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big mountain skiing

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by steadyeddie, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. steadyeddie

    steadyeddie First Runs

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    Hey guys,

    Where abouts in NSW is the best (if any) big mountain skiing? As there isn't much or any in resorts I have hopefully assumed there will be in the back country. Thanks for any help guys
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Try 'the triple A' off the western side of Mt Twynam or anything off Watsons Crags (north side for big wide steepish areas or south side for very steep rocky terrain). Carruthers north face is also very tidy.

    If you want to stain your undies then try some of the chutes on the north face of the Sentinel Ridge. You need to get out there soon if you want to enjoy the north facing runs though as they suffer badly in the spring heat.
     
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    steadyeddie First Runs

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    Cheers Snow B

    Would late aug to early sep be ok? How long would it take to get in ski and get out?

    Thanks steady
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Should be OK still at those times. Quickest hike in is from Guthega. Time taken will depend on fitness levels, the amount of gear you have and how you are traveling (ie. skiing or boot packing). As a rough guide i would allow about 4 hours to skin to the crags from guthega with a day pack.

    Its a good idea to know where you are headed and what run you are likley to try. There are a few traps out there for young players. I found this out on the weekend.
     
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    Graeme First Runs Endless Winter

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    ....so let's hear about it SB
     
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    Is there any maps that can be downloaded or viewed on line? would you recommend using a actuall big mountain ski eg seth visous etc or would a set of norm free ride skis be ok eg B2's
    Cheers Steady
     
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    http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/parks.nsf/ParkContent/N0018?OpenDocument&ParkKey=N0018&Type=C

    Information Victoria: Vicmap 1:25 000 and Vicmap Outdoor Leisure 1:50 000 phone 1300 366 356

    NSW Surveyor General Dept: 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 phone (02) 6332 8123

    ACT Government: Namadgi Map and Guide, 1:100 000 phone (02) 6207 2900

    AUSLIG: Australian Alps Tourist Map, 1:500 000 phone 1800 800 173
     
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  8. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Normal skis will be fine despite what punters in ski shops will tell you about getting the fattest ski possible. You'll probably find conditions will be quite firm under foot uunless there's been a dump the previous day or two.
     
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  10. steadyeddie

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    thanks for all the help guys
     
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    come to tassie and ski cradle mountain......
     
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    whats it like?
     
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    there is a great hike from Hotham to Feathertop and around that area. Its a full day trip so you have to take camping gear and supplies but well worth the effort. There are alot of shorter hikes from the great alpine rd also.Nice steep runs.
     
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    Cradle is washed out skied it saturday but the weather has been to warm and it turned the dark side of tassi skiing
     
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    which part of cradle did you ski Daz the front side or the back bowl?
     
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    Besides the size of the mountain, whats the difference between big mountain skiing and skiing?
     
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    The Big part?
     
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    Probably the safety issues involved, like avalanche awareness, exposure etc. Plus in the "big mountains" if you fall, there's a good chance you wont just stop, you're probably going to slide for a long time.
     
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    aah, ok. I thought that was just skiing!
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    I thought it was the stories you could make up in the pub ?

    Bucko - when are you MR'ing ? I wil be down first week Sept for sometime as yet undetermined. Will you be about ?
     
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    "Skiing the Western Faces Kosciusko" by Alan E.J. Andrews has everything you need to know about the best BC in NSW.
     
  23. steadyeddie

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    C_Bowl where can this book be purchased from?
     
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    cm, just got back - 3 days of sunshine and great snow. First time in years it wasn't a sufferfest! Also first time in 3 years we haven't had to go back out to retrieve stuff.

    We skiied the usual lines, no major limits pushed, no new lines made on the crags, but just a quality, cruisy time. Will be heading out again post ski season if yer keen.

    If anyone on this DB is one of the 2 I spoke to yesterday on Inter going out to camp last night at the Paralyser - you're freakin nuts! As Mel Brooks said - N V T S - Nuts!
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    bucks - good to hear. Copping it sweet makes up for the hard yards.

    steadyeddie - pretty much any toystore in the CBD.
     
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    You could buy it.

    But if you just want to write a few notes (mind you the storytelling is equally as valuable as the skiing detail) without forking out, Lane Cove Library also stock it. Public libraries rock!

    Buy or borrow, you have to check it out :thumbs: My topo was defaced with all sorts of notes after reading it [​IMG]
     
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    Aaaaaaaamen!
     
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    I love old librarians, they are cute.
     
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    Which area in the NSW BC has the best steeps?
    Will head to the local library soon.
     
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    The last person I put onto Dial-a-Book at Newport got a signed copy. So try them first.
     
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    $60, and you can get one: clicky
     
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    paddy's in jindy sells it too. about $35 hardcover i seem to recall. i have it and it is a good read and reference :thumbs:
     
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  34. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    South side of the crags. North side of sentinel and its ridge. Bring spare undies.
     
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    Will bring many spare undies. [​IMG]
     
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    I think you can order the book directly from the Andrews family press, when I ordered mine Alan Andrew's niece went accross the road and had him sign it for me.. It's truly a great read!
     
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