Snow safety at the festival

The 2nd Victorian backcountry festival will be a celebration of all things backcountry. We will have tours and workshops and a great speakers program.

We have a strong focus on helping you to access the skills and knowledge you need to travel safely in the mountains, and this is reflected in the program:

Our friends at Alpine Access Australia are the official provider of avalanche courses during the festival. Two day AST level 1 courses will be run before, during and after the Festival. The courses feature a day of learning indoors and a day in the field. They provide skills and knowledge to help keep you safe in the backcountry. If you’re planning to ski any steeper areas in Australia or anywhere out of resort overseas, you really should do an AST 1 course.

You can find out more here.

We also have the head of the Mt Hotham ski patrol, Bill Barker, talking about known avalanche hot spots in and around the Hotham area as part of the speakers program on the Saturday.

Bush Search and Rescue will offer two sessions:

  • One on Survival skills in the snow – what to do if you get lost in the backcountry, and
  • How to mount a search for a lost companion on snow when you don’t have outside support.

Rolf Schonfeld, Narelle Watters, and Luka Panik from Mountain Sports Collective and Alpine Access Australia will offer a session on avalanche safety, including how to use avalanche beacons.

Katrina Rast will offer a workshop on steep skiing and ski mountaineering, which will cover the basics of rope work and crevasse crossings.

And Mark Frost and Michael Bajada, from Ambulance Victoria, will discuss backcountry First Aid and the basics of self rescue.

The program will be launched in late May 2019.

Please register now (it only costs $10 for the weekend) so you get notification when the program is finalised.


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