The festival will be based at the Falls Creek Cross Country centre, located just above the top carpark at Falls Creek ski resort in north east Victoria. We recommend you stay on the mountain or nearby (Mt Beauty, Bogong Village or Howmans Gap) to be able to join us by 8.30am. Check here for ideas on accommodation options.
There is still room in the program for you to get involved. If you would like to contribute an idea or offer to lead a workshop or tour, please get in touch. We will have the program locked in by early June so please get in touch soon if you’re keen to be involved.
Saturday September 1, 2018
COFFEE & MINGLE
Meet at 8.30am at the Windy Corner cross country centre. Grab a coffee from the cafe, mingle, then join your preferred group for a 9am start.
SKI, RIDE, SNOW SHOE
There will be lots on offer (with sessions both in the morning and afternoon):
Please be at Falls Creek Cross Country Ski Hire at 8:30 to join the morning sessions.
1/ PROGRAM OFFERED BY FALLS CREEK CROSS COUNTRY
Falls Creek Cross Country has generously offered the following free events. Please note that you need to book.
Intro Telemark Clinic
WHEN: 9:00 am to 10:30am
WHERE: Inner trails around the nordic bowl.
EQUIPMENT: Either have your own pattern based metal edged touring skis and boots to match, or hire from Falls Creek XC and mention that you are participating in our clinic to ensure you get the correct gear and a great price.
COST: FREE (minimum 3 skiers). BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: please email us at FallsCreekXC@ymca.org.au
Learn the basics of the telemark stance and turn, with Pete and/or Geza our telemark gurus at Falls Creek Cross Country. These fine instructors will be supportive of all abilities.
This clinic could be the beginning of learning to move with grace and freedom. However its not just a turn, but a stance that can be used to get through tricky terrain as well. Having a good level of fitness is helpful, but not mandatory.
Intro Backcountry Snow shoe tour
WHEN: 9:00am to 10:30am
WHERE: Off track to pristine locations
COST: FREE (minimum 3 snowshoers). BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: please email us at FallsCreekXC@ymca.org.au
Get off track and explore Falls Creeks hidden wonders. Discover the pristine alpine meadows, surrounded by our hardiest eucalypt, the beautiful twisted snow gums. Observe the unique flora and fauna, and take advantage of our guides historical knowledge of the area.
Falls Creek Cross Country has great Tubbs snow shoes available for hire for $35 for the day.
Snow Camping 101.
WHEN: 10:45am to 12:45pm
WHERE: Meet at the Nordic Bowl
EQUIPMENT: Please bring waterproof gloves and or mitts
COST: FREE. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: please email us at FallsCreekXC@ymca.org.au
Join Pete and/or Geza for snow camping tips. How to pitch a tent or build a small shelter. Learn the tricks to cooking in the snow, creating snow tables and chairs and keeping dry. Enjoy a FREE hot chocolate from the camp stove. We won’t be travelling far, however you must either be either on snowshoes or back country touring skis that have a pattern base or skins to match your skis. FCXC will provide snow shovels.
Intro Backcountry Telemark Tour
WHEN: 1:30pm to 4:30pm
WHERE: Across the dam wall and beyond!
COST: FREE (minimum 3 skiers). BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: please email us at FallsCreekXC@ymca.org.au
Time to get the vibe and flow and head out to create some of your first tracks. Enjoy the sheer bliss of a descent that has been earned the hard way.
Practise some of the moves you may have learnt in the mornings sessions and just enjoy the company of good people, who value the space beyond the last lift.
2/ OTHER EVENTS
- Join a group to tele ski the runs in resort (you’ll need a lift pass)
The KtoK: half day ski tour
Starts at 9.30 at the top of Ruined Castle chair lift. We head SW to what the resort calls Rocky Knolls then E down to the creek and climb Rocky Knobs. Stop for a break. Then northish back to the resort, ending at the bottom of the Ruined Castle lift. Bring some snacks and be prepared as always for cold windy weather. If the vis is low I’ll cancel the tour.Ski tourers and split-boarders only. You’ll need intermediate touring skills and moderate fitness. You need to be able to climb and descend Blue grade slopes that may be icy or heavy and soft. We’ll be out for about 3-4 hours.After that if conditions are good I can show you some nice side-country or off-piste runs about the resort (lift ticket required).
(led by Ern Reeders, aka Ziggy on the Backcountry Forum)
- Richard Snowdon will offer a touring skills session around the nordic trails (on and off groomed areas) in the resort, and point out areas on the east side (across the dam and out to Heathy Spur and Ropers Lookout) where groups can go by themselves after the session. He knows the area well and will be able to answer any questions people people may have. This will be suitable for intermediate level or above skiers/split boarders who have their own gear – pattern based touring gear accepted and maps/ compass are recommended.
- Join a group for a tour to Mt Nelse to get some runs in (suitable for tele skiers, splitboarders and people with alpine touring bindings). Leaving from Windy Corner shelter at 9.15. You will need gear, food and water for a four to five hour tour. Led by Cam Walker.
- There will be a beginners snow shoe tour, led by Andrew Stevenson of
- Navigation Clinic – run by Luke Frisken9:00am to 12:30pmThis clinic will be focussed on teaching you the skills required to navigate safely and effectively in the Australian backcountry during your winter adventures. If you participate in this clinic you will learn the basics about:Preparation and trip planning
Online resources for navigation
How to read topographic maps
How to use a compass
How to use a gps
Navigation in white-out conditions
Slope angle assessment
(These are all free events but will require registration)
At lunchtime, you can get lunch at the Windy Corner cafe (or collect a packed lunch in the morning) – pre booking essential (cost TBC).
The preorder lunch includes: Healthy Sandwich or wrap with a fresh muffin and a piece of fruit for $9.
Or drop in to the cafe for lunch and enjoy the fresh veggie curries or meat dishes with rice. $11
Or feel free to BYO or visit any of the cafes in the Falls Creek village.
BEER & YARNS
Re-group in the afternoon for beers from 4 – 6pm. Beers on sale, served by Peter Hull of local brewery Sweetwater. Bring your own fold up chair if you have one and come dressed for the weather. This will be outside the Falls Creek Cross Country centre (the day shelter), above the Windy Corner car park.
There will be snacks available for purchase from the Cross Country Centre.
FILMS & TALKS
Then join us from 7pm – 9.30pm (location: on mountain).
- Check out some great backcountry films from local skiers and riders (please feel free to contribute your film – must be 7 mins or less. Full details here). There will be an introduction from Stephen Curtain, who made the classic Australian telemark film Winter Dreaming.
- Short chats from a range of speakers, including Matt O’Keeffe, head of the Falls Creek ski patrol, on mountain and backcountry safety
Enjoy a beer, meet other BC enthusiasts, organise some trips, maybe win something in the raffle.
Sunday September 2
World telemark day
Join other tele skiers to have a fun day in resort (you’ll need a lift ticket). Meet at the Windy Corner cafe at 8.45 for a 9am start. If lost or looking for us during the day, you can text Cam: 0419 338 047
Check here for details on previous world tele days at Mt Hotham.
Ski/ splitboard race
We are also looking into organising a ski/ splitboard race over some local peaks and highpoints.
Stay tuned for full details.
OTHER EVENTS HAPPENING SEPTEMBER 1 and 2
A number of other events will be happening on the mountain over the weekend, including:
Avalanche Safety Training
There will be three 2 day AST level 1 training courses offered by Adam West in the build up to the festival and on the weekend. Full details here.
50:50 touring with Steve Lee
50-50 backcountry tours is a day out that combines alpine touring (ski or snowboarding) with snowmobile lifted access to some great areas not accessible with our standard tours.
It’s a full day program and it’s all about maximising the terrain, snow and nice spring days.
You’ll be lapping the south and west faces of Mt McKay, which offer super long challenging terrain of up to 400+m vertical. These are nice big drops, and with that long hikes out.
However with the 50-50 program you’ll only have to hike a portion, the minimum portion in fact, to a pick up point then get lifted to the top to do it all again.
You’ll need touring gear (not provided). Which means alpine touring skis with walk mode bindings and skins, snowboarders will need a splitboard or snowshoes. A pack with lunch, water, snacks etc and that’s about it.
This is a great introductory day for those wanting to learn to tour, or a fantastic day for those who already know how and want to maximise some vertical getting a bunch of great laps in.
Minimum booking numbers is 3 up to groups of 8.
Standard tours book via website, https://backcountrytours.checkfront.com/reserve/ For the 50-50 tour inquiries you can contact Steve via email. email@example.com
This is a free, volunteer run event. Most of the clinics and other activities are free events. Falls Creek resort charges an entry fee. We’re working with a range of community groups and businesses to make this a great day.
Please note that you join these activities at your own risk. We do not have insurance coverage for participants.