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Driving to the snow over the years

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by pegasusSki, May 22, 2020 at 5:36 PM.

  1. pegasusSki

    pegasusSki Addicted

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    How do people cope with the logistics of regular drives to the snow, especially with M-F work and kids? What resort do people go to - and routes. How often do people go?

    For me, coming from the SE it can be a pain to get on to highways, and I hate Black Spur on the way to Mansfield (etc) so often take Yarra Glen.

    Work is OK to get on the Hume. Can get the hrs behind me before I even have to think which exit I am talking..

    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, (or indeed childcare, or standins to take to sports). At least singles can take off and be back - then recuperate.

    *How often did you make tjhe trip when at your most regular?
    *Starting point, resort destination of choice - did starting point make a difference
    *Dealing with the drive - stops etc
    *'Long' weekend strategies
    *Tip and tricks
    *What you hate / what you like
     
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  2. oldgeezer

    oldgeezer One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Ah memories. My main hate is those adventures are now but a distant memory. Great stuff @pegasusSki , have fond memories down the track!
     
  3. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    My eldest turned 4 in March, and the other one made her appearance last week, so up until now it's been a relative doddle - he worked around our schedule.

    I can image that it will all get more complicated as they enter schooling years. At present the choice of resort has been determined by his desire to follow my lead and snowboard. Perisher is the only place that allows kids <7 years old to do all day snowboarding lessons. As he gets older, it will be a cost game I think, but I have been eyeing off a lodge at Dinner Plain to provide a base, especially once he is past the point of lessons being an essential thing.
     
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  4. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates One of Us

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    We'd so Sydney to Falls twice a year when the kids were in preschool - once for 2 weeks, then again late season for a third week.

    All day Snowclub - kids learnt black runs at 4½ (they were taken down St Elmo's).

    When they were in school, we were restricted to 3 weeks school holidays. By the time they were in Yr 7, they were getting a bit difficult to get out of the apartment for more than a few hours so we've given the last couple of years a miss. I was hopeful of a return this year.

    The breaks became fewer over the years (South Gundagai, Tarcutta, Holbrook, Albury, Mt Beauty) to Tarcutta or Holbrook then alpine diesel at Albury or Mt Beauty.

    Food - apartment living, so we took most of it with from Sydney but now more like an Aldi stop at Wodonga or Arnolds (have used Vegitation but they no longer deliver for apartments). Perishables are topped up from Foodworks.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    We do a late leave for least amount of traffic on the road. Makes for a relaxing trip that is as fast as possible. Kid home from school and Mrs home from work at 5pm. Leave the car packed as much as possible. Have dinner in town (dubbo) and then leave around 7pm. Get to Thredbo around 0130. Ladies . generally Sleep after 10pm and I drive . First lifts and ski all day Saturday. Eat quickly before kid loses it at the end of the day. Back in van by 7pm and we all sleep early and wake early. First lifts to about 3 or 4pm and then bail. Home by 10-11pm. Knackered but heaps of coffee on Monday.

    Sleeping in the van saves heaps of transfer time. Would not work for us otherwise.
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    When the offspring was under 8 we knew every public toilet and playground between Sydney and the Tube.

    2 words - talking books.
     
  7. Belly

    Belly A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm still a year off this, but I'm also <2hrs to Jindy so no real issue. For snowplay we've just left home at a reasonable hour, say 8ish and depart the snow area no later than 3pm'ish.

    There was a good related thread last year (I think) where a Vic ski.commer was discussing the family logistics of a nsw ski road trip.
     
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    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I stopped driving down to Jindy after work following one of those microsleep episodes depicted so vividly in the tv road safety ads
    better to be scared half to death than squashed on the front of a semi or up a tree
     
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    When my little one was say under 3...maybe 4...we skipped weekend trips and just did one or two 7 or 9 day blocks for the season. We generally drove in the day time from Sydney to Goulburn, then something to eat and a play in the park, then down to either Queanbeyan or Cooma for an overnight in a motel, and then down to the lodge for the week.

    As she got older we just reverted to the two stop trip - one in either Goulburn (by the highway) or Queanbeyan Maccas and a driver change, and then a petrol top up and driver change in Cooma. There may also be a supermarket shop if stopping in Qby or Cooma, if it’s a week long trip.

    Either leave around 4pm and get in somewhere between 10.30 and 11pm, or at 6pm and get in around 11.30pm-12pm.
     
  10. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    That was probably either me or @Tanuki
     
  11. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    I refused to participate in the Friday night Sunday night Mad Max road trip scenario and left Thursday arvo, back Sunday morning.

    Kids liked that much better also.

    Lots of driving, lots of chatting, just me and the two boys. Load up and away we go, snacks, iPods, books, staring out the window.

    The boys where 5 and 3 for their first ski trip, then divorce so just me and them after that. Luckily we had Jindy friend to stay home with and he had a young son as well.

    Took them to Chamonix when they where 8 and 6. That was awesome, 8 kids and 4 adults in a two bed loft apartment in Argentierre.
     
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    We started to include the trip as part of the 7 day holiday. With a Sunday change over we left at leisurely mid day ish Saturday ,staying at a Cooma Motel or Oz Pub by 5 . Rythym shop if needed ,dinner, breakfast ,shop and be in Thredbo for an afternoon ski . If you booked multiple days online the afternoon before is free ...or have season pass . Warm up the daughter before Ski School Mon . Sunday arv is quiet . Just one busy Sat. Leisurely 10/11 drive home Sun . Though this is the family trip not my own snow dependant flurries with a bud . Anything goes there. Speed doesn’t always kill...kidding !!!
     
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    Gold Coast to Thredbo every year.

    Take off Thursday afternoon after my wife finishes at school. Brown bag it for dinner so we can keep the pedal to the metal. Stop at Taree for the night. Breakfast at Olivers in Bulahdela, lunch at Olivers, Goulburn. Then straight through to Thredbo. Kids now 12 & 14. They're used to it but they do need some form of entertainment. Books, ipads with movies and series etc.
     
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    Can recall from here it was the motorway to Hornsby, then down to Canterbury Road or Old Canterbury Road. Through the traffic until at last arriving at Liverpool where the motorway south commenced. Still many old sections most of the way - bits of the Hume I saw become reality are now getting old - over 30 years. Through Berrima (the Mittagong bypass was not built and so Mittagong was the first stop), then all the way through Goulburn often stopping at a cafe there (they used to see a lot of business back then), then along the old highway past Lake George when water came up to the edge. Through Queanbeyan and then onto the Monaro Hwy for the still familiar trek to Cooma and then on to Jindabyne. There was a CB radio - no phones or pads. Back home was always a burger stop in Queanbeyan.

    When my son was old enough, I did a few trips leaving his place at Ulladulla around 4am for the drive straight to the snow - a full day of lessons for him and skiing etc, then back to the motel. Repeat same for next two days, then back home. Only took him on one weekend jaunt and he mastered it....but I think the pay TV at the motel kept him motivated. He is adult now so those days are already behind us...so soon, so quickly.
     
  15. Stick

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    We are really lucky.. Prior to daughter wife would leave work early hit the road and miss most of the outbound traffic in Melbourne, i would catch train to Seymour, pub dinner then continue to drive up the freeway.. Either head to Inlaws place in Yarrawonga or drive to Mt Beauty. Friends have a house in Mt Beauty that we use or if we are really lucky another friend has a house at Falls. I find that getting out of the city is the hardest part & if you can leave early enough you avoid most of the headaches..

    Now its pick up daughter from daycare and plan stops & food along the way.. She is too young for ipad etc
     
  16. Ozgirl

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    I used to do the weekend warrior thing for about 6 years.

    Played around with various departure times, 12noon clearing sydney was good. if you couldn't do that then the least stressful time was 6pm (from inner sydney so traffic had cleared -ish)

    When we were planning on doing it with a child in tow i would have aimed for either an early start (take the day off) or a 6pm departure. having feed the family before getting in the car. Hoping said child would sleep most of the way (dim lights, soft music etc)

    I played around with the return journey, again for me i found it better to eat before departing (i worked on the sunday so full day on hill)

    Always stop for fuel in Canberra. even though we didn't need it, it meant not needing to do it in jindy. The timing just worked best.

    I have done the trip with kids and its just a nightmare getting them back in the car after stopping. so aiming for sleeping or nap time in the car seemed a winner.
     
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    Victoria, buller bred but have done the drive for all.
    I've day tripped all the Vic resorts and overnighted at the majors.
    Buller:
    Predominantly the hume to Broadford, yea. I'm northern suburbs so this is alot quicker (3h from accom to home is the record) but I've also done the kinglake way. Take your pick for risks - broadford to yea is animal paradise but I'd rather that than the god awful early morning fog on the kinglake route.
    From experience, animals much worse the broadford way at night. Have seen pretty much all but no issues yet (touch wood).
    You also avoid the traffic this way on a friday night until yea.
    Falls and hotham:
    Straight up the hume, rest stop at glenny maccas. GAR can be sketchy at night but not bad. Have seen more than enough deer around to be cautious.
     
  18. Hermannator

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    I've found that unless you can round everyone up and leave at or before 4pm sharp, don't bother leaving until 7pm. It's not worth leaving at 5, to then be stuck in traffic and decide you want to do the pub at 6:30 for dinner. Might as well eat while the traffic is bad, then leave town. If fortunate to have gotten away at 4, you can make Milawa, Myrtleford or Bright for a (lateish) dinner.
    Observation based on Melbourne to Hotham trips.