The Ski Chase is back!

Victorian Ski Chase 2012

The Victorian Ski Chase is a cross country ski racing series that incorporates pre-existing club- based citizen races and rewards participation.

Participants will need to compete in five races to be eligible for prizes. A point scoring system based on race result placing and an age handicap will be used to determine who wins the Ski Chase.

The Victorian Ski Chase is a concept based around the Sierra Ski Chase which has been successfully run in California for over fifteen years. It is a scaled-down version of the Australian Ski Chase organised by Nick Grimmer in 2009. This competition rewards dedicated skiers who compete in numerous races, and the age handicap allows those of us who are slowing down with advancing years to have a fair go.  The competition gives those who do not usually win prizes a good chance to win. Continue reading

Perisher XC On-Line Event Entries – Now Open


The On-Line entry system for a selection of Perisher Valley events is now active !!

On-line entry for the following events is available on the NSW Snowsports website, then select the XC page.

1 ACT Jr/Open/Masters 2.5/3.5/5/10 km Championships CL 14/07/12
2 NSW Jr/Open/Masters 2.5/3.5/5/10/15 km Championships FS 15/07/12
3 Australian Jr/Open Sprint Championships FS 28/07/12
4 Australian Jr/Open/Masters 2.5/5/10 km Championships CL 29/07/12
5 City Tattersalls Club Boonoona Open CL/FS 05/08/12
6 Australian 15/30 km Long Distance Championships FS 11/08/12
7 Snowy Mountains Classic FS 11/08/12

Please contact us if you have problems or comments on the system.

Winter 2012 NSW XC Newsletter

Here we are again – cold, snowy and exciting. Winter came so suddenly and early that the lucky ones got a bonus pre-season weekend of fine weather and fun skiing.

The attached 2012 Winter Newsletter has news, information about events and activities and introduces some new initiatives. But first it announces that the on-line entry system for a series of Perisher Valley XC events is up and running.

Thanks to all involved for the support that has been provided over the summer at work parties and through donations of time, material and funds. The Nordic Shelter is warmer for new windows and cladding. And the new snow fences have been filled and farmed already.

Looks like a good winter ahead. We hope you all get a chance to enjoy it.

Welcome to XC Winter 2012.docx

Lake Mountain Sprint X Results & Pics

The 2012 Australian cross country racing season opened yesterday with the Sprint X event at Lake Mountain. The big guns came out for the day, with 2010 Winter Olympians Esther Bottomley and Paul Murray winning the open finals. There was lots of close racing and plenty of brave sprinters willing to risk it all on the ‘big’ jump (see below). The closest race was in the junior girls with a very tight battle between Casey Wright and Katerina Paul, with Katerina winning after making a sharp tactical choice in the closing stages.

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Fast & Female comes to Australia

This Australian winter Fast and Female is partnering up with Ski de Femme to provide two days of fun and on-snow clinics for girls and women of all ages. Fast and Female was started in 2005 by 2006 Olympic Gold medalist Chandra Crawford and is dedicated to female empowerment, inspiration, and motivation through sport. Events will be held at Falls Creek on July 8 and at Perisher Valley on July 22. Click on the images below for more details of each event.

2012 Lake Mountain Sprint-X

All systems are go for the 2nd Lake Mountain Sprint X, the season opening cross country race at Lake Mountain on Sunday June 24. A steady supply of artificial snow will ensure a rewarding course that includes berms, jump and bumps but most of all is fun to ski. Enter online via the Lake Mountain website or from 9am on the day. The Time Trial starts from 10am. See the event poster and course map below.

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Paddy Pallin Junior Classic 2012

The Paddy Pallin Junior cross country ski race will be held at 11am on Saturday 30 June 2012 – at the  Sverre Kaaten Nordic Shelter, Perisher Valley. The race is for children up to 16 years of age (for the 2012 race you must be under 16 years at 31 December 2011).

The Paddy Pallin Junior has been a Perisher Valley event for many years; our records suggest that this is the 54th year. It is the OLDEST cross country ski event in Australia (older than the KAC and older than the Paddy Pallin Classic (now replaced by the Snowy Mountains Classic) – and it’s just for the YOUNGEST skiers. Continue reading

Expressions of Interest for 2012/2013 High Performance Program

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) is seeking expressions of interest for the following positions with the Cross Country Skiing High Performance Program for the 2012/2013 season:

  • 2013 World Junior Championship Coach
  • 2013 World Junior Championship Team Manager
  • 2012/2013 Continental Cup Team Coach/Manager

The World Junior Championship Team will likely consist of 6-10 athletes aged 16-19. Additional U23 athletes will join the team for the 2013 World Junior/U23 Championship in Liberec in the Czech Republic. The Continental Cup Team will likely consist of 4-6 athletes with potential to qualify for the 2013 World Championship in Val di Fiemme in Italy.

Additional information is provided in the job descriptions linked below. Interested persons should apply via email to Finn Marsland ( by June 15, briefly addressing the key selection criteria.