Applies from Wed 29 Jul 2020, 9.43am to Mon 2 Nov 2020, 9.44am. Last reviewed: Thu 30 Jul 2020, 3.40pm.
Safety alerts: High altitude walks - snow covered and hazardous winter conditions
High altitude walks snow covered and hazardous winter conditions
Areas above 1600m in altitude in Kosciuszko National Park are typically snow covered in winter. Please note the following information when visiting these areas:
Refer to our Alpine Safety page.
Complete a trip intention form. This is a requirement for this winter.
Be prepared: low visibility, extreme winds, heavy snowfalls can all occur without warning, Wear and carry appropriate clothing, carry navigation equipment be prepared for extreme condition. Track surfaces and signs may not be visible.
Travel with care: Choose your routes carefully and steep and icy terrain and thin snow/ ice cover over rivers and lakes can make travel very dangerous.
Avalanche: There is a risk of avalanches in the higher areas of Kosciuszko National Park, particularly on Main Range and around Mount Kosciuszko.
Steeper, treeless slopes and the tops of ridges where overhanging cornices develop carry the greatest risk. Snow stability varies with wind, temperature and the amount and patterns of snowfall. Avalanches can occur at any time through winter and can be fatal. Back country travellers should check snow and weather conditions before departure and remain alert.
Perisher/Main Range - Kosciuszko walk, Main Range walk, Summit walk, Mt Stillwell walk, Snowgum boardwalk, Porcupine walk, Hanells Spur walk, Illawong walk:
Expect continuous snow cover:
- Skis or snowshoes recommended - ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip.
- Take a map and compass and know how to use them (all tracks are under snow. Most don't have above snow markers.
- Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes
Sub-Alpine - Rainbow Lake walk, Rennix Gap, Thredbo River track, Schlink Hut walk:
Expect long stretches of snow cover with occasional continuous coverage:
- Ensure footwear is waterproof, solid and with good grip it is recommended that you carry and Skis or snowshoes
- Take a map and compass and know how to use them (sections of tracks will not be obvious and most don't have above snow markers).
- Take extreme caution when on all steep slopes due to slippery surfaces.
For more information, call the NPWS Snowy Region Visitor Centre on 02 6450 5600.