Has anyone got some input into the whole lift status shenanigans at Thredbo?? Twice I have made the trip from the Central Coast in what appears to be perfectly acceptable riding weather with a bit of light wind or sprinkling thrown in the mix, only to have the trip either cut short or postponed because their communication is lacking..
The Thredbo webpage "lift status" always reads as lifts are open, never on hold, or closed.... so if your travelling down and you check the webpage and the status reads as ok, but yet you get there and its a no go, it really fu*ks up your plans/weekend.
Im not apposed to them closing the lifts if there is risk to persons riding them, or riders are going to make a swamp pit of the trails, however its the lack of communication that really does my head in!
Another issue was In December, i was down there and they had the lifts on hold due to apparent "wind gusts" again if you checked the webpage they stated the lifts were open. With being tired of sitting around me and a mate decided to push our downhill bikes up the fricken mountain (idiots I know, or just keen), when we got to the top there was zero wind, and the whole time whilst pushing our bikes up the mountain the chair lifts didn't even budge in the apparent wind... yet when you quizz the lifties about the status they just tell you its the wind. (nothing to do with their Christmas party the night before, a few sore heads of theirs getting around)
I apologies for the rant, however I just don't see the sense in the whole thing, mainly the communication is what bothers me. I have seen many posts online on sites like Facebook from pretty pissed off riders making similar journeys only to get there and been show the door when they rock up to the lift. And if you buy your lift pass over the net your kinda screwed, no refund. You can use it before the end of the season, but you now have to arrange to take more time off work to make your money worth it. And lets face it Thredbo is a far cry for most people to simply get in the car to visit your "local" trail... chuck in accomodation, over priced booze and pub meals you can part ways with a few $$$ in no time.
Just to finish this off, the guys in the bike shop down at the lifts do a awesome job, the guys building the trails and maintaining them also do a amazing job, all the crew from the shops to the lifties are friendly enough and when you get a ride in its a amazing trip! il keep on coming back to Thredbo, however please try make some sense of the lift status for us!