Australian Alps Advanced

Trek across the roof of Australia

Ski to the summit of Mt Koscuiszco and beyond.

This ski tour is a superb trip for anyone wanting to experience the joys of Australian ski-touring. It's also a great polar training program that covers the basics of a polar ski expedition.

  • Gateway Jindabyne, Australia
  • Distance 60km
  • Nights on Ice 6
  • Ski days 7
  • Daily Distance 8-9km
  • Sled Weight 25kg
  • Temp. Range 0 to -15C
  • Challenge 4 What's this?
  • Conditions Dampness, dark nights. Blue skies to blizzards.
  • Challenges Long climbs and descents, undulating traverses, dampness

Trip Itinerary

August 21

Meet in Jindabyne 10am. Preparation and gear check. Drive to Dead Horse Gap in the afternoon and begin ski tour.

August 22-26

Combined ski tour, polar training and instructional sessions as we ski north across the Australian Alps, including ascent of Mt. Koscuiszco.

August 27

Return to Dead Horse Gap. Drive to Jindabyne.


  • Transportation from Jindabyne to start and from finish to Jindabyne
  • Expedition food and stove fuel
  • Icetrek guide
  • Use of specialist equipment including tents, snow tools, sleds and stoves. This equipment is returned to Icetrek after the training (see equipment list).


  • Accommodation and meals in Jindabyne
  • Additional costs (accommodation, meals etc.) due to changes beyond our control ie. weather delays
  • Insurance

We meet in Jindabyne on the east side of the Australian Alps. Here we make final preparations to ensure you are kitted up for a week in the Australian Alps. It's winter here, the mountains are full of snow, there's a chill in the air, so expect adventure.

Sleds prepared, a one-hour bus ride takes us to Dead Horse Gap on the spine of the Main Range where our adventure begins. A long climb up a spur lined with beautiful snowgums takes us above the tree-line where we see one of Australia's great treasures - the Snowy Mountains. A narrow ridge adorned with granite tors widens to rolling hills flanked either side by steep slopes and it's across this magical plateau that we venture.

Hauling sleds with our food and equipment we negotiate the terrain ahead - snow slopes, icy ridges, sastrugi, cornices, descents, and a climb of Australia's highest peak, Mt Koscuiszco (2228m). If the conditions suit we'll camp on the summit.

Throughout the trip we cover typical polar techniques such as sled hauling, trace configurations, ski equipment alternatives, clothing adaptation, tent pitching, food provisioning and diet. We also look at more specialised methods of roped-up sled hauling, simulated crevasse rescue and emergency shelters.

After a week of ski touring across Australia's roof we descend to a road where we are collected by bus and return to Jindabyne.


Australian alpine winter conditions can be tough, don't under-estimate them just because they are not not polar. Wind, dampness and cold can combine to produce extremely challenging conditions

All participants will carry their own food and equipment, in a sled and in a backpack

All participants must have prior skiing/snowshoeing and snowcamping experience

You need good quality winter outdoor equipment, check the equipment list

You must be at least 14 years old to participate

Icetrek Australia Polar Training Main Range Local


The nearest international airport to Jindabyne is Sydney. Canberra is a 55 minute flight from Sydney.


Greyhound run a winter bus service direct from Canberra airport to Jindabyne.

Snow Alliance run a private shuttle service from Canberra to Jindabyne


From Melbourne the shortest way to Jindabyne is via Khancoban, which is on the west side of the range. However you need to check with NSW roads or National Park to make sure the road is open. It is sometimes closed after heavy snowfalls.


We provide accommodation in Jindabyne the night before departure. This is a shared room with shared facilities. You will be sleeping in tents together so it's an early introduction to bunking-in. You can opt to book your own room however there is no refund on the shared room already booked.

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Australian Alps Advanced

August 21 to 27, 2017 Availability: 4
per person ex-Jindabyne ($1440 if you are booked onto an Icetrek trip)
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