BSAR provided three skill shares at the Backcountry Festival at Mount Hotham on September 7 and 8 2019.
The festival is a grassroots, volunteer run event which aims to provide a safe place for new skiers and riders to explore beyond the ski runs while also providing a gathering for the backcountry tribe.
The program had 28 sessions on offer covering everything from cross country and tele skiing, split boarding, alpine touring, to avalanche safety, snow shoeing and fat tyre bikes.
The sessions BSAR provided were :
- Introduction to the basics of ski mountaineering
- Survival skills in the snow (snow shelters, staying warm, making emergency call etc.)
- Searching on snow on skis (simple search tasks, use of radios, search groups etc.)