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Wind and Snow Adventure Week

Kosciuszko National Park
12-19 September 2021

Only 12 spots available

Snow Kiting and Speed Riding Adventure Week- 12-19 September 2021
Join us for a week of Thrills on the Aussie Alps this spring.  

Sunday 12th September to Sunday 19th September.  Limited places available - Max 12 guests.

Let's combine our love of kites and the snow for some fun.  

The week will comprise:
All inclusive tour - food, accomodation, guiding, photography 

4 day back country snow kite course.
and an option - Choose:
2 day Speed Riding Course + 1 Day ride the lifts
Or
3 days ride the lifts.

Call Mike now to book your place 0408 868 231 to join us for the ultimate alpine adventure week.  Snow Kite and Speed Ride the Aussie Alps.

Snow kite course - learn more

Speed riding course - learn more

Location and Accomodation - learn more

Costs - learn more

FAQs - learn more

 

Snow Kite Course

We will chose the 4 best days of the week to venture into the National Park back-country wilderness.  Every day will be an adventure to search for the best wind, terrain and snow to slash, boost, carve and leave tracks.  Daily forecasts will allow us to plan specifics.

Professional mountain guides will get us out and back safely.

You will learn:
- Backcountry skills,
- snow safety and basic avalanche training,
- Kite coaching (this trip is for intermediate kite flyers and intermediate to advanced skiers/boarders). Landing, launching, hill climbing, terrain assessment and route planning, mountain wind effects, and more.
- Snow kite equipment demos - learn about and try our ram air and single skin snow kites, snow kite harnesses, 

Your guides will escort your back country adventure as well as provide you kite coaching.  Your guides are Jennie Milton and Mike Walker - Professional snowkiters / kitesurfers who have a combine experience of over 37 years of international snow kite and power kite coaching experience to share.

You will learn to ride different locations and terrain types in the spectacular Kosziuosko National Park wilderness including open flats, hill climbing, peaks and ridges and we will seek out or terrain features to slash like waves, quarter pipes and roll overs.

All participants will be require to use touring gear while adventuring in the back country.  This will allow us to get to some great launch areas as well as providing an essential safety back up plan to walk home. 
You can bring your own or hire the gear from our partner Harrows snowsport near the skitube at Bullocks Flat. 
The required gear includes appropriate skis/board, boots, skins, and avalanche pack (beacon shovel probe) To hire the full kit will cost $375 for 7 days. Details

 

Speed Riding Course

Speed Riding crosses skiing and paragliding allowing you to ski terrain and launch to fly the un-skiable.  This course is for those who haven't done it before but who have at least an intermediate skiing ability.  No paragliding or sky diving experience necessary.  Sorry its not suitable when snowboarding (you need your hips/harness aligned to the canopy).

We will choose the best two days for the speed riding course to be held in the Charlotte Pass resort.

The course is for entry level speed flyers with intermediate ski skills who will learn:
- Speed riding equipment - canopies, harness, handling, storage, maintenance
- Wind, weather, snow conditions, and alpine safety.
- Canopy set up, handling and basic controls and steering.
- Wing Control and Skiing under canopy on steeps and flat ground.
More advanced lessons for further progression include skills around direction changes, energy management, flow and fluid style.

 If weather prevents the speed riding course going ahead, eg high winds all week, your money will be refunded and you can ride the lifts.

 

Location and Accomodation

Charlotte Pass is the Australia's highest ski resort at 1765m.  Located up the valley from Perisher in the NSW Alpine region, Charlotte Pass is accessible only by over-snow "Snow Cat" vehicles in winter.  Crowds are light and the well groomed slopes are perfect for beginner to intermediate skiers and boarders.  The resort is perfect for our speed riding course giving advanced skiers a new element to draw on.  The open groomed slopes and thin crowds make Charlotte Pass the perfect place to learn speed riding.

Your accomodation for the Thrills winter escape is at Pygmy Possum Lodge.  Kitethrills has booked an entire wing of the lodge for our group.  All rooms have their own ensuite and either queen beds, long doubles, or two singles.  

A well appointed kitchen is shared for lodge guests however your Thrills tour will be fully catered so you can relax in the evening with a glass of your favourite and enjoy reliving the days adventures while our photography pros edit your pics and videos into digital forever memories.

Costs

Snow Kite Package - $3489
includes: Accomodation per person, Food - 3 meals a day, 4 day back country snow kite guiding with avalanche safety course, photography.
Excludes:  Transport to / from Charlotte Pass - Over snow transport (adult $120 return), Ski Tube Return ($95)
Rental of backcountry touring gear - Skis, skins, boots, avi pack ($375/week)
BYO Alcohol.
Ski Lift tickets - $119 / day or $350 for 3 days

Kite and Speed Riding Package - $4639
Includes:  Accomodation per person, Food - 3 meals a day, 4 day back country snow kite guiding with avalanche safety course, photography, and 2 day speed riding course, 2 day speed riding equipment canopy and harness hire.
Excludes: Transport to / from Charlotte Pass - Over snow transport (adult $120 return), Ski Tube Return ($95), 
Rental of backcountry touring gear - Skis, skins, boots, avi pack ($375/week)
BYO Alcohol
Ski Lift tickets - $119 / day or $350 for 3 days

Book Now - Call Mike on 0408 868 231.

 

FAQs

Do I need prior experience? Yes - both these courses are only suitable for intermediate level skiers/boarders/kiters.    Beginner skiers should develop their skills inbounds before heading to the back country or learning to fly a canopy. Beginner power kite fliers should develop their skills in water and steady coastal winds.  This course is aimed at more advanced back country adventuring with kites.

What if the weather doesn't co-operate? Our back country snow kite activities can take place in a wild range of wind / weather conditions that are highly likely to occur during our 7 day stay.  The Speed Riding course needs light winds.  If there are no light wind days forecast and the speed riding course is abandoned your course and hire fees will be refunded ($1150).  September is great time to be in the alps.  Spring snow and fair weather are common.

What if I have specific dietary requirements? We are catering for group of about 18 people and accomodating your needs is well within our capabilities.  Just let us know and we will make sure your expectations are met or exceeded.

Can I use  my own gear? Yes.  
Snow Kite:  your regular inflatable water kite will work fine.  Your regular seat or waist harness will also be perfectly adequate.  If you'd like to try snow specific equipment get in touch with Mike at Kitethrills to discuss your needs.  Kitethrills is an Ozone dealer - the leading brand in snow kite equipment.
Back country - we require you to use back country touring skis or snowboards, with skins and avalanche pack of probe shovel and beacon.
Alpine touring skis and bindings can be set to walk mode with skins and free-heel features, or alpine downhill mode with regular alpine fixed-heel features.
If you don't have alpine touring equipment it can be hired at Harrow Snow Sport at Bullocks Flat where you will park your car.

How can I get there?
If you're driving, head to the ski tube from Bullocks Flat on the Alpine Way then onto a snow cat from Perisher to Charlotte Pass.  

If you're flying in, hover your helicopter over the lodge and fast rope down on to the lodge balcony, where we will hand you your scotch and invite you into the hot tub.

Fixed wing transport - commercial public flights land in Canberra and Cooma with a bus ride to Bullock Flat, however, bring this up when you're booking and if numbers permit, we may be able to arrange a group transport option.

Can I bring my non-kiting partner or family / friend? yes however due to COVID 19 restrictions for lodge accomodation in NSW, we only have room for just two non-kiting guests.  If COVID restrictions are lifted we will be able to accomodate more people.

Who can I speak to to get more information?  Give mike a call on 0408 868 231 to have any questions answered or secure your spot.

You can read some more tips and info from Jenny Milton here:
https://womenkiteboarding.com/snowkiting-with-jennie-milton/

 This adventure week is proudly presented by collaboration between,