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    Bogong High Plains Road reopen Nov 2017?

    I would've thought dense granite would be perfect for road base.
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    Trip Report The Whippets Do Iceland

    Fab pics! Keep 'em coming.
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    Bogong High Plains Road reopen Nov 2017?

    AFAIK It wasn't groomed beyond the Nelse track this year. Ben Derrick said there wasn't enough snow depth. I wondered about that this season but anyway usually the wind blows much of the snow off that straight stretch.
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    Bogong High Plains Road reopen Nov 2017?

    The BHP road past Falls doesn't get that much traffic. I'm not seeing much degradation since the sealing. Those with the biggest interest in it would be agencies like Parks Vic and AGL. This year the target date for late-opening Alpine roads and tracks was yesterday. I was expecting to see...
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    Bogong High Plains Road reopen Nov 2017?

    There's no alternative there. There's alternatives to the BHP road for ordinary travellers.
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    Bogong High Plains Road reopen Nov 2017?

    Here's an interactive map of public land info. It should open with current info on road closures.... http://mapshare.maps.vic.gov.au/MapShareVic/index.html?viewer=MapShareVic.PublicSite&locale=en-AU The road seems to have been opened on schedule.
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    Forumites & Their Injuries

    Very damn slow, thanks for asking. Got a lot of flexibility & strength back but there's pain still.
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    East Kiewa / Moncrief Fire Trails

    Talk to ParksVic in Mt Beauty about how much use Moncrieff's Gap track gets. And they might know its condition. When I walked it years ago there was heaps of trees down on it.
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    Mt Buffalo Chalet - What's the current status?

    Lake Catani has a special vibe, like the whole of the plateau. Love those granite tors. Charlotte Pass is similar - another little world apart. Buffalo is effectively no longer a ski destination. With those numbers of paying visitors out of the mix a facility like the Chalet may never be...
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    Mt Buffalo Chalet - What's the current status?

    A single use entry pass of 8 bucks won't be much of a deterrent. Or 60 all-parks annual. In the past when fees were charged you could go up and back after 5 without paying. Anyone know what's happened to the local planning initiative?
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    Mt Buffalo Chalet - What's the current status?

    That was up 2 years ago, 3 years?
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    Mt Buffalo Chalet - What's the current status?

    The last lease holder, who I believe was the former operator of Hotham, wanted a 99 year lease renewal which the state government denied. That put it in limbo.
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    Opinion Falls Creek - Bouquets and Brickbats

    Worth a coffee and sitting on the balcony looking across the spurs though.
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    Eagle Chair to be replaced at Falls Creek

    Resorts visitation numbers, this winter and historic ... http://www.arcc.vic.gov.au/news/winter-weekly-visitor-statistics
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    Forumites & Their Injuries

    FWIW My private health insurer will cover 'any medically necessary evacuation'. But I trust them as far as I could throw them.
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    Eagle Chair to be replaced at Falls Creek

    Weekdays there's quite a few school groups camping somewhere off the BHP road and Little River fire trail - but you'd expect the resort to have a grasp on bus entries. There's a per capita entry charge isn't there?
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    Eagle Chair to be replaced at Falls Creek

    Yes. The industry figures Teckel reproduced showed c. 420,000 visitor days up to Sept 17. One easy count would be daily unique RFID readings. If that's where the figure comes from obviously it would miss XC-only skiers, and that would mean an underestimate that could be quite considerable...
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    Eagle Chair to be replaced at Falls Creek

    Either way. Hoppet normally gets 1000+ competitors on the day, plus on training days beforehand. Outside of that, FC won't have accurate numbers as XC-only skiers don't trip the RFID readers.
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    Eagle Chair to be replaced at Falls Creek

    I wonder what proportion of visitors are there for the XC?
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    End of season mountain operations

    Got rubber-track vehicles to run; avoid churning the ground up?