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Ski Tube

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by rob junior, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. rob junior

    rob junior First Runs

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    Hi guys,
    Never skied Perisher before is it worth getting a ski tube pass?
    Pros and cons please if any
    cheers
     
  2. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    The big economic question is how many people do you expect to be transporting and how often? Driving, you are charged park entry by the car. Tubing you pay for access by the person. You also have to look at the cost of an annual pass against the cost of day entry.

    Driving can be problematic in a blizzard. Tube much less likely.
    Driving you need chains. Tubing it is prudent but not mandated to carry them.
     
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    If you ski weekends do it.
     
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  4. hipo

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    what legs said plus what sort of car are you driving - 2wd you need to carry chains and have to fit them when there's a sniff of snow/ ice on the road. If your not an early bird be prepared to park somewhere down the road and catch the shuttle bus to the car park
     
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    If u have an AWD and don’t mind getting up no later than 6.30 then driving no brainer for me.
     
  6. rob junior

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    Thank you,
    I have a 2wd I’m factoring in chains, the headache of either putting them on and the cost of getting them.
     
  7. rob junior

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    Cheers,
    I have a 2wd I think it will be more of a headache for me
     
  8. rob junior

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    Thank you,
    I think il go with the tube pass
     
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  9. hipo

    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    While it is not compulsory to carry chains to get to the tube at Bullocks Flat, I have seen some (but very few) days when the road has been closed unless you have chains fitted or a 4WD. Usually when there has been a reasonable dump overnight and the road is still being cleared - just the time when you might want to be on the hill ...
    I think a lot of peeps who drive regularly to the tube during July/August in 2wd have a set of chains "just in case"
    You just have to weigh up the rare frustration of waiting for the road to be cleared against the cost of chains.
     
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  10. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    tube is included in my pass
    I just have my chains in the car for the whole season
     
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    bywong_yuki One of Us

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    Plus if you like skiing in a blizzard as I do, it is so much easier to get your gear on down at the ski tube. If you are a skier just make sure you have cat tracks for your boots as the car park gravel is brutal on plastic boots.
     
  12. Angnz

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    Sorry I can't find how to post a question on here (im new) but a family of 3 adults and 4 kids are going to snow for play with snow sleds (not skiing) and want to know how much the ski tube is return from bullock flats to perisher for 1 day. None of us are keen on driving in the snow or using snow chains. Just to use the area next to the car park.
     
  13. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    you don’t say what you’re driving
    tube for 7 is a big price
     
  14. Aractus

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    To be honest I don't think chains are a headache at all. The major headache is if you get caught in a blizzard and it takes hours to drive back to Jindy. But you wouldn't be going up on a day like that anyway for snow play! You rarely need to drive in the snow, my advice if you're dead-set against driving with chains (or through snow/ice) is to check on the day if chains are required, and if they aren't then just drive up, but if they are you can catch the Tube instead (and pay on they day at the terminal). Anyway to answer your question, the price is $55 per adult and $30 per child (Skitube Sight Seeing) so total would be $285. So about $230 more than driving up if you're hiring chains and paying for one day's park access. You can save a little bit by buying the tickets in advance, but I don't recommend it, if I were you I'd buy the tickets at the Skitube terminal on the day.
     
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  15. hipo

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    Or have a look at going to Selwyn.
     
  16. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Chains must be carried, even if fitting is not required. They do occasionally do checks.
     
  17. person s

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    we still don’t know what kind of car
     
  18. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don't think that affects the error of Aractus' post.
     
  19. hipo

    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Think it will make a difference if the car is a 4wd or if its front wheel drive with no clearance to fit mega thick hire chains...
     
  20. Aractus

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    Correct, I'm not suggesting for a second not to take chains, just that if weather is clear and road is dry that driving up is straightforward. Carrying them isn't the same as using them.
     
  21. Angnz

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    My friend has a biggish car, not sure what make but its a 7 seater 4 wheel drive so my understanding is that we don't need to carry chains?
     
  22. Angnz

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    Is this the case with a 4 wheel drive also? Hopefully we can forget about the chains altogether and hope for ok weather!
     
  23. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    You don't have to carry them. It may be a good idea.
     
  24. Angnz

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    Thank you, I think because of the crazy cost we will brave it and drive up, hopefully avoiding use of snow chains or hoping we don't need them regardless if we are in a 4 wheel drive, 7 seater, Toyota i think.
     
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    Does anyone also know how often tube town is open/closed (everytime I've looked online recently its closed), gather this is because of the weather or not enough snow?? And cost? We are thinking as we are only there for 2 full days, 1 at tube town and tobogganing and 1 maybe going to Smiggin Holes - suggestions on where to go for kids play, tobogganing and building snowmen (staying in Jindabyne) would be helpful.
     
  26. Angnz

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    A bit too far I think, google says 1.5 hours from Jindabyne.
     
  27. Legs Akimbo

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    I think you will have enough of snow play after a day of tubing and tobogganing.
     
  28. Angnz

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    Haha - yes maybe, its just a long way to drive from Sydney for 1 day in the snow, but you might be right, us adults might have had enough after 1 day!
     
  29. Angnz

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    Its a Toyota Kluger.
     
  30. robbo mcs

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    They only just built the tube town runs this week, so I can’t really comment on how much it has been open. The website/app says 10-4, and it is on the list of lifts “expected to open” for tomorrow
     
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    Yep you won't need chains, but driving in ice and snow can be dicey so do look at forecast and plan accordingly. Most of the time road is dry and 80kmph, but often it's slippery and you need to drive to conditions (although usually only past Prussian Creek would be slick). Anyway I'm sure you'll have a great time!
     
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  32. Angnz

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    Thanks everyone for your helpful comments!
     
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    Hi all, First time in Perisher also until Sunday. Staying in Jindabyne. What is the latest time people would recommended to leave Jindabyne to guarantee a parking spot at Perisher? Would prefer to drive rather than taking ski tube. Thanks
     
  34. crackson

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    Flutube fart container.
     
  35. Aractus

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    Perisher about 8-8:30, Smiggins about 9 or even later. Hard to say really, but on the very busy weekends the carpark is typically full before 9 and after that you'll be on the street. Your best bet is to leave Jindy between 7:30 and 8. Give an extra 10 minutes if you need to buy park access. If road conditions are poor (chains required or significant slush and ice on road) it's better IMO to leave even earlier and avoid the congestion.
     
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    Run down. Not up.

    This is very important. Down, not up.

     
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  37. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly What a plonker. Ski Pass: Gold

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    Stay off the crack, son. :D
     
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    Just reviving this thread because I'm buying season passes for next year. Just wondering about those weekends when people were being turned back. Where were people turned back? Were people still able to park at smiggins on those occasions or was there no car access to any of perisher? And, as I'm planning to do some weekend trips, roughly how many days do cars get turned back? Finally, is skitube ever so full that you have to miss a trip?
     
  39. chicski

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    This year was a first. Never, ever has skitube carpark been full before, and I think it was 2-3 days in August. You’ll get stopped from going to Perisher first. When they close the parking, they are already parked down to Dainers Gap (just past Sponars).
     
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  40. Noah

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    Is it even worth skiing on those days? Lines must be outrageous.
     
  41. robbo mcs

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    On those days a very large number of the people were not skiiers. They were tourists, snow players with toboggans and building snowmen etc. The resort was busy, but not as bad as you would imagine
     
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    Crazy thing was on one of the days they closed the tube car park, Perisher wasn’t all that crowded, go figure.
     
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    Toboggan mountain was
     
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    58 round trips this season on the Tube. Might get to 60 trips - depends on strength of Saturday night's hangover.

    This winter there was one report of the entire skitube carpark being closed - I suspect it was only Carpark A - as on 2 other occassions I did see Carpark A closed - one time I ended up in the overnight carpark - the other time I asked to have a look - to which the grumpy human on duty said - "I don't care what you do" ... minutes later I was perfectly parked in Carpark A in a super spot for a busy day.

    On all occassions of the skitube carpark getting "full" it was due to major snowfalls reducing the number of spots available due to messy parking - same that happens at Perisher on snowy days. It costs less than half the petrol to get from Jindy to Bullocks as it does to PV. Over a season that adds up to more than what skitube pass costs so overall it's a saving.

    I still get the parks season pass as during early and extended season the Tube might not be running. Tube only started early this year due to snow in the Perisher carpark and RMS wanting to close the carpark to overnight parking before the LWE.
     
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    Nope the whole thing was closed. they weren’t letting cars in at all. Also I heard, but can’t verify, that the police was stopping cars just out of Jindy on that day.
     
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    Thanks for all advice. I think best for my family would be to drive up and get there early. The cost of four skitube tickets and the kids finding it annoying carrying ski gear means I think the benefits are outweighed by the convenience of driving (sorry environment and parking people). If I arrive before 7 I assume I'd be able to get a park on the busiest of days? Or would it need to be even earlier? I think someone might have said 6:30? Either way, that's probably inconvenient but doable. Even if I can't get a park nearby I could drop family off with gear and hike back myself. And I assume it would only be necessary during the july-august weekend and holiday periods, of which we'd probably only be going skiing on two to three weekends anyway.
     
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    If you arrive at 7.00am you should pretty much have your choice of parking.... So long as your not blocking Normo' s camera:)
     
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    If you can get up there by 6.30 you must have amazing kids! :)
     
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    They just love skiing.
     
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    My girls love the Ski Tube. Mainly because Ski Tube = Mini Donuts at the end of the day
     
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