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A Social Way to Ski
The Club regularly organises weekend trips, with accommodation, throughout the ski season. For information about current dates of club weekends (and other activities) see the activities calendar. The club also runs several mid-week trips through the season - at Mount Hotham, at Jindabyne and at Charlotte Pass.
Early Season Madness
This is the first weekend trip for the season in mid-July, at Howmans Gap, conveniently located just below the entrance to Falls Creek. Breakfast and dinner are included, so all you need to do is dust off your skis and head out on that fresh season snow! A great chance to socialise with other keen skiers, and possibly make up for that lack of pre-season fitness by any easy introduction to the trails!
Social Weekend and Ski Lessons
On this weekend in late July we make a large accommodation booking at Howmans Gap, Falls Creek, and arrange professional ski instruction for all levels from beginner through intermediate to advanced. Classic nordic ski technique, skate, telemark - everyone will find something to help them become more proficient on the snow. Plenty of opportunity to socialise, ski in company with other members, brush up on your skills, and generally just have a great time! Breakfast and dinner included in the accommodation package.
Hi-Season Hi-Jinks or Mid-Season Madness
Mid-August we book accommodation at Nelse Lodge located in Bogong Village, below Falls Creek (don't confuse this with the other Nelse Lodge located in Falls Creek). Self-catering (unless Bogong Jacks restaurant in the village has reopened), a bit further to drive each day to the snow, but you're now fit, and keen to hit the snow with a bunch of like minded MNSC skiers.
Staying at the CSIRO Cicero Lodge in Jindabyne, this trip in mid-August provides access to the excellent Nordic Day Shelter and extensive network of groomed cross-country ski trails (2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10km loops) at Perisher, an easy 30 min drive from Jindabyne. There is a link trail to Charlotte Pass, and plenty of opportunty for skiing on the Main Range (from Perisher, Thredbo or Guthega) if weather and skills permit. Intermediate to Advanced skills and metal-edged touring skis are required for such tours. Telemark skiers will delight in the varied Perisher runs which include Blue Cow and Guthega slopes. We generally book the whole lodge, self cater with supplies bought at the Woolworths supermarket in Jindabyne, and car share the daily commute to the snow.
Kangaroo Hoppet Weekend (Falls Creek): Friday - Sunday, late August
This is the weekend where it all comes together! Staying in Nelse Lodge, Bogong Village, you'll either be particpating in one of the XC ski races (42km Kangaroo Hoppet, 21km Birkenbeiner or 7km Joey Hoppet) or helping out the MNSC drinkstation volunteers (50% accommodation discount if you volunteer).
Victorian Backcountry Festival
Staying at Howmans Gap we aim to participate in the events and festivities at Falls Creek celebrating World Telemark Day (September 1st) and all things backcountry. There will be clinics,skill-shares and workshops, ski-tours, a mini film festival on the Saturday night, and opportunity to telemark on the resort runs or backcountry. See https://backcountry-festival.com/whats-on/ for more details.
Telemark Weekend (Mount Hotham)
This weekend in mid to late September gives Telemark enthusiasts a chance to get together for some great spring skiing. There is a choice of riding the ski lifts or heading out into the magnificent nearby backcountry terrain. In spite of what you may have heard about Mount Hotham, there is backcountry terrain suitable for every level of skiing within easy day trip reach at Mount Hotham, so you can enjoy some excellent backcountry downhill skiing and still stay in the comfort of a commercial lodge.
Charlotte Pass Week
For some, this is literally the high point of the season. Mid-September, the high elevation at Charlotte Pass (1765 to 1964m) gives reliable spring skiing both on both the resort slopes and backcountry, while at lower resorts the snow cover may be getting a little thin. You are within striking distance of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m, Australia's highest mountain), and many other Main Range peaks. You need to be an intermediate to advanced skier, with appropriate metal-edged touring skis, if considering backcountry day skitouring. Telemarkers will delight in the short lift queues and variety of resort runs, and the endless backcountry possibilities. Staying at Southern Alps Ski Lodge, with all meals provided. Transport via the Ski Tube to Perisher from Bullocks Flat carpark on the Alpine Way, then oversnow transport to Charlotte Pass.