Welcome to the KCros pages on planning a cross
country skiing trip in the snow country. The information is applicable
to many other activities in the backcountry. If you are walking, mountaineering,
snowshoeing, snowboarding or alpine skiing make sure that you take all
your activity specific equipment and it is suitable for the trip.
Adequate planning for a trip will help ensure that it
is conducted safely without incident and that the participants will enjoy
A “trip” may be anything in between a fifteen minute
blast around the 2˝ k trail and a camping trip lasting up to a week or
more. The first step in planning any trip is to determine WHERE you are
going, WHO is going and HOW LONG will the trip take. Planning may be casual
for short excursions but should be detailed for longer or more difficult
The amount of planning necessary depends on these variables
AND the experience of the members of the group. For example an experienced
skier could skate around the 10k loop at Perisher without any extra clothing,
food or water or a map and compass and could start out at 4pm while a
group with a beginner would plan this as a full day trip starting before
lunch and carry all the items mentioned.
Every trip should have a leader, either an individual
who plans and conducts the trip to ensure that all participants complete
it safely, or the trip is planned and conducted by agreement and group
decisions by those who are participating.
A trip is planned before setting out but it should
be reviewed and updated at intervals through the day (or daily) if circumstances
Whatever you plan:
Tell someone where
you are going and when you expect to return.
Go to the
pages below for more information on safety in the mountains
Disclaimer & Warning.
Cross country skiing
can be a dangerous activity. Do not ski alone. The information on this
website is intended only as a guide to areas and trails that are used
for skiing and it is each individual skier's responsibility to determine
if it is safe for them to ski in any area after taking into account their
experience, the experience of the leader and navigator, the capabilities,
fitness and experience of all skiers in the group, the weather, snow condition
and the time available during the day. KCros does not know nor recommend
or infer that any trail or area is suitable for any person to ski on.
KCros does not claim or guarantee that any information provided is complete
and individual skiers must satisfy themselves that they have adequate
information from all sources including instructors and experienced skiers
before making a decision to undertake any day trip, journey or skiing
activity. Skiers going out of sight of villages or pole lines should read
the entire section on Backcountry Safety. Carry adequate warm and waterproof
clothing, survival blanket, food, water, first aid, map and compass and
if intending to stay out overnight take a suitable tent, stove and snow
shovel. Safe navigation in a white out using a hand held GPS unit can
only be undertaken by skiers with a good knowledge of the area as cornices
and wind scours are a hazard. Mobile phone communication is only possible
from some high areas and should not be depended on. It is possible to
buy or hire an emergency locator beacon (EPIRB). All groups going out
of sight of Perisher or any other village should leave written particulars
of their intentions with the NPWS or with a friend or in a ski lodge touring
register. Skiers who set out for a particular destination should be aware
that they have to return and that the return journey may take longer if
a skier becomes tired or exhausted or snow or weather conditions change.
Trips should be planned within the capabilities of the weakest skier and
all skiers should be aware of the signs and dangers of hypothermia. In
the event of an accident or injury those affected must be kept warm and
dry as the arrival of help and rescue may take several hours or occur
the following day or even later.