Trips

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

DateGradeDestinationTypeDescription
Jun 2018
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.
Jul 2018
Sat~7~--~Mon~23 Jul~2018undulating/active - Grey Mare RangeCross Country skiPark cars at Guthega power station and head out to grey mare hut for 1 week or 2 during the school holidays. Base camping in the hut with day trips to check out this remote mountain range. The area is seldom visited and more sheltered than the main range. If you are planning to come for a shorter stay, keep in mind that you will need 4 days minimum (2 days ski in, 2 days ski out).
Fri~13~--~Mon~16 Jul~20182BFour days with a base camp in the upper Wilkinsons Creek area.Snow camping/touringDeparting from Thredbo (taking chairlift to top) on Friday morning. Camp in upper Wilkinsons Creek area. Tour around Abbott Ridge, Mt Townsend, Alice Rawson, Lake Albina etc. Need to be able to ski with full pack and have previous snow camping experience. Return to Thredbo Monday afternoon.
Fri~20~--~Tue~24 Jul~2018Munyang July 20th - 24th or August 2nd - 6thCross Country skiingHeading up the valley from Munyang then hut hopping towards Derschkos via Whites River, Schlink, Valentines and Grey Mare. If snow/weather conditions are not favourable an alternative date will be 2 to 6 August, however if the July trip goes then the August trip could be a northern end hut hop, location depending on conditions.
Fri~27~--~Sun~29 Jul~2018Tailored to abilityBeginners and intermediate instructional, Perisher Range areaFirst instructional for beginners and intermediateA great opportunity to learn some cross country touring skills early in the season. Open to members of all standards. The instruction for beginners will focus on the skills needed for ski touring on moderate terrain with day packs. The tuition for intermediates will focus on improving basic skills such as striding plus dealing with steeper terrain. There will be day trips of different standard where participants will get the opportunity to put these skills into practice. It's going to be a fun weekend. Chalet style accommodation for 8-9 people has been booked at the Adventist Alpine Village, Jindabyne - get in early if you want to secure a spot. There will be a modest fee of $30-40 to cover tuition. If you are interested and need more information contact Tim Hager email: redrocks555@gmail.com
Sat~28~--~Sun~29 Jul~2018Easy 2BCascade Hut - 2 Day TourIn via Horse Flat, out via Cascades and Great Dividing Range. Snowgum woodland, Alpine Ash forest, some Mountain Ash pockets, brumbies, hard to avoid, hopefully some wombats - a very picturesque trip. If insufficient snow, then plan B. Full Moon this weekend.
Aug 2018
Thu~2~--~Mon~6 Aug~2018Munyang July 20th - 24th or August 2nd - 6thHeading up the valley from Munyang then hut hopping towards Derschkos via Whites River, Schlink, Valentines and Grey Mare. If snow/weather conditions are not favourable an alternative date will be 2 to 6 August, however if the July trip goes then the August trip could be a northern end hut hop, location depending on conditions.
Sat~4~--~Sun~5 Aug~20181ABeginner's Overnight Tour - Gary Gow Memorial TripThe club's Introduction to Touring and the huts experience, specifically aimed at beginners. Tuition provided in some aspects of overnight touring as well as an opportunity to learn about the club's Four Mile connection and the ‘things that go bump in the night’. If insufficient snow, then a trip will go out in the southern part of the park.
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
Fri~10~--~Sun~12 Aug~2018Tailored to abilityBeginners and intermediate instructional, Perisher Range areaSecond instructional - beginners and intermediatesThis instructional will cater for two levels - the basic skills to negotiate moderate terrain and the more advanced skills to improve striding and negotiate steeper terrain. Attending the first instructional would be useful but not essential. Participants will get the opportunity to put newly learnt skills into practice on touring trips of suitable standard. Chalet style accommodation for 8-9 people has been booked at the Adventist Alpine Village, Jindabyne. This is likely to fill up, so get in early if you want a spot. There will be a fee of $30-40 to cover tuition. If you are interested, please contact Tim Hager email: redrocks555@gmail.com
Mon~13~--~Fri~17 Aug~20182BWestern KNP - 5 DaysIncluding stays at Wheeler's and Pretty Plain huts, possibly Dershko's & Grey Mare. Sleep at Corryong or Khancoban Sunday night then taxi service along Cabramurra-Khancoban Road Monday morning. Because this road is locked in winter, this is a part of the park rarely skied by Sydney people. If insufficient. snow, then plan B.
Sat~18~--~Mon~20 Aug~20182BDay trips - various starting pointsDay toursDay tours on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Join for three days or just for two. Various starting points depending on snow and weather conditions at the time and may include Perisher, Guthega, Thredbo, Dead Horse Gap, Dainers Gap etc.
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.