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Snow Report Thredbo 2021 Trip Reports, Pics, Updates and Conditions.

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by D-eye, Jan 3, 2021.

  1. kylep

    kylep Cage rattler Ski Pass: Gold

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    Probably don't normally travel outside of 'resort areas' in Aus either. It does still often surprise me when you get off the beaten track how little you find in some Aussie towns, or the seemingly funny operating hours.

    Recent chat about Derby highlights though, it takes some smart business to get these towns up and going, and if they don't have a strong drawcard these days, most former towns are barely alive
     
  2. AWJ

    AWJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    There could be a variety of reasons businesses aren't open 7 days - i know Denman hasn't been able to open Tue-Thur as they don't have enough chefs for the kitchen.
     
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    Sure. If businesses don't want to open they can hardly complain about a lack of turnover. It works both ways, and there's a good chance KT would like more places to be open for business. Then again, you have to wonder if it's viable, and business owners seem to be making their own call on that front. A lot of locals say there's heaps of people in the summer season, but those numbers simply don't transmit into turnover for their shop, bar or cafe.
     
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  4. Alleve

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    This person seems to think that the Chamber of Commerce is in control of everything that happens in Thredbo. Surprise surprise: they're not. Private businesses operate as they see fit, and the Chamber of Commerce controls KT only. Other than the Alpine Bar, all of KT's places are open. KT can't force anybody else to open.

    I find it weird how this person is naming individual people. If their problem is with the Chamber of Commerce, why start going off about specific people in the chamber?

    The only valid point they raised was extended lift hours, and they couldn't help themselves from using it as an excuse to shit-talk three specific people again.

    I also like how they complain about there being no entertainment over the new year, conveniently forgetting that there's a deadly pandemic going on right now and the type of entertainment that'd normally be run during new years isn't exactly safe anymore
     
  5. Townsend

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    Firstly, that is a gentleman who never says any thing decent about KT or anyone else in Thredbo. If you look back on the Thredbo Noticeboard on Facebook you will get the idea.

    I think a couple of things should be noted:

    1. I think all regional areas are missing backpackers as casual staff for the busy periods. I know a number of owners of restaurants who have been unable to get staff. Very difficult to open more without staff. Whilst I think the increases in Job seeker, and the introduction of Job keeper were essential during the virus it seems to have kept people in the cities when the regions are crying out for staff.

    2. I feel that many of the customers here at present would normally be overseas as it is way busier than usual. Most of the people I have spoken to have really enjoyed their time visiting the resort.

    Very easy to knock when it would be great if solutions could be offered.
     
  6. Alleve

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    Exactly. I went to the Thredbo bistro for dinner one night, and there was a one hour wait on food because they didn't have enough chefs. The manager on duty there said that because of jobkeeper, far less locals and Sydney people had applied for jobs. The next evening I went to the Burger Bar and the owner mentioned he was two people down. Throughout the week I had a few conversations with staff at VT and a few of them mentioned that they usually didn't work summer, and had been called in because of the lack of transient workers. The supermarket also ran low on food throughout last week because they couldn't get stock.
     
  7. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah. I can’t really understand that either. I think it is 0830 for walkers and bikes at 0930 with last lift up at 1600. So much extra time available
     
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  8. climberman

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    “Because of JobKeeper”

    Uggghh. Why wouldn’t people stay in a job with some guaranteed income rather than leave a stave job in the middle of a pandemic and move to a place that might be bustling, or might be shut down in a week with an outbreak of Covid?

    Any business doing well (this might well apply to short-order chefs in areas going ok) isn’t on JobKeeper round two.

    It’s a pandemic. Normal doesn’t apply.
     
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  9. Townsend

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    How many bikers want to ride later than that? Whenever I have been at the bottom of the hill it seems like many people finish about 3.30pm.
     
  10. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    An extra bit of time in the morning might be much more useful.
     
  11. Townsend

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    Just in case anyone is tempted for a ski...bit more side to side than top to bottom on Kosci
     
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    Wow cool summer must have preserved the remnants of a light season
     
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  13. Arne

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    Kosi has been opening to bikers from 9am for the last two weeks and I believe the rest of January. It is normally a 9.30am start the rest of the season.
     
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  14. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    People who don't like heat.

    If the lifts shut at 4, some people will start finishing up before that.
     
  15. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Well since the lifts are about to close up they call it a day.
     
  16. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see they have capped day tickets for riders at 600, + any season pass holders. So the cap is higher than a busy day. At least I can look to see how busy it is, looks like around 300 a day at the moment.
     
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    Sage Oya Like the herb, cup ramen devotee Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looks like the current advise is that a season pass may be released in March:

    Winter 2021 Season

    We hope to release a winter season pass in around March this year.

    We’ll be updating this page regularly as more information relating to COVID-19 comes to hand, so please continue to check in here.

    Updated on 7 January 2021
     
  18. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ll be refreshing the Thredbo page hourly to make sure I don’t miss it.

    now for some seasonal program good news
     
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  19. climberman

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    You also never go for a second half / late start of the day if the close is at 4:00
     
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  20. Townsend

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    I heard that some of the guys who do trail maintenance are now starting work at 12 noon and finishing at 8.00pm so they can do work after the bike park is closed.
     
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  21. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So I’m thinking if Thredbo don’t run seasonal programs again (or indicated what they’re doing by March) I’m going to go epic.

    Also if the winter season pass is greater than 1400 with leisure centre.
     
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  22. Arne

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    Flow track is flogged. Brake corrugations, holes, blown out berms, boulders starting to emerge from within the tracks plus the surface erosion exposing a million sharks. A fun challenge and easy to navigate once you lap a couple times, just not fast and smooth like six or seven weeks ago.
    I heard it's having a full rebuild in coming weeks.
    Just like my bike.
     
  23. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    My body needs a full rebuild.

    The tracks were already getting sketchy 2 weeks ago. I guess it would be difficult to keep on top of track maintenance with the amount of people there every day. Not sure I’ll head back down again for this mtb season without a season pass I have no pushing reason to hit Thredbo over other places.

    I guess it’ll depend on whether any mate decided they want to go
     
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  24. Alleve

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    Looks like they've already started. Will this keep the flow trail in good condition for a while, or are they going to have to regularly rebuild from now onwards?
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Its like the Harbor Bridge, continuous tweaks and rebuilds. They redo sections every season.
     
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  26. AWJ

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    For anyone in Thredbo this week - from Thredbo Chamber of Commerce Facebook page:

     
  27. jonathanc

    jonathanc One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Love that track when it's dusty and flogged and love it when it's fresh and fast. Just different kinds of fun!
     
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  28. linked_recoveries

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    "The Denam"? Ouch! Chamber of Commerce fail.

    Good initiative though. Helpful.
     
  29. Arne

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    From what I've heard there will be a winter season pass but indexed to use of your season pass in 2020. So if you reached Platinum status in 2020 you will pay the minimum indexed price for a winter season pass and if you only stayed in Bronze status you will pay the maximum indexed price. Then there will be a price for those that did not choose to take up a 2020 winter season pass. That's not going to help many many of my acquaintances who had held season passes for 10,20 years or longer but declined in 2020, ncluding my wife and kids.
    Not sure if this rumour of winter season pass is true.
    But KT have a record of not really supporting valued customers. Even this summer KT have had special rental deals on KT managed properties . Our property and building only had one rental up untill Xmas even though every weekend was at near maximum lift ticket sales.
     
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    That’s an interesting rumour. I imagine quite a few people would be unhappy with that system.
     
  31. climberman

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    Didn’t stop them canning season passes last year!
     
  32. Interruptedbyfireworks

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    Very true!
     
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    Bugger, due to injury last year, cxl my pass and didn't ski a day. probably means I didn't take up a pass.
     
  34. dawooduck

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    The snow making rebuild has started. :thumbs:
     
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    Similar. Fractured my wrist on second day of skiing.

    Have Epic passes for the family this year. My wife is a Perisher skier so figured it was time for the switch after a couple of Thredbo seasons and combined with uncertainty over Thredbo passes and Perishers Epic passes on the table at sub $900 and their success at managing numbers in 2020 while honouring Epic passes, it was a fairly easy choice.
     
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    I love VW sized irregularly shaped granular slush bumps, the more the merrier :p
     
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    Fark.......
     
  39. Arne

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    Let's just see what happens. Id love to be wrong for the sake of 99% of people I know.
    KT have to do something different to last year while keeping numbers limited with some sort of redemption for ex-season pass holders.
     
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    I am going to go with a ballot system. Season passes open and you enter a ballot if you get it you get it.
     
  41. crackson

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    It should be $100 plus $1 for every km you live away from Thredbo.
     
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    Great way to piss off your customers (although it'd still be $600-700 for Sydney so not a bad deal, really)
     
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    I'm a bit torn on this one. On the one hand as a regular (three-to-five times each season) who skipped last year entirely I find it a bit discriminatory, given the situation last winter. On the other hand it could also be considered a pseudo 'apology' to seasonnaires who were forced to pay a whole lot more than usual last year. I'll hold my opinion until pricing is released.
     
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    I reckon $5/km.
    Is that as the crow flies?
     
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    Nice shift for Harrigan. I note that he is also finely credentialled as a UNSW Geographer!
     
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    I heard a slightly different rumour on the tickets; KT learned last year they don’t need to compete with Vail so I think we have seen the last of the 365 tickets for a while. If they sell a winter ticket at say $950 plus a summer mtn bike ticket they have received circa $1500 for something they sold previously for $900. So I think we will see a variety of summer and winter passes going forward.

    I also heard they don’t want to make the same mistake as last year, which Vail repeated so they will release the tickets in batches with priority access to buy.

    so property owners will likely get first release as will those who hire through KT (their privilege). That is what I heard on the grapevine and that they had written to Event to sign off on the pricing (which is why rumours would be flowing).

    KT have always released a set number of tickets at certain price points I.e if you committed by October you got the cheapest price and then it went up by $100+ until the season started at $1400 for a ticket.

    so based on what other rumours are doing the rounds I’m speculating they have decided that after property owners and renters have purchased, they would offer the tickets based on last years status. Hence people are hearing rumours of prices going up I.e if you only hit bronze status by the time tickets get to you, you will be paying higher prices.

    At the end of the day the idea on releasing tickets in sections is to ensure 40,000 people don’t log on again.

    not saying any of this is right or wrong but just what I heard.
     
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    Oh I also heard a lot of the business didn’t open as it helped them keep job keeper. It was the business and not the staff that made the call.
     
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    Billy_Buttons Que Sera, Sera Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pretty much going back to how it always was. The 365 created crazy crowds with NO PARKING. Personally, hated the 365.
     
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