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News BC high country roads reopening on NOV. 1st 2018

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by Mister Tee on XC Skis, Sep 23, 2018.

  1. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Would that include BHP road to Watchbed and further?
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not a parks road. It opens when the snow has melted and the road has dried out. Don't hold your breath this year.
     
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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So quite a while do you think?
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    this is what FCRM sent out last year on 12 Oct

    BHP actually opened 10 Nov.

    So unless we get torrential rain it's hard to see it being any earlier.

    The OP is quite misleading. The link says
    Parks roads with substantial snow cover probably won't be opening on 1 Nov. That is more an estimate of when muddy roads will be dry enough to open, and when snowy roads might be ok in an average season
     
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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks!
     
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    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    I suggested that NOV. 1st is when many roads will open but not all of them. Those of us who want to obtain unsealed road access to the Buller / Howitt area for bushwalking will assume a Nov. 1st date will apply but as the forum member has pointed out the BHP road is subject to snow drifts . Neither the Alpine Shire nor the East Gippsland shire are interested in doing anything to clear the BHP road any sooner.
     
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    weerab One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just thought it would be great to drive up the track from Watchbed and ski out to Johnstons or Fitzys or whatever. No entry fee and no plodding along the Rocky Valley Reservoir road!
     
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    That is not going to happen. Mid August from Trapyard Gap is the go for that sort of thing.
     
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    would be great but not likely to happen.
    when they sealed the road they did it as cheaply as possible and the road really needs to dry out.

    a few years back there was a big snowfall at easter and they cleared roads afterwards. made for some easy access early season runs :D
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    ParksVic and DELWP road opening dates are intentions not promises.

    Contact Parks about specific roads or tracks before committing.
     
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    Ziggy A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    And PV road cover will likely be torn up as soon as the season ends to allow AGL maintenance vehicles in.
     
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    Xplora One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    In actual fact the road is part of the park (unlike many other roads running through National Parks) but the road maintenance is currently managed by the shires. As you say though, it has to dry out before machinery can be put on it or the machinery will damage the road more. There are two main drifts that cause the most problem and last year the one near Cope was 3m deep in late October. It is melting slow and with no rain forecast for some time I also expect the road will not open until late November. Most of the road will be clear though by November and in the past machinery has been used to clear these two drifts.
    They used the gravel from the AGL tunnel (this has been mentioned before I know) and it was not a suitable base. Just cheap and handy. Some places you can see the water coming through the tar and large pieces break away. The road moves like a water bed when heavy vehicles are on it. The shires blew the money given to them by VicRoads but at least EG shire still does some work on its part. Alpine shire just bandaid it each year. Rip it up and start again or just rip it up and leave it dirt.

    Last year, many of the seasonally closed roads stayed closed longer because they were wet. Some people got upset with that and busted the gates.
    I would suggest it is a bit far from Watchbed Creek which is what was intended. Mid August you could also be walking on tar for a long way from Trapyard. It is not always as good as it has been this year.
     
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