Beware the trees
It was all a bit bizarre. I was traversing between runs and slipped in the forest, doing about 2kph on skis. Sadly, for me, the slope and a slippery branch at ground level meant I started going downhill quite quickly and, at some stage, clipped another branch.
Result - branch 1, Ian 0. Oh, and I got 7 stitches and concussion.
The point is that whilst skiing in Australia you have to be careful of trees.
- Skiing and Boarding
- National/State Park
Summit walk info (summertime)
During summer time, the chairlift from thredbo closes at 4:30pm. We missed this by a good two hours, which meant a lousy 5km walk down a steep and wandering path, in near darkness. We had to fling around 4 snakes off the path with a stick we found, as all other attemps to shift them proved impossible. Also, the wind at the top is VERY COLD (8°C), the singlet I had on in our hut seemed fine till we got on that chairlift and the 60kph wind hit us...
$27.50 each for a ski lift pass seemed a bit of a rip. Fuel was also about 18c/L dearer than towns we had passed the days before and after.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Fuel up before you enter the park!
One danger we nearly got caught in was running out of fuel.
We reached the town of Khancoban at the edge of the National Park at about 7 pm, running low on fuel, only to find a sign on the petrol station saying that it closed at 6.30 (or it could have been even earlier) and wouldn't reopen till 9 am or so....and the next petrol station was at Thredbo, about 50 mins drive further into the park.
We had to decide whether to abandon our idea of camping inside the park, and stay in this tiny town and get fuel the next morning, or risk driving into the park and cross our fingers we'd make it to Thredbo with what we had the following morning, because we certainly weren't going to make it this night with the daylight that was left.
In the end, we risked it and it was ok, but it was annoying to have no other way of getting fuel.
Another good reason to buy more fuel further back at Corryong (25 kms or so back) is that once you reach Thredbo, fuel prices jump up by 10-15c per litre.
- Road Trip
Don't damage the tundra
The tundra is very delicate and takes a long time to grow, so please do not try to damage them. If you want, you can take photographs for memories.
Stick to the path, don't wonder off track
There is a well laid path, so stick to it. Do not wonder off track as you will destroy the delicate tundra ecosystem. Worse still, you may even get lost and fall off somewhere deserted.
Although Mount Kosciuszko is relatively easy to climb, do take note of the weather especially stormy, windy and chilly conditions.