Hi everyone, Some might have seem me post on various other skiing forums over the last 15 years or in this forum where I created last August (ski passes deals) when travelling to Australia to ski became another amongst a number of crazy things. One of the craziest things I've done is starting a monthly ski streak where I need to ski (on snow) at least once a month. The goal was initially to complete one-year, 12-months in a row. Currently the count is up to 154 consecutive months of skiing. There are no year-round places to ski in Eastern North America and the closer place is a 5-hour plane ride. In other to keep the streak "alive", I've travelled to South America 5 times, European Alps twice, New Zealand once and Timberline / Mt. Hood (Oregon) 4 times , the only open ski area most of the year. The only other places on the planet with outdoor snow skiing ski areas open this time of the year are in Norway, South Africa, Lesotho and Australia. This year seems to be a great season to explore Australia ski areas. I've add people on this forum or other ski forums question my sanity for travelling to Australia to ski (I'll do also some sightseeing while I'm here). You can find some of this, question and my motivation on the other thread. https://www.ski.com.au/xf/threads/ski-deals-ski-industry-or-otherwise-for-lift-tickets.78939/ First, here are the places I'm thinking of skiing - this is not a debate on why, just fyi) Melbourne 1 - Buller 2 - Hotham 3 - Falls 4 - Threadbo 5, 6 and maybe 7 - Perisher (2 days) and maybe Charlotte Canberra Sydney drive back to Melbourne. Questions: 1) Ski Deals: I already know the answer. The Jucy rental deal: is there a way of going around the two people (When you go to collect your JUCY vehicle from the branch, you need to have a second person with you.). Does that second person need to be on the rental with you? 2) Weather (for planning): I know weather is weather, but is skiing 7 ski days in a row an issue. I found out the hard way in Argentina when virtually the whole ski area was closed for a few days. How frequent are rainy or wind hold days? I'm planning to start my skiing by August 26. Do to the nature of lift passes, entrance fees, booking, etc and if I want to ski one whole week, what are the odds that it might suck for some of those days (my motto is that the skiing never suck, but I've had my share of skiing in the pouring rain/freezing rain). I generally prefer to wait and see before committing to skiing that certain day, but this might not be possible on this trip. 3) Entrance fees: I'm trying to get my head around this concept. So if you are going skiing, in addition to your $100+ ski pass, you have to forth out an extra $50? So a day-tripper pays $150? Is there a way to avoid the fee? Shuttles, etc? It would seem that all/most Victoria ski areas have Entrance fees. I presume goes fees are only good for one area and cannot combine more than a specific one? 4) Park fees: (see #3 - this one is more logical to me). If are skiing in NSW for a few days and stay in Jindabyne, but you pay for the length of your stay? 5) Accommodations (Hostels, AirBnB, Couchsurfing): I've seen some place close to some ski areas which didn't seem to expensive or further away. Do any places have a combo lodging/ski pass that could be a good deal? Places to crash? Buller: Buller, Mansfield? Hotham: Germantown, Bright? Falls: Germantown again? Mt Beauty? Thredbo: ? Thredbo??? Jindabyne? Perisher/Charlotte: Jindabyne? 6) Driving distances / hazards: The longest distance between ski resorts. The longest is between Falls and Threadbo (4 hours - 285km) and someone recommended that I do the drive in the day time, so I presume this would be a day off. From my experience, all distances and time are not too crazy by my standards. Someone mentioned wildlife, in Canada we also have to be aware of wildlife, but wondering is it worst in Australia? I was lucky to survive a collision with a moose in the middle of nowhere. Needless to say, my car was totalled and waited 30-45 minutes in the snow for the next car to come by. Other important distances: Buller to Hotham. 7) NON-SKIING - Things to see So I have 16 days. First night in Australia is August 24, last night is September 8. Here a rough idea for an itinerary which I posted a few days ago. I might do all of this. day 0: Melbourne early morning arrival day 1: Melbourne - maybe fitting Ocean Drive??? then drive and sleep before Buller? day 2: ski Buller - drive towards Hotham and find place to sleep along the way day 3: ski Hotham - drive towards Falls and find place to sleep along the way day 4: ski Falls sleep somewhere day 5: day drive and not ski day and find place close to Thredbo? day 6: ski Thredbo then stay in Jindabyne for a few nights for nights 6, 7 & 8? day 7-8-9?: ski Perisher/Charlotte Night 9 sleep in Canberra day 10: Canberra day 11-12 Sydney day 13-15 Sydney coast drive to Melbourne day 16 - leaving back to Canada 8) THINGS: Canberra: 1 day? What do I "need" to see? Melbourne: What do I "need" to see? Sydney: 1 or 2 days? What do I "need" to see? Above I mentioned waiting to drive the Ocean Drive Road and do the Coastal drive between Sydney and Melbourne. Both are possible. If I need to choose, should I go for the Ocean Drive Road and forget about the NSW/VIC coastal drive? Any tips, suggestions, recommendations, couch to crash are all welcomed. Yes, I'm Mad. PS. Someone mentioned something about a TR. I've been mentally challenged in the writing TRs, however I've been pretty consistent in posting on my Ski Mad World Facebook page and on Instagram (madpatski). I have a blog, but I haven't had the courage to write much the last few years (madpatski.wordpress.com), but they are a few cool things in it.