If you’re a venturer/guide, there are more questions under the Snow Venture FAQ.
- Can I snowboard at the Chalet?
- Can I use a sled for my gear?
- Can I bring alcohol?
- What food do I bring?
- Culture at the Chalet
- Phones, IPods and Stereos
- What gear should I bring?
- Where can I get the NOBS Check List?
If these FAQs don’t satisfy your question, then send us an email or drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help you out. For each winter party there is a briefing night so you can meet a few people from your party before you get to the chalet. More information about winter parties is available in the Winter Party Information document on our website.
1. Can I snowboard at the Chalet?
A number of snow boards are available at the chalet for those who prefer a single plank, or just want to give it a go. You’ll need to use your cross country boots – leather boots work best, as they fit the bindings better than bigger plastic boots. A few keen snow boarders have carried their own board in, but it’s only recommended for strong skiiers, as it adds significant weight to your pack. If you must, then consider only bringing your boots.
2. Can I use a sled for my gear?
Many a rover have come up with the ‘brilliant’ idea of using a sled to cart their gear and grog into the chalet. Sleds are banned. If you can’t carry your pack, you’re obviously taking too much. Have another look at the gear list, and reconsider how much scroggin and grog you really need for the week.
3. Can I bring alcohol?
Rover Winter Parties (over 18s) may bring alcohol to the Chalet. The catch is, you have to carry it in, so you can’t bring too much. For everyone’s safety, you can not consume alcohol until all party members have returned to the chalet for the night – you may need to go back out onto the snow to mount a rescue party. Choose your alcohol carefully – a slab of beer weighs in at just over 9Kg – a challenge for even the most experienced and fittest skiiers. Don’t bring glass bottles, as they weigh lots, and you’ll need to carry them out again.
4. What food do I bring?
You’ll need to bring a packed lunch for the Saturday ski in, but after that, all meals are catered for the rest of the week. The Chalet has a large food pantry, that we stock during May for all of the non-perishable food. Fresh meat and veggies for each week are carried in by each winter party. You’ll need to leave some space at the top of your pack for 2Kg of fresh food to be added before you get on the bus at Pyles.
- Breakfast: Juice, cereal, toast, and a hot breakfast, such as bacon and eggs, spaghetti or baked beans.
- Lunch: Cheese, biscuits, bread, ham, salami, pineapple, beetroot and tuna are taken out on ski trips for lunch on the run. If you’re back at the Chalet, then you could fire up the stove and cook a hot lunch instead.
- Dinner: Soup, main and desert each night. Roast lamb, roast beef, chicken parma (or apricot chicken), spaghetti (or lasagna) and BBQ steak. There are a number of alternate menus if you’d like something different.
There is tea, coffee and biscuits at the chalet, but you’ll probably want to take some of your own scroggin (chocolate, lollies, etc). Don’t take too much, as it can weigh your pack down.
The Chalet caters for most dietry requirements and allergies. You’ll need to fill this in on your bookings form, so we can make sure there is suitable food for your winter party. Be assured, you’ll still eat well.
5. Culture at the Chalet
Different winter parties have different cultures about them. The Chalet is a big place, and runs best with everyone working together. Everyone is broken up into rotating duty groups to cook meals, chop fire wood, and wash dishes. When there’s lots of snow, we get up early to finish the chores, to get out on the snow quicker. If there is no snow or bad weather, we usually sleep in a little more and relax around the Chalet.
Normally there is a parade each morning before breakfast and nightly before dinner. You don’t need to be a Rover / ex-rover to come to the Chalet, but you will need to go out onto the snow each morning like everyone else for morning parade. Sleep in, and run the risk of being snow balled.
6. Phones, IPods and Stereos
You cannot get mobile reception from the Chalet, so you don’t need to worry about work interrupting your dinner. Mobile reception is available from most elevated areas, and can be vital in an emergency. The Chalet also provides UHF radios for communication back to the Chalet, and other ski parties. The Chalet also has a fixed phone, but you’ll need to pay a small fee to cover the calls.
The Chalet has a guitar, digery doo and whatever else you can bang together to make noise. There is no stereo, tv or playstation, so you’ll need to make your own fun. IPods are antisocial and stereos will not be appreciated by everyone.
7. What gear should I bring?
Check out the updated equipment guide for a list of the things you should bring to the Chalet.