Western Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko

The western flanks of Kosciuszko, the steepest skiing on the mountain other than the areas beneath the cornice

Freeride Skiing Moderate

Distance
1.2 km
Ascent
0 m
Descent
280 m
Low Point
1.9 km
High Point
2.2 km
Gradient
28˚
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Western Face Map

Description

The western face of Kosciuszko holds the steepest gradient other than skiing directly below the corniced area, however the western aspect is exposed to the prevailing wind which can have some remarkable effects on the snow cover. As you drop down, the face is open and one can choose from a variety of lines, just be careful of the granite outcrops, after snowfalls in midwinter, some can be hard to pick out, and in early season can take a chunk out of your bases. Other than the exposure to the worst of the weather, the area holds some nice skiing and corns up nicely in the afternoon, leading to some rewarding skiing or boarding. The best return from your run is to hike up either the north or south ridge line back to the summit of Kosciuszko.

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

June, July, August, September, October

Features

  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins

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