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Thredbo with Kids

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by Noah, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. J_busworth

    J_busworth One of Us

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    P4 is overnight but I've never ever actually been able to park in it. When you enter the day parking keep going past the first parking lot to the rear lot, which is clearly signposted from memory. If staying overnight I usually park in P2 orP3 over at Woodridge, but P4 is a better location
     
  2. LaNeige

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    Err, theres no harm in getting getting either of those.

    I recall stopping in Albury a couple of years ago and asking if it was Alpine Diesel, the answer was 'Um, yeah'. In hindsight a bit of red flag.

    Parked up in CP 3, came back Sunday morn to pick the car up and no go. Went and skied the day which was luckily warm and it started first thing.

    This also reminds me of @Snow Blowey having to light a fire under his tank to get it moving one morning at Island Bend.

    As for antifreeze, many years ago I thought my mechanic had added antifreeze. Let's put it this way cracked engine blocks suck.
     
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  3. chicski

    chicski A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    It was -13c this morning in Perisher. I always had antifreeze in my car in Jindy. Didn’t have a diesel but all the Jindy servos will be Alpine. Can’t hurt.
     
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  4. db2567

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    The parking at the last about 3 or 4 rows of Friday flats is overnight parking.
    There is also parking on the road left near the leisure centre , but this is the most inconvenient parking(but big), there is another one near the bridge , but I've never seen a vacancy there.
    You may be fortunate to Snapple up a park on the flats past Kossie lift before you climb up hill to all the lodges ( but that is usually only in the late afternoon after someone leaves).
    The YHA is locked with PIN code until 4:30 pm.
    There are 2 chairs in the locker/ washing machine area that are out of the wind that you can wait at until they open too.
    I keep my boots in the heater room overnight too and often carry them and wear comfortable shoes down to my locker and store shoes in paid locker while I ski.
    The YHA expect you to bring sheets and towels too( but you can hire them too).
    Don't bring quilts , blankets or pillows- there are plenty provided.
    Kitchen is fully equipped. Town has a reasonable small supermarket.
    Plenty of restaurants, take away places.
    If you plan to drink alcohol it is expensive so byo is a popular option.
     
  5. iagreewithhim

    iagreewithhim One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Unless it's 100 years old and serviced by your dad, it will already have a glycol-based coolant. That's antifreeze.
     
  6. Adelaide Snow

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    We have found that the cheapest place to rent gear was Monster Ski Hire (Lee Ave, Jindabyne). They have a Groupon deal but rather than buy via Groupon, just ask them to match the deal in store - you get the deal and they don’t have to pay the commission to Groupon. We got skis and boots for our 10 year old for $55 for 11 days.
    Remember that you should have chains for your vehicle and all diesel in Jindabyne is Alpine.
    The $20 half day is a good idea (used to be free) and gives you some time to find your way around.
    Cruiser will be ideal to start with and have a trip on the old Merritts chair to Cruiser - very unique and being replaced next year with the gondola (a gondola cabin is at Friday Flat to have a look).
    Provided it’s not too windy, your kids should be able to get up to the bell - highest lifted point in Australia. Our boy got up last year without difficulty provided they can ride T bars. If it’s too daunting they can the download on Kosi chair afterwards.
    We ski as a family in the morning and our son has group lessons in the afternoon- good value when booked with lift tickets. Found that this gives everyone a chance to ski to their abilities and also as a family. Never needed, but gave the boy an old phone with our numbers and ski patrol. Also able to use the find my phone app to see where on the hill he was with the lessons.
    If you’re there on a Thursday, stay back at Friday Flat and let the kids ski down in the dark as part of the flare run. Fireworks afterwards.
    We love Selwyn for an occasional day but Thredbo is certainly a more traditional alpine village feel.
     
  7. Noah

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    Say hello if you see me, I've got slightly wild hair and a beard at the moment. Don't know if we'll be hanging around much, I'm usually broken at the end of a skiing day, but we'll definitely be making use of the kitchen.
     
  8. Noah

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    I'll try to fill up on the way then.
     
  9. Noah

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    Thanks all for your help, the advice has been great and will make the trip easier and more enjoyable.
     
  10. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    So does everyone else at the YHA LOL (I used to be summer relief manager there for a few years in the olden days)
     
  11. linked_recoveries

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    Most radiators have anti-freeze already added. I've never prepped the car in any particular way The only drama has been the windscreen washing fluid feezes solid for the first few minutes, until the hot engine bay warms it back up.

    Now, let's not get into the debate about lifting the wipers up versus leaving them down. :rolleyes:
     
  12. iagreewithhim

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    If you lift them up it might help you find your car...
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. Noah

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    Brief notes: got in too late, 1:10 for 1pm skiing and then waiting for long conversations at the desk meant we only hit slopes at 2. Blaring music and slush at the entrance is rubbish. Next time will get there much earlier. In my impatience I took wife up to cruiser with the kids because Friday flat looks terrible (wow the beginner area sucks). We escorted her back to the gunbarrel and she went to the flats and the kids and I did some runs on cruiser. I found runs a little dull but the sight of the bowl terrifying and quite nervous with kids on the easy runs thinking this is a proper mountain.

    We went across the Traverse and down to Kosciuszko which was great fun, kids thrilled. My daughter fell at the top of eagles nest, I saw her when I was at the bottom of that area, she struggled mightily to get skis on, slipping etc. Another dad made his own kids wait about 5 minutes while he helped her back into the skis. I was so grateful. Thank you to the person, it was right on 4:10 too so it might have even stuffed their chances of one last run. Really really thankful.

    Experienced skiers on the mountain were really tolerant of my kids. So sorry to watch good skiers alter their runs to accommodate the little kids. No one was grumpy, I was surprised. Snow was good. Runs weren't too difficult, but figuring out where we were and where to go took time. Hope we'll prove less annoying tomorrow and looking forward to the day.

    Listening to the rain now from the yha, not pleased. Best session is always the brief run you get on your first afternoon when everything is rushed.

    Yha is brilliant, people nice everywhere. Village looked beautiful. In rushing at jindabyne I didn't buy beer, so drinking the most expensive tooheys I've ever drunk. Skiing is brilliant.
     
  14. LaNeige

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    Loving the trip report and the way you've followed up your enquiry here, but the natural home of a TR is in the Thredbo 2019 thread. It will get more traffic and let people know what the conditions on the hill are like.

    Keep up the great work!
     
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  15. Noah

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    Does anyone know what time the all day parking bays can be used? Was thinking of packing the car and moving to a good spot at 6:30 around Friday flats for a quick departure tomorrow afternoon. Is there a time when the day parking bays open? Is this enforced?
     
  16. Sage Oya

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    7am-7pm, usually if i recall correctly though this is more for snow clearing which wont happen overnight tonight.
     
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  17. Noah

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    So do people get fined for parking overnight there then? If not, might do all that packing and move the car tonight.
     
  18. Sage Oya

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    Not that I've seen, and i dont think it should be a major issue given they wont be snow clearing tonight. Still, probs best to just move it in the morning.

    For reference, if you leave your car parked in the day parking overnight when snow clearing needs to be done your car will be boxed in and you'll annoy a lot of people LOL
     
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  19. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Put them in a umbrella bag....
     
  20. skull

    skull One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I have seen cars there with fines, there was one porsche that was there for a few days it also had a solid wall of snow pushed around it from the snow plows.
     
  21. Noah

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    Just to follow up. We had a great time at Thredbo. Was really beautiful staying on the mountain. The runs were initially challenging for me and my children but once we figured out where the runs go and became more familiar with everything it wasn't too hard. My wife spent a lot of time on Friday flat the first two days before giving cruiser area a go. I think it's a big leap for skiers who lack confidence to go from Friday Flat to Cruiser and lots of people were daunted by the trip back to the download at gunbarrel. Also, my wife's lessons were variable: on one they managed one run of cruiser in two hours, on another they were taken up to the village trail via sponars T-bar. She really liked the second lesson, and wouldn't have had the courage to go there with us, but the first lesson seemed a waste of time, both were the same level. She had a good time somehow on Friday flat, but I don't understand that.

    The whole area around Cruiser and High Noon was fun for us confident beginners/intermediates and I found it easy to ski with my kids in those areas without any concern about losing track of them. By the last day I was doing black runs at cruiser while they did their own thing in that area. We never really got confident around the meadows area, too many options to feel like I could let my kids loose. But I think it would only have taken an extra day for us to get the hang of that area as well (we spent three and a half days at Thredbo). I really appreciated the long runs at Thredbo and the ability to connect runs like going across to Waimea and down into cruiser or across to high noon. I was also surprised by how kind and helpful people were on the mountain, nobody minded the clumsy skiing of my children (and maybe me too) and people were helping each other all over the place. We did what linked recommended with early lunches and afternoon tea after 2pm and that usually meant we were able to get tables at Friday flats. we sat in the smokers section around the corner to avoid the crap music they have blaring. Overall, made for really pleasant days.

    Having only ever been to Selwyn as an alternative, I'd say for an absolute first timer that Selwyn is a much better place to go to learn to ski: You get much more space, better lessons (I think so anyway, I didn't have the patience to try, but my kids and wife actually got to ski in them), better opportunity to learn a variety of lifts and ski bars and it's very easy to keep track of your kids. It's just a much easier and cheaper place to ski. I couldn't stand friday flat and wouldn't want to spend time there waiting for my kids or watching my kids ski and I think with the very slow lift and the massive crowds there it isn't a very good space to learn. Lots of families seemed to put their kids into ski school for the day and go off skiing by themselves. The kids generally were complaining about those days at the end of the day. At Selwyn it's much easier to let them do their own thing because it's all so small and easy to navigate.

    Someone also made the comment that the Selwyn black runs are only green runs elsewhere. I tend to disagree with that. The runs are so short at Selwyn that they certainly aren't really black runs, but they're reasonably steep and icy and you have to navigate the t-bars. I think they would be blue run equivalent in comparing them to Thredbo. Learning to ski at selwyn meant the kids and I were confident and ready to get around thredbo. But no matter how much time you spend at Selwyn, going to Thredbo is going to feel challenging.

    If you do the half day add on to your trip, make sure you get there well before the 1pm start time to ensure you get maximum amount of time. And expect for it to take a while to get ski hire and shopping stuff in Jindabyne. I think it took us about an hour and a half to do all that (maybe a little longer) and the shop is pretty small with lots of other families getting groceries with the same intention. Buy alcohol there too. I don't think the foodworks in Thredbo is too excessive though, if you avoid chips and chocolate. I hired a locker, was going to store stuff in the car but the hassle of thinking about moving the car each time into overnight parking made it an unnecessary hassle. That's about it. Was very hard to leave a little early for our drive home. Oh lastly, stopped at Cooma Cafe to get a coffee when all the other cafes were closed in Cooma. they say they make their coffee 'hot and strong' and they weren't wrong. Was really good driving coffee for that reason. Didn't look the sharpest cafe, and wasn't the most refined coffee but it got me back to Sydney.
     
  22. silva

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    Glad to hear you had a successful trip. Did you end up getting to the top to ring the bell? If not, maybe next time.
     
  23. climberman

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    Sounds like a great trip and thanks for reporting back!
     
  24. Noah

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    Hahaha, yeah, we did and did the standard photo. Was beautiful. Would have liked to have done it again (did it the first full day and not again) because we stopped and started and were uncertain of where to go on our run down. By day four we would have sped down from the top. But yeah, next time.
     
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    Wow, there is a lot of snow up there. In our photos from a bit earlier in the season my 10 year old can just reach the string on the bell. Someone needs to put height measurements on the uprights of the structure - would be interesting to see how deep the snow is.