Trip Details

3rd/FINAL 2017 Beginner's Ski Trip

Date:09/09/2017 - 10/09/2017
Leader:Rebecca Hawkins
Email:rhaw1918 [replace this stuff with the at symbol] uni [this one is meant to be a dot] sydney [this one is meant to be a dot] edu [this one is meant to be a dot] au [that completes the address and now comes a subject suggestion] 3rd/FINAL 2017 Beginner's Ski Trip
***As last time, we desperately need as many experienced helping hands as possible to create a fun, exciting educational safe learning ski trip to all SUBW's members.***

***If you have a driver's licence (and especially any car - 2WD/4WD) we also need you***

***please, still sign up even if you are not sure that you may make it. Write to us as much about yourself as possible, and we will sort the specifics out later***

This is the 3rd and final cross country skiing (XC) weekend for beginners that I will be leading this year, along with Tony Le. (If you have any questions and can't reach me, please contact Tony on: 0404866406, or at

We ran the first trip August 12th-13th, and even though neither of us had skied before, we learnt a lot and had so so much fun. We are also running a 2nd trip on the 2nd and 3rd of September. Please keep an eye out for the upcoming trip reports, to find out more about our experience. In the meantime, this is what XC looks like:

On the first trip, we were lucky enough have the generous helping hands of Robyn, Rick and especially Adrian. We benefited greatly from their vast experience, knowledge and skills - they were absolutely critical to the enjoyment and growth of our learning experience!

These weekend trips are in preparation for the 7-Day ski trip in 2018, which, for the CRAZY cheap price of $425, includes unique historical accommodation, bus transportation, foods and unlimited ski tow. (See: If you think you might like to join that trip, you should start learning xc skiing with us now.

Furthermore, as we are a bushwalking club, Tony Le and myself plan to lead an alpine hiking trip later in Spring/Summer after all the snow have been melted away, to appreciate the transformation of mother nature.

Camping will again be at Island Bend campsite, 7 hours from Sydney, 10km from Perisher. Australia's iconic Snowy River (from the poem, 'The Man from Snowy River') runs through Island Bend, so if the weather is good, we will camp on the banks of the river, and have a campfire. If there would be no rain and winds of less than 40km/h, it would be a very good spot for campfires and other normal camping activities. We will not be camping on the snow (it is below the snow line), but temperature at the campsite will still be ZERO to subzero. We can camp next to the cars, and there will be toilets, but no showers and little phone reception. Island Bend is near the top of the mountain ranges with sheltered locations. But weather can change very quickly: **If it is windy, as on last Saturday, it is NOT possible to cook food outside, so you MUST bring food that's PRE-cooked or doesn't need to be cooked.**

Most supplies you can either borrow or rent. With ski rental, travel costs, buying food and borrowing camping gear, most people spent $150-200 for the ENTIRE trip. This is VERY cheap to ski for a weekend, and is nothing compared to downhill, where JUST the ski lift costs $120+ PER DAY.

With XC skiing, you do not have to use the ski lifts, and it is far more interesting, in our experience. You use your legs' power and skiing skills to go up and down hills. XC involves fun creative problem-solving, and we're there to practice, so don't worry about looking silly in the process. It is the best way to workout with full of very healthy fresh crispy mountain air nested among stunning snowy landscape under clear blue magnificent sky. Standing up the top of a snow-covered hill you've just climbed, with no-one in sight, just strikingly beautiful trees and white pristine snow, is like paradise on earth.

Transport: Depending on how many drivers we get, there will be cars departing in the morning, afternoon and evening on FRIDAY September 8th. The last car will leave Rockdale at 6PM. This is so we can start skiing at 7am on Saturday. Please let us know the absolute EARLIEST you can leave on Friday. We will be departing Perisher at 3pm Sunday, arriving back in Sydney around 10pm.

More details after sign up.


Rebecca Hawkins
SUBW President
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