Guidebook

Australia's Highest Adventures : Kosciuszko Ski Tours

Ski tour to the top of Australia from the legendary Thredbo resort!

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Australia might not be blessed with many huge peaks but it's one of the few countries in the World whose highest mountain can be ski toured easily in a half day hit. Mount Kosciuszko is 2228 metres but can be ascended without too much effort by starting from the lift system at Thredbo ski area; one of Australia's premier mountain destinations.

Ski touring Kosciuszko isn't just about summit bagging - the mountain is home to some really fun freeride terrain and we've covered some of the best lines through it in this guidebook. Having reached the summit, spending the rest of the exploring the various faces and bowls below it will provide an excellent day of skiing.

We've also included some superb adventures on Kosciuszko's neighbouring peaks, including Ram's Head and South Ram's Head, both of which have brilliant ski lines from their summits. For those who only want to put in minimal effort for their lines, you'll also find details of Dead Horse Gap Run - a brilliant freeride line which is accessed via the shortest of walks from the lift system.

Whether you're a peak bagger who wants to tick Australia's highest point, or simply a skier who wants some smile-inducing freeride, this guidebook has got you covered!

Kosciuszko Eastern Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kosciuszko Eastern Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
171 m
19 °
E
0 m
1.0 km
The mellow eastern face of Kosciuszko
Moderate
Private
Karels T-bar to Koscuiszko Access

Karels T-bar to Koscuiszko Access

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
1 - 2 hrs
4.9 km
265 m
80 m
17 °
An incredible tour through the unique true Australian alpine area from Thredbo to Kosciuszko
Easy
Private
The Golden Gully
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The Golden Gully

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
320 m
31 °
W
1 m
1.3 km
Golden rocks at the top of a continuous fall line down to Leatherbarrel Creek, provides some fantastic skiing with options from the Ramshead into the gully.
Difficult
Private
The Spur
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Spur

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
429 m
31 °
W
9 m
1.2 km
The most vertical you will find in the valley, following the western spur from the Ramshead.
Moderate
Private
The Couloir
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

The Couloir

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
360 m
33 °
W
0 m
1.0 km
Starting on the summit of the Ramshead and heading the major drainage gully to the north, dropping down to Leatherbarrel Creek
Difficult
Private
The Corrie
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The Corrie

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
334 m
31 °
W
0 m
1.1 km
Steep and rocky, leading into a more open bowl down to Leatherbarrel Creek
Severe
Private
North East Simkin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

North East Simkin

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
153 m
27 °
SE
0 m
1.0 km
A relatively featureless and faceless area, providing a nice gentle pitch rolling into steeper terrain towards Leatherbarrel creek
Moderate
Private
East Simkin
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

East Simkin

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
230 m
30 °
E
0 m
0.8 km
Your choice of one of two gullies heading east from Simkin Peak
Moderate
Private
North Twin East Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

North Twin East Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
252 m
32 °
SE
0 m
0.7 km
Dropping sharply towards the north east of the Northern Twin Hump, this rolls down and mellows before hitting Leatherbarrel Creek.
Difficult
Private
Twin Hump
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Twin Hump

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
0 m
0 °
SE
0 m
0.0 km
Dropping Eastwards down towards Leatherbarrel Creek
Difficult
Private
Southern Twin Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Southern Twin Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
240 m
31 °
SW
0 m
0.8 km
Providing a steep entry then into sheltered gladed terrain, this area can hold some surprisingly good skiing
Moderate
Private
Kosciuszko South Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Kosciuszko South Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
273 m
23 °
S
20 m
2.4 km
Involving a kilometre of fairly flat skiing to the south, the run then drops down the sheltered southern side of Kosciuszko.
Moderate
Private
Western Face
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Western Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
280 m
28 °
NW
0 m
1.2 km
The western flanks of Kosciuszko, the steepest skiing on the mountain other than the areas beneath the cornice
Moderate
Private
North East Face
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

North East Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
288 m
23 °
NE
1 m
1.9 km
The north eastern face of Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciuszko, this lee slope is one of the earliest skiable slopes in Australia.
Moderate
Private
Kosciuszko to Townsend

Kosciuszko to Townsend

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
1 - 2 hrs
3.2 km
203 m
139 m
17 °
The link between the two highest mountains in Australia, amazing views and a good ol' skin.
Easy
Private
Townsend West Gully
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Townsend West Gully

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
493 m
28 °
W
0 m
1.8 km
Heading west off the summit of Townsend this drops into the bowl left towards Abbott Peak
Moderate
Private
Townsend West Face
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Townsend West Face

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
445 m
29 °
N
0 m
1.6 km
From the summit of Townsend, this run provides 500 metres of continuous fall line, some of the highest on the range
Difficult
Private
Alice's Hook
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Alice's Hook

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
468 m
33 °
N
0 m
1.5 km
Heading north west, then hooking southwest off Alice Rawson Peak, this run provides fews and the vertical to boot.
Difficult
Private
Rawson's West
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Rawson's West

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
450 m
26 °
NW
0 m
1.4 km
Leading off the north spur to the west with wide lines available and views out across the plains
Moderate
Private
Townsend West Spur
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Townsend West Spur

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
471 m
24 °
NW
31 m
2.3 km
Really nice terrain giving way to gladed areas at a nice sustained pitch.
Moderate
Private
Avalanche Alley
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Avalanche Alley

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
424 m
37 °
E
14 m
1.0 km
Off Townsend North Spur, this run follows a steep drainage gully eastwards into Lady Northcote Canyon.
Difficult
Private
The Alice Rawson Run
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The Alice Rawson Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
550 m
36 °
NE
0 m
1.3 km
A fantastic run with consistent fall line from Alice Rawson Peak, down into Lady Northcote Canyon
Difficult
Private
Ian's Gully
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Ian's Gully

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
381 m
31 °
E
0 m
0.9 km
450 vertical metres of well graded skiing down towards Lady Northcote Canyon
Difficult
Private
The Racecourse (North)
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The Racecourse (North)

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
262 m
35 °
E
0 m
1.1 km
Another classic off piste run, with incredible views down the valley to boot.
Difficult
Private
The Racecourse (South)
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The Racecourse (South)

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
242 m
20 °
E
3 m
1.2 km
A real favourite in the right conditions, a great gullied run from the shoulder of Townsend down to Lake Albina.
Difficult
Private
Mt Townsend to Alice Rawson Peak

Mt Townsend to Alice Rawson Peak

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
0 - 1 hrs
1.0 km
56 m
23 m
10 °
Head east then head north along the ridge line towards Alice Rawson Peak
Easy
Private
Leatherbarrel Creek Return to Ramshead

Leatherbarrel Creek Return to Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
2 - 3 hrs
3.7 km
570 m
39 m
29 °
Following Leatherbarrel Creek back up to Ramshead, which can be very useful to return to Thredbo.
Moderate
Private
Karels T-bar to Ramshead

Karels T-bar to Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
145 m
14 m
14 °
A short distance to the west from Karels T-Bar to the Ramshead
Easy
Private
Dead Horse Gap Run
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Dead Horse Gap Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
532 m
23 °
44 m
4.1 km
A local favourite, dropping 400 vertical metres not too far from Thredbo dropping down to Dead Horse Gap car park.
Moderate
Private
Dead Horse Gap to Ramshead

Dead Horse Gap to Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
2 - 3 hrs
4.3 km
637 m
18 m
22 °
One of the most commonly used tracks in the area for backcountry skiing and boarding
Moderate
Private
Southerly Ramshead to South Ramshead

Southerly Ramshead to South Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
0 - 1 hrs
1.1 km
28 m
69 m
13 °
A very simple traverse from the Southerly Ramshead (as labelled on the map) to the South Ramshead which is due south.
Easy
Private
South Ramshead
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

South Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
255 m
24 °
S
56 m
1.4 km
The rocky peak drops into mellow gladed terrain, which holds the snow tremendously well
Moderate
Private
The Cleft Rock Run
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The Cleft Rock Run

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
387 m
36 °
W
20 m
1.3 km
Further south down the valley from the likes of The Spur, this run provides some nice turns amongst the trees down to Leatherbarrel Creek
Difficult
Private
Southerly Ramshead
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Southerly Ramshead

Thredbo and Kosciuszko
401 m
25 °
E
32 m
1.7 km
A great entry run into the backcountry with a relatively gentle gradient, above and below the tree line, featuring nicely spaced gums lower down for some tree skiing.
Moderate
Private