The Racecourse (South)

Thredbo and Kosciuszko

A real favourite in the right conditions, a great gullied run from the shoulder of Townsend down to Lake Albina.

Freeride Skiing Difficult

Distance
1.2 km
Ascent
3 m
Descent
242 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
20˚
VIEW ON MAP
The Racecourse (South) Map

Description

With 400+ metres of vertical from Townsend's Shoulder, and down to Lake Albina, this gullied run might just make your day. With slightly less vertical than it's northerly brother, this Racecourse run drops down through the obvious gully a few hundred metres directly east of the Townsend summit. Make sure you assess the snow conditions and avalanche potential before heading out, this is one which might totally take you off guard. The runs drop steeply through large granite outcrops, which often are corniced, for the first 150 metres, before mellowing out and following the drainage pattern down to the lake. In deep season the lake is completely covered, but always be cautious of it, this is somewhere you don't want to swim. Pick your line carefully after negotiating the rocks up high, and let her rip. This along with it's brother, are runs which will make your day. The easiest return is marked as Lady Northcote return on the map.

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, October

Features

  • Cliffs

Equipment required

  • Skins

Similar routes nearby

Guidebooks in this area