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Thredbo Backcountry Tours Supported by The North Face

Looking for another adventure on your skis or board? This winter, enjoy a guided Backcountry Adventure outside of the resort boundaries, where you’ll not only learn important backcountry safety skills but also ski and board some incredible and unique terrain.

There is a backcountry adventure for everyone ranging from green, blue and black adventures, each catering to a different level of knowledge and skiing or boarding ability.

Our guides are experienced and have gained extensive backcountry knowledge from exploring the mountains for many years. They are first aid trained, hold avalanche certification and carry appropriate emergency equipment.

Every guest will be provided with a North Face backcountry pack that contains a beacon, probe and shovel. Snowshoes, splitboards and touring ski’s are available for rental so you don’t need to purchase any gear beforehand.

Please note that the Backcountry Tours will run on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week from the beginning of July pending weather and snow conditions. The tours require a minimum of 2 guests to run and take a maximum of 4 guests per tour.

Please note that we are flexible with group sizes and dates, please submit an inquiry at the bottom of the page with your request and we will come back to you as soon as possible.

Grading Name Duration Skinning Distance* Vertical Climbing* Link
Green Intro @ Signature Hill 3.5 hours 3kms 250 metres Find out more
Green / Blue Bogong Creek All day 7kms 800 metres Find out more
Blue Mt. Kosciuszko All day 14kms 600 metres Find out more
Blue/Black Mt Etheridge/Etheridge Ridge All day 15kms 1,000 metres Find out more
Black Twin Valleys All day 17kms 1,400 metres Find out more
Black Leatherbarrel Creek All day 15kms 1,500 metres Find out more

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Green Tour | Signature Hill

Duration: 3.5 Hours
Price: $135
Skill Level: First Timer
Rider Level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Location: Karels Area
Highlights: Equipment Familiarisation, Skinning, Backcountry Awareness & Safety

If you’ve never tried Alpine Touring, but keep wondering what it’s all about, this half day tour is for you. Your guide will introduce you to the specialist equipment, safety aspects and skills required to negotiate simple backcountry terrain. This session is also a pre-requisite before joining our other, more demanding full day tours.

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Green/Blue Tour | Bogong Creek

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Price: $220
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Rider Level: Advanced
Location: Bogong Creek Area
Highlights: Terrain Variety, Fresh Snow, Hanging Rock, Alpine Touring & Backcountry Skill Development

While the name Bogong may be synonymous with Victorias highest peak, we associate it with fresh snow, terrain variety and surprisingly easy access from Australia’s highest lifted point – Karels T-bar. This is the go to backcountry area where your guide will gradually introduce you to more challenging and steeper terrain coupled with fresh tracks. 

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Blue Tour | Mt Kosciuszko

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Price: $220
Rider Level: Strong Intermediate
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Location: Mt. Kosciuszko, Seamans Hut
Highlights: Summit & Ride Australia’s Highest Peak

Ride off the top of Australia! At 2228m high, there’s something special about summiting Mt Kosciuszko, Australias highest peak and getting to ride it. Better still – the gentle nature of Mt Kosciuszko’s slopes mean you don’t have to be an expert rider to join this tour. And don’t forget your camera – the Main Range scenery is absolutely stunning. Time permitting, this tour includes a visit to the historic Seamans Hut.

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Blue /Black Tour | Etheridge Range

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Price: $220
Rider Level: Expert
Skill Level: Advanced
Location: Etheridge Ridge, Seamans Hut
Highlights: Etheridge Ridge Challenges, Fresh Tracks, Seamans Hut, Backcountry Skill Development

Ready to step it up a notch? Etheridge Ridge sits in the heart of the Main range, adjacent to and in the shadows of Mt Kosciuzko. This is above tree line riding and the ridge collects a lot of windblown snow to create some amazing fresh stashes. The terrain is varied and increasingly challenging, but with the runs here being slightly shorter, the best way is to set a skin track and session the entire ridge with a lunchbreak at Seamans Hut.

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Black Tour | Leatherbarrel Creek

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Price: $220
Rider Level: Expert
Skill Level: Expert
Location: South Ramshead
Highlights: True Wilderness, Incredible Views, Challenging Terrain

The perfect day in the backcountry. Long runs, trees, open bowls, steeps. Leatherbarrel Creek has it all and on the right day and it doesn’t get any better. This valley is tucked away down the southern end of the Main Range and its varied aspects give you that fresh snow feeling for longer. The many options on offer will have you coming back for more, again and again.

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Black Tour | Twin Valleys

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Price: $220
Rider Level: Expert
Skill Level: Expert
Location: Twin Valleys, Mt Stillwell
Highlights: Amazing Scenery, Fresh Snow, Terrain Variety

If you’ve skied or boarded Thredbo, chances are you’ve looked up at Twin Valleys on the drive in and imagined yourself and a couple of friends riding the, all to inviting, untouched bowls – all to yourself. Well, imagine no more – our Twin Valleys tour will have you cutting fresh lines high above the Alpine Way. This area is vast and stretches all the way back towards Merritts Spur. The opportunities here are almost endless with challenging terrain offerings that’ll cater for all riders.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question in regards to the backcountry tours? Follow the button below to see if your question is answered in the Backcountry Tours FAQ’s.

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