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Buying a base - Bright, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek

Discussion in 'Hotham & Dinner Plain' started by ski2go, May 19, 2020.

  1. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    when was the last time you were in Bright in summer?
    even winter is busy now
     
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    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Very happy to be wrong on this - I've only really passed through Bright, but when I have gone looking for accommodation outside of cycling season it hasn't seem like demand was very high.
     
  3. skiflat

    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Correct

    Summer
    Bikes
    Autumn festival
    Spring festival
    Winter

    Bright is almost too busy... IMO
     
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    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah. Always something on in town.

    Still plenty to like but it’s not a quiet country town that often.
     
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  5. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've shared my opinion of bright as a tourist ghetto on here plenty of times before. I can't imagine why anyone would actually want to live there. but some love it.

    I don't go there much these days but worked there a long time ago. winter was the off season then. busy during the day but not at night. since then the spring/summer/autumn seasons have gone gang-busters. winter nights may have got busier but even if they haven't the huge non-winter market would make up for it.
     
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  6. Cam Slee

    Cam Slee One of Us

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    I work in Bright for an earth-moving mob. It's only a 30 minute drive over the Tawonga Gap from Tawonga South.
    In Summer, Bright is a madhouse. Tourists everywhere but it missed out on a lot of that during the recent bushfires which turned it into a ghost town.
    I prefer Harrietville in Winter mainly for the Snowline Hotel. That's a laugh a minute.
    Bright is reasonably close to Mt Hotham. If you don't mind putting up with the Great Alpine Road in Winter. If it snows they fit chains to everything these days, 4WD, all-wheel drive, and 2WD. It can be a prick of a road if it's snowing.
    But Tawonga South and Mt Beauty have the scenery. Close to Falls Creek, only a 30 minute drive up there. Never need chains in a 4WD unlike Mt Hotham.
     
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    skiflat Old n' Crusty

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    Nothing wrong with the beer and Parma at the Snowline.. but it's an interesting place...
     
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    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Never again will i stay in the accom there......
     
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    Slalom A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just remember it being bloody cold in their rooms.
     
  10. pegasusSki

    pegasusSki Addicted

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    As someone who has property there then, have you got used to the drive over the years - we all do it on this forum, but how do you mitigate the drive - do you just have lots of Friday's off? For me, all our resorts are too far away to do more than say once, maybe twice a month...

    it's a open question to all in fact? maybe worth a post.....
     
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  11. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    where are you located?

    For about 15 years I did Melbourne to Mt Beauty just about every weekend when there was at least 40cm of snow at Falls (except when I was there for multiple weeks). No kids to wrangle probably helped. For last few of those years it was about 3 out of 4 weekends for the rest of the year too, but we had a house here then.

    I could often knock off at 3pm on Friday and get ahead of the traffic. Not having to drive the last bit up the hill and then get to a lodge really helped too. On Sundays it was either stop skiing about 2pm and head home or wait till the traffic would be lighter (especially when you hit Buller traffic on the Maroondah). Or stay the night and head off by 5. Better still, work from home on Monday and head back that night or early Tuesday.

    Sometimes we ate in the car - eg kranskies in a thermos, rolls already prepared with mustard and cheese. mostly we grabbed a takeaway somewhere. shared the driving a bit.
     
  12. mr

    mr Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Exactly. No blankets, only heaters....andwe had 3 kids under 6 then. Fkn nightmare
     
  13. pegasusSki

    pegasusSki Addicted

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    work is super easy- I am near airport.
    Live SE burbs
     
  14. pegasusSki

    pegasusSki Addicted

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    ahh part of the difficulty is kids - not so much taking them, but organising around, and looking at schedules etc if taking them out of activities.
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Kids! One of life's minor complications!
     
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  16. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    what activity is more important than skiing? regular skiing requires commitment, but so do many sports. my brother basically had no weekend life for years because his step-kids had solid sporting commitments that he had no influence on

    can your partner work flexibly? grab kids drive to airport. pile into one car and go. pick up other car on the way back
     
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