Ski/ ride hard. Do Good.

The backcountry festival is the product of a lot of volunteer effort and good will. Falls Creek Resort Management Board, Falls Creek Cross Country, and a range of businesses and individuals have offered help and support in various forms. Bogong Equipment has provided some funds.

We hope to be able to give back to some worthy causes while we hold the festival.

First, we want to have a low impact event. If you have a reusable cup, please bring it for use in the café at Windy Corner. Think about catching the bus or car pooling.

Our ‘mascot’ (totem animal?) for the festival is the Mountain Pygmypossum, Burramys parvus, Australia’s only hibernating marsupial. The mountain pygmy possum has been declared by the IUCN Redlist as Critically endangered. In 2000, the population estimates totalled less than 2,000 individuals from the three combined isolated populations that exist across the Australian Alps.

Funds received through the film night will be shared between Mountain Critter Cause and the Friends of the Earth climate campaign.

Mountain Critter Cause supports a breeding program for the possum that is run by the University of NSW. Climate change is one of the greatest threats to the possum.

Check for details on our fund raising efforts for the possum.

Thanks to the generosity of Peter Hull from local brewery Sweetwater, we will also be raising funds for Disabled Wintersport Australia (DWA) through the outdoor bar we will be running on Saturday afternoon. The organisation has assisted thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually and has a strong presence at Falls Creek. You can find details here.

Avalanche training available before BC festival

In the week before the backcountry festival, Adam West of Snow Safety Australia is holding a series of 2 day AST level 1 avalanche training courses. While these are getting booked out, there are still 4 spots available in the tue /wed course (28-29 August). If you can arrange to take the week off, you could do an avy course, spend a couple of days somewhere fun (Mt Bogong, the High Plains, Falls Creek resort) and then join the backcountry festival on Saturday am.

The courses are $300. You can find further information and register here. They will be held out of the Howmans Gap Alpine Centre.

Backcountry film festival features Australian-made films

The inaugural Australian backcountry film festival

Its time for our own festival! This set of short films comes from a number of different producers and features some lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain. A number of inspirational speakers – Stephen Curtain, Matt O’Keeffe, Tamara Hutchins and Katya Crema will get you fired up for your next adventure in the backcountry.

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Bogong supports the festival

During the festival, we will be aiming to raise some funds for two causes. One way this will happen is through a raffle that will be held at the film festival on saturday night.

The first will be for a breeding program for the mountain pygmy possum (via the Mountain Critter Cause), a critically endangered species that is only found in a small number of locations in the Australian Alps.

The second is the Friends of the Earth (FoE) climate campaign. Climate change will transform the mountains we all love, and FoE is working to help transition the state of Victoria from its current reliance on fossil fuels into a clean energy powerhouse.

I’m not very good at asking for funds or support, but have finally started to approach some of my favourite outdoor stores and brands for some help with the festival.

So, big thanks to Bogong, an awesome gear store in Melbourne, for being the first to come on board with some prizes for our raffle on the Saturday night. Thanks to Neil and the team at Bogong for the support.

If you might have something you could donate that could be raffled off at the film festival, please get in touch: cam.walker@foe.org.au

Thanks!

You can donate directly to Mountain Critter Cause here and to the FoE climate campaign here.

Festival program launched

We now have a fantastic program for the backcountry festival. Thanks to the generosity of the folks at Falls Creek Cross Country, we have some great telemark clinics and snow shoe tours, which are being offered for free.

A range of people have also offered to lead tours or offer skills workshops, like navigation skills and snow camping 101.

There will be demo skis available for hire, an outdoor bar in the afternoon, and a mini film festival featuring Australian made backcountry films in the evening.

Sunday will see the world telemark day gathering, with skiing both in and out of the resort as an option.

The program is available here.

What now?

  • Please invite your mates and spread the word. Facebook page available here.
  • Please register. This is free and makes planning easier if we know numbers. People who have registered will have first option on getting tickets to the film festival.
  • Start to build some stoke. If posting pics through winter, please feel free to tag us #VICbackcountryfestival
  • We know of one person who is planning to walk and snow shoe to the festival from Walhalla (!!). Where are you coming from?

Thanks to the media outlets are getting behind the festival. The image at the top is from the current issue of Explore Adventure Outdoor Magazine.

 

 

Demo gear available for the festival

Everest Sports, based in Bright, are working with Snow Monkey, who operate out of Hotham and have a shop in Smith Street, Collingwood to provide some great demo skis for the backcountry festival. If you’re looking to try out some high quality telemark gear, then this might be the deal for you.

They have put in 6 sets of NTN skis and boots, these are Majesty Skis, Rottefella NTN bindings and Crispi Evo NTN boots. The pricing will be $75 per day, $125 for 2 days and $215 per week. Great price considering the cost of the gear.

Bookings can be made by contacting Richard Neville at Snow Monkey:

432 Smith St., Collingwood Vic 3066

Ph: 03 9417 0170

Email: richard@snowmonkey.com.au

Everest Sports will credit any ones hire costs if they then decide to purchase the gear from Everest Sports. They can probably coordinate to have hire gear picked up from Everest Sports in Bright if people are skiing at Falls Creek.

 

Australia’s first backcountry festival.

Media release. Backcountry festival

Celebrating World Telemark Day and all things backcountry – tele, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing & alpine touring

When it comes to winter sports, backcountry skiing and riding is the ‘new black’. With more and more snow media attention on the topic, and continued development of lighter and better alpine touring and splitboard gear, growing numbers of people are leaving the resorts and venturing into wilder terrain.

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