Snow covered tracks anyone...?

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 12:59
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Dear all

any tracks out there in the VIC high country or snowy mountains that are accessible during winter?
I have a few days to spare mid July and would like to take my Prado w/ MTZ's onto some snow covered tracks.
Where can I get some info on track closure / conditions?

Any info as always greatly appreciated.
JS
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Reply By: Madfisher - Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 18:04

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 18:04
Mate as one who grew up in the high country, it is dodgy enough driving on dirt roads covered in snow and ice let alone 4wd tracks. They are closed for good reasons.
Be real exciting sliding down a ice covered track totally out of control.
Cheers Pete
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Follow Up By: PradoMad - Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 18:26

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 18:26
G'day madfisher

I grew up in Switzerland with plenty of snow every winter. I have been to the high country many times and other exciting places in this beautiful country. I am well aware of the danger. I just would like to spend a couple of days in the snow somewhere (no skiing) and admire the beauty in the winter season.
So,..any recommendations or suggestions?
JS
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 19:49

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 19:49
Not 4wd but 3 mile dam is a beautifull spot, you will need chains. It is near kiandra.
You can also camp in the National Park at the top of Eucembene Dam.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: Crackles - Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 21:47

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 21:47
If you are an affiliated member of 4x4 Victoria you can get a permit through them to drive over Mt Skene (Winter MVO track) which is probably the states most reliable snow destination. When there are low altitude falls to 1000 metres then there are plenty of tracks around Lake Mountain, Mt Matlock, Mt Useful, Mt Terrible & the Moroka road. The problem is you often can't plan a weekend rather you need to head up straight after a big snow fall.

If you do then you may be lucky & get a day like this.............. but of course then you need to be able to drive a 2 tonne car on top of a metre of snow which is easier said than done.
Mt Skene permit
Parks Vic track closures
Cheers Craig............

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Follow Up By: PradoMad - Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 23:39

Saturday, Jun 19, 2010 at 23:39
Hi Craig
this photo is now my desktop background, totally awesome......, that is what I want to experience. thanks for the info
JS
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:33

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:33
I spent the best part of 10 years living in Gippsland and many weeks per year leading cross country ski trips and to find snow conditions like this is RARE.

You were very lucky on this occasion.

I've only experienced snow like this a handful of times....though how wonderful it is when you do.....

CHeers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:40

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:40
Gaday Mark. Yes I've been skiing for 35 years & have only seen it a handful of times as well. In fact 2 hours later the snow had all melted off the trees & a day later 50 four wheel drives had turned it all to mush.
It was a very lucky drive as I only decided to head to Melbourne the back way on my Friday off at the last minute. Normally I wouldn't tackle something that deep by myself but there was no turning back with all that virgin snow in front :-) Almost 150km of snow covered roads over Skene to Warburton.
Cheers Craig............
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Reply By: Shaker - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:29

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:29
Try McEvoys Track to Mount Useful, between Seaton & Licola.
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Reply By: PradoMad - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:51

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 10:51
Thank you all for the info.
Will get organised next week, get some permits then hopefully I have some snow.
Trying to create a video clip as well.

if you haven,t seen this one then take a look.
JS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7QMPesBd3Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTUgrvI0njM
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark E (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:31

Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 at 22:31
After watching those videos, I would recommend you go up on to the Snowy Plains area north of Licola if there is good snow........



The Maffra SES are experts at bush and snow search and rescue!

;-)

CHeers,

Mark
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:19

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 17:19
After watching those videos I suggest you go up with someone else (other than your mate with the Pathfinder ;-))
Cheers Craig.........
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:19

Monday, Jun 21, 2010 at 11:19
You can get some indication of likely snow cover by checking out the snow reports for Baw Baw and Gwinear and cross referencing the altitude with where you might drive. That's for Gippsland centre and Sth of the great divide.

http://ski.com.au/reports/australia/index.html

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