2018 – the festival that was

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along to the inaugural Victorian backcountry festival (BCF). More than 200 people attended over the two days, with more than 20 sessions being held, including clinics, tours, skillshares, presentations, and a film festival.

BCF grew from the world telemark day celebrations that have been happening at Mt Hotham the last 5 years. After deciding to bring it to Falls Creek, the idea morphed into an ‘all things backcountry’ event which would aim to bring together some of the backcountry (BC) community and offer an opportunity for ‘first timers’ to get involved. We focused on many forms of human powered winter adventure – including cross country, snow shoeing, alpine touring, telemark and splitboarding.

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That’s a wrap

A big thankyou to everyone who came along to the inaugural Victorian backcountry festival.

It was a huge weekend, with almost 20 sessions, clinics, talks and skillshares.

Based on initial feedback, people want to see this become an annual event.

Everyone who registered will shortly receive a link to an online survey so we can get feedback and start planning for 2019.

In the meantime, I hope you’ve all had a safe journey home. It was great to see/ meet a big chunk of the backcountry tribe.

There are images on the facebook event page – please feel free to share your own. Or use the #VICbackcountryfestival hashtag – and check out the images that are already up, mostly on instagram (tagged images are here).

Outdoor bar, 4 – 6pm

Just a reminder that Peter Hull from Sweetwater Brewery will be running a bar outside the Falls Creek nordic centre from 4 – 6pm on the saturday.

All funds raised will go to Disabled Wintersport Australia.


  • come dressed for the weather
  • bring a fold up chair if you have one
  • bring a keep cup or other reuseable cup.

See you there!


Telemark clinics on sunday

Great addition to the program for Sunday

Marking World Telemark Day

Ben Jackson is a Telemark Trainer for the APSI and a Telemark member of the APSI demo team. The demo team attends Interski, a world congress for snowsports instruction every four years, with the next congress in Bulgaria in March 2019.

To help celebrate world telemark day on Sunday 2 September at Falls Creek Ben will be available to present on snow telemark clinics in the resort. The whole idea is to promote APSI, and telemark instruction from Australian snowsports schools as a way to help improve people’s telemark skiing.

There will be 3 clinics running for 2 hours each on the Sunday.


Two of the clinics will be targeted at intermediate telemarkers. Topics covered will be:

  • Stance and balance using the telemark movement.
  • Blending good telemark movement whilst making turns on gentle slopes
  • Fluidity and the telemark movement.


A more advanced clinic for 2 hours will show:

  • Greater ski performance using the telemark movement on steeper groomed terrain.  Examples include creating more edge to carve and create grip and speed control.
  • Skiing ungroomed terrain such as bumps and crud.


Please note you will need a lift pass and your own gear for these sessions.

Ben is kindly offering these sessions for free. You’re most welcome to offer his a tip to help offset his costs of getting here from NSW.

To book in please email Ben and specify which session you would like to attend. snowyben@gmail.com


Time line

9.30am – 11.30am: first intermediate clinic

11.45am – 1.45pm: 2nd intermediate clinic

2.30 – 4.30pm: advanced clinic

To book into a session please contact Ben: snowyben@gmail.com

Backcountry kids tour and skillshare

This is being offered as part of the backcountry festival on the saturday.

When:  Meet at Windy Corner at 10am

Me (Thea, 10) and my brother (Jono, 12) are keen cross country/backcountry skiiers and we’d love to meet up with other kids at the festival.  We’ll be able to share information about gear, places to go and snow camping.  Bring your ski gear, lunch, snacks and water (and an adult) and we’ll head out for a short trip and some mucking around.

Contact dad (Brendan Sydes) if you and your mum, dad or other grown up are interested in joining us.   brendansydes@yahoo.com

Great t shirts. Great cause.

At the backcountry festival, we will be raising funds for a number of great causes (check here for the full list).

As part of these efforts, we will be selling tshirts, and all profits will be directed to the Mountain Pygmy Possum recovery program at Mt Buller. Please see below for details on this important – and very successful – initiative.

You can buy tshirts through a bank transfer. They’re $40 each.

You can place an order up until August 30 and collect them at the festival.

Please check here for details.