Photo Gallery:

Snowy Mountains in Winter

Here are some winter holiday photos of the Snowy Mountains of Australia. Most were taken while hiking on snowshoes through the back-country near Thredbo, mostly in the Ramshead Range. They only show a small part of Australia's alpine landscapes, but reveal how much some parts of the country contrast with the perception of Australia being a hot, dry and flat land (which it largely is).

 

Afternoon cloud near the top ski lifts of Thredbo.

 

Dawn at my campsite. In the distance is a sea of cloud with only the highest peaks poking through.

 

   

Looking down the Thredbo valley.

 

Sunrise over the Thredbo valley, the top of Karels T-bar visible.

 

   

Snow cornice developing on the Kosciuszko south ridge. The snowy peak on the horizon is Mt Bogong in Victoria, over 100km away.

 

North Ramshead shortly after sunrise.

 

   

Cloud approaching up the Murray valley.

 

A snowgum above Dead Horse Gap.

 

   

The photographer in action, Bob's Ridge and The Pilot wilderness in background.

 

Two backcountry skiers enjoying the open space in the south Ramsheads.

 

   

Resting on the ice, Mt Kosciuszko summit.

 

Sunrise over my campsite in the Ramshead Range, tent visible in lower left.

 

   

Rocks after having been plastered with ice in a blizzard.

 

Looking past South Ramshead to some of the Victorian high country wilderness.

 

   

Thredbo Village from the golf course after a good dump of snow.

 

Skiers enjoying a detour on a trip from Thredbo to Mt Kosciusko, just before the weather closed in.

 

   

Skiers admiring the view over the upper Murray valley