Katya Crema to open the Australian backcountry film festival.

Media release. Backcountry festival. #VICbackcountryfestival

Celebrating all things backcountry – telemark, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing & alpine touring. September 1 and 2, 2018. Falls Creek resort, VIC.

The inaugural Australian backcountry festival is offering a fantastic range of free clinics, workshops, skillshares and tours. It will be a gathering of the diverse Australian backcountry community and also be a chance for first timers to try out skiing, riding and snow shoeing outside the resort. Backcountry and avalanche safety, navigation and snow camping basics, and telemark clinics and ski and snow shoe tours are some of the highlights of the program. There will also be AST level 1 avalanche training courses available.

It will also be a great party event, with an outdoor bar hosted by Sweetwater Brewery and a mini film festival featuring short Australian made productions and guest speakers.

These films come from a number of producers and feature lovely stories and stunning scenes from some of our grandest skiing and riding terrain.

Festival organiser Cam Walker said “there are literally hundreds of films available that highlight backcountry skiing and riding from around the world. This is the first festival to focus solely on the Australian backcountry”.

“The most challenging skiing and riding in Australia is outside resorts: from the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains to the eastern face of Mt Feathertop, Australia has world class terrain that few resort skiers and riders have ever experienced. These films celebrate some of these iconic locations.”

The evening will be introduced by film maker Stephen Curtain, who made the great Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming.

Matt O’Keeffe, head of Falls Creek ski patrol, will talk about backcountry safety.

Tamara Hutchins from Melbourne Girls Outside, one of the fastest growing female adventure groups in the country, will be speaking about breaking down barriers to adventure, and empowering women in the outdoors to realise that adventure is an attitude, not an age group or aptitude.

And two-time Olympic skier and Hotham skier Katya Crema will share her experiences of transitioning from Olympic ski cross racing to backcountry enthusiast.

We will be showing the following films:

  • Mount Townsend 2209 – Australian Freeride Story
  • Hunt for White October III
  • Out of Reach
  • On top of Australia
  • Here for the Long Run.
  • Feathertop – the Queen of the Vic Alps
  • My Wild Home.


The event will happen from 7pm on Saturday September 1, in Falls Creek village. Tickets are $10 each.

To purchase a ticket please check here.

All proceeds will go to a breeding program for the Mountain Pygmy Possum and climate change campaigns.

For details on the speakers and films, please check here.

For the festival program please check here.

Further information or to arrange an interview with one of the speakers:

Cam Walker 0419 338 047, cam.walker@foe.org.au

Photos of all speakers are available.


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