Nothing To See Here, Just A Dust Storm Over Mt Kosciuszko
Nice trick, mother nature.
A dust storm roared its way over the Mt Kosciuszko area on the weekend, leaving skies eerily orange and coating the spring snow cover with a layer of brown dust.
The image below was taken by Didj Mick Hopkins, a legendary snowcat driver and useful bloke about town at the tiny NSW ski resort of Charlotte Pass.
That was the view from the Charlotte Pass lookout at 2pm on Saturday. On a clear day, you can see Australia's highest peak Mt Kosciuszko (2,228 metres above sea level) to the left of the image. On Saturday, it was all just weird low orange cloud.
Hopkins also filmed this panorama of the Main Range -- as Australia's highest range around Mt Kosciuszko is officially known. We Aussies are so imaginative at naming stuff.
As you can see, it was a wild and woolly day up there. Dust is terrible news for the snow cover, as it speeds up the melt, and also slows down the skiing surface. But good bloke that he is, Hopkins had only thoughts for the farmers and their precious topsoil.
Into omens? Here's one for you.
Minutes after the orange skies descended over the black-and-white mountain landscape, the orange-clad Greater Western Sydney Giants overcame the black-and-white Collingwood Magpies in the preliminary final at the MCG.
Meanwhile, this is what things looked like afterwards. As you can see, there's plenty of dust on the snow cover up near Mt Kosciuszko.
For anyone skiing or snowboarding out in the Main Rage area, it was slow going.
Despite the dust coating the snow, the ski season will continue in most resorts until the weekend of October 5 and 6.
Indeed, it was snowing again on Monday morning in both the NSW and Victorian mountain resorts.
Perisher in NSW has extended all the way through to the end of the NSW school holidays on October 13, thanks to a deep snowpack from excellent snowfalls earlier in the season.
*Ant Sharwood is 10 daily's sports editor, who has a keen interest in all things related to snow and Australia's alpine country