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Junior Alpinists Workshop

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Difficulty: Moderate

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Skier Ability: Strong Intermediate

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Duration: 6 hours

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Elevation: 500 - 1000m

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Distance: 5 - 10 km

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Fitness Level: Good

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Group Size: 1 - 5 people


The Junior Alpinists Workshop is about building backcountry awareness in our aspiring young backcountry enthusiasts & sharing with them the full suite of skills required to travel safely & efficiently in the backcountry. We'll teach you how to move safely & efficiently through the mountains building a platform for your next progression deeper into the BC. The learning starts at SMBC HQ in the Guthega Mountain Centre & the terrain we utilise is very nearby. At the end of this workshop the juniors will have a realistic appraisal of what their endurance & capabilities are.


Guiding Topics

  • Planning & preparation

  • Equip selection

  • Equipment familiarisation

  • Skinning technique

  • Route selection

  • Route Planning

  • Emergency response/shelters/Hypothermia management

  • Basic Navigation

  • Potential Snow Pack Instabilities

  • BC etiquette


Intended Location

  • Guthega Trig area

  • Farm Creek & Paralyser


Rating: Moderate

Requires a good level of fitness. Distances about 5-10km with climbs 500-1000 vertical meters; may be lift assisted.


Duration: 7hrs approx, distances include descents which is generally half the total distance


Meeting Place

  • Start: Guthega SMBC HQ 8:00a.m.

    • Brief

    • Equip famil

    • Route overview

Experience Required

  • Although this tour is mainly about skills development an adequate level of fitness is still required


Group Size

  • 1: 8 guide to client ratio


  • Backpack



  • See ”EQUIP LIST" below

  • Alpine Touring skis, climbing skins

       & adjustable poles​ for hire

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