My phone rang, and who should it be but Johnny from Mt Olympus asking me to get a crew together and come up the hill to splice the tows. It would take a day and a half and we would be able to ski afterwards.
The mission however was getting up the road. It was blowing a gale so parts of the road kept on blowing in, we had 4 chains on a big 4WD and couldn't see more than 3 meters ahead of us at times, by far the most sporty conditions I had ever driven the road in. We ended up just getting towed up by the Dozer as we couldn't make it.
Once up the hill the weather cleared, and we were greeted with a glorious sight... The playground of the gods fully loaded, and with only us to ski it! Once we had done the splice of course.
The splice was very time consuming, and gave newfound appreciation for rope tows. Its basically like a massive plait, except not. I'm not going to go into detail on how to do it, entirely because I still don't really know how to do it, and you need an old hand to supervise and make sure its done properly. But the idea behind it is threading one end of the rope into the other end, and reducing the strands down as they weave their way up the opposite end of the rope.
We ended up doing 3 splices, two on the main tow and one on the access and then finally got to play in the fluffy white stuff we like to call snow! For each splice the club buys the splice team a bottle of bottle of Rum and the Splice Party begins!
Once all the hard work was done, we did some serious rat packing and tracked out as much of the field as we could, just so we had some proof to back up our gloat that we got the goods before everyone else! Check out the opening day edit that Cam McDermid put together!
Photo Credits: Nick Haselhoff.