Anything to do in alpine areas, or or both. Information on towns that you can do those activities in etc
There are a wide range of things you can do above the snowline, some of them include
- Skiing - Downhill, Cross Country etc
- Back Country
- Snow camping
- Snow Kiting
In summer the alps are quite a different place there are still lots of things to do and lots of people around. Some things you can do are:
- Mountain Biking
- Bush Walking
- Rafting and Canoeing
- Rock Climbing and Abseiling
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Flights
- Limestone Caves
- Car Touring
There are a lot of areas close to the resorts where you can stay in winter and commute on a daily basis or make your base in summer to experience the alps at a different time of year.
NSWAt the northern end of the ranges the largest alpine town is Cooma, other areas in the Eucumbene area include Adaminaby and Tumut.
Places like Tom Groggin offer a great getaway location as well.
Thredbo is a hive of activity in Summer, with a golf course, tennis courts, a sports and aquatic centre and a bobsled run, as well as access to most of the activities listed in this section. Around Christmas and Easter the place seems more busy than it does in Winter. Thredbo also has a Blues Festival and a Jazz Festival every year.
Perisher Blue is dead in Summer. There is virtually nothing open.
Mansfield sits at the base of Mt Buller and offers a wide range of summer and winter activities. Further north Bright, Porepunkah, Harrietville and Mt Beauty offer both spring and autumn charm as well as winter convenience. In the Yarra Ranges, Lake Mountain is Melbourne's closest snowplay/nordic ski resort. It is a 'day' resort with no on mountain accomodation and is serviced by the towns Marysville and Narbethong. These towns are also a base for summer activities.
Similar to Perisher Blue, Mt Buller is pretty much deserted during summer. However, Mount Buller is attempting to transform the village into an all year round village. A recent addition of an all year round supermarket is an attempt to get people to visit Mount Buller during summer.
Equipment other than ski gear
Choosing a pack for hiking and ski touring
The most important thing to remember is fit. Just as our feet vary in shape, so do our bodies. Therefore a brand of shoe or pack that is heaven for a friend may be be hell for you.
In other words, try on at least three different brands with 15 kg of weight in them and walk around the shop. Keep it on for 10 minutes (longer if you can) and try and walk up steps. One pack will probably feel notably better on your body than others. A shop with good sales staff will properly adjust the pack to your dimensions.
I'd suggest visiting at least two different specialist hiking shops rather than 4WD camping shops that stock a bit of hiking gear.
Brands. You generally get what you pay for. If you can justify the price, go for a premium brand.
Premium $400+. Mont, One Planet, MacPac, W.E - Sea to Summit, Mountain Designs house brand and a few imported brands like Osprey.
Mid Range. $200+. White Mountain, Roman, Black Wolf, Vango, Kathmandu house brand
Avoid the cheapies. They have inferior foam padding that soon deforms and the materials and stitching aren't durable.
Single compartment packs are slightly more durable, more waterproof and a bit lighter. Dual compartment packs with zipped access to the bottom 1/3 of the pack are sometimes more convenient.
Material. All manufacturers have confusing bulldust names for their pack cloth like "ZedTec 5000", but in reality, there are only two types of material used for packs: Canvas (with a little synthetic in it) and Nylon Cordura.
Canvas (premium brands only) is more rugged and is semi waterproof for life. Nylon Cordura has the dual bonus of being lighter and cheaper, but it is marginally less durable and the waterproof coating will delaminate after about 15 days use and then the pack will not be water repellant.
Generally, in wet, rocky places like Western Tasmania, most people would prefer canvas for it's toughness and semi water proofness. However nylon cordura may be better in dry places due to it's slightly lower weight and price.
Australian and New Zealand conditions. Local brands tend to have "cleaner" packs with less seams, straps and do-dads hanging off them. This is partly because our scrub is denser than Euro or North American scrub, our tracks are less well maintained and we do more off track walking. Foreign packs tend to get caught on branches and scrub slightly more often than local brands. A clean pack is also likely to have less silly gimmicks.
The cleaner the pack is, with less straps, panels and stitching, the lighter, more durable and more waterproof it will be.
Size. For a 4 day hiking trip or a weekend in the snow you will want a 70+ litre pack if you're a bloke, 60+ litres for females.
Women's harness. These aren't suitable for all females. They are often best suited to shorter women with flaired hips. If you're tall and elegant, then a unisex or man's pack harness may fit you better, although you will have to move the sternum strap so it doesn't squeeze your chest.
Skilled salesmen/women (who are not busy during a sale or other peak times), will tell you all this and appraise your personal needs and shape. --ÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂ© David Sisson 16:24, 26 October 2007 (EST)
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