Take a break this winter and head to the Ski Selwyn Six for a weekend or mid-week escape.
Ski Selwyn Six have something for everyone, from junior beginners to adventurous thrill seekers. Here are a few suggested itineraries.
For a Relaxing Escape with a side of backcountry:
Load up the car and head to Cheeseman for a few lazy warm-up runs on the groomers before dropping into Tarn Basin for afternoon powder laps. Don’t forget your skins and TSP! Leave Cheeseman and make your way through to Broken River for the night. Book a couple of beds for the night and enjoy the serenity of the village and the unlimited mountain views it offers. Enjoy a sleep in, pick up your day tickets, and head on up the Stairway to Heaven. Drop your day gear off at Palmer Lodge and head up to the ridge to make the most of Main Basin while Allan’s Basin softens up. Stop off for a pizza and beer on the deck for lunch. Duck the Rugby Rope Tow and spend the afternoon hunting powder in Allan’s.
For a Family Escape:
So the kids want to learn how to ski/snowboard? Or hit the jumps? Head up Porters and make the most of the chairlift accessed slopes and lesson programs on offer. Check the kids in with the instructors and head in to the café for a coffee, before heading to the top and taking Big Mama all the way down. Rent a bach in Castle Hill Village for the night and enjoy a bit of family time without the distractions of the internet! Up early the next morning, head on up to Cheeseman to give the kids a chance to further show off those new skills. Take them up the first T-Bar and spend the afternoon being shown up by them and their new skills!
For a Student Escape:
Hitch a ride from the Foundry carpark early Saturday morning and go with the flow, make sure you stop in at Sheffield for the all important pie stop. Smash the hike up Temple track in record time (current is around 30 minutes) and pick your gear up from Goods Lift top. Use Temple tow and Temple traverse to get around to the Downhill tow. Drop your daypack off, and ride up. Find a group who looks slightly more advanced than you, and ski with them for the day. This is a great way of getting your skill level up and meeting new people, don’t be afraid to speak up if you start getting uncomfortable with the conditions! Once you’ve found all the powder stashes you can, make the hike into Bills Basin and traverse along to Cassidy Basin. Drop down here and make your way back to the lodge for the night. Get some food in you and join the party, on clear nights wait for the call of “Night Skiing is OPEN!” and gear back up again for a few more laps of Cassidy and Temple before returning for the night. Next day, be the first on the lift and explore all the powder stashes you found the day before.
For a Thrill Seeking Escape:
Craigieburn is the place to be for you, book your room early, and head up. Spend the first morning getting a feel for the terrain and rope tows, before stepping it up a notch and taking on Middle Basin back to the carpark. Hike or hitch your way up for round two and take on Hamilton Face. Stop for a Craigieburger at the day lodge for lunch, and scope out #1, 210, and Middle Main chutes just above you. Lunch is digesting, and sun has come out again, time to head back up and try the lines scoped over lunchtime. Finish off the day with a run down Marty’s and cut through the trees back to the lodge. Up early the next day for a skin up to the top of Hamilton Peak. Follow the boundary line down off the Remarkables chutes and onto South Face. Skin or hike out the other side into Broken River and hit the lifts back up to Nervous Knob. Traverse back along towards Craigieburn and drop into Double Bowl, repeat and head back up Hamilton Peak back towards Craigieburn. Take the easy route back through Siberia Basin and 1st Gut before heading home for a bit of R&R.