Snow Camping Site Fundamentals


Mt Bogong, VIC 

If you can put up with the cold, there are a bunch of reasons why camping in the snow can be better than summer. Hardly any insects or crowds - enjoying areas with no one around is not just for introverts, but for those who want to truly experience nature as it is.

So where do you start? is a common question we get asked.

Here are a few of the essentials for snow camping.

Snow campers must choose their camp location wisely:

  • Landmarks: White outs are common on mountains and being in an identifiable spot is super important for obvious reasons
  • Wind blocks: a group of trees or a hill can make a huge difference in the amount of turbulence your gonna get, making a huge difference. 
  • Water: is there a good source around or are you going to have to melt snow
  • Avoid camping on vegetation: pack that snow and create a level spot.
  • Avalanche risk: spending all night in a risky spot just amplifies your chances of getting struck. 
  • Sunny location: placing the tent where the sun will rise will warm you up greatly in the morning. 


With that being said it's time to pack the snow for your site.

Packing the snow

Loose snow is more likely to be melted by your body and make it uncomfortable for sleeping. Before setting up your tent, walk around with your snowshoes or skis on your feet, or you can stomp around in your boots.

Building a wall around your tent can also help if you have the time and energy.

With these tips at hand you will find the perfect snow site for your next camping adventure. 

Remember you will need to use different pegs, snow pegs will be more steady but you can also use some sand pegs with a wider flared base.