it is always to be hoped that the forthcoming season is a bountiful one. The year 2010 was one of these! Visit any one of a number of online fora about the winter sport - for example the one on ski.com.au - and you will find the amateur forecasters start early, and continue for the duration of the season with unabated enthusiasm and hope.

This section of the web site will primarily focus on the Victorian ski fields from the perspective of a downhill skier of intermediate capability and a cross-country skier with even less grand skill.

Eventually the content will include memories from the late 1990s when I travelled overseas for ten months to rediscover myself. The time away included a couple of wonderfully enjoyable Mike Dempsey Ski Tours.

It is hoped that my photos improve after the addition of MSR Denali snow shoes to my winter photo gear. It may be a little slower way to travel than by using X-country skis. However, my gear is much less likely to hit the ground in a face-plant - a face-plant being jargon for your face hitting the snow in a fall (usually when out of control).