I have not done this route in white season but accessing Spion Kopje and Mt. Nelse Massif from Bogong village involves parking near the tennis courts at Bogong village and slogging it up the Spion Kopje fire trail.
The creek crossing is the tricky bit. It could be flowing at waist high or ankle high at the 4 WD ford .
After that there is switch back and one of the bends just above the turn off for the foot access to Howman's Gap there is a flat area at a bend in the fire trail. That could be a possible campsite just below or just above the snowline.
There is a reliable stream that crosses the fire trail not far from there, so water is not hard to obtain.
The last section up to Little Spion Kopje is STEEP and you would need skins on your skis to get up there. From there keep in mind there is no pole line . So a GPS and compass and map would be handy esp. if the visibility turns to shite.
The ascent up to Mt. Nelse West (1893 M.) and Mt. Nelse North is a steady climb for a day tour with a day pack but the descent would be quick on skis and rather fun too as long as the surface is not too icy.
In theory one could snow camp near the old Spion Kopje aqua duct if a sheltered spot could be located and/ or excavated with a snow shovel.
As per usual selecting a good weather window is the best option.
Yes,Late August / Early September would be a suitable time to do such a mission. One would have to allow three days and two nights to do it properly. The same could be said for the Fainters when approaching the area from the winter gate at Big Hill Lookout and snow camping at Bogong jack saddle.Definitely on my bucket list Mr T.
I have skied Mt N West & from there directly down to the creek through the 04’ burnt snowgums.
Haven’t done SK except in summer - nice looking mountain, good ski slopes to the south & rolling Xc stuff To north & east. Not a place I want to be in a storm. A good place to test new skins and who knows? Maybe light bindings??
best bet in early Spring but hopefully before the river gets too high!!
Have skied and camped at Spion kopje a bit but with that climb, I think Bogong is a better choice .
SK aspects are limited mainly faces SE in spring , Feathertop is more west and south east, whereas Bogong has every point of the compass also a few huts .
Maybe if there is no official ski season but distancing is more relaxed by Aug or Sept some of us could meet up?.