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Thredbo Tips for Victorian

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by travelislife, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. travelislife

    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have some friends from Sydney heading to Thredbo for a weekend at the end of August. I am from Melbourne and planning on meeting up with them for 3 days (Sat/Sun/Mon) skiing. First timer to NSW fields. As a reference I ski at Buller and Hotham in Vic. Basic plan/queries below:
    1. Driving as far as I can on the Friday night from Melbourne. Will be driving solo.
      • Any suggestions of where is a good spot to try and get to?
    2. Plan to then drive up the mountain on Saturday morning
      • Would be nice to keep this to <1hr drive if possible.
      • Time I should be targeting to get up there to miss crowds as much as possible?
      • How does parking work at Thredbo?
    3. Will have all my own gear.
    4. Staying in Jindabyne Sat/Sun nights - never been before
      • Looking on GM understand this is the other side from where I am coming from
    5. What are the chains rules? Driving AWD Subaru Impreza. Do I need to carry them? Likelihood of having to fit them?
    6. Any deals that people know of to get the cheapest 3 day lift ticket possible!
    7. Any tips leaving on the Monday afternoon to drive back to Melbourne?
    Anything else a NSW should know would be great, thanks in advance!
     
  2. J_busworth

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    1. Corryong is about 4 1/2 5 hours out of Melbourne and is where my friends stay when coming from Melbourne to Thredbo.
    2. Corryong is about 2 hours from Thredbo. Khancoban is about 30 minutes closer, but nothing within an hour of Thredbo on the VIC side. Typically getting up before 7:30 you will miss all the crowds into the Carpark and getting on the lifts. Day parking is at Friday Flat, use the second Thredbo entrance if coming from VIC (first if coming from Jindy). Make sure you buy a parking pass from Nat Parks in Thredbo
    4. Jindy is about 30-45mins from Thredbo depending on traffic, other side from VIC.
    5. Chains are not required for 4WDs, only 2WDs. There is often snow and ice on the road as it isn’t cleared as much as the road to Jindy.
    6. Thredbo has decent discounts on lift tickets if you buy in advance (over a week early). Not sure if there are any good deals otherwise

    Hope all that helps
     
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  3. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Geehi Flats is an hour or so from thredbo. Nice spot.

    Could also car or swag at scammels spur lookout and wakeup to the best view of nsw alps. 1hr or so from thredbo.
     
  4. crackson

    crackson A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pizza at corryong cafe is awesome pizza pie.
     
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  5. travelislife

    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I like the sound of this. Happy to throw the swag in the car traveling solo, don’t get to do it often these days with wife and child!

    Easy enough to find at 10:30pm!?
     
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    My general advice is the rumours are true, Perisher is better! Thredno is green as grass off the snowmaking runs most of the time.

    Yes Jindabyne is an easy drive the other way down the hill (assuming a blizzard is not raging at the time)

    Park near friday flat in day parking, pretty straight forward and that means your day will probably start on gunbarrel chair.

    There will likely be crowds, but they can be avoided. Coming from Buller/Hotham I assume you can handle the advanced/off piste. My take would be try for first lifts. The top to bottom groomers are a great blast first up before the.crowds and sun funk things out. Next move on to Cruiser to ski powder Bowl/boundary rider or the nearby 'Glades' if smow is good. Bail out of Cruiser before midmorning for antons and sponars tbar. Nice high lines with good snow that will blow in if it is fresh and usually queues are pretty manageable.

    If snow is fresh and blowing in beeline for anything off piste between bushranger and Golf Course Bowl, make your way back to Friday flat day visitor facilities via central spur for last runs in windblown fresh.

    Lift ticket deals? Let me know if you get lucky because it won't be cheap. Get onto online shop now is my advice, the further you buy in advance the cheaper it will be.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are Mountain Collective pass holders able to buy 50% off day passes for others?
     
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    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    chains may not be mandated, but carry if it looks there might be snow

    Can you buy the parking pass online and save stuffing around at Thredbo?
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    No way I'd drive the Alpine Way in winter without chains, 2WD or 4WD.
     
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    There is a free shuttle bus between Friday flat and valley terminal.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Being a Thredbo Newbie, why would I want/need to catch this bus?
     
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    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Because it's about 1.5 km from one to the other. The two sides of the mountain connect on the slopes but there is no easy connection at base level apart from the bus.

    Here's a trail map. If you study it a bit your stay will be more enjoyable.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks will definitely do so!
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have been looking for this info and can’t find it. Everything on Thredbo’s website https://www.thredbo.com.au/about-thredbo/getting-here/) says free parking. No reference anywhere to an entrance fee that I can see?

    Looking on the national parks website I can only find reference to an annual pass. Can’t see anywhere to buy a ‘day pass’ online or similar.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just pay on your way into the park from Jindabyne on day two. parks give you a reminder, not a fine. If you get lucky you get a free day.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sounds good. How much? Hopefully not more than Vic’s $45 a day!

    Amazed Thredbo doesn’t have any info or a link to it on their website.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    In NSW you are paying national parks, not the resort.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yea, all still the gummit!
     
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    It’s around $27 per day I think

    Just checked: $29
     
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    Lifes2good One of Us

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    Lift passes are cheapest online if you buy at least 7 days ahead. They aren’t cheaper the earlier you buy them. You should be able to get a 3 day ticket for around $350.
    https://shop.thredbo.com.au/#/lift-passes/
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks. Got a link? Can’t seem to find it.
     
  22. Bogong

    Bogong Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    This should work. Of course you have to 'create an account' and give them all your details so they cam spam you from now until eternity. :blb:
     
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    Fellow Mexican, whereabouts in Melbourne will coming from? If it's in the east the Barry Way might be better for you.

    Elsewhere the Alpine Way is best, a trip I do most winter weekends.

    If you're coming through at night note that there isn't that much traffic, and there is no phone reception. If fact I recently met another Mexican in an Impreza who had parked it on its doors, in a ditch on the side of the Alpine Way. She'd been sitting there for 45 min waiting for a passer by to help pull her out of the window. So as @CarveMan suggests chains would be a good idea.

    What @J_busworth posted was pretty much on the money, but I'd allow another 30min to the time from Corryong in case of fallen trees, snow, fitting chains etc. Also, make sure you check that the Alpine Way is open - you can avoid a large amount of disappointment by doing this.

    For reference, Dead Horse Gap has an elevation of 1580m, so there a good chunk of road above 1500m.

    The other this to consider is fuel, if you're travelling at night you options for fuel are limited. Khancoban petrol station closes relatively early, and I've been caught out at Corryong as well.

    And you need to becareful of the suicidal Kangaroos, Wallabies, Possums, Emus, Wombats and bloody deer. And also, drivers who like to drive in the middle lane round blind corners - although these typically found on a Sunday afternoon in my experience (only 5 on today's drive back).

    As @crackson said the view from Scrammels is awesome

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    And sometimes the Alpine Way itself can also look awesome

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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do not take the Barry Way.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    @LaNeige thanks heaps for all that info and the great photos. I will be heading from CBD on Friday, so straight up the Hume seems best. Interesting points on fuel, especially considering only get about 400kms out of a tank, maybe even a tad less if really hilly. Can throw a jerry can in but definitely wouldn’t have though of it!
     
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    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    What are you driving?

    Fill up in Wodonga, 270km to Jindabyne.
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Subaru Impreza.
     
  28. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    I agree. The Barry Way is interesting enough on dry roads in daylight. If you decide to go that side go to Cann River and hang a left through Bombala.
     
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    This is what my mates in Melb eastern side do.
     
  30. Arne

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    Alpine way is the go if you have any confidence from Vicco. Stay Khancoban. Though probably not the morning after fresh snowfall. I got one buddy who drives up most friday nights. Even during storms. He's comfortable and experienced but always carries abit of safety gear, depending on weather. Blankets, snatch strap, chainsaw. Dont worry about park entry. Just park in any car park in Thredbo, you will get a reminder notice for National Park entry. Too easy, pay online later. Another buddy does Ballarat to Thredbo every second week via Hume to Tumut to Cooma to pick up his van. Then tows it in.
    9 hours. Horrid
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    I’ve heard rumours they are moving from a ‘payment reminder’ system to a ‘fine’ system.

    Anyone know if this is In play yet?
     
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    No haven't heard of this. Maybe they should have the entry open longer if that's the case. I came through 6.30pm and they were closed. There is no gate on the southern entry. They would have to be open 24/7
     
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    I'm headed up this way on Aug 3-4, staying at the Mountain View Motel with wife and toddler - will report back on the facilities.
     
  34. Bogong

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    While you are arriving late at night and going on to Jindy the next day, so you'll barely see the town anyway, I usually suggest that people stay in Corryong.

    It's a proper town with useful features like pubs, nice cafes, a decent supermarket for last minute supplies, etc. Khancoban is a pleasant enough place, but there's really nothing there.
     
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    They lie all the time about stuff like that.

    It's always some casual toilet cleaner making trouble with tourists.

    Eg. We are taking all the firepits out because people.

    We are moving to fines.

    We are going to make diggings booking only.
     
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    Very surprised you only get 400km to a tank.
     
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    If the skies are clear and the roads are good the Alpine way at night in an all wheel drive can be an awesome drive. I recall one occasion coming back from Hotham with a car load of skis in my 6cyl Outback with new tyres. Early evening but dark, no wildlife to speak of, nice even weight distribution, just me in the car and fully up it. Just a great drive. Got to Thredbo and was tempted to turn around and do it again.
     
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    In my younger days, I once drove into Thredbo at night ex Syd. Stone flicked up onto windscreen whilst driving just south of Cooma and it completely shattered. I had to smash it out and then drive onto Thredbo without a windscreen (wearing balaclava, ski gloves, ski jacket whilst driving). LOL F@ark I was cold when I arrived and the most painful drive I have ever done.......then I discovered Jagermeister.
     
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    We always fill up in Wodonga, gets us to Thredbo and back no worries in the Impreza. Be sure to fill up in Jindy again for the trip back just to be sure. Don't buy fuel in Thredbo.
     
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    Very good advice!
     
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    This.
    My Imp gets 8km/100 ... easily 500kms plus
     
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    or make online purchase possible
     
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    I've heard thats happening..
    However its a undertaking as it involves the whole of NPWS.... rather than just Kosi.
     
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    Honestly the much maligned (by NSW people) Mexican resorts have had online purchasing of entry permits since... it seems like almost forever. Some of them haven't had toll booths for many years, you "pay online or cop a fine". And now in 2019, your bureaucracy has finally started to think about it. :headbang:

    One has to wonder what century do the bureaucrats who administer NSW ski resorts live in? On that basis alone, they deserve to fired, or at the least, demoted and transferred to some department that still operates as if it's the 1950s.
     
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    Except you're not paying the resorts in NSW.
    Thats the kicker
     
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    I'm not sure if this makes things more complex, or if it's an excuse, but in NSW there are a range of park passes that give you access to different parks.

    You can actually order passes online but a physical piece of plastic is mailed to you. It is not done by numberplate recognition.
     
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    nor is it for falls creek. print your (non season) pass at home - or get it printed at ATS or visitor info.
     
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    Honestly. They just should have a app like LinktGo (for Toll roads in NSW-I presume Victoria is the same?) for NPWS.
    Its made toll tags and all that business obselete
     
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    When the fuel light goes on in our Subi Imp it's good for another 100km.

    That said when doing ADL to Jindy we always fill up in Albury or it might be Wodonga, I dunno it all looks the same to me. Any how we are always in Jindy with plenty of fuel even though car is loaded to the roof for a 3 month relocation to Windabyne.

    For ADL to Jindy we stop short of Benalla, but that is no good to you. If we have to stop short in the hilly zone we choose Tallangatta (spelling might be out there), nice caravan park on the water, normally quiet in Winter. Excellent sunsets and reasonable bakery or fish & potato cake eats for lower cost simple road meals. Never had a pub meal there, must do it someday.

    And as always for ski.com.au lots of good accurate advice in response to your queries above.
     
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    Thredbo has nothing to do with Park entry.

    There’s no fine though, at the moment it’s just a ‘request to pay’. If you don’t pay it though it attracts an additional fee.
     
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