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Thredbo crowds vs Perisher crowds.

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Sbooker, Aug 6, 2018.

  1. Sbooker

    Sbooker One of Us

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    I'm casting my mind forward to next year as we haven't been able to get a short ski break in this Aussie winter this year. I've seen photos of crowds at both Perisher and Thredbo and I'm shocked.
    We usually go for a few days (Monday to Thursday) in about the second week of August. I'm deciding on an Epic pass or Ikon pass because we will most certainly be heading for a North American holiday too. The state of mid week crowds at both Perisher and Thredbo mid week are a minor factor in the decision. Which is usually busier?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    They are both fine midweek .
     
  3. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Provided there’s no wind hold, it’s not school holidays or races!
     
  4. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Watch August dates. There’s a public holiday mid week in August for Brisbane show day. Lots of Qlders and Qld schools go down that week. Jindy Central doesn’t do school skiing that week due to lack of instructors.

    Also check nswinterschools for state dates, generally 3rd week of August, at Perisher next year.
     
  5. Piste Again

    Piste Again Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    At Thredbo if you ski the green & blue runs at Merritts, or stick to High Noon and Supertrail, you'll get traffic all the time. The black runs at Merritts and the runs under Bluff and skier's right of supertrail starting at about Little Beauty get relatively little traffic. True Blue is deserted most of the time and it's certainly no harder than High Noon so long as the snow's ok.

    I can't really comment on how to avoid crowds at Perisher as I don't slide there enough.
     
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  6. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I ski both resorts each year, passes for both, my one indulgence. It’s six of one half dozen of the other. For every packed day at one, it can be the same at the other. For every wind blown pow day with no crowd at Eyre, I get the same at Sponars/Antons. I always get there early so parking isn’t a problem, but it’s clear now that if you are a late starter in the mornings you may be turned away from Perisher with skitube your only option. OTOH some seasons Thredbo can melt down a lot faster in spring
     
  7. Untele-whippet

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    Throw a dice mid week.
    But Perisher is better;)
     
  8. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Next week is inters at Thredbo.
     
  9. Kletterer

    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have a carefuly researched spreadsheet covering crowd avoidance tactics at both resorts. They do however have a major component of bar stool entries :cool:
     
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  10. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I haven't really encountered the sort of crowds at Thredbo that I have at Perisher.

    But Perisher is better. :)
     
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  11. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think queues are more of a dilemma if you don’t know a particular resort and how to play the dynamics.
     
  12. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just avoid chairs at Thredbo and it’s ok. But that means never coming back down.
     
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  13. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I like the way the chairs at Perisher soften up your lower legs.
     
  14. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh, it’s just like a Swedish massage for your calves!
     
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  15. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh... So you've not skied Japan much.
    They hit your boots!
     
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  16. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I learned the Perisher shuffle!
     
  17. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Always stand just forward of your chair mates :D
     
  18. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I bump chairs for my posse.
    Just grab that side rail and push.
    Far Easier on a snowboard.
     
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  19. Adam_P

    Adam_P Hard Yards

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    100% agree! Just have to deal with my wife complaining at me on the chair lift.:D
     
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  20. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    The queue at International T bar at Mt Perisher on a wind-hold day. One of the better queues.
     
  21. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should see the queue on Slowgums on a real wind hold day, thats why we carry skins!

    Or Kosi at Easter, wow!
     
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  22. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Saw plenty of that today at Thredbo. Along with lots of not full chairs.
     
  23. cin

    cin Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    At thredbo, there is a small point in time where certain lifts will get bogged down.
    At the same time the rest of the mountian and lifts are deserted.
    get through them and move on, wait 1 hr atleast before returning to the same lift.
    Eg. gunbarrell is always going to be packed at 9.30am after all the parents have got their kids into thredboland, its the only lift out.
    but they all think the same, and wont return all day so 1hr later you ski straight on while Antons and cruiser pack out.
    Ski resort Psychology.
    Go against the grain
     
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  24. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’m sure Thredbo has much leaner queues and quicker load times ;)
     
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  25. cin

    cin Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    No no, Perisher has much more lifts, the crowds disperse much quicker!
     
  26. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    One fine (sic) day, Slowgums was all they could get going. It was about an hour to get to the top. I did three runs, amazing, but I was almost hyperthermic.
     
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  27. Untele-whippet

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    Perisher has better coffee too.
     
  28. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Perisher has coffee?
     
  29. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds hot!
     
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  30. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Perisher is a bogan magnet.

    Thredbo is a wanker magnet.

    Go Thredbo, but wear a Chewbacca costume for maximum laughs.
     
  31. Untele-whippet

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    Flat white......see what I did there! :cool::thumbs:
     
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  32. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    You know you love Brunellis!
     
  33. cin

    cin Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Saw amassive lift line on Kozi last week so went the slogums option.
    Yes we got to the top sooner, slightly, but man were we cold by the time we got there
    Nice view though!
     
  34. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pretty rare day that happens, its unusual to not get Gunbarrell going. But that day, no T's, nothing. The queue was 40-45 mins. Weekday.
     
  35. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hate those days when you have to download on Sponars, PITA.
     
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  36. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Shakes head
     
  37. Jacko4650

    Jacko4650 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Or blue skies, gentle winds and plenty of snow.
     
  38. skifree

    skifree grey Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    6 of 1, 1/2 doz of the other.


    What was question?
     
  39. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Same.
    Mt P or every single pair fixed grip lift in Japan - those bastards take you OUT!
    I’m so used to doing it I’d been bumping chairs for PB all season, then my friend and her man arrives so we went girl girl boy boy... the boys got slaughtered! PB had forgotten what the lifts were like and I wasn’t there to run interference.
    PB went up just after lunch with the same mate as above. Turned away. Thredbo carpark was full at 10am o_O
    They just went around to DHG for a split, before heading back to Jindy for the start of Splitfest.

    I’ll be up when the crowds settle.
    No way post surgery me is crowd surfing. Hanging out in Cooma until the dust settles.
     
  40. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, that Saturday we were there earlier this month with wind hold on Lawyers weekend... slow gums Q went up the lower super trail past the TSRC :eek::eek::eek:
     
  41. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Well Perisher is better...

    I enjoyed waiting almost an hour to get onto the ridge chair last year. This was on the speedy singles line too. The longest wait I have had this year during peak at Thredbo on a weekend was at most 15 minutes, on a windhold day with with only slowgums running, it was terrible. I was really looking forward to standing there for at least 45+ minutes.
     
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    Well.... Answered that question....
     
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    hipo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    What's "download" ??
     
  44. sbm_

    sbm_ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I heard Thredbo set a record during interschools week last month. Around 7,500 skiers on the mountain. Although our source had a hilariously exact number, which I forgot, with electronic ticketing they know down to the last punter.
     
  45. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    and the lines still moved better than the other place.

    but Perisher is better.
     
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  46. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think, from my experience of only being at Thredbo during races, that they organise the queues better at Thredbo. The permanent lines setup is better (ie can fit 4 abreast, clear signage) and there is always someone there organising. I watched a group of well dressed women slide into the ski school queue at Kosi, to be asked by the queue guy where their instructor was. To which they replied "he's coming" as they slid forward. He actually blocked them and pushed them back as he told them to wait for him LOL Quite obviously queue jumping.

    Perisher's queue organisation is reactive, and the setup of the lines varies according to how the lifty feels on the day.

    Plus Perisher has many choke points, whereas Thredbo has 2 bottom points, and if you get down there and it's too busy, there's always the bus. Too many places in Perisher where the only way out is to hike or wait.
     
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    There's a NSW bank holiday in there as well - first Monday in August.
     
  48. blutek

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    We were at Perisher for week two August this year (missing interschools), parking was still pretty full even midweek (by 8:30-9:00). We start at Smiggs>Interceptor. No bad lift queues like weekends (but Ridge still probably best avoided).
     
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    And they also know exactly how many vertical kms every single person on that mountain has skied on any one day.
     
  50. climberman

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    I'm always amazed they don;'t turn this into a public comp/spectacle/something.