The winter that was. It started late. But, as they say, better late than never. And it’s almost over.

To quote snow forecaster Grasshopper, who writes for Mountain watch.

It’s been quite a season. You can say one thing for certain, it’s been a winter of extremes and the weather has kept us guessing. Possibly more so than in recent years, in my opinion anyway. We started, of course, with a very dry situation during early June. The official opening date of 7 June was once again, a tad optimistic, and around 12 June folks were getting a little panicky. Then POW. Snowmageddon hit, and nearly two metres of snow in a fortnight had the snow base sitting on around 130cm by early July.

That base saw us all the way through August and well into September in the higher country. And yes, there’s still lots of good turns to be found out there. Enjoy.

Here’s some images from my winter. Please feel free to send me your own for inclusion, or share them on the mountain journal facebook page.

These are all from Victoria, I didn’t make it over the border this year.

the waiting almost killed me. Late June, Mt Higginbotham, VIC
the waiting almost killed me. Late June, Mt Higginbotham, VIC

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The Razorback, July
The Razorback, July
Alpine Ash, Mt Stirling. July
Alpine Ash, Mt Stirling. July
Mt Stirling
Mt Stirling

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Bluff Spur hut
Bluff Spur hut

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Stanley Bowl
Stanley Bowl

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Stirling, late July
Stirling, late July
Eagle Ridge, Hotham. early August
Eagle Ridge, Hotham. early August
Mt Loch
Mt Loch
Feathertop from Mt Loch
Feathertop from Mt Loch
Feathertop, in all its glory
Feathertop, in all its glory

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Mt Buller from The Bluff
Mt Buller from The Bluff
on The Bluff
on The Bluff

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Feathertop and The Fainters, Sept 20
Feathertop and The Fainters, Sept 20

[If that hasn’t cured your post winter nostalgia, this may help: some pics from 2010]