Celebrating all things backcountry


The Victorian Backcountry Festival is gearing up for its third annual event to be held at Mt Hotham over the weekend of September 4, 5 and 6, 2020.

The festival celebrates the growing movement of ‘all things backcountry’ comprising human powered winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, telemarking, alpine touring, split boarding, photography and snow camping.

Festival Organiser, Mr Cam Walker, says that the Festival is more than just getting active and being in the snowy outdoors, but an opportunity to meet like-minded people.

“The festival has grown immensely over the years and the support from the community has been overwhelming, Mr Walker says.

“We had more than 300 people attend last year and anticipate at least 400 to attend in 2020.

“This year we are doing things differently and taking a collaborative approach by pulling together an even larger pool of event volunteers and allocating them to working groups.

“Despite concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, we are hopeful this grassroots event will proceed and our volunteers have already put the wheels in motion.”

The Festival aims to not only provide an introduction to the ever-growing suite of backcountry activities, but to also make it more accessible to the general public whilst educating them about mountain safety.

“The 2020 Festival program will have a range of workshops catered for non-skiers to beginners all the way to advanced skiers and boarders,” Mr Walker says.

The program is still being finalised; however it will include the following activities:

  • Cross country, alpine skiing, split boarding and snowshoe tours
  • Speakers program
  • Snow camping
  • Gear demos
  • Workshops in backcountry skills such as navigation, snow camping and avalanche safety
  • An outdoor bar in a backcountry location (back by popular demand)

Keep an eye out on the Festival website for more information: https://backcountry-festival.com


Further information:

Kathy Zmijewski

Media Relations

0413 522 699 / kathyzmijewski@gmail.com

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