After two years of cancellations due to covid restrictions, the stoke is building for the 2022 Victorian backcountry festival, which will happen over three days – September 2, 3 and 4 – at Mt Hotham resort and the surrounding terrain.

While the tours are now booked out (you can go on a wait list), there is still heaps to do.

First up, please register. Its $40 to attend the weekend. This is a 100% volunteer event but there are substantial costs associated with running an event like this: especially the insurance coverage. The festival committee has also invested in radios to ensure safe communication on all the tours. You can register here.

Here are some other things you can get involved in:

Just rent some skis, snow shoes, or splitboard and get out amongst it. There are heaps of safe side country options available. If in doubt, start on the Christmas Hills cross country trails (accessible by the Hotham village bus). If you’re already an experienced skier or rider, check the Hotham sidecountry guide for ideas on where to go.

SPEED SHOVELING will be part of the Inaugural Avy Rescue Comp which is being supported by Mammut Australia / New Zealand. It will be a 3 person Team Event with 3 disciplines and great prizes. Register early on Friday 2.09.2022 at Festival HQ with a cracking name for your Team.

There will be a demo village with lots of cool stuff, outside The General, happening on the Saturday.

The speakers program features an action packed line up:

  • Friday: Climate Change and the Vic Alps – preparing for the fires of the future /
  • Saturday: Getting the skills you need to get out and back safely /
  • Sunday: Presented by Patagonia Dreaming of big adventures in the mountains.

Please register for the festival to attend https://backcountryfestival.com.au/speakers-and-films

There will be snow camping happening at JB Plain. Details here.

And, of course, the awesome ski in outdoor bar. This was certainly a highlight in 2019. Happening again this year on the Saturday (byo headlamp to get home). Details here.

Check the link for full details on the Victorian Backcountry Festival