Question Parking at JB Plain in winter.

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  1. Andy Ziggy

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    Going to Hotham for a few weeks and hoping to avoid the exorbitant parking costs. So I was thinking of leaving the car at JB Plain and riding my fat bike to my accommodation. Has anyone left their car there for a few days or longer and experienced any issues/agro from any authorities?
     
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    Why not the overnight carpark at Dinner Plain?
     
  3. Andy Ziggy

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    If you mean the one near the bottom of the ski run, they don't allow overnight anymore unless you are staying in accom there and register your vehicle. If you know of another spot I'd be happy to hear of it.
     
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    If you mean the carpark at the bottom of the ski run, they only allow vehicles from people staying in Dinner Plain. The car has to be registered with some authority upon check in. If you know another overnight carpark I'd love to know.
     
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    The airport? LOL
     
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    Too far. Will consider it as a last resort.
     
  7. FlatLander

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    if you do park outside the resort and walk/ride in make sure you wear a wristband that says "I dont need Ski Patrol, Village Transport, I am not allowed to poo or drink the water,or use any other village services" because I didnt pay resort entry, I am pretty sure they are available at most outlets!
     
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    Parked there overnight before. Outside resort boundary. If there are no "No Parking" signs, then its free parking.

    Why not just park outside the resort boundary and ride in from there?

    Asks Parks Victoria or Vicroads if in doubt.
     
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    Interesting topic..
    I (by myself) drove up for a quick day trip last week..
    parked at the dam, didn't drink water (actually tried at the toilets on top of heavenly but drinking water was blocked) didn't use any "services" yet pay $50.
    I am considering parking outside boundary and opening my heals to get to the resor.
    It's very steep for one person!
    Ski patrol should be covered by my Ski pass.. imo
     
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    Long walk from outside the boundary though.
     
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    True! , there's also the bus from DP.. still cheaper for solo mission
     
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    Cheers, Will give it a try. Thanks for staying on topic.
     
  13. Andy Ziggy

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    Agree. MHRMB just trying to gouge punters before the snow ends. Ive skied over 20 mountains in North American Rockies. No-one charges $50/day....... and you still have to park 5k away.
     
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    Very true jungfrau and I understand your pain. Although the RMB's are legislated to provide those and other services, with the only model available is that there is a user pays system equally shared by all users. So current system is via a Resort Entry charge per car, on the basis that there is an average of 3.1 persons/vehicle. So in essence you are subsidizing the vehicle that brings in 6 people.

    Each of the Victorian resorts does it a little differently, at Buller Ski Patrol is run and paid for by Lift Co (I believe), at Hotham/Falls it is not. Would the lift co want to take it on most likely not, as it would add substantially to the cost of lift tickets.

    In NSW you pay a National Park entry fee of $29/day (and no one complains) which is used to provide some of the Village services and is also subsidized by the tax payer - although I believe NSW are reviewing this model.

    In Victoria the RMB's are essentially local shire councils, they are required to provide these services with in the Resorts, which are areas annexed out of the National Park and fall under a separate Act. And in Vic it is cost recovery.....not a money grab or profit making business.

    It doesnt matter where you go these services are paid for by you, whether it be a via a bed tax, or a resort tax on everything you use/buy in the resort, or via part of the lift ticket. Also depending which country you are in, this may also be subsidized by the general tax payer.

    Is there better systems and models, yes quite probably, although here you would all the stake holders to work together for the common good - best of luck with that one
     
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    Season pass should be one fee, all mountain access across vic.
    About $300.
    My only gripe.
     
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    Does the community bus from Omeo to Bright and return operate in winter?
     
  17. kimberlee81

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    Don't know about agro from the authorities, but three of us camped at JB Plain many years ago, and just as we were getting dinner organised, a car rolled down the hill without lights, stopped on the road and started shooting through the trees at us.

    But I'm sure you'll be fine.

    Probably.
     
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    ^^^ Banjo music playing in the background perhaps???
     
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    Squeal piggy!