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Driving to the snow over the years

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by pegasusSki, May 22, 2020.

  1. chriscross

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    With SB re: golden arches. Now, Milewa Bakery is popular for a reason.
     
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    Sounds ..
    Mountain Music 2XL.
    Daze of olde..
     
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    A warning for anyone driving home from the snow, be prepared for at least a half hour wait near Williamsdale. Temporary traffic lights are only letting a couple cars through at a time.
     
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  5. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go the Badj..
    You know you really want to.
    :D
    Bit of Dreamtime and all.
    Very grounding out there....
    or maybe a bit close too Wonnongatta vibes ? ;)
     
  6. Donzah

    Donzah Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    I thought it was closed?
     
  7. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    not sure tbh.
    haven't been over yet this year post bushfires...
    looks ok rn.....

    since i got home from down South it's all been lock down world.
    Pencilled in a trip in mid July. another couple weeks later.
    get some gear back up there and scope the bc.
    booked in for week in the spring too for , hopefully, some hard core corn.
     
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    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Did GR ever visit our shores from Scotland to play?
    Please don’t tell me he played at LJH. LOL
     
  9. N0frilz

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    I don't know how you guys from Sydney/Newcastle survive doing trips to the snow each weekend.

    Nothing worse than hitting the peak traffic heading to the VIC resorts on a Friday night or out on a Sunday afternoon. Sunday peak is easy to miss by staying for dinner and leaving after dinner. Friday evening peak I find much harder to avoid as i'm not good at leaving work early on Fridays.
     
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  10. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    this is where the weekends have been trending starts Friday end Monday.
    I'm a part of this ( self employed) trend btw. :)
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    CG just used to get it written in to her contract.
     
  12. N0frilz

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    Guess that's one way to make it more pallet able
     
  13. nfip

    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah and the $$ stack up bit better for me.
    I'm 4.5 hrs away.
    So works better to do longer shift every 2 or 3 weeks.
    than every weekender type.
    I pretty much watch the wx and hit the storms as they arrive.
    Ski the worst of it and ride it out as it clears , then bail and leave it to the fair weather punters.
     
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  14. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    FWIW we pack a bag at the start of the season that has our ski gear and gear for wearing around the lodge, the only times this changes if our one week stay.

    each bag has our general clothes, snow boots and ski gear.

    I have a separate bag with spare gloves, beanies face masks etc etc, plus towels (for lodge + pillow case this year) We have a bag for our boots and a bag for our helmets and a tub that has stuff for the lodge (tea, coffee, coffe pot, breaky material).

    basically when we get home from a trip gear is dried or washed (and dried) then goes back into the bag so we always have our gear packed. In a normal year we would ski fortnightly plus a block of a week and a block of three days for interschools.

    this is the same for the tub, food is replaced so the only thing we have to decide is what meal we will take for the weekend.

    we have found this takes the stress out of the trip as we simply grab our bags on the Thursday night and throw them in the car. Helps us get out of Canberra earlier as I find getting away by four makes a massive difference to the traffic.
     
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    You take bags..
    We take a backpack..
    And wine
     
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  16. N0frilz

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    yer nah
    Having an apartment means you're committed every weekend no matter what the weather.
    but in
    I take a washing basket with any clothes that need cleaned and what ever food needs replaced, everything else stays at the apartment. Booze gets taken in before the season starts for the season.
     
  17. zac150

    zac150 A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    i guess I don’t wear the ski clothes in the car when driving up for the weekend on a Friday night. So yeah we pack a small duffle.
     
  18. nfip

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    in a typical year all our ski gear i.e shell layers etc , boots are in lockers at the club.
    also have staple foods , cans packets etc.
    given weekender we are back packing in fresh food ( ok yes frozen left-overs ) and base-layers pretty much is all.
    beers also typically loaded in pre season while we still have drive in access (up beyond Guthega ski centre)
     
  19. Ozgirl

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    I have a photo on facebook with a little bag with my ski pass in it for opening weekend.

    I was quite proud of that one!

    I don't even need to bring food. And clothes were washed while I was away!

    :whistle:
     
  20. sly_karma

    sly_karma Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I developed a small group of like minded mates in Wollongong in the early 80s, we liked the wee hours departure, brekky and bathroom stop in Jindy and then on to (mostly) Thredbo. We favoured leaving the Hume in Goulburn and taking the back road through Tarago and Bungendore to avoid the slow grind along Lake George in its pre twinning days. And some equally elaborate bypass around Queanbeyan to miss that mess.

    I did love those after midnight cross country missions, they were an important part of the ski weekend experience, to be enjoyed rather than merely endured. Load up the car after work with the essentials: skis, snacks, radar detector, and night-appropriate music. Lots of Pink Floyd tapes!
     
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    If the traffic is banked back to the old service station at Williamsdale and you're okay with around 5km of gravel, you can turn right on to Williamsdale Road and follow it to Burra. Turn left on to Burra Road at the T-junction and then right on to Old Cooma Road at the next T-junction. You can then either go back to the Monaro Highway by turning left at the third traffic lights, go through Jerrabomberra and turn left on to Lanyon Drive and right onto the Monaro Highway, or go through Queanbeyan and rejoin the Federal Highway at Sutton.

    If the ACT Government was smart, they would put a temporary seal down and reopen the road to two lanes at a roadworks speed limit, otherwise it's going to be hell on Sunday afternoons until September.
     
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  22. Donzah

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    Noted.
     
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    Whats it like midweek? I need to head down to Jtown friday morning. I've got to pick something up in Queanbeyan. So I could always head down old cooma road , Burra, Williamsdale rd
     
  24. rugbyskier

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    I drove to Thredbo and back on Saturday and there was only a few cars waiting for the lights, so I think you'll be ok. The traffic reports on Mix106.3 and Hit104.7 mention "Monaro Highway at Royalla Drive" if there's a problem there.

    If you're heading from Queanbeyan, take Cooma Street and Old Cooma Road and don't turn off to Burra, you'll rejoin the Monaro Highway just north of Royalla. Old Cooma Road is now a dual carriageway from just past Karabar to Googong.
     
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  25. fenrir

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    I think I made it just in time - only waited for 15 minutes at the roadworks. Will try out the alternate route next weekend.

    Did anyone else pick up on that bastard cop stalking the last 100m of the last overtaking lane into the ACT on Sunday?
     
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    I think the alternative route would only be viable if the traffic's banked all the way back to Williamsdale, it's quite a bit longer than straight up the highway.

    Was the highway patrol car at the end of the overtaking lane coming up the hill between Michelago and Williamsdale? If so, it was there on Saturday arvo as well and was parked well out into the northbound lane booking someone. Nearly caused an accident as all the traffic came to screeching halt to avoid him.
     
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    Yup that's the one.

    Fortunately some community minded souls were alerting oncoming traffic so everyone had slowed to 90 by the time we got to the top of the hill.
     
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  28. Donzah

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    Pretty interesting drive on friday - sunday.
    cheers @rugbyskier re the old cooma rd tip. Pretty much a highway now.
    The roadworks aren't too bad on the Monaro.
    On the way down it was a wait of a min or so.
    Way back was no wait. With lanes open but nothing marked.

    Having to dodge a bale of hay on the Mt Livingstone OT lane was hectic. Especially at 110kays overtaking a car.

    Then watching someone drive a offramp onto the Federal Hwy was pretty screwed up.
     
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    yeah can we stop blowing the lid on all the monaro hwy bypasses. thanks.
     
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    It appears on google maps/directions..........
     
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    Yet you had never used before!!

    LOL
     
  32. Donzah

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    You mean the road?
    Yeah it shows the alternate when you're on the Monaro on a sunday arvo. Usually says same ETA.
    Thats usually a result of the traffic backed up from Johnson Dr.
     
  33. Ozgirl

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    Yes I meant the road.

    I have used it for years cause I trusted Google on the ETA
     
  34. chriscross

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    Looking like season is off for Victorians! Not allowed to drive to the snow.
     
  35. malas1

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    Bredbo pizza
     
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    Oooo, this could be a Covid takeaway option in a few weeks.
    Looks good!
    What’s your taste review?
     
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    I dropped into the aromatic healing centre next door.
    I feel complete
     
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    Like a pizza?
     
  39. Donzah

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    I don't pizza and drive
     
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    Wollongong wowser.
     
  41. Donzah

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    If I pizza. I red wine
     
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    Always thought it was a knock shop. High five.
     
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    Son was very impressed, he's well travelled and knows good food. Magherita pizza for me every time I pass, always good.
     
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    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Gold Ski Pass: Silver

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    I can drive from Melb. to Ngarigo campsite near Thredbo/or Island bend in a day. It is a long day. I have driven to /from Myrtleford so many times and made a night halt there. Day trips to Mt.Stirling and Mt.St.Gwinear from Melb. are long days too. Jindy via Buchan from Melb. usually takes in a night halt en route.
     
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    In Cooma, mum and I have counted 11 police cars.
    Must be a blitz this weekend.
     
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    Fatality on the road south of Cooma under Mt Gladstone yesterday arvo. Very sad for all involved.

    Crazily must have happened just as I pulled into the mtb park as we could see emergency services lights and hear sirens as we were doing laps.

    I pulled out at 6.30pm to witness maybe over 30 emergency vehicles dealing with the accident. I was the only car around as traffic was stopped in Cooma hours earlier. They sent me out to Arable/Dalgety/Berridale to get south to Thredbo.

    Im stunned and saddened by the experience, after seeing the looks on the faces of the police etc...

    Turning around on a empty highway I witnessed the rising moon. All I could think of was rising Angels. RIP
     
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    I feel you.

    I rode Mt Gladstone yesterday with my 9 year old daughter and we left around 3 pm. I remember thinking it could be tricky turning right onto a busy highway.

    To see this happen not too long after in the exact spot was tragic, actually freaked me out a fair bit.

    RIP
     
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    I was riding and heard it. I had nearly witnessed a head on right in front of me just past Royalla on the way, on open very visible section. Covid holiday brains? This one was just up from the entry to the wreckers. Not someone trying to turn out I don't think. I heard a truck sound, then a Big Bang.
     
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    Probably the worse road is the Great Alpine Road leading up to Mt Hotham in N/E Victoria.
    In winter and at night, it can be a real nightmare.
    Many times I've driven it. Regularly have put on chains even though it's a full-on 4WD. Accidents all over the place particularly at The Cross.
    Never driven up with kids, don't have any.
    Poor visibility is the main issue during a storm. That road holds a lot of snow over its entire length.
    Snow clearers can't keep up with it at times. Regularly have to drive up in convoys with a snow clearing vehicle.
    Liked it so much I worked as a snow clearer for a few years. But their trucks have studded tyres which makes a world of difference.
     
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