Snowshoeing is the often forgotten snow sport. If you love going on treks or hikes you’ll love snowshoeing. Going out to Australia’s backcountry provides spectacular views and scenery that a lot of Australians would have never seen. Snowshoeing allows you to reach these great views without skis or a board. You can venture off anywhere you like because anywhere you can walk you can snowshoe.
I have been a couple of times this season for the first time and have absolutely loved it. The first time was at the Porcupine trail, it is the other side of Perisher to the resort, when snowshoeing around the trail you get a whole view of Front Valley and Mount Perisher, which if you are a skier or boarder it is amazing to see the resort from a completely different angle.
It is a relatively easy trail and great for first timers, the trail is marked clearly and there are always a few people around because it is a popular trial for Cross Country skiers.
The second time I went we left from Guthega car park and headed over the suspension bridge at Illawong for Mount Tait to get a view of the Mainrange. Is it quite a big hike but with great effort comes great rewards! The views were spectacular. Looking over the Mainrange I can see how people get hooked on going backcountry whether they are skiing, splitboarding or snowshoeing. We saw about 10 people all day, we walked on tracks that were completely fresh from the light snow we’d had the night before and we ate lunch on a rock on top of a mountain overlooking the peaks of Australia – not a bad way to spend a Sunday at all!
So how do you get started?
If you have never tried snowshoeing but would like to give it a go please do. Come in and see the crosscountry/backcountry section of Rhythm, they can give you all the advice you need. They even drew us up a map of where to park at Guthega and how to get to Mount Tait. They have all the equipment and the passion to get you out to see the heights of Australia. You’ll need snowshoes, stocks and if you don’t have waterproof shoes some boots too. Besides that once you’ve got the gear and the information, just make sure you have water, sunblock and some food and you’ll be ready to go.
Snowshoeing is great because you don’t need to be a skier or boarder to be able to enjoy the incredible mountains we have in the Kosciuszko National Park.
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