Went to the Remarkables ski area today to try the new lift and to get a view of Lake Alta. Dave and I have been talking about skating there for a while.
Skied and walked across to Lake Alta to have a look at the snow ice. The wind had been blowing and smoothed off one edge of the lake and it seemed hard enough to skate on. Luckily I had my skates so skied back to the car to get the gear. By the time I got back to the lake (after lunch by this time) the snow and ice had softened but I still went for a kind of crusty skate. First thing in the morning would have worked well I think.
The ice was snow ice packed on top of the original ice sheet. Very thick and hard to determine the depth. I talked to a couple of local dudes and Dude 1 told me he was up there in October last year and there was still ice over the whole lake - he went up to swim but was unable too. Walk time is about 40 minutes from the Ski base (according to Dude 1).
Worth investigating further!
|View of Lake Alta - from the ski slope|
|Dave - (photo by Dude 2)|
|A crusty skate......|