Thursday, May 27, 2021

Another winter....and a few early frosts...

Another winter is here and I had intended to make 2020 my last for the ice blog but...... 

After a few good hard frosts I decided to nip up to Naseby to see if any ice had come in - before the bad weather hits this weekend.   Down to -9  in places on the way up. Very dry roads made for good winter driving. After checking a few places I managed to get a skate on two ponds.  Neither place had really safe ice but one was fresh hard and clear.  Great to be back on natural ice with an early season skate.  

Coalpit - a few mm of ice over half the dam - the rest was water.


Monday, August 17, 2020

One more.....for the road...

 Bit lucky to get a skate in very early this morning .  We had a few good frosts and I found ice I could stand on yesterday while out mountain biking so decided to go back this morning to see if I could skate.    Hard and smooth and became noisy as I skated and great to get another one in this year - the last I am sure!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Good Bye ice for this year

Dave and I decided to make a last visit to Poolburn this morning to see if there was any ice left from last week.  It has been fairly warm and windy but we did find ice plates in the main areas but none strong enough to hold weight.  Dave spent a bit of time swimming among the ice - great to watch but too cold for me.  We decided to finish off by visiting the stream (where we started the season) and I was lucky enough to get the skates on in a couple of places - nice to have a last but limited skate for the season.  Ice was surprisingly good but tricky as I had to be careful to stay on the strong stuff.  Nice finish to the season.


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Last ice.... the best?

Although I was unable to skate for the last week  I kept an eye on the weather and made a last minute decision to head up to Poolburn very early this morning.  After the snow last week I was hoping for a skate on some snow ice but was pleased to find some fabulous 'crazy pave' ice over most of the main basin.  After a spectacular sunrise I had a great skate including around to the dam.  The good ice was fantastic but had a lot of areas to avoid.  Hard and fast and felt the safest this season.  Well worth the early start and probably the last skate this year as warmer windy weather is due for the next few days.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Close to home

In past I have at times found skateable ice near home so after a few frosts I was up early this morning to check so I could skate with Ella.  Found great ice in a sheltered pond I found a few years ago but never skated. Good ice thickness and covered in interesting frost patterns.  Great to spend some time just enjoying the natural ice and fab company.  Skating with your daughter on natural ice - just the best.  If this is my last skate this year I am happy!

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Super Poolburn Day

Up early the morning to meet Inge and Jane on Poolburn. Enjoyed the dawn on the ice and had great skate with good company.  Most of the main bay and the far bay has good ice but gets variable further out.  Good to see the fog finally lifting in the valleys.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Above the fog...

Drove up through the fog and low cloud this morning to a fine Poolburn day.  Ice was a bit stronger than yesterday - great nearer the shore but variable further out.  Had a fabulous skate nearly down to the far bay.  Met up with Andrew and Keith for a bit of ice talk.  There was enough space for Andrew to do a speed circuit in the main bay - great to watch.   Should be another good skate tomorrow.
Amazing clear ice
Andrew warming up