After two disappointing winters, where the Backcountry Festival had to go on line, we are excited to announce that planning is well underway for a big gathering at Mt Hotham this year.

The 2022 festival will happen over three days in early September (2, 3, and 4). It has been extended to three days to allow people to attend more tours and workshops.

The festival will be similar in format to previous years – with a great touring program, workshops, a fantastic speakers program, and demo village. And, of course, the outdoor ski in bar on a hilltop. Many local businesses will be providing tours, food and venues. Alpine Access Australia will be offering avalanche safety courses. There will be lots to do for non skiers and riders who just want to enjoy being in the mountains.

The Festival aims to provide an introduction to the ever-growing range of backcountry activities, while making it more accessible to the general public and educating them about mountain safety. It will be a family friendly, welcoming and inclusive event. This is a 100% volunteer run event, by the community for the community.

We appreciate the support and enthusiasm of the Hotham community. With many local skiers and riders having missed two winters in the mountains, we expect the 2022 festival to be huge.

The Festival celebrates the growing movement of ‘all things backcountry’, comprising human powered winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, telemarking, alpine touring, split boarding, photography and snow camping.

More than 300 people attended the 2019 festival at Mt Hotham.

More details will be posted on the website in coming weeks.