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Inaugural Back Country Festival at Falls Creek

Discussion in 'Noticeboard' started by Skipress, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. Skipress

    Skipress Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

    Apr 17, 2000
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    The Inaugural Back Country Festival that will be held at Falls Creek has evolved from an event to recognise World Telemark Day into a program packed with opportunities to embrace the snow-covered terrain beyond Victoria's largest alpine resort.

    Coordinated by a very resourceful Cam Walker who is very grateful for the support of the Falls Creek Cross Country Centre (who will host numerous free sessions such as an Intro Telemark Clinic) and Falls Creek Resort Management Board, it promises to be a not-to-be-missed Saturday and Sunday, September 1+2.

    The crux of this event is the people Cam Walker has persuaded to be involved. Katya Crema and Tamara Hutchins, two very well respected women who have achieved significant outcomes in their respective pursuits, will engage with the participants as they provide an insight into how they both appreciate our expansive backcountry.

    Katya Crema, an Olympic skicross racer represented Australia at the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Olympics, in the highly competitive ski cross-discipline. Whilst her backcountry skiing ability is well known maybe some of her other achievements less so. Crema co-founded theWomen of Architecture, Building & Planning, a women’s networking group through the University of Melbourne.

    Tamara Hutchins is the Co-Founder of Melbourne Girls Outside a group designed to empower women in the outdoors will speak about breaking down barriers to adventure and how women can be comfortable in the backcountry.

    Some of the event’s Free sessions offered by Falls Creek Cross Country Centre include an Intro Telemark Clinic, intro Backcountry Snowshoe tour and Snow Camping (Join Pete and/or Geza for snow camping tips, how to pitch a tent or build a small shelter, learn the tricks to cooking in the snow, creating snow tables and chairs and keeping dry),

    There is also a Navigation Clinic, Beacon search basics session that provides a good introduction to the use of a safety beacon and the basics of companion rescue, Touring skills session around the Nordic trails (on and off groomed areas) suitable for intermediate level or above skiers/split boarders who have their own gear, a Tour to Mt Nelse leaving Windy Corner at 9am back around 3pm (suitable for intermediate tele skiers, splitboarders and people with alpine touring bindings), all day Tour to Spion Kopje or Mt McKay for intermediate to advanced skiers and riders. The aim is to ski out to either of these mountains to do runs on the steeper slopes.

    On day two, Sunday, September 2, World telemark Day will be acknowledged with two options
    Join other skiers and riders to have a fun day at the resort (you’ll need a lift ticket) or join a tour that will be determined by the group and the snow conditions. Be prepared for four to five hours in the backcountry. Meet at the Windy Corner Cafe at 9am for a start by 9.30.

    If you’re planning on attending it would be great if you could register(it’s free). This will help us in our planning.

    For more information call Cam Walker 0419 338 047

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