Festival program

2019 festival

Backcountry festival. Hotham, September 7 and 8

Program (as at September 2)

IMPORTANT NOTE: I haven’t been able to keep up with updating the program the last few days. There are some last minute tours available here.

Please remember to register for the festival. It’s only $10 for the weekend. You can sign up here.

Check here for gear hire (alpine touring skis, telemark skis, snowshoes, splitboards, etc).

Check here for some ideas on accommodation options.

Check here for info on buses and ride sharing. If driving you need to organise gate entry for your car.

Summary of the program – Saturday

SAT program AUG

Summary of the Program – Sunday

SUN program AUG

TO BOOK INTO A SESSION: Please contact the leader of the tour/ workshop directly to book in for that session.

Many sessions are now full. We have been trying to add a few last minute ones based on areas of greatest interest (split boarding, alpine touring, women specific) and updating here as we lock things in.

Please also check the facebook event page for last minute updates.

Day/ time tour
FRIDAY NIGHT Drop in for a beer at the Snowline Hotel, Harrietville.

·         Festival registration/ orientation (festival organisers will be there between 7.30 and 8.30pm)

·         Catch up with friends

SATURDAY

8.30am for a 9am (sharp) start

FESTIVAL OPENING – upstairs at The General

·         Grab a coffee from The General

·         Acknowledge Country/ Welcome to the festival

·         Safety/ conditions briefing from Bill Barker, head of Hotham ski patrol

NB: please note that there are a couple of tours that start earlier and in a different location.

   ALL DAY TOURS – SATURDAY
8am – 3pm Lets Split day tour for splitboarders

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full]

Date – September 7th

Location – Razorback Ridge (near Mt Hotham Alpine Resort)

Meeting Point – Diamantina Parking Space / Hut (Great Alpine Road) @ 8am.  This allows 30mins for any gear checks & set up, and the 8.30 safety briefing / trip planning.  Please Note – car parking can be limited there, and travel times up from Harrietville can be quite variable (based on traffic and road conditions), so please allow ample time to arrive, prepare, and be ready for the 8.30am start.

Trip Planalways subject to snow & weather conditions, but our aim is to explore some of the great terrain off the Razorback Ridge – thus, this will be confirmed on the day.  Our expected touring departure & return times are 9am & 3pm.

Gear Needed – Food/Water for the day.  Splitboard Equipment & Avalanche Safety Gear (beacon, probe, shovel) are required by ALL participants, as well as an understanding of how to use them.  If assistance is needed acquiring (buying or renting) this gear, please contact Amine Yasmine (amine@slidepath.com.au +61474561512)

Splitboarding Experience – Lets Split aims to be inclusive for all ability levels.  We are community based initiative, aiming to get more people safely involved (and passionate about) Splitboarding.  That being said, familiarity with the touring process & the splitboarding gear is needed to ensure everyones safety.   We expect that your snowboarding ability to be at a High Intermediate and above, and that your current fitness levels allow for a full day of on snow activity.  Please contact Amine Yasmine (amine@slidepath.com.au +61474561512) if you have concerns about yourself meeting any of these requirements, and we can working toward preparing you correctly.

 

9am – 3:30pm Intro to Backcountry Guided Tour

Spend a full day with an introductory course to backcountry as part of a group tour for up to six people.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Delivered by Hotham ski school.

Cost $249

https://www.mthotham.com.au/lessons-hire/signature-programs/backcountry-tours/introduction-to-backcountry

9:30am-12:30  MORNING SESSIONS

Women’s Tour for Intro to the Basics of Ski Touring on Alpine Touring equipment

ABILITY- Strong intermediate skier as a minimum, with experience off-piste in variable snow conditions. No backcountry experience required.

FITNESS LEVEL- Medium

EQUIP- Touring ski/bindings and skins, touring backpack with avalanche beacon, shovel and probe (water, snacks), backcountry extendable poles (not essential)

FOCUS- Intro to ski touring with some basic tips on touring and gear. You will have the opportunity to set up and test gear and practice some basic skills to get you started.

LOCATION- To be determined on the day (weather dependent)

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:
Lyndell Keating
lyndell@powderhounds.com
Free event

9.30am – noon Beginners Telemarking lesson on Saturday, skilling people up for an intermediate tour Sunday.

[PLEASE NOTE: this tour is now full]

This workshop is aimed at intermediate skiers who can demonstrate wedge and parallel turns. The Beginners Telemarking Lesson will step through the basic techniques which skiers will be able to practise the more they ski. For many learning to Telemark at least takes the dedication of a couple of seasons with many lessons, so patience and persistence is key but also keeping it simple. Participants must use plastic boots and metal edged skis i.e Tele or Alpine Touring gear.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Michael

Free event

ecogeckopeace@gmail.com

10am – 11.30 Beginners cross country lesson

LEVEL – have skied, but never tried XC

FOCUS – fundamental techniques to get out and enjoy touring the trails

WHERE – meet at Hoys Jack Frost

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

This is a free event but please book with Glen – Traverse Hotham

info@traversehotham.com.au

9.30 – 12.30 Women’s tour for intermediate skiers

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full]

ABILITY- Intermediate skier on resort

FITNESS LEVEL- Medium

EQUIP- Touring Ski/bindings and skins, touring backpack (water, food)

FOCUS-Meet up with some likeminded ladies, see some of Hotham’s amazing scenario, practice kick-turns and have some fun

LOCATION-To be determined on the day (weather dependent)

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Narelle Watters

narellewatters@gmail.com

Free event

PLEASE NOTE: if you missed out on getting into this tour, you can use this page to meet other women to arrange to ski together over the weekend.

10 am – 1pm Intro to the basics of Split Boarding Practical Session with Girls Who Split Kelly, Mia and Lisse

[PLEASE NOTE: there were a few last minute cancellations so there is room on this tour]

Open to gals and guys of all ages

Minimum snowboarding skills – Intermediate

Fitness level – Medium

Meeting Point – Top of Blue Ribbon Lift 10.00am

Bring – All your touring gear and water.

A 3 hour morning session before the speakers presentations at the General, aimed at riders new to split boarding or riders wanting to brush up on skills for the festival. We’ll give you our tips for touring and help with gear. You will have the opportunity to set up and test gear and practice some basic skills to keep you safe and get you started. We will descend down a blue run in resort and then tour up on skins for some practice.

This session will cover;

·         Planning a trip

·         Touring with a buddy

·         Transitioning

·         Use and care of skins

·         Ascending and descending in split position, kick turns

·         Safety gear

Packing a backpack for the backcountry.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Kelly van den Berg

Please email royalrussia08@hotmail.com for more info and to book your place

Free event

PLEASE NOTE: if you missed out on getting into this tour, you can use this page to meet other women to arrange to ride together over the weekend.

From 9.30pm

40 mins (or longer depending on the group)

Basics of avalanche and snow safety, including use of beacons and basic search techniques.

If you haven’t done an avalanche training course yet, this session will provide a good introduction to the use of a safety beacon and the basics of companion rescue. The secret to an effective recovery operation is to be proficient with the use of a beacon to find a buried companion, and practise makes perfect!

Depending on interest, there may be multiple sessions – check with Rolf for information.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Rolf Schonfeld/ Luka Panik

rolf.schonfeld@gmail.com

Free event

9.30am – 12.30 noon Tele focused tour

This will leave from the village. The aim is to provide some basic skinning/ navigation skills in the field, then a simple tour up the side of the summit run (green run) to the summit area and beyond.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Luke Riddle lebadge@yahoo.com

9.30 – 12.30 Introduction to backcountry navigation

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full]

ABILITY

Beginner (Able to use touring equipment over short XC trail).

LOCATION

Starting and finishing at Wire Plain with short tour along Big Spur.

EQUIP

– touring gear (snowshoes, skis or split board with patterned bases or corresponding skins are needed)

– watch with second hand or counter.

– smart phone (not totally necessary but will be useful)

– optional: own sharpie, compass and topographic map if you wish.

WE WILL PROVIDE

Compasses, maps, sharpies

WHAT WE WILL DO

This session will focus on introductory navigation techniques with map and compass with some specific techniques for backcountry, off track navigation. Additionally some discussion will cover GPS and smart phone applications. We will take a short tour along Big spur where we will cover basics of reading a topographic map, judging distance and using a compass. This clinic aims to allow participants to take the first steps to finer navigation and provide pathways to improve ones technical skills in the backcountry.

Cari AhSam cariahsam@gmail.com

9.30 – 11.30am Fat bike intro

PLEASE NOTE: we have cancelled this because of the likely snow conditions on the day.

 

9.30am – 12 noon Introduction to the basics of ski mountaineering

[PLEASE NOTE: This is now full]

CONTACT FOR INFO & BOOKINGS:

Bush Search and Rescue

convener@bsar.org

 

11:45am-12:15pm Cross Country (XC) skiing 101

LEVEL – anybody curious about XC skiing

FOCUS – the equipment, basic theory, opening minds to possibilities

WHERE – Wire Plain Hut

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Glen – Traverse Hotham. info@traversehotham.com.au

This is a free event but please book to reserve a space (limit 10pax)

10am – c12.30pm (meet at Hotham Central) Film-making workshop and ski tour

Protect Our Winters (POW) Australia seeks your 30-second story on what protecting winter means to you in a film-making workshop ski tour ‘out the back’.

With Aeropress coffee.

If you love winter enough to protect it, then consider this relaxed, creative film-making workshop rolled into a half-ish day ski tour, complete with Aeropress coffee.

Starting his film career with the BBC Natural History Unit and fortunate to work as a polar guide/film maker in Antarctica to facilitate Antarctic science, cruising through wintry snow gums is how it all started for ski guide Steve Curtain. Join Steve on a tour near Mt Loch or Derricks Hut with your iPhone, iPad with iMovie editing (or PC equivalent) to learn professional film-making basics to produce a 30-second story. If you’re inspired, submit your film for a Protect Our Winters (POW) Australia people’s choice award at the Bird, Sunday evening, with a prize from a POW Australia partner. Sharing your love of winter inspires others.

Steve is a member of Protect Our Winters Australia and shares a bigger picture including the role of a global POW movement, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica to ensuring our winters are with us for a long time yet.

Bring an openness to learn, sense of fun

BYO day touring gear including day pack, lunch and head torch. Please note you should be sufficiently experienced to day tour safely.

Pad and pen

iPhone or iPad with iMovie (or PC equivalent) to plan, film and edit a story ‘out the back’.

Spare battery/cord to power devices.

Meet 10am Hotham Central, Saturday.

Max number 15.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS

Steve Curtain

SMS Steve 0468 489 771 to confirm details.

Cost $10

 

SAT 9.30 – 12.30am Splitboarding tour of the Hotham sidecountry

This half day tour is targeted primarily at intermediate splitboarders and will tour some of the easily accessible ‘side country’ around Mt Hotham. Some options might include the Dargo Bowl/ H Gully area, Eagles Ridge and Women’s Downhill. A decision will be taken on the day based on the groups experience and the conditions.

Group leader

Daniel Sherwin

Duration

3 – 31/2 hours. 9.30am – 12.30 or 1pm

Where

Meet at the festival opening at The General. The group will head off after the festival opening.

Level

Intermediate to advanced

Requirements

  • Splitboard, skins and accessories (ski-tourer’s also welcome); intermediate or better skills in undertaking both uphill and downhill travel is required
  • Ski crampons recommended
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe, plus experience using them and undertaking safe travel in the backcountry
  • Food and water for the day plus some contingency
  • Spare layers

Maximum group size

10 – 12

Description

This is a human powered sidecountry tour in the area immediately around Hotham.

Bootpacking and skinning to gain elevation will be necessary during the day. All participants should be reasonably fit.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Daniel Sherwin

daniel@cogna.com.au

 

1pm-2:30pm AFTERNOON SESSIONS – TOURS & WORKSHOPS

Beginners cross country lesson

LEVEL – have skied, but never tried XC

FOCUS – fundamental techniques to get out and enjoy touring the trails

WHERE – meet at Hoys Jack Frost

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Glen – Traverse Hotham

Reduced fee for the festival

BOOK – traversehotham.com.au (limit 10pax)

1pm – 3pm Snow camping intro

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full]

ABILITY

Beginner (Able to use touring equipment over short XC trail)

EQUIP

– Touring gear. Snowshoes, skis or split board with patterned bases or corresponding skins are needed

– Warm gloves or mitts

– Optional – rubber gloves (heavy dishwashing gloves are fine) that go over warmer gloves will keep hands dry

– Optional- touring shovel if you have it

WE WILL PROVIDE

Shovels

WHAT WE WILL DO

This session will focus on gear, environmental factors and self management required for camping in the snow and how this might differ from an overnight bush walk. Some topics will include pitching a tent, snow kitchens/cooking and emergency shelters. We will be taking a small tour to select a site desirable for camping in the snow. Louie and Cari will provide you with the snowcraft, snow camping principles, and the skills needed to set up your winter base. This clinic will be interactive and hands on- so bring your warm gloves and mitts!

BOOK

This workshop is free but places will be capped for functionality reasons. Email Louie to secure a place. If you are after the cutoff, we will put you on a wait list.

Cari AhSam cariahsam@gmail.com

Louie Dalzell loudalzell24@gmail.com

Free event

1.30pm – 3.30pm Snow shoe tour and beginner lesson

MINIMUM LEVEL – beginners level – all welcome

FOCUS – fundamental techniques to get out and enjoy touring the trails

WHERE – JB plain (accessible via the village bus)

EQUIPMENT – show shoe bring your own or hire (both One Tree Sports and Hoys have snow shoes for hire). Plus warmth gear and parka, drink, food.

CONTACT FOR BOOKING:

Peter Robinson.

Free event

peter_robinson_50@hotmail.com

After 1.30pm. 40 minutes or longer Basics of avalanche and snow safety [REPEAT SESSION]

If you haven’t done an avalanche training course yet, this session will provide a good introduction to the use of a safety beacon and the basics of companion rescue. The secret to an effective recovery operation is to be proficient with the use of a beacon to find a buried companion, and practise makes perfect!

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Rolf Schonfeld/ Narelle Watters / Luka Panik

rolf.schonfeld@gmail.com

1 – 4.30pm ‘Return to Backcountry’ Tour

If you have done the full day introductory lesson with Hotham Lift Co, you can satisfy the new appetite for Hotham’s amazing backcountry and return for a half day guided tour.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Delivered by Hotham ski school.

$169 per person.

Full details and bookings: https://www.mthotham.com.au/lessons-hire/signature-programs/backcountry-tours/return-to-backcountry#72581-details

4 – 6pm Outdoor bar in ski in location. Trailhead is accessible via village bus network.

1 km ski/ walk in.

Beers available from Bright Brewery, fire pit, and food from Steve Belli and hot crepes from the Harrietville based  Crepe Collective for sale.

Come dressed for the conditions.

Details here.

5pm – 6.30pm Sunset snowshoeing experience

LEVEL – anybody, no experience needed

FOCUS – discovering alpine wilderness on Hotham’s doorstep at the magic hour

WHERE – meet at Village Transit Lounge

CONTACT FOR BOOKING:

Glen – Traverse Hotham

50% off for festival participants

BOOK – traversehotham.com.au (limit 10pax)

6.30 pm onwards Kick on at Blizzard Brewery, Dinner Plain.

The brewery is located at the bottom end of DP village, below the Scrubbers End carpark and the ski slope.

SUNDAY  MORNING TOURS & EVENTS

9am. Quick conditions briefing from Bill Barker of Hotham ski patrol. Upstairs room at The General.


Hotham Climate Strike Supporters (that’s you!!) – Banner and placard making workshop at the backcountry festival.Sunday 10am -12 noon at The General Store – upstairs.

Come along, grab a coffee, and paint up some signs and images to be used by all Hotham folk keen to show support for the Global Climate Strike on September 20th 2019. Details about the strike can be found at: http://www.schoolstrike4climate

For more details regarding the action planned at Hotham for Friday September 20th.
Contact Vanessa Chapple: 0458 617 789 or Matt Barker: 0406 385 229 or come to a meeting to offer hands on support Saturday September 14th, at The Genny.

10am-1pm XC ‘half piste’ tour

LEVEL – beginner+ to intermediate (have XC skied at least a few times)

FOCUS – exploring accessible backcountry between and just off our XC trails

WHERE – meet at Wire Plain Hut

BRING – a day pack containing water, sustenance, layers, sunscreen

CONTACT FOR BOOKING:

Glen – Traverse Hotham

Free event

Please let Glen know if you’re attending: info@traversehotham.com.au

9.30 – 12.30pm Survival skills in the snow – what to do if you get lost (session at base) – 1 hour

  • Digging in, make an improvised shelter
  • Call for help
  • Make location visible
  • Emergency equipment to carry (e.g. Bothy)

2. Searching on snow on skis (in the field) – 2 hours

  • Ski out for a search task.
  • Feature search and area
  • Radio use and protocol (we can supply radios)
  • Map interpretation and navigation

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Peter Campbell, Bush Search and Rescue

convener@bsar.org

 

Sunday morning

9am – 2pm

Advanced snow shoe tour. Mt Tabletop (10 km return)

Mount Tabletop is a distinctive flat plateau linked to the Great Dividing Range by a low ridge.

This is not suitable for beginners, but all are welcome.

Come along to the saturday intro tour or have a chat to me before hand before committing if you have never snowshoed before.

We will leave from JB plain and follow the Tabletop track. This is ungroomed and can be steep / off camber.

We will have lunch with a view (I will supply hot chocolate, so please bring a cup).

We will then follow our track back to JB Plain. Approx 5 hours with lunch.

CONTACT FOR BOOKING:

Peter Robinson

Free event

peter_robinson_50@hotmail.com

 Intro to Split boarding Tour to Mount Loch with Girls Who Split Kelly, Mia and Lisse

Open to gals and guys of all ages

Minimum snowboarding skills – Intermediate

Fitness level – Medium

Meeting Point – Loch Carpark 9.00am – 4.00pm

Bring – All your touring gear, backpack with lunch, snacks and water.

This tour will be focussed on gaining split boarding touring skills. The day will be a good opportunity to spend time on the split board getting comfortable with being on skins, learning to transition smoothly, performing kick turns whilst finding rhythm going up and down tracks on your split board. See some of Hotham’s magnificent scenery outside the resort boundaries. If the weather is clear there are amazing views across to Mt Feathertop with great photo opportunities.

Mt Loch summit is our destination where we will stop for lunch before returning back to Loch carpark mid afternoon. If you have a lift ticket you may return via the resort lift system from the top of Orchard lift if you wish. This is a full day tour.

CONTACT FOR BOOKING:

Kelly van den Berg

This a free tour-no lift ticket required

Inquiries and booking –

Kelly 0429900886

Royalrussia08@hotmail.com

SUNDAY ALL DAY TOURS
8.30am – 4.30pm Advanced splitboard – Machinery Spur or Workshop Chutes

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full] Contact Daniel to go on the wait list

Group leaders

Daniel Sherwin

Duration

8 hours (0830 to 1630)

Where

Gotcha chair, 0830 for first uplift

Level

Intermediate to advanced

Requirements

• Backcountry access lift pass (single set of uplifts to top of Orchard. Return uplift up Village Quad)

• Splitboard, skins and accessories (ski-tourer’s also welcome); intermediate or better skills in undertaking both uphill and downhill travel is required

• Ski crampons recommended

• Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe, plus experience using them and undertaking safe travel in the backcountry

• Food and water for the day plus some contingency

• Spare layers

Maximum group size

20 – second leader/tail guide will be necessary above 10 persons

Description

This is a typical lift-assisted backcountry tour in the area immediately around Hotham.

Bootpacking and skinning to gain elevation will be necessary during the day. All participants should be fit and prepared for a long day, primarily on foot in variable snow and weather conditions.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Daniel Sherwin

daniel@cogna.com.au

LOCATIONIntermediate to advanced trip to Razorback Ridge (near Mt Hotham Alpine Resort)

ABILITY- Intermediate or advanced

FITNESS LEVEL- Be prepared for a big day of touring, descents and climbs.

MEETING POINT – Diamantina Parking Space / Hut (Great Alpine Road) @ 8.30 am for gear checks and safety briefing / trip planning for a 9am start.  Please Note – car parking can be limited there, and travel times up from Harrietville can be quite variable (based on traffic and road conditions), so please allow ample time to arrive, prepare, and be ready for the 8.30am start.

TRIP PLAN – This trip is suitable for splitboarders or people on alpine touring or telemark gear. The tour leader is a splitboarder who has Level 5 avalanche training. A key focus of the trip will be to have a focus on backcountry safety and learning the real world skills of safe skiing/ riding in steep terrain.

Our aim is to explore some of the great terrain off the Razorback Ridge. This will involve a tour along the Razorback and runs off the ridge at points that will work for the skills of the group and the conditions on the day.  Our expected touring departure and return times are 9am and 3pm.

GEAR NEEDED – Food/Water for the day and appropriate clothing for a full day out in the elements in an exposed alpine environment.  Avalanche Safety Gear (beacon, probe, shovel) are required by ALL participants, as well as an understanding of how to use them.  If assistance is needed acquiring (buying or renting) this gear, please contact the tour leader or check the gear hire section on the festival website.

CONTACT FOR BOOKING –
Tour leader – Kyle Boys

kyleboys1@gmail.com

 

9am – 3pm Introductory Backcountry Tour

[PLEASE NOTE: this trip is now full]

Group leaders

John Banks

Peter Mart

Duration

6 hours (0900 to 1500)

Meet Where

Loch carpark 0900

Level

Intermediate

Requirements

• Metal edged skis, pattern base or waxed for climbing, skins if you have them

• Intermediate skills in undertaking both uphill and downhill travel is required

• Food and water for the day plus some contingency

• Spare layers

Maximum group size

20 – second leader/tail guide will be necessary above 10 persons

Description

This is a backcountry tour in the Mt Loch / Machinery Spur area.

Tour location and length will be dictated by the group skill levels and weather, and may be changed if necessary.

All participants should be fit for climbing in variable snow and weather conditions.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Hosted by Melbourne Nordic Ski Club.

Contact Peter Mart

Meter.Part@hotmail.com

 

9am – 3.30pm Intro to Backcountry Guided Tour

Spend a full day with an introductory course to backcountry as part of a group tour for up to six people.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Delivered by Hotham ski school.

Cost $249

https://www.mthotham.com.au/lessons-hire/signature-programs/backcountry-tours/introduction-to-backcountry

 

9am – 1pm A backcountry tour with Drew Jolowicz, a Hotham local and Dave and Pieta Herring from Alpine Access Australia.

[PLEASE NOTE: This tour is now full]

As well as chasing lines the plan is to spend time working through everything that makes up a successful BC day from the trailhead to home. It is no substitute for AST 1 but beacon tests, route selection, terrain, snow tests and companion rescue will all be part of the day.

Open to skiers and snowboarders with at least intermediate/advanced abilities and moderate fitness.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Dave Herring:

alpineaccessaust@gmail.com

Starting at 9 am. Telemark clinic with Richard Hocking, who is the Telemark Technical Director at the Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors (APSI) and a Telemark member of the APSI demo team.

There are three sessions:

The 9:00am and 11:00am clinics will be targeted at intermediate Telemark skiers.

Advanced clinic from 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Full details and link to book for the sessions available here.

Cost of each session is $45.

 

1 – 4.30pm ‘Return to Backcountry’ Tour

If you have done the full day introductory lesson with Hotham Lift Co, you can satisfy the new appetite for Hotham’s amazing backcountry and return for a half day guided tour.

CONTACT FOR BOOKINGS:

Delivered by Hotham ski school.

$169 per person.

Full details and bookings: https://www.mthotham.com.au/lessons-hire/signature-programs/backcountry-tours/return-to-backcountry#72581-details

 

5pm Briefing for people going on the Feathertop trip

At The Bird, Hotham village.

See below for details on the trip.

6.30 – 9.30pm POW Australia fund raiser

Films and speakers, including Josh Fletcher, Bill Barker, Stephen Curtain and Niamh O’Connor Smith.

The Bird, Hotham village

Full details here.

 

Speakers program – Saturday at The General

Sessions will happen in the upstairs room at The General (up the stairs on your right as you walk in) and cover a range of backcountry culture and mountain related topics. The program will run from midday to 4pm (and will be followed by a ski in outdoor bar from 4 – 6pm).

All welcome. Entry by donation. Family friendly.

Check below for the program. We have a few more things coming, so times will vary slightly before we get to the final program. You’re welcome to come for whichever sessions interest you.

12 noon The perfect backcountry boot.

Ted Suurkivi is the head boot fitter at One Tree Sports. He is a keen backcountry skier and will offer a session outlining the latest in boots and bindings for the backcountry, plus the most common issues like cramping arches, blisters on the heels, etc. He will explain what work that can be done on ski and snowboard boots. eg, footbeds, liners and how they all customized to the feet to give maximum comfort, performance and less fatigue for longer tours and more aggressive downhill performance.

BYO boots for assessment.

12.30 Mark Frost and Michael Bajada, Ambulance Victoria.

First Aid and rescue.

 

12.50 Georgina Boardman – Mt Hotham resort management

Bringing the Mountain Pygmy Possum back from the brink of extinction.

The Victorian alpine areas are significant protected landscapes full of high environmental values – getting out into the backcountry is all about appreciating the alps.  Georgina Boardman heads the environment team at the Mount Hotham Alpine Resort Management Board.

Georgina will talk about the landscape, the Boards role working with other land managers to protect the alps and several recent projects within Mt Hotham.  The Mountain Pygmy Possum is the most recognised of the threatened alpine fauna and super lovable as well. Georgina will give insights into recent work to improve MPP habitat including an new version of the Tunnel of Love at Little Higginbotham and the monitoring program that will, hopefully, reveal its long term success.

1.10  

Melissa Clarke – touring in the NSW backcountry

Melissa is a keen backcountry skier from Canberra and will be chatting about where you can start your exploration of the New South Wales backcountry. Whether you’re hunting for steep lines, seeking a classic touring route, or just after the side-country powder stashes, the Main Range has it all. Melissa will also discuss some of her adventurous multi-day trips skiing and camping in the Kosciuszko National Park and building a pulk (sled) for hauling gear.

1.30 Kelly Kavanagh – a human-powered ski traverse of Antarctica

 

1.50 Girls Who Split Information and Q&A Session with Kelly van den Berg, Mia Walker and Lisse Dunser.

Come and share the adventures and tales of three split boarding gals across diverse ages as they tell their stories from various destinations around the world and the experiences of women in the backcountry. The girls will also bring in their personal gear to talk about, ranging from split boarding basics, avalanche and safety gear, communications and navigation to snowboarding mountaineering equipment.

Mia, who is 14, will talk about her backcountry splitboarding adventures in the VIC Alps and Colorado.

2.20 Katya Crema – ‘Getting into the backcountry

Katya will talk about her transition from an Olympian ski cross racer to backcountry adventurer.

2.45 Bill Barker, head of Hotham ski patrol – the History of Avalanches at Hotham, and the known trouble spots.
3.05 Buff Farnell – Images of the Hotham BC/ sidecountry
3.30 Ash Peplow Ball – Why Aussie snow lovers should get active about climate change, and how they can get started

Australian’s ski resorts are on the front line of climate change impact. Resorts across the alps are already doing great work on climate adaptation, but there is a lot more we can be doing to prevent runaway climate damage. The good news is that we have a lot of power as individuals, and even more power when we work together as a broader snow-loving community. We will be chatting about how you can get started if you want to get active in protecting the places we love for future generations to enjoy.

3.50 Finish and head to the outdoor bar

 

Feathertop camping tour

Group leaders

Daniel Sherwin

daniel@cogna.com.au

Duration

0700 Monday 9 September to 1700 Wednesday 11 September

 

Where and what

This trip is intended for people who want to ski/ ride with a group of experienced people. The Razorback and Mt Feathertop provide some of the steepest and most exposed alpine terrain in the state. You will need to have the skills and gear to ski the Razorback. Camp will be below treeline close to the Feathertop peak. The aim is to ski/ ride lines in the Feathertop area. Final decisions will be taken by the group depending on conditions on the day.

Preliminary group meeting and gear check, 1600 Sunday at The Snowbird in Hotham village.

Meet at Diamantina hut parking space on Monday morning, touring across the Razorback to Mt Feathertop.

Level

Intermediate, very fit.

Requirements

  • Ski or splitboard touring equipment including spares
  • Ski crampons highly recommended (a number of spots on the Razorback are more easily negotiated with crampons, particularly for splitboarders with soft boots)
  • Boot crampons and ice axe suggested for steep access on Feathertop itself
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe (those planning to undertake touring on Feathertop should be familiar with use of this equipment and with the principles of safe backcountry travel)
  • Food and water for the duration plus some contingency (water may be melted from snow at campsite)
  • Shelter (4 season tent recommended, backup emergency bivy also recommended) and sleep system (sleeping bag with a minimum comfort rating of -8°C or better, mat suitable for snow camping)
  • Personal cooking equipment. Extra fuel is recommended to offset the potential need to melt snow.
  • Spare clothing
  • Personal first aid supplies
  • Any other supplies or equipment necessary for self sufficiency in the backcountry

Maximum group size

20 – second leader/tail guide will be necessary above 10 persons

Description

Mt Feathertop is one of the most picturesque peaks and offers excellent ski touring from it’s peaks and along the Razorback. Participants should be very fit and capable of undertaking long days of snow travel. Care should be taken by all tourer’s in the area as weather, icy conditions and avalanches have all claimed lives in the past.

Safety

The participants of the group are responsible for their own safety. We will liaise with Victoria Police. However, participants need to understand that this is serious terrain, and they join the group at their own risk.

At the very least we would recommend that you ensure your ambulance subscription is up to date.

Group leaders are volunteers and are not liable for any injuries that may result doing the trip.

 

 

The festival

This is a volunteer run event. Most of the clinics and other activities are free events. Mt Hotham charges an entry fee. We’re working with a range of community groups and businesses to make this a great event.

Please note that you join these activities at your own risk. We do not have insurance coverage for participants.