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

Jul 2019
Mon~22~--~Fri~26 Jul~2019Mostly 2B (flexible)Day trips - various starting pointsI'll be staying in Jindabyne and doing a series of day trips. Contact me if you'd like to join me for any of these days. We'll start from different places each day depending on weather and snow conditions, liaising by mobile phone on each morning or the night before.
Fri~26~--~Sun~28 Jul~2019Tailored to abilitySmiggins or Perisher - Beg instructionalBeginners InstructionalSave the date! - Beginners instructional weekend. More info to come. Accomm at Adventist Centre, Jindabyne in a Chalet (bunk bedroom). Beginners will be preferenced for accommodation until closer to the date.
Sun~28~Jul~--~Sun~4~Aug 2019Steep, Active.Mt Bogong, VictoriaCross country skiingConquer the highest peak in Victoria. It has been on the wish list for a decade! Park the car at Mountain Creek campsite and ascend the Mountain up Staircase Spur. Spend a week staying on top, in tents and huts while skiing to all corners of the mountain tops and drops.
Aug 2019
Sat~3~--~Sun~4 Aug~2019Easy 2BCascade Hut - 2 Day Tour.In via Horse Flat, out via Cascades and Great Dividing Range. Snowgum woodland, Alpine Ash forest, some Mountain Ash pockets, brumbies, wombats - a very picturesque trip. If insufficient snow, then plan B.
Sat~3~--~Sat~10 Aug~2019VariesCross Country Ski Week – Perisher X-CountryCross Country skiingMeeting 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.
Fri~9~--~Mon~12 Aug~20192BTeddys Hut 4 days touringCross Country Ski TouringWe’ll depart from the Cascade Trail Head (near Dead Horse Gap) on Friday morning. From a base camp beside Teddys Hut (three nights), we’ll tour the areas around Paddy Rush’s Bogong, Drift Hill, Mt Terrible, Chimneys Ridge, Mt Leo and Brindle Bull Hill. Teddys Hut is not suitable to sleep in but can serve as a useful shelter for meals. Back to our vehicles at the Cascade Trail Head on Monday afternoon. Plan B if there is insufficient snow.
Sat~10~--~Sun~11 Aug~20191AGary Gow Memorial Trip - Beginners Trip to Four Mile HutThis is an introductory tour specifically aimed at beginners. Tuition provided in touring, the huts experience and the club's Four Mile connection.
Fri~16~--~Sun~18 Aug~2019Tailored to abilitySmiggins Perisher or elsewhere - Beg/Int instructionalInstructionalSave the date! More info to come. Beg and Intermediate instructional. Accomm at Adventists Jindabyne in a comfortable bunk room with access to fully equipped kitchen. Camp/van sites available from Adventists further info avail.
Fri~16~--~Sun~25 Aug~2019Active UndulatingGrey Mare HutStart from Guthega Power station to ski into this remote area and basecamp at this old goldmining Hut. This Range is positioned to get some of the best quality snow in the Mountains, perfect for carving downhill runs through the sparse forest above the Hut. I am taking my wide Alpine Touring Skis for the short day trips. Also a great area for those who enjoy more touring along the creek flats on narrow skis.
Sat~24~--~Sun~25 Aug~20192BBeginners Snow Camping TripSnow campingThis 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.
Mon~26~Aug~--~Sun~1~Sep 2019New Zealand Trip – Cross Country Skiing and Merino Muster Ski Race - August 2019 Cross Country Skiing and Merino Muster Ski Race Event: Cross Country Skiing and Merino Muster Ski Race Worldloppet event Saturday, 31 August at the Snow Farm situated on the Pisa Range between Queenstown and Wanaka Dates: Monday 26 August to Sunday 1 September 2019 (most arrive Monday and leave Sunday)
Fri~30~Aug~--~Sun~1~Sep 20192B Undulating activeInstructional: Intermediate Cross Country Touring Skills Instructional: Intermediate Cross Country Touring 3 day Instruction in Intermediate Cross Country Touring Skills Fri 30 Aug - Sun 1 Sept. Participants can join for 2 days also. This instructional is for confident beginners and intermediates wanting to up their touring skills. The aim of this instructional is to give participants an understanding of and practice in the skills and techniques required to ensure safe and enjoyable adventures into remote parts of the Australian snow country, in winter, on cross country touring skis. We will work on: preparing for a trip, what to pack, route selection, navigation, the use of skins, kick turns, breaking trail and skills for negotiating difficult downhill terrain. These skills are applicable for day trips and longer, overnight snow camping tours. Instructional will take the form of three day trips with off-snow overnight camping Accommodation: Camping off-snow (own tent and other gear required) either at Island Bend or Thredbo Diggings. Location TBC Further information provided upon application.
Sep 2019
Sat~14~--~Sat~28 Sep~2019Lodge-based ski day trips from Charlotte PassLodge based day SkiingCome for the week 14-21 September or 21-28 September or both. Enjoy the luxury of dry boots, skiing from the door. Depending on your ability, 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. (Operation of lifts at Charlotte Pass will be dependent on snow cover.) Experience the outrageously cooperative spring snow and choose the grade to suit yourself. Please note there is no formal instruction or program & any new beginners may need to stay close to the resort. Come for some or all of a week. Cost of full board for one week $621 for non-members of Southern Alps Ski Club (SASC), fully catered. Great value for full board. You can come for less than a full week, cost pro-rata. 50% deposit required to confirm place.
Sat~21~--~Sun~29 Sep~2019Active SteepWatsons Crags ChutesStart at Guthega. ski into base camp at the northern most end of Pounds Creek. Each morning head out for a day trip to find the steep runs nearby. I am taking my wide Alpine Touring Skis with skins. Come for all or part of the week.
Oct 2019
Fri~11~--~Mon~14 Oct~20192B to adventurousPresident's bash on the Main RangeLodge based day tripsDay trips to the Main Range from Guthega. Suitable for intermediates to XCD enthusiasts. A good opportunity to celebrate the 2019 season.
Jan 2020
Fri~31~Jan~--~Tue~31~Mar 2020variableIndia Skiing Late Jan/Feb to Mar 2020 (not a Nordic Ski Club trip, not covered by Club Insurance)skiingNot a Nordic Ski Club trip, not covered by Club insurance Dates: Late January/early February to March 2020. 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.