Due to continuation of Coronavirus social-distancing requirements in 2021 all applications received have been treated as expressions of interest.
As those risks have receded, groups who have applied for 2021 events will now be advised they will proceed, unless restrictions resume to prevent them.
Ski Touring is all about going places on snow.
Strap on your skis or snow shoes to discover the beauty of picturesque alpine scenes. Enjoy the elation of discovering each new frozen landscape, invigorated by the biting cold air around you.
Your group will ski, sled or snowshoe through clean, undisturbed snow, confident in your training, Leaders and equipment.
The Victorian Ski Touring Team
The Ski Touring Team is a pool of experienced Ski-Touring Activity Leaders distributed across Victoria. We can help your Group out with ski touring related information, planning and technical leadership. We can give you suggestions on places to explore, snow-camp and we can help you learn about safe travel on snow and ice.
We also assess leaders of all Scouting sections to confirm their skills to lead ski touring trips.
Range of Skill Requirements
If your group is inside an alpine resort boundary, involved in snow play, tobogganing or downhill skiing, then a qualified Ski Tour Leader is not required. There’d be a recommended Leader-to-participant ratio of one to five.
If your group heads beyond snow play areas and away from resort buildings, the Leader must hold at least a current Level 1 Ski Touring qualification. Formal risk assessment is also needed.
Please contact the State Leader - Ski Touring Team to clarify the qualifications needed for a planned Ski Tour Activity, provide some input and help out with extra Leaders to provide technical support on the trip if need be.
Ski Tours for Scouting Awards
Venturers who wish to conduct a ski tour, snowshoe hike or snow walk as their Queen's Scout Award Scheme Adventurous Activities Expedition need only have the Participant Qualification but must have a suitably experienced Adult Examiner. The adult examiner must be qualified to the Activity Leader Level appropriate to the location and duration of the expedition proposed.
Ski touring qualified Leaders are able to act as examiners to Venturers wishing to undertake snow-based activities for either Outdoors or Expeditions Awards.
Victoria has several stunning alpine areas that can also be treacherous. The State Ski Touring Team does not recommend The Crosscut Saw, Mt Feathertop, the Razorback or Mt Bogong areas for ski tours, unless the party has one or more Level 3 qualified Ski tour Leaders and a very strong Leader-to Scout ratio. See our page Scope of Leadership matrix for guidance on Who can Lead what snow-trip Where.
State Leader - Ski Touring