Take care in the mountains
VICTORIA State Emergency Service (SES) and Parks Victoria remind visitors to the Alpine National Park to remain aware of the hazards and be adequately prepared for remote backcountry activities.
Last weekend, another avalanche was reported on Mount Bogong in the Alpine National Park.
This is a reminder to backcountry skiers of the need to be equipped with sufficient knowledge of the hazards, and experience in alpine environments.
“Recent weather conditions had caused unstable snow conditions in some alpine areas, with another avalanche reported last week in the Mount Bogong area,” said SES assistant chief officer Keith O’Brien.
“Avalanches do occur in Australia, although they aren’t as common as in Europe or North America.
“We are reminding people to access snow and weather safety information before they visit including www.parks.vic.gov.au, www.snowsafe.org.au, or www.bom.gov.au.”
Backcountry skiing is an inherently dangerous activity that requires experience and knowledge of the terrain, hazards and conditions.
Visitors to the Alpine National Park, especially those visiting the Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop areas, are likely to encounter a range of hazards throughout winter including unstable snow, steep icy slopes, cornice formation and extreme weather.
Visitors need to be prepared and experienced for these hazards and let someone know where they are going and when they plan to return.
“We want visitors to enjoy backcountry skiing in the Alpine National Park, but to do this they must be adequately prepared, experienced, understand the hazards and notify someone of their intentions,” said Parks Victoria district manager Ty Caling.
“Visitors who are not experienced and want to undertake backcountry skiing and touring can always take a guided tour with one of our licensed tour operators.
“Similarly, alpine resort areas are actively managed and patrolled; and, are the safest place to ski and board.”