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Ski Mountaineering Skills Intro Course

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Difficulty: Challenging

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Skier Ability: Advanced

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Fitness Level: Higher

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Duration: 8 hours

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Elevation:  1000m

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Distance: 10+ km

Snowy Mountains Backcountry SMBC

Group Size: 1 - 5 people

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 Negotiating increased slope angle, wind swept ridge tops & icy surfaces requires a new set of skills! SMBC will teach you how to move about safely in more challenging terrain where climbing skins begin to fail because of steeper slopes &/or icy surface conditions. This one day course will teach you basic ski mountaineering skills adding a huge layer of safety to your skills tool box. If you are progressing to challenging slopes such as the Western Faces or other aspiring OS missions come along with us & build the necessary skills for ascending & descending steeps or travelling through icy alpine passes! We will teach you essential techniques & discuss the importance of good judgement, decision making & acting with commitment & purpose! This day is a precursor to our Western Faces Experience Tour, don't be caught wanting of skills & overcome by exposure in challenging terrain, get skilled up before you get there!

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Guiding Topics

  • Equipment familiarisation

  • Crampon & Ice Axe technique

  • Self Arresting

  • Transitioning in steep terrain

  • Ski/Pack Configuration

  • Descent strategies & techniques

  • Route selection

  • Exposure & Confidence


Intended Location

This day is not about the destination reached but

about the skills learnt. To maximise time the course will be 

conducted in the Guthega area


Rating: Challenging

Requires a stronger level of fitness, advanced skiing ability & prior

experience in the backcountry. Expect to encounter longer climbs

with distances about 10km+ with climbs around 1000+ vertical meters

& more challenging


Duration: 8+hrs approx, distances include descents which is generally half the total distance

Meeting Place

  • Start: Guthega SMBC HQ 7:00a.m. 

    • Brief

    • Equip familiarisation

    • Route overview

Experience Required

  • All participants will have undertaken one of our tours or have previous backcountry experience which we need to reference!

  • Be a confident advanced off-piste skier, this day is not for intermediate skiers!

  • More challenging distances & climbs.


Group Size

  • 1:3 guide to client ratio


  • 40Lt Backpack: anything less is not enough

  • Crampons: for ski & snowboard boots

  • Ice Axe



  • See ”EQUIP LIST" below

  • Helmets are necessary

  • Alpine Touring skis, climbing skins

       & adjustable poles​ for hire



  • Equipment familiarisation, fitment & pre tour shakedown will be undertaken at SMBC HQ prior to departure.

  • You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it must be checked for suitability by SMBC prior to departure.

  • A 40 Lt pack with ski carry capability is provided. You are welcome to bring your own but anything smaller than 40Lt &/or unable to carry skis is not suitable & you will be required to use SMBC packs!

  • If staying in Perisher you will need to drive to Guthega as the lifts will be closed on return.

  • It is preferable for snowboarders to have a stiff full shank soled boot like K2 Aspect, Fitwell, DeeLuxe, JONES 32, Burton Tourist. All these boots also have a welted sole able to take a semi-automatic crampon which has a heel bail. A soft soled boot requires a strap on crampon which works but the integrity of the boot sole/crampon interface is compromised when climbing steeper terrain.

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