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Winter road trip bliss

What’s winter without a decent road trip? As I wrote earlier this year, I reckon the ultimate Australian winter snow road trip is the journey between the Snowy Mountains and the Victorian Alps via the Alpine Way.

There are lots of ways to cross the Alps or link up different mountains. But the Alpine Way has a special appeal I think, as it brings you under the western face of the Snowy Mountains, surely the most impressive alpine views on mainland Australia.

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Final details World Telemark Day, Mt Hotham, Sept 2

According to the poll, we have a slight majority keen to go sidecountry.
 
Let’s aim to go out to Mt Loch and possibly Machinery Spur, etc.
 
Please come prepared for an outing: lunch, water, skins, etc.
 
The skiing out at Loch is quite varied, so will suit all levels of skier. Its about a 70 min ski to get out there.
 
Let’s meet in or right outside the day shelter at the top of the Heavenly Valley chairlift. Its a 1 min walk from Loch carpark, or a 10 min walk up the road from Hotham central if you don’t have a lift pass.
 
Meet at 9am this saturday Sept 2, for a 9.15am departure.
 
I reckon I will ski in resort on the sunday, and would welcome anyone who wants to join me.
 
My mobile, if you’re lost or late: 0419338047

Telemark Day at Hotham, September 2

We’re getting close to World Telemark Day. There will be an informal gathering at Mt Hotham on saturday September 2.

All welcome. Free event. If we have a mix of abilities, we may split into two groups. Please remember to fill out the poll if you’re coming so we can decide whether we’re going to ski in resort or backcountry.

Full details here.

World Telemark Day 2017 – Snowy Mountains event

World telemark day is celebrated in both the northern and southern hemispheres

In NSW World Telemark Day will be celebrated on Saturday 9 September.

It will be held at Perisher. Meet at 8am at Perisher skitube.

The Plan: there will be two groups; 1 will go backcountry (ideal for those who don’t want to lash out on a lift ticket for the day) and 1 will take to the lifts to explore the great terrain that Perisher has to offer!

Both are great options, especially with the awesome snow that’s out there at the moment!!

There will be demo gear available through the Wilderness Sports Perisher store, with both NTN and 75mm gear to try!

Hire is also available through the store in Jindabyne on Friday night and Saturday Morning, as well as in our Perisher shop on Saturday morning. You can bring book through the WS website https://www.wildernesssports.com.au/pages/telemark-hire.

Come join us and have an awesome day with fellow freeheelers!

Please email or PM us to let us know whether you are interested in resort or backcountry to bruce@wildernesssports.com.au

 

For full details on world tele day, please check here.

 

World telemark day, September 2017

Saturday September 2, 2017.

This is the annual day for telemark skiers (and any other backcountry inclined skiers and riders) to get together, share some turns, make new friends, and generally enjoy getting out in the mountains.

WTD was initiated by Telemark magazine, with events both in the northern and southern hemispheres.

At this point there are plans for gatherings at MT HOTHAM and the SNOWY MOUNTAINS. Any tele skiers are encouraged to come along to the organised events or plan their own on their local hill.

Full details are available here.

Stay safe out there.

We have snow! Time to get out in the mountains.

A big part of having a successful trip (and not having to rely on the emergency Spam and VB in the hut) is to research the weather and conditions.

Continue reading “Stay safe out there.”

The backcountry – know before you go

The absolute majority of skiers and boarders enjoy their sport in resorts. Yet the continued interest in ‘side country’ and backcountry skiing and riding continues. While here in Australia, the backcountry (BC) does seem busier, it’s hard to tell if more people who mostly ski or ride in  resorts are spending some time in the side country, or whether it’s mostly people who are new to the sport who are venturing into the backcountry. It’s probably a mix of the two.

Either way, it does pose an issue. If people who are not familiar with ‘un managed’ winter environments are getting out of resorts under their own power, are they likely to get themselves into trouble in the backcountry? How can we help people to be ready for the conditions and terrain they might find?

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The winter of awesome

The waiting is over. Winter is finally here!

Now all that’s left to do is get out into the hills.

Here’s a short list of some of the backcountry-related organised snow events that I’m aware of.

Continue reading “The winter of awesome”

World telemark day

Saturday September 2, 2017.

This is the annual day for telemark skiers (and any other backcountry inclined skiers and riders) to get together, share some turns, make new friends and generally enjoy getting out in the mountains.

Anyone is welcome to organise an event.

At this point there are plans for gatherings at MT HOTHAM and the SNOWY MOUNTAINS.

Full details will be available here closer to winter.

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