I dislike the tube for a few reason. I like to decide on clothing layers and goggle lens in the PV carpark, have often made a completely different choice to the one I made at home. I like to be able to leave when the voice in my head says "that'll do". Invariably I've just missed the last train and have a 20-30 minute wait for the next. Though there are donuts. I will avoid BC and Guthega if I can't ski there and back due to wind hold. I do use the tube if I'm going later in the day (ie not in the carpark by 7:30) or if the roads are going to be particularly bad. Or early season when the links aren't open and I want to ski BC. It has been invaluable with kids that ski independently, or do school programs. Much easier to drop them at tube that have to drive all the way up. When my eldest was doing school skiing, I'd often drive her to tube, then drive to Cooma for work, and reverse in the afternoon. Huge days, made a little less by the tube. The first Freedom pass was the first skitube add-on I ever bought. It was very cheap at the time (maybe $25?) and a no brainer to buy. The price has gradually crept up, I'm not sure why as given the traffic congestion these days, I would have though Perisher would want more parked at Bullocks. Makes me think that it's just money grabbing.