With a recent run of spectacular summer weather, Bill organised a great recreational opportunity for expeditioners to get a lift up to the Casey ski landing area entrance (skiway), followed by a pleasant 11km ski, bike, or walk back to station. Plans for a "ski from the skiway" continued to take shape during the week, and expeditioners sharpened up their cross-country skiing skills around the Casey ski loop near station.
On Sunday our Met crew organised yet another cracking day weather-wise: fresh powdery snow overnight, with clouds clearing to bright blue skies for skiing in the afternoon. After lunch we gathered our gear together, jumped in the bus, completed a final safety briefing, and headed off-station for our trip. The warm arvo sun made the new powder a bit slushy though, which resulted in the bus getting briefly stuck at Penguin pass. Our highly skilled team of diesos quickly got us unstuck in no time, and we were back on our way again for the skiway.
When we arrived at the skiway entrance we took our group photo, and then started back on our trip into station by skiing, biking, or hoofing it home. The "A line", our primary track back to station, offers stunning views of the local area, including beautiful icebergs out on the water. It was a great experience to soak up the scenery and enjoy a view of station we don't always get to see.
"Ski from the skiway" proved to be an excellent way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon. Thanks to the team for organising the event. We look forward to doing this trip again hopefully, later in the summer.
– Brendan Barnes