Question Chains for driving to Thredbo

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  1. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    I guess they have a duty of care? Catering to the lowest common denominator and all that
     
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  2. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Because of the snow? I imagine not even chains would help then if you’re already parked in
     
  3. Telemark Phat

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    Some accommodation parking is fine, others have some steep driveways.
     
  4. telecrag

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    A lot of the accommodation parks in Thredbo are interesting enough to park in, without any snow! When they clear the carparks, they create a wall of snow in front of you, thats why I take a shovel to dig myself a path out. I tried once to get the van to climb over it, but was no way!
     
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  5. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Wow that’s intense. It’s so hard to imagine the village with that much snow right now though LOL
     
  6. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    And am I right in thinking I shouldn’t fit chains unless directed? Because of friction and heat and damaging your tyres and all that. What about leaving Thredbo, do they just expect you to use common sense or do they direct you to fit them on descent as well?
     
  7. Ozgirl

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    Gosh, hard one too answer!

    Dont put them on if no snow on ground. However they don't have people out at 10pm telling you to fit them!

    Some times you just have to use common sense.

    Equally some times you don't really need chains when they direct you to put them on, so you really don't need them for a 4wd either!
     
  8. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Haha touché. Well I can see me driving there and back when every other man and his dog is as well, so I’ll just watch what everyone else is doing and try to make a sensible decision.
     
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    We did a girls trip a few years back, stayed in Woodridge but at the bottom of a hill that was not ploughed. The drive once we were on the ploughed road was fine, but getting the car up the hill from the unit - tricky! Even in 4WD. I had to drive all 3 of the ladies vehicles out, and then the neighbours LOL
    Lucky they brought me or they would’ve all been stuck. At least until the snow melted.
     
  10. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    :eek:
    Note to self if I ever stay on the mountain - bring friend who is a better driver than me
     
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    As Mr Phat says ..this is the biggest problem at Thredbo. Have seen them making people fit chains at 4pm when leaving of few years ago .,
     
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    I have a snow plough fitted to the front of mine that would be perfect :D

     
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    @Interruptedbyfireworks - what time are you arriving/leaving?

    Road crew typically direct chain fitting to 2wd well before they are needed and in many cases when they are not needed at all. For example at 7am the sun wasn't up, yesterdays wet road has frozen overnight and it may be a bit slippery. Come 730am the salt and grit is spread. By 8am the sun is on the road, the early chainers have broken up the ice, the salt is doing its thing and the grit is providing traction and i could get my fwd magna up there no issue - yet the RMS people are oblivious down on pender lea directing chain fitting totally unaware or without care for the conditions - just following orders.

    At night there is no direction. But there is also no traffic. The ice hazard normally associated with compacted snow from heavy traffic or having to react to random movements of other cars. On a traffic free road simply chug along at a steady pace with no abrupt changes of momentum and you can get any vehicle up the thredbo road without chains.
     
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    Stuck at woodridge!
    The horror! The horror!
     
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    Root a Roo...before it roots your wallet...

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    @telecrag
    :)
     
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    I want something with lasers, so you just hit the windscreen wipers and say, I assume that was a roo.
     
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    Pwooow, pew pew pew!!!
     
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    LOL
    It was the tinyiest bit of street, but icy, snowy and steep, and the cars were sliding.
    I had hoped to be snowed in and have to stay :p
     
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    @telecrag

    tuff do one. You'll just need a spring upgrade to take the weight.
     
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  22. sourmash

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    I would avoid the Thredbo garage at all costs (literally, you will likely get reamed for hiring in Thredbo and dropping off elsewhere).

    As per other posters, unless you are one of the first down the hill, you should be fine.
     
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    I thought that plate said @TOFF
     
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    LOL
    Me too!
     
  25. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Aiming to be at the Jindy roundabout at about 7-7:30, so depends on how much I sleep in really. And will probably head home around 3 as I’m unfit and can’t see me lasting longer than that LOL so by the sounds of it it may be icy on the way up. I called a place today that has chains for my tyres for $20 for a single day so I’m just going to bring them as a just in case. Easy to bring and not use if not required!
     
  26. TOFF

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    Would be an even bigger heap of crap if it did ;)
     
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  27. Mitchell Pearce

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    All the gays at my work have Audi's. You have such good taste.
     
  28. Billy_Buttons

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    Relevance?
     
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    Irrelevance . He doesn't even know how to use apostrophes correctly.
     
  30. iagreewithhim

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    That's not a bullbar, that's a flyscreen!
     
  31. Mitchell Pearce

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    For those
    Relevance? You posted a pic of Grindr’’’’s car of the Year.
     
  32. gareth_oau

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    You are a homophobic little man aren’t you.

    Are you concerned that homosexual people can’t also have great taste in cars? Or perhaps that they just have better taste than yours.
     
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  33. skull

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    driving home around that time will have you stuck in a pretty solid conga line.

    We would ski till lifts close then meander down to Jindy for dinner before heading home. Got home later but didn't have the stress of huge traffic.
     
  34. Mitchell Pearce

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    No at all, I love gay people and also said you/ they/ me all have great taste. I’m not sure why you are getting so worked up.

     
  35. gareth_oau

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    Ahh I read your initial post as a ooor attempt to insult me through association with gays but if I have read that wrong then I apologise :)
     
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  36. skull

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    I had an allroad. A 2001 model based off the A6 I purchased around 2009.

    Thing was a flipping money pit. As nice as the car was, second hand audi, never again.
     
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    I have the RS4, now 10 years old and havent had any major dramas with it. Parts are expensive but I buy all my own out of the US/Europe and I never let Audi touch it for servicing/repairs
     
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  38. skull

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    Maybe that is where this thing went wrong.

    When I got it the transmission died, luckily the dealer fixed that at no cost to me. There was a constant burnt oil smell. Airbags leaked, one airbag blew while we were in Sydney for holidays (had driven up from Tassie), turbos gave up just before I pulled the pin on it
     
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    Wow you really did buy a Monday car
     
  40. skull

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    oh yeah

    When the airbag blew (I am talking about the suspension airbag). It was the day before we were going to drive back to Melbourne to get the ferry. It was also the day before the new year long weekend. Luckily we found a shop in Sydney that moved heaven and earth for us to get a part and the job done by that night.

    I picked the car back up around 2130.
     
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    I feel your pain @telecrag, hit a roo in the suzi on the way home from opening weekend. Car was still drivable afterwards thankfully but will be expensive to fix. First weekend of the season :/
     
  42. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Yeah I know
    Yeah I know, but oh well. I don’t like leaving my dog at home alone for too long :emoji_dog2:
     
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    My old All Road was awesome.
    But leaked oil from everywhere.
    Seals and turbos.
    Money pit...but loved playing with that air suspension.
    Great tourer and snow wagon
     
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  44. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    I saw the severe weather warning for damaging winds from the BOM - will these winds make driving more dangerous? Or not really because Thredbo village is still quite low altitude comparatively?
     
  45. skull

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    They can do, just drive to conditions.

    Slow down, take it easy
     
  46. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Just wanted to say thanks everyone for the advice, I fitted chains on the way up today and it was actually a lot easier than I expected! Fitting them anyway. The drive was still pretty scary, and I did not expect the chains to be so difficult to remove. My poor frozen fingers LOL
     
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  47. cqen2l

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    Why did you remove them? Given the forecast you will most likely have to refit them.
     
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    Yep. Rule 1. Leave them on until you don't need them to leave.
     
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  49. skull

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    what about, don't leave until you don't need them?
     
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    September.
     
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