She Went Wild intends to “inspire, educate and connect women to live adventurously in the outdoors” and does this through offering training and trips across many outdoor activities. They say “for too long, female adventurers have been underrepresented in the outdoors industry. She Went Wild journey started in an effort to overcome the barriers faced by women who want to spend more time out and about”.
Mountain Sports Collective will be running a series of FREE Introduction to Advanced Backcountry sessions this season. These events are for participants who are eager to step beyond the patrol lines and learn the skills required to pursue extended ski touring (both skiing and split boarding). This is nominally everything you need to know to travel over a variety of alpine terrain (Skiing / Skinning and ALPINE Climbing) and overnight (the eDVANCED bit).
The ranges have been hammered by the rain. Going from a good cover of dry fresh snow that stayed around for opening weekend, the ranges have seen up to 140mm of precipitation since then. This has had a devastating impact on backcountry snow conditions.
While the resorts are operating, with limited terrain, the backcountry is not looking so good at present. With a patchy base that has been firming up in cooler conditions, it’s probably a better move to enjoy a few beers indoors or go for a walk at present. The immediate forecast still isn’t good, with mild conditions and a few days of ‘snow showers’ without any major falls expected. But once the snow does come in again, make sure you check the Mountain Sports Collective (MSC) backcountry conditions bulletin before you head out.
The program will run from midday to 4pm (and will be followed by a ski in outdoor bar from 4 – 6pm).
Check below for the program. We have a few more things coming, so times will vary slightly before we get to the final program.
With continued snowfalls expected this week, we’re looking as if we will have a proper (settled) base across higher ranges and hence an early start to the ‘season’ (yes, ‘ski season’ is just a capitalist construct).
You’re probably planning trips. Here are a few resources that might help:
The Victorian Backcountry Festival will happen at Hotham, over the weekend of Sept 7 and 8. The program has just been released and is available here.
So far the program has 27 tours and workshops, from beginner to advanced, covering snow shoeing, splitboarding, alpine touring, telemark, and cross country. There will be skillshares in fat bikes, snow and avalanche safety, navigation, snow camping, rescue and a film making workshop.
- Start the weekend with a drink at the Snowline in Harrietville on Friday night
- Meet at The General early on sat for a briefing and tours (there are currently 19 tours and workshops on offer)
- Speaker’s program from midday at The General
- Then head to the outdoor bar (1 km ski/ skin in) and then kick on at Blizzard brewery in Dinner Plain
- Sunday is mostly longer tours (there are currently 8 tours planned for that day)
- The weekend finishes off with an evening brought to you by Protect Our Winters, featuring great speakers and 2 films, at The Bird
- Then Monday morning, the 3 day Feathertop camp out starts
- Alpine Access Australia is offering 2 day AST 1 avalanche courses before, during and after the festival.
Please remember to buy tickets for the weekend if you haven’t already (it’s $10 a person for the weekend)
There will a screening of the 2019 Backcountry film festival (BCFF) happening at Harrietville on Saturday June 1.
The BCFF features 10 great films, including an edit of the Ode To Muir splitboarding film.
There will be soup, bread and drinks available by donation.
All funds will go to the Avalanche Training Centre planned for Mt Hotham.
Harrietville community hall, Great Alpine Road, Harrietville from 6pm.
Alpine Access Australia started as a guiding company and now provides a range of snow safety programs and avalanche training. Many in the backcountry will know Dave and Pieta Herring and instructor Luka Panik. AAA operate both in the Snowy Mountains and a growing number of mountain areas in Victoria.
AAA are the avalanche safety course providers at this year’s VIC backcountry festival (September 8 and 9) and will be offering courses in the Hotham area before, during and after the festival.