Outdoor adventure in the backcountry and community gatherings in the snow. What could be better? Australia already has a couple of regular events (the standout is Splitfest, held in the Snowy Mountains each August). The 2018 BC Fest is (as far as we know) the first ‘all things backcountry’ festival in Australia. It will happen at Falls Creek resort over the weekend of September 1 and 2.
There is a diverse backcountry community in Australia – mountain enthusiasts whose love of snow and terrain takes them outside resort boundaries. It makes sense to have an annual community gathering. Overseas there is a long tradition of these types of festivals. In 2018, Australia will get with the program.
Here’s some inspiration to get you ready:
Whistler backcountry in British Columbia.
‘Winterstoke is your ticket to the next level in the backcountry. 3 days of backcountry skills clinics for anything from ski touring essentials to big mountain skiing’. Plus demos, tours, talks, an art auction, panels and presentations.
Whitewater Ski Resort, near Nelson, British Columbia.
‘The Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival was originally created to provide a grass-roots gathering where mountain enthusiasts of all levels can celebrate Kootenay mountain culture and general stoke for all forms of powder play. We still hold true to this mission, and it is this very basic tenant that is the backbone of the success of this amazing three-day event’.
Vancouver Island BC festival
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
‘The Backcountry Festival is an annual fundraiser for the (local avalanche centre) that includes an amazing raffle with prizes generously donated by our sponsors, a beer garden, a forecaster Q&A, and a late night DJ dance party on the snow in the woods!’
Ski Hoodoo festival
Sisters, Central Oregon, USA
‘The event includes Central Oregon Avalanche Association seminars, beacon training from Corvallis Mountain Rescue, industry professionals, live music by Blackstrap Bluegrass on the Three Creeks beer garden patio and a variety of races scheduled throughout the day.’
Possibly the ultimate BC festival because of its legendary status and epic terrain. ‘Tailgate Alaska is a community of backcountry enthusiasts who gather for a 10 day event to ride the world’s most famous mountains’.
Check this listing of other festivals: