North East Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko

The north eastern face of Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, this lee slope is one of the earliest skiable slopes in Australia.

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
1 m
Descent
288 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
23˚
North East Face Map

Heading towards the north east from the summit, this slope is one of the earliest places you can ski in Australia, skiable after the first fall of the season, 20 cm can provide you with some decent turns as early as May. This area is relatively protected from the wind, which enables it to hold the snow far better, and fresh snow can often be blown into this area when the peak itself is scoured. The run itself doesn't hold a huge amount of vertical, with only about 250 metres on offer, but it's gentle grade and early availability makes this a great run, let alone the views out to Lake Albina and The Sentinel. Lapping this area is easy, just skin back up the face to the summit or wherever you find easiest.

Difficulty

Moderate

Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

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

May, June, July, August, September, October

Equipment required

  • Skins

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