Trips

Here is a selection of activites from our outdoor program, taking place in the near future.

DateGradeDestinationTypeDescription
Apr 2018
Fri~27~--~Sun~29 Apr~2018Four Mile hut maintenanceMeet at Mt Selwyn at 9am Friday 27 April. Looking at replacing warped timber slabs on the gable above the window for this trip with the usual cleaning and tidying of the hut. Social weekend including an informal artist camp, relaxing, short trips, and talking up the snow levels for the coming season. The theme for the weekend is to set aside time from our activities and busy lives to appreciate the hut and its surrounds.
Jun 2018
Sat~9~--~Mon~11 Jun~20182B
 Undulating/ActivCascade Hut or Teddys Hut or region of the Chimneys
2 night camping Cross Country ski tour or walk
Ski or walk dependant on snow conditions and camp for 2 nights at chosen location. Need to be able to ski with full pack and have had some snow-camping experience.

Fri~22~--~Sun~24 Jun~20183C
 Steep/Strenuous Guthega to Dicky Cooper Bogong Loop via Windy Creek and the Rolling Grounds2 night camping Cross Country ski tour or walk
2 day cross country Ski tour or walk dependant on snow conditions and camp for 2 nights at different locations. Need to be able to ski with full pack, navigate, handle various terrain and conditions including steeper terrain. Need to have had previous snow-camping experience.

Thu~28~Jun~--~Sun~1~Jul 20182BSouthern Alps Ski Club XC Bus TripThis is a bus trip organised by the Southern Alps Ski Club leaving Canterbury Race course at 7pm for a 7:30pm departure on Thursday evening and returning Sunday night. This is lodge based trip first staying at Christiania lodge in Thredbo, then on Saturday ski to Southern Alps Lodge at Charlotte Pass. Finally skiing to Perisher on the Sunday visiting Kahane Lodge, then returning to Sydney. Confirm your booking, by payment made before 30 April.
Aug 2018
Sat~4~--~Sun~12 Aug~2018VariesCross Country Ski Week – Perisher  X-CountryMeeting mainly at Sverre Kaaten Nordic Shelter, Perisher Valley. A great week of ski racing and other activities including mystery coffee tours and a meet and greet with Perisher Historical Society. Highlight of the week is the KAC Classic ski race from Perisher to Charlotte Pass with lunch at the KAC Lodge and presentation at the Chalet. For more information about ski week: http://www.perisherxcountry.org/events/ski-week
Sat~25~--~Sun~26 Aug~20182BBeginners Snow Camping TripThis trip will be held in the Perisher/ Thredbo Range area with a short ski of several kilometres to where we will set up base camp. Depending on if the weather is fine a side to trip with lighter/ day packs. Possible construction in the snow of an outdoor seating and kitchen for evening meal. Returning Sunday afternoon after working on downhill technique while wearing overnight packs. Exact location of the trip will be determined by snow cover and/ or weather.
Sep 2018
Sat~1~Sep 2018All gradesBackcountry festival at Falls Creek incorporating World Telemark Day.This year World Telemark Day has moved to Falls Creek resort. It has broadened the focus to cover all forms of human and gravity powered backcountry travel, including telemark skiing, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing and alpine touring. Another World Telemark Day/ Telefest is being planned for NSW in September. Stay tuned. The day – to be held on September 1st 2018 – will feature clinics and sessions covering ‘all things backcountry’, with a party at night. Lock in the date and hopefully we will see you in September. For full details go to the website: https://backcountry-festival.com
Sat~8~--~Sat~22 Sep~2018VariableCharlotte Pass, Lodge-Based Ski TouringLodge-based ski day trips from Charlotte Pass. Enjoy the luxury of dry boots, skiing from the door, day trips to places like Lake Cootapatamba, Mt Kosciuszko, Mt Townsend, Mt Lee, Mt Carruthers, Mt Twynam, Watsons Crags, Blue Lake, Club Lake, Mt Stilwell, Twin Valleys, etc, or sharpen up your teles on the lifts. (Don't yet know if lifts at Charlotte Pass will be open for the whole week.) Experience the outrageously cooperative spring snow and choose the grade to suit yourself. Come for some or all of the week. Southern Alps has finalised its rates for our group to stay at Charlotte Pass in September.  They are: for visitors, for the week 15-22 September, $544                 for the week 8-15 September, $844 for SASC members, for the week 15-22 September, $460                 for the week 8-15 September, $694 Unfortunately Southern Alps has not offered a particularly attractive price for the week 8-15 September.  I had hoped that we could negotiate a rate that provided an incentive to attend in the week 8-15 but that did not happen.  I ask that you indicate now if you want to come to Charlotte Pass in September.  I am about to leave for a month’s skiing.  When I return in early April will ask those who indicated their intention to attend at Southern Alps to pay a deposit of 50%.  The week 15-22 September is likely to fill fairly quickly.  Those who want to come in that week but cannot be fitted in will have the following options: stay at Southern Alps in the week 8-15 September stay at Pygmy Possum in the week 15-22 September stay at Pygmy Possum in the week 8-15 September not come to Charlotte Pass at all in either week   Rates at Pygmy Possum are $527 for either week for non-members of Elouera Ski Club booking and paying after 1 April.  Please note that Pygmy Possum is self-catering (you have to take and cook your own food unless you arrange to eat at Southern Alps or the Chalet). I propose to accept bookings in the order I receive notice of your intention to attend, confirmed by your paying the 50% deposit in early April.  For those whom I can’t fit in at Southern Alps in the week 15-22 September I propose to try to sort out which is the preferred alternative in order to ensure a good-sized group wherever and whenever the majority would like to stay.
Jan 2019
Tue~1~Jan~--~Thu~28~Feb 2019variableIndia SkiingskiingDates: TBC in January and/or February 2019. Where: Gulmarg (Kashmir), Auli (Uttarakhand), maybe Kullu Valley (Himachal Pradesh). Gulmarg is India's best ski resort, and extends from ~2800m at the base to ~4000m at the top; it's often possible to ski below 2800m, to Tangmarg. It's not far from Srinagar. Auli is near Nanda Devi, India's highest peak. Photos taken from Auli look amazing. It's near Joshimath, a bit past Rishikesh, allegedly the world yoga capital where the Beatles resided with the Maharishi decades ago. There are "ski courses" at Auli which include accommodation and full board for a very reasonable price. The Kullu has a ski touring guidebook written by Australian expat CR Spooner, and there are huge areas where ski touring could be done. Note that the skiing is above ~3200m, up to about 4500m or so. Acclimatisation to altitude is imperative, and the terrain is not flat(!). There's also a small resort at Solang. The plan is to go resort and backcountry skiing at/from Gulmarg and Auli. Overnight touring means carrying lots of stuff - at altitude. It might be possible if the participants have enough time for acclimatisation, otherwise it's too much like hard work. If you have any interest at all, please contact Stephen Poole, preferably via email in the first instance, and ASAP.