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The Awesome Spur

Thredbo and Kosciuszko

Providing some of the gnarliest terrain in the Main Range, this hidden area can provide some steep relatively hazard free skiing, or some of the most intense lines you can find in Australia.

Freeride Skiing Extreme

924 m
0 m
438 m
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
2.1 km
The Awesome Spur Map

After following the top half of Walter's Gully, keep skiers right rather than following the gully, keeping the large cornice to your left, this is when your options start to lay out in front of you. The "easiest" line is to simply follow spur onto the south face which drops into the lower section of Walter's Gully. The top section of the run (the spur) is best enjoyed in spring conditions, as the wind can often scour it right back to the base, yet further down it becomes more sheltered. Another relatively hazard free line follows a well defined gully, which can be hard to define from above, and can hold some really good sheltered snow. This gully can be accessed by keeping right along the spur, following it down with the western shoulder of the spur, before a final rocky knoll, then you can drop into the relatively treeless gully below to the left. Then comes the serious stuff. Off the north west side of the spur, you are going to see one hell of a drop. This area needs a lot of snow to ski, with some really large rocks combined with seriously steep terrain, which let's say wouldn't just take a bite out of your board. You need to be totally on top of your game for these lines, and refer to the map for some suggested lines which often load in a season, but conditions change dramatically on this side, so you will seriously need to scope your line before undertaking one of these. Heading to Watson's Crags to scope these lines out is not a bad idea whatsoever, this is a real balls to the wall ride, so you need to completely assess snow conditions, and take it easy here, there are serious consequences if you mess this up. The best ride back up, is boot packing up the spur or possibly skinning up Walter's Gully



Extreme skiing terrain above 45 degrees. These routes are reserved for experienced experts.

High Exposure (E3)

3 out of 4

In case of a fall, death is highly likely.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between July and September


  • Trees
  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

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