If you can walk, you can snow shoe. Snow shoeing is a great way of getting out back-country beyond the confines of the ski resort, into the silent open spaces of the Snowy Mountains, all icy rocks and snow gums. We had so much fun on our Girls Trips snow shoeing and ski-touring at Thredbo in 2012 and 2013, that we’re doing it again this year.
What about Snow Shoeing safety and gear?
We use professional guides from K7 Adventures who are responsible for navigation and carry communications equipment and first aid. K7 hire out snow shoes, which enable you to grip ice and float over the snow. K7 also provide poles with snow baskets. Adapting to walking in snow shoes is easy.
What do I need to wear?
- Good goretex hiking boots which will be strapped into the snow shoes, and wool socks for warmth.
- Wear a thermal layer for warmth, and depending on the weather and your tolerance of cold, you may want an additional fleece and/or down layer.
- Ski pants and parka are suitable, if it is not too warm, else wear hiking pants over your thermals (with goretex rain pants in your backpack) and a windproof shell jacket.
- A beanie,
- neck buff (sun protection and warmth),
- gloves (liners, polartec and/or ski gloves depending on weather),
- sunglasses or ski goggles,
- and a happy smile to complement your outfit.
What do I need to carry?
- A light daypack with your lunch and snacks,
- water (at least 2 litres) and a flask with something warm to drink,
- sunscreen and lip treatment,
- any personal first aid,
- and an extra layer of clothing allowing for all weather conditions (wind, rain, snow, sun).
- You may want to add a sun hat to keep the sun and glare off your face.
- Something to lay onthe snow to sit on can be useful for rest stops!
Where to stay?
Accommodation late in the season is cheaper, and the crowds have gone home. For accommodation, see www.visitsnowymountains.com.au, www.thredbo.com, Youth Hostel Thredbo, or lodges such as Silver Brumby. We share the driving to keep costs low.