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Thredbo Backcountry Tours Supported by The North Face

Looking for a new winter adventure? Why not book a guided backcountry tour and venture beyond the resort boundaries, where you’ll not only learn important backcountry safety skills but get to ride some incredible and unique terrain.

There is a backcountry adventure for everyone, from introductory through to advanced tours, each catering to different levels of knowledge, experience and 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.

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2021 Tours Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Introduction to Backcountry
Beyond The Boundaries*
Advanced Adventurer**
Mt Kosciuszko Summit Private tour available by enquiry only
Snowshoe Tour
All tours are conditions dependent.

*Beyond The Boundaries Tours available from 12 July.
**Advanced Adventurer Tours available from 26 July. Earlier dates will be released as conditions permit.


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Introduction to Backcountry Tour

If you’ve never tried Alpine Touring, but keep wondering what it’s all about, this full day tour is for you. Your guide will introduce you to the specialist equipment, safety aspects and skills required to negotiate simple backcountry terrain. You’ll learn a lot during this tour and many of your backcountry questions will be answered. It’s also a pre-requisite before joining our other, more demanding tours.

Price: $199
Duration: 6 Hours – All Day
Backcountry Skill Level: First Timer
Rider Level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Location: Ramshead Range & Bogong Creek area
Highlights: Equipment Familiarisation, Skinning, Basic Navigation, Awareness & Safety

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Beyond The Boundaries Tour

Enjoy heading out of the resort boundaries and into the vast and stunning Australian Main Range. Learn backcountry skills, safety and awareness and explore some of the best and most unique terrain Australia has to offer. From Bogong to Mt Kosciuszko, the mission is to find the perfect line and score fresh snow. 

Price: $309
Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Backcountry Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Rider Level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Location: Bogong Creek Area, Mt Kosciuszko, Ramshead Range and Dead Horse Gap
Highlights: Terrain Variety, Fresh Snow, Familiarisation of Main Range Backcountry, Alpine Touring & Backcountry Skill Development

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Advanced Adventurer Tour

Enjoy an all day winter adventure like no other! Your guide will take you out to some of Australia’s best backcountry spots where you’ll ski or snowboard challenging terrain, learn advanced backcountry skills and become familiar with riding more technical terrain. The advanced tours allow you to summit and ride some of Australia’s highest peaks.

Price: $309
Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Backcountry Skill Level: Advanced
Rider Level: Advanced
Location: Leatherbarrel Creek, Etheridge & Twin Valleys
Highlights: Summit & Ride Australia’s Highest Peaks

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Mt Kosciuszko Summit | Private Tour

Want to tick Mt Kosciuszko off your bucket list? For the ultimate freedom and adventure book a private tour and summit Australia’s highest peak with your own private guide.

Duration: 7 Hours – All Day
Backcountry Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Rider Level: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Location: Mt Kosciuszko
Highlights: Summit Australia’s Highest Peak, Sweeping Views & Backcountry Skill Development

Pricing and tours by enquiry only. Minimum group size of 2 and maximum group size of 5.

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Important Information

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What You Need To Know

Dates: Check the Online Shop for availability. All tours are conditions dependent.
Safety Equipment: Every guest is provided with a loan North Face backpack that contains a beacon, probe and shovel
Backcountry Rental Equipment: Snowshoes, splitboards and touring skis are available for rental so you don’t need to purchase any gear beforehand – see below
Meeting Time & Location: 8:45am outside Valley Terminal at the large Thredbo maps
Age: 18 Years+
Group Size: Minimum group size of 2 and maximum group size of 5
Know Your Level: Backcountry & Rider Levels explained here

 

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Equipment Rental

Explore the Main range with our Backcountry Rental packages (pick up Valley Terminal only). Thredbo Rental staff and your backcountry guide will show you how the touring specific equipment works.

Volkl VTA 80 Skis, Mohair Skins & Collapsible poles | $139
Sizing | 163, 170, 175

Burton Splitboard, Montana Skins & Collapsible poles | $139
Sizing | 152, 159

Tubbs Snowshoes & Collapsible poles | $45

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Packing Checklist

You need to dress for a full day’s riding and carry/wear sufficient clothing to cater for extreme weather conditions. You will be issued with a The North Face touring pack to carry your gear and additional essential safety equipment. Make sure you bring:

  • MyThredbo Card
  • Backcountry touring skis or splitboard, climbing skins and collapsible poles
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Layers to adjust throughout the day (thermals, mid layers, puffer layer)
  • Helmet, googles, liner gloves, waterproof gloves & beanie
  • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Minimum 2L of water per person
  • Have a solid breakfast and bring lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (e.g. Ventolin)
  • Camera/phone

Know Your Level

TOUR CATEGORY BACKCOUNTRY LEVEL DESCRIPTION RIDER LEVEL DESCRIPTION
First Timer Introduction to backcountry terrain. Learn equipment, skinning, basic navigation and safety. Gentle climbs for maximum fun descent. Can ride off-piste, ungroomed terrain comfortably. Strong intermediate to advanced level in resort.
Intermediate Have ridden the backcountry before. Some more technical climbs and steep terrain. Able to comfortably ride in all snow conditions across resort. Confident on and off-piste.
Advanced Has backcountry experience. Comfortable with technical, steep and challenging terrain for climbs and descent. Master of the Black runs. Comfortable and confident in all conditions on and off-piste.

Frequently Asked Questions

In its simplest terms it’s skiing and boarding outside resort boundaries. Effectively this means being self-reliant as there’s neither immediate infrastructure or services such as Ski Patrol to assist. You move around under your own power and carry essential gear to support you for the duration. Technology has ensured the supply of specialist lightweight touring gear that has made this sport more accessible to the masses. It’s a big world out there with amazing terrain and stunning scenery to be discovered.

Due to the nature of the sport, safety has always been a big factor and this is why it’s a good idea to hire a guide when first venturing out or seeking new terrain. A good guide will teach you and show you more in one day than you might learn in ten outings on your own so it’s a very worthwhile consideration.

You must be a strong intermediate to advanced skier or boarder, capable of riding all snow conditions in a safe and confident manner. This includes windblown, powder, crud and icy conditions. You must also be able to ski trees, avoid obstacles and manage whiteout and very windy conditions. The terrain we seek out is all un-groomed and mostly categorised blue and black.

While we will do our best to group riders of similar abilities, it’s important you have a realistic self-assessment of your class of rider.

To join our Green Tour / Introduction to Backcountry Tour and Blue Tour / Beyond The Boundaries or Mt Kosciuszko Summit Tour you must be a level 6 or above. To join all other tours you have to be at level 7 or 8. Find out your ability level

A reasonable level of fitness is required, namely endurance and to a lesser extent strength. During a day out you will be expected to cover anywhere from 3 to 15km depending on the tour selected all while climbing slopes of various gradients. Make sure you get good night’s sleep, have a solid breakfast and arrive hydrated.

You need to dress for a full days skiing and carry/wear sufficient clothing to cater for extreme weather conditions. You will need:

  • Goggles
  • Waterproof warm gloves
  • Liner gloves
  • Helmet
  • Hat
  • Layers to adjust throughout the day (thermals, mid layers, puffer layer)
  • Sunglasses
  • 2L water
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal medication

You will be issued with a suitable touring pack in which you carry all your gear and additional essential safety equipment.

A number of alpine touring skis/splitboards, including climbing skins are available for hire from our online shop (pick-up from Thredbo Retail & Rental at Valley Terminal only). Our Retail & Rental staff and your guide will show you how the touring specific equipment works. This is especially so for the Introduction to Alpine Touring.

Weather and snow conditions will always dictate which tours will operate and when the conditions are right, nothing compares to a day touring the Australian Alps. Depending on the tour you’ve booked, be assured that your guide will seek out the slopes with the best conditions. Furthest is not always best – at times the best snow is found in the trees nearby.

Above all we must obey the conditions – “we don’t run the backcountry, the backcountry runs us”. Safety is paramount. Alpine touring is undertaken beyond the resort boundaries and as such there is usually no reliance on ski patrol or other immediate support.

Weather and snow conditions are the two biggest safety factors that need to be continually monitored. Your guide is experienced and will make decisions accordingly in order to maximise group safety. Although avalanches are rare and we have a relatively stable snowpack, you will be issued with a shovel, probe and beacon, and receive instruction in basic avalanche safety.

Your guide will assess the situation and render first aid and immediate care of the injured person. A team member with a minor injury may choose to continue the tour. A more serious injury may require evacuation for further medical treatment. Terrain dependent, the team may work together to effect the evacuation, or a 000 call will alert emergency authorities to build an evacuation plan.

Any Questions?

For any enquiries please email the Thredbo Guides team at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

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