ROC ski trips are run whenever there is enough snow to ski on. We have to take advantage of a short ski season and due to this, trips can go up at the last minute
We do very few downhill resort ski trips however; the club is trying to get more into the backcountry skiing. Meaning ungroomed downhill runs out in the middle of nowhere.
The majority ROC ski trips are run in Victoria with the day trips running to Mt Stirling, Mt Baw Baw and Lake Mountain. And weekend trips running at the Alpine National Park, from Bogong high plains to Mt Feather Top.
Most of the trips run, are all beginner friendly with a beginner day trip running almost every weekend depending on the time of the year.
ROC runs one of the biggest ski trip out of all the university outdoors clubs, called XMAS in July, we leave Melbourne on Friday afternoon and head for Falls creek, Ski in to Edmondson hut under the cover of darkness, arriving at the hut in the early hours of Saturday morning, after a couple of hours sleep people go for a down hill ski around the hut, some build snow caves and other build igloos. Saturday consists of a Christmas dinner and a Chris Cringle. Sunday morning we pack up ski back to the cars, after having dinner in Wangaratta we head back to Melbourne for the start of a new week
Trip length ranges anywhere from a day at the snow, to a week or more spent touring the backcountry. Day trips usually involve an early start (on the road by 6am), since the closest snow is the better part of 2 hours away. Weekend trips often leave on Friday evenings, with a night of driving, and for those crazy enough—walking up steep mountains, to be dispensed with.
The nature of the majority of the skiing undertaken by ROC is such that free-heel skiing using Nordic techniques is the norm;
the Telemark is the turn of choice, and the display of brightly coloured thermals under shorts is considered normal. Most of our equipment is geared more towards touring than steep XCD, and although the odd OXO can be found in the Hoppet, cross-country racing techniques are not usually utilised. Authenticity of this content currently under review.
If you have any questions please contact the snow sports convenor(s).