What happens when you take a bunch of The North Face’s athletes into the Aussie backcountry? They hunt down the steepest terrain they can find.

 

The Western Faces are a collection of steep ridges and gullies in Kosciuszko National Park that plunge 500m through the snowline to the plains below.

They’re known to backcountry circles and the locals, but to many, the fact that Australia has skiable terrain like this is totally mindblowing. In fact, the first time I really saw the Western Faces brought to life was in We Are Explorers film My Wild Home.

The North Face set out last winter to capture the Western Faces like never before and the result is a certifiably epic film.

Led by Australian mountaineer Tim Macartney-snape, a crew of Aussies and New Zealanders hucked in ten days worth of supplies to build a standing camp out on the range. Along for the ride were freeskier Anna Segal, Freeride World Tour rookie Michaela Davis-Meehan, New Zealand freeskiers Fraser McDougall and Hank Bilous and the crew from Knack Studios and Clean Line Productions to capture the shenanigans.

Mental skiing is a given, but the half-hour film really gets hectic when a classic Snowy Mountains storm rolls in – testing the limits of the crew and their gear.

Western Faces premieres on at 6.00pm AEST on Thursday 15th July 2020. Check out the Facebook Event and sign up for the premiere!

Photos thanks to The North Face and shot by Mark Clinton