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Ski from top of Merritts to Perisher?

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by martinbudden, May 20, 2013.

  1. martinbudden

    martinbudden Hard Yards

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    Last year I shared a chair up Merritts with a guy who was on his way to Perisher, skiing backcountry. He had downhill skis and said he'd done it before. Does anyone know how difficult it is to do this?
     
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    Telestrom A Local

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    Did he have skins? If not, it would be quite a bit of walking.
     
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    Piste Again Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's a hell of a trip. In a straight line it's 7km to Charlottes and 13 km to Perisher from the top of merritts according to google earth, and an awful lot of it isn't downhill.

    You'd want to set out before lunch!
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    In addition, weather including strong winds and whiteouts are a huge concern and can develop withjn a very short time.
     
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    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    you'd stay on the ramshead range rather than head into charlottes I figure, scoot across the top of TV and slog up onto wheatley.
     
  6. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    as some of you may recall, my son and I walked from Eagles Nest to just short of Charlotte Pass and return, wearing snowshoes and carrying boards. Total distance was just under 17km and including stops for boarding, lunch etc we were out for about 9 hours. fortunately the walk was relatively flat.
     
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    sbm One of Us

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    I skied from Eagle's Nest to Charlotte Pass on skis with alpine touring bindings last year to meet some friends. Got the first lift up at 8:30, skinned up to the Kosci lookout, downhill following the pole line to the Kosci road, then skate down the road and a final short hike up to the actual Charlotte Pass. I was sitting out the front of the Chalet having a drink by 10.

    However that's only halfway there. Continuing on to the Perisher Gap/base of Eyre T-bar would at at least another hour, it's a pretty big trip!

    The thing is, even for the same fitness levels, someone who is practiced and familiar with their equipment and with uphill skiing will be an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE faster than a beginner.

    For example, that same day, a couple of the friends I was meeting at CP decided to go XC skiing for the first time and ski over from Perisher, roughly the same distance. They left an hour before I did (7:30) and didn't arrive until nearly lunchtime!