September usually heralds the end of the Aussie ski season – trumpets blasting, the warmer weather charges in, bringing softer snow and the inevitable goggle tans. When the resort lifts grind to a halt in early October, the crowds quickly disappear, thoughts turning to beach houses and pricey flights to winter in the north…
But as the crowds disappear and the road to Charlotte Pass opens, you can still find snow-capped peaks and empty runs beyond the resort boundaries. Welcome to the Australian Backcountry.
So How Do You Unlock The Backcountry?
Venturing out into the backcountry is a daunting prospect, and rightly so. In fact, any time you step out of the resort you need to know what you’re doing. And it’s not just so you avoid an embarrassing appearance in the local newspaper, but to make sure you live to ski another day.
This September, We Are Explorers is teaming up with Arc’teryx to bring you round two of our backcountry series. With expert guidance and leadership, the weekend will help you unlock the true potential of the Australian Alps, not to mention extending your season by a month or more each year.
Qualified guides from Alpine Access will show you the ropes (and the avalanche beacons), answer your questions and lead you on two full days of backcountry skiing or snowboarding. They’ll be taking you beyond the resort, and onto the main range. If there a powder stash to be found, your guides are sure to sniff them out, picking the best spots for the conditions each day.
At the end of a long day, you’ll relax in Jerrabomberra Lodge, enjoy a slap-up meal (trust me on this one) and there’ll probably be a beer or two going round. Treat yourself, you’ll have earned it.
Getting frothy? Check out the video from last year!
It’s better out the back