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DIY Siglin Pulk

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by teleroo, Feb 14, 2020 at 12:23 PM.

  1. teleroo

    teleroo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    So Teleroo and Telejoeys x 2 (11 and 13 yo) are hopefully going to spend the July school holidays and last week of ski season staying at a lodge at Perisher (Wheatley Rd) and skiing Charlotte Pass. We are all on tele bindings and we all have rucksacks, so can tour ourselves the 1km to the lodge from ski tube with a little grip wax I reckon.

    Challenge will be to get food for one/two weeks plus gear from ski tube to the lodge. Never stayed overnight at Perisher in winter and not really sure what is available at the Perisher shop. But got a few dietary needs that i need to cater for so usually easier and cheaper for us to mostly byo food.

    I'm thinking of building my own Siglin Pulk. Basically a folded bit of plastic. On the internet people seem to be using Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene as apparently it slides a little better. But it is roughly twice the price of regular High Density Polyethylene. But I'm not 100% sure about this choice of material. Plan to go with 4.5 mm thickness in either case (yanks seem to be using 1/8th inch).

    Construction doesn't look too hard to make one as a DIY project. The commercial ones out there have moulded runners in the base but I think i can get away without these.

    Other alternatives I've considered are using a second hand Stokes Litter (rescue stretcher) and making some sort of sled base, again maybe with HDPE. Heavier and fully rigid but maybe overkill?

    Any thoughts out there re pulk/sled construction or materials selection or working with polyethylene? Apparently you can cold bend it with a metal folder for the side walls, but might look at getting this done with heat by the company I'll get the plastic from.

    A few around here seem to have dabbled in the past.

     
  2. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us

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    So it's just the three of you? How responsible are the Telejoeys?

    One option for delivering the supplies would be the skitube shuffle - drive into Perisher carpark, unload gear, supplies, etc, leave Telejoeys to stand guard, drive from Perisher down to the skitube, catch the skitube up to Perisher and rejoin Telejoeys.

    Otherwise, most lodges allow for complimentary oversnow on arrival and departure days, and failing this it's somewhere around $15-25 for a one way trip - probably cheaper than the cost of the DIY project.
     
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  3. Dropbear

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    Yeah, would be much simpler to take complementary or the paid Hans Oversnow service. If you're wanting to save money, then pack your food and gear up into a small number of big bags, and then 1 or more people in your group can travel with it. Everyone else can walk in the snow with rucksacks.

    The other issue is that you say you're staying in Perisher but skiing in Charlotte Pass - these are 12km apart, and while it's an easy day trip on the Charlotte Pass oversnow, it's probably not something you'd want to do every day!
     
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  4. Dropbear

    Dropbear Hard Yards

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    The supermarket in Perisher is quite small, and can be pricey, but is certainly useful for stock-ups. Best best is to bring the majority of your food with you, special food and all.
     
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  5. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    ALDI toboggan.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    A while ago (several years) the Jindy Woolies used to deliver to lodges. Worth the question.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yep.
    thats my weapon for the hike up the hill from Guthega carpark.
    food in toboggan , clothes in pack.
    beers squirrelled in earlier on before the snow closes the road.
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Some items have the mandatory "Hapow!" mark-up but others are incredibly reasonable. They appear to recognise that people staying on the mountain or close by will not buy from them if they are overly priced, so cooking items and staples are not too exxy. Daytripper-type items have the big mark ups - fair enough. When you compare the cost of fuel, travel time and car-park frustration buying at WW's Jindy, it can be a great store for food and alcohol if you are on the mountain. ie: don't blow a valve carting items up to Perisher when you can get them at a reasonable price on-mountain anyway.
    BTW: Nice to watch your journey on discovering alternatives to Selwyn winter escapes!
     
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    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Tip: many lodges have volunteers operating their skidoos (or bigger) to transport guests and their gear. If yours doesn't have transport options from the Perisher Tube terminal, I would imagine "a carton" might convince volunteers from other lodges to get you and the family's gear up to your lodge? There are numerous forum members here that volunteer their time for such duties.
    PS: Hans Oversnow is no doubt legendary, but they sure know how to charge!!!! A friend who had a fall skiing and was declared cactus for skiing by the Doctors was determined to meet the crew for lunch at Sundeck. She sure learnt that lesson. Ouch!
     
  10. nezumi

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    I can confirm this - and also that "oversnow" doesn't include Smiggins.

    We were staying in Smiggins in the first week of August last year. My wife caught a toe edge snowboarding at Blue Cow and went down, dislocating her elbow on the Thursday with the big snowfall - then Thursday night/Friday morning happened and we were nearly snowed in. Called for oversnow, and the driver couldn't get up Plum Pine Rd to the lodge, so we (me, 3you and wife with non-functional elbow) had to slog it through minimum knee deep snow to get down to the carpark. The only reason we made it was because one of the lodge managers assisted me with our bag.

    Hans still charged us $50 for a drive from Smiggins carpark to the Ski Tube terminal. :O
     
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  11. teleroo

    teleroo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi All
    Thanks for the replies. The Telejoeys are quite sensible but I wouldn't want to leave them at Perisher and drive round to the tube etc in case something happened to me car accident etc.

    Somehow oversnow doesn't appeal, yet another expense blah blah. Not sure a regular toboggan would fit enough in. Some utube vids show people pulling 800 kg on HDPE sleds on the flat. We'd probably have 20+ kg of food each trip.

    And re skiing at Charlotte Pass, we are refugees from Selwyn so took up the offer of CP season passes in lieu for this season. An extra bit of travel each day but a smaller, quieter resort suits us.

    And a bloke needs a good DIY project to keep him off the streets...
     
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    I would really look hard for an accom option in CP.
    That daily oversnow is going to be a really big pain. It's slow and noisy. You have to pre-book times and it's inflexible. You can deal with it for a few day trips but it would not be great for a week or more.

    Finding good value accom will take some looking. Pygmy possum lodge is on the cheaper end of the spectrum and worth a look.
     
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    For a self catered option that seems pretty affordable, I'd go for this: https://eloueraskiclub.asn.au/bookings/

    Also, they appear to have a food store where you can buy staple/bulk ingredients at prices which are actually reasonable, especially given the normal Mountain Tax!
     
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  14. teleroo

    teleroo One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Thanks @nezumi for thinking of us in that way. Agreed looks like a good lodge and fair value. The daily oversnow doesn't really bother me (we used to drive in and out of Selwyn each day) and with the kiddies being at school I've actually planned our ski year out already, so all dates etc are known, oversnow us booked and am just awaiting accommodation confirmation at the club lodge of which I'm a member.

    It would be interesting to see if Eloura still had school holiday slots available at this point as their first round of bookings for club members has already opened.
     
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    I'm booked for my 5-day week with Mr 4yo-in-March, staying at the Matterhorn. I have the luxury of being able to book *outside* of school holidays. I'll probably try and squeeze in a trip or two on my own/with friends in Hotham or Falls Creek, but considering the ear-bashing I got from him last year about going to the snow without me (he made an artwork of Mt Buller at childcare while I was away!) it will be touch-and-go. :p

    I figured there was a good chance that you had already booked, but if there wasn't, well - might as well throw out the option. :)
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just some thoughts, from what I can see you need to come up with a solution for the following:

    1) car to ski tube
    2) on the ski tube
    3) ski tube to snow
    4) where you start to ski the lodge.

    you may find in early July that many of the roads are still partially clear, and personally I reckon it would be a PITA to keep loading and unloading gear.

    have you considered attaching skis and maybe wheels to a tub? Maybe get an old bike trailer
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This sort of system could handle the wheels
     
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    zac150 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Plenty of trailers like this for under $50 on gumtree

     
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