Carruthers North West

Thredbo and Kosciuszko

Similar to the West Face, this area can provide great skiing with decent vertical

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1 km
Ascent
6 m
Descent
366 m
Low Point
1.7 km
High Point
2.1 km
Gradient
35˚
Carruthers North West Map

The north western face relates to its position in comparison to the peak, as the face itself actually faces towards the north east. This area provides similar terrain to the west face, in a good year, you can choose any line and ski down until the snow runs out. Yet the downside to this area, is that the snow does and will run out quicker than other areas on the range. As a result of the lower altitude and the north-easterly aspect, this area is extremely sun affected, to the point that wet slides do happen on the slope in spring. Personally, the western face is a better option, with more snow and better terrain, but if you are wanting to tick the boxes, this is another area with great potential for some really good lines, just make sure the snow conditions are in your favour. I wouldn't waste your time if you have any doubts, there are far more snow-sure areas on offer, but this is also a great area when conditions are icy elsewhere in deep winter. The more favourable return route is to head back up the face or following the creek up to the North Eastern Face of Carruthers and up.

Difficulty

Difficult

Serious gradient of 30-38 degrees where a real risk of slipping exists.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Features

  • Trees

Equipment required

  • Skins

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