As another wave of hot weather beats down on us, of course its time to think about winter. I don’t know about you, but I find that life is crazily busy, so if I don’t lock trips in they don’t happen.

Here are early details on two planned events for winter 2018.

I would welcome getting details on other planned events that will be held during winter. If you email them to I will do a pre winter events listing early in the new year. Thanks.


The NSW Splitfest DownUnder will be held on the weekend of the 24 – 26 of August in the NSW main range.

This is the annual gathering for splitboarders and other backcountry enthusiasts (all onsnow backcountry denominations are welcomed). It will be according to the time proven formula:

  • Friday night entertainment at the Jindabyne Bowling Club in the downstairs room starting @ 6pm (12 Bay St, Jindabyne). This is always a great night: with a few short talks, T-Shirts, give a ways, raffles and loads of fun.
  • Then head up to Island Bend in the Kosciusko National Park for a weekend of camping.
  • Saturday morning is the guided trip from the Guthega carpark up to the Guhega Trig. This is suitable for first timers.
  • On Sunday people can organise their own trips.

Adam West has been organising Splitfest for years now. It’s a fantastic weekend and an excellent chance to meet some great people, get out into some lovely country, and try out splitboarding.

You can Register here.

World Telemark Day

This was started by Telemark Skier magazine. The northern hemisphere WTD is held in March. In 2018, the southern day will be held on Saturday September 1st.

The Victorian event is going to shift to Falls Creek this year, and hopefully there will be an event in the Snowy Mountains as well.

This year we had three teams of skiers at the Victorian event: one stayed in resort, and there were also beginners and a more advanced group who went out onto Mt Loch to find some runs. We normally hold a poll before the event to roughly determine numbers interested in backcountry vs resort options.

Full details will be posted here before winter.