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Introduction To Backcountry Tour

Backcountry Basics & Familiarisation

2022 Schedule: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Rider Level: Upper Intermediate to Advanced   Price: $199
Highlights: Equipment familiarisation, skinning, basic navigation, awareness & safety

If you’ve never tried Alpine Touring, but keep wondering what it’s all about, this full day tour is for you. 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 if you have no prior touring experience.

What’s Included:

  • An experienced guide will accompany your group for 6 hours, meeting you at 8:45am from the large maps at Valley Terminal
  • Explore the stunning Australian Main Range outside the resort boundaries
  • An introduction to the specialist equipment and skinning
  • Learn about the safety aspects and skills required to negotiate simple backcountry terrain
  • The North Face ‘Backcountry Pack’ containing an avalanche beacon, shovel & probe is provided for use on the tour
  • Complimentary Backcountry Access Pass – MyThredbo Card is required. During checkout you can reload to your existing card or add one to your cart ($5).

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18+ years only. Full Terms and Conditions

What You Need To Know

Thredbo Backcountry Tours reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time.

  • This may be due to but not limited to any of the following:
    • Lightning
    • Winds over 80km/hr
    • Extreme and continuous weather conditions: rain, hail, snow
    • Medical incident
  • All tours depart promptly. Should participants not be present and prepared at these times the tour will depart. No refunds will be given for late arrivals or no shows.
  • Weather and snow conditions dictate which tours can operate. Should conditions force the cancellation of your chosen tour alternate routes may be offered.
    • If all tours and alternates are forced to be cancelled by conditions and weather a full refund will be issued.
  • No refund will be issued if the tour is cancelled or the goal of the tour is not met during the activity. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Injury sustained to participant or guide resulting in appropriate modification to tour
    • Immediate cancellation of remainder of the tour to affect first aid and evacuation
    • Unforeseen extreme weather or conditions

Dress for a full day’s riding and carry sufficient clothing to cater for extreme weather conditions. We recommend checking the weather before you head out.

  • Backcountry touring skis or splitboard, climbing skins and collapsible poles.
  • Recommended Alpine Touring ski boots and those that ski opt to not snowshoe and carry skis
  • MyThredbo Card
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Layers to adjust throughout the day (thermals, mid layers, puffer layer)
  • Helmet, goggles, liner gloves, waterproof gloves, beanie, buff
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, SPF lip balm
  • Minimum 2L of water per person
  • Have a solid breakfast and bring lunch and snacks
  • Personal medication (e.g. Ventolin)
  • Camera/phone

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It’s important to let your guide know if you have any pre-existing medical conditions (such as motion sickness, fear of heights, heart conditions, pregnancy, asthma and musculoskeletal issues) prior to the tour. This will help us cater the tour to your needs and make your trip more enjoyable.

We encourage guests to Leave No Trace and observe the Backcountry Responsibility Code:

  • Have the skills and the fitness – know your skiing/riding ability and stay in control at all times.
  • Check the weather and Alpine Hazard Report before departing
  • Have the right gear – including avalanche recue basics
  • Leave what you find – do not pick or remove anything natural
  • Dial it back and space it out

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Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 70,000 years.  We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.

Any Questions?

For more information please contact Thredbo’s knowledgeable guides at guides_thredbo@evt.com 

Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 70,000 years. We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.

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