Skills and Gear

Below is an outline of the skills and equipment required to partake in one of our back country tours.  If you think your skills lie somewhere outside the description please get in contact with us and we can direct you to the appropriate tour.
You need to have experience skiing / Riding off piste (not on groomed trails) & be comfortable riding a variety of snow conditions & terrain in varying visibility conditions. You don’t need to be an off piste guru but need to be able to maintain control of your skis/board & link turns off piste in all types of snow conditions.
Snow in the backcountry is not machine prepared and you will likely come across varied snow conditions.  
We offer Intro tours through to advanced terrain tours.  Our easiest and least demanding tour is the Intro tour.  
It is strongly recommended that you hold a good to very good level of personal fitness.  What does that mean? It means that you should be able to walk with a rucksack with water food and gear in it constantly for a few hours, just like you will do on a tour.

Please also be aware you will be walking up quite a lot.

*** If you have joined a tour which your skills are obviously not up to the group standard, a guide may ask you to return to the patrolled ski area. This is totally at the discretion of the guide and no refund will be offered.
Tour Difficulty Rating
Back Country Skills
Intro Tour
Strong Intermediate
Above Average to Good
Basic Tour
Strong Intermediate
Good to Very Good
None to some
Intermediate Tour
Very Good +
Some would be ideal
Advanced Tour
Very Good +++


Equipment List

We strongly recommend you bring all of the below and no more.  Its a fine line between carrying not enough and too much.  In the unlikely event of something going wrong, please ensure you have Victorian Ambulance insurance.  Most Private health funds cover it, however please check.

Avalanche safety equipment (Shovel, transceiver, probe) **Essential for every tour

Personal first Aid Kit

Personal medication/s

Thermals (Wool) Top & Bottom (As Needed)

Waterproof Ski Jacket and Pants (ideally vented)

Waterproof Warm ski gloves & spare thin set to tour in

Goggles with high and low light lenses



Neck warmer


Puff jacket (extra for safety)

Backpack minimum 24Litres capacity

2 Litres water

Lunch and snacks as needed

Suncream / Lip balm

Ski touring boots

Ski touring skis with touring bindings (ideally 75-98mm underfoot)

Skins that fit the skis. (metal edges showing, check prior to arrival)

Ski poles (ideally adjustable)


Split Board

Touring Bindings (check screws ratchets and function before arrival)

Skins that fit the board (metal edges should be showing)

Comfortable snowboard boots

Poles (Ideally foldable for stowage)

Avalanche transceiver