Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Race 2 results

On Saturday 12th July the second of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events, the Snow, Trek & Travel High Plains Tour, took place.  Many thanks to the Howmans Gap Allstars for another great and challenging event. 

Under a mix of sun, cloud and falling snow, the trail was glazed and fast in places and remained soft elsewhere.  The course had a great mix of terrain, including a climb up Aitkens that burned the lungs and set the heart pounding, which was fortunately followed by a good rest on the McKay Road descent, and later some challenging high speed corners.

The interim results can be found here: SkiChaseResultsMenRace2 SkiChaseResultsWomenRace2

In the women’s competition Anna Trnka is holding on to First place, but she needs to watch out for Ronice Goebel who jumped from 5th to 2nd, pushing Emma Pollard down to 3rd.  Emma Prest and Jackie Kildea have climbed up to take the final two top five places.  In the Men’s competition there has been no change in the top two places with Kevin Tory and Nick Montgomery still in 1st and 2nd.  Ben Derrick jumped two places into 3rd pushing Phillip Bellingham down to 4th.  The biggest mover by far was Hugh Pollard who jumped from 11th to 5th place.  There are still fewer than 12 people aged 25 and under in each of the male and female competitions, which means all who have competed in one or both events are still in the running for the cash prizes. 

The next event is the Bullfight Charge at Lake Mountain on Sunday 27 July.  Race start 11am, 8/3.5 km (Freestyle technique).  If you are pondering which distance to ski, remember the longer distances earn more points.

Any questions? Try the information at or send an enquiry to  To register follow this link


Assorted Perisher Race Results

There’s been plenty of racing action happening at Perisher so far this month. The latest events were the ACT Championships on Saturday July 12 and the NSW Championships on Sunday July 13. In the open women’s class Barbara Jezersek from Slovenia cleaned up the races in both competions, while in the open men Callum Watson won on Saturday and Cameron Morton won on Sunday.

Full results of all competitions are linked in PDF format below:

To find the results as soon as they are posted head to the Perisher XC Results Page.

2014 Birkebeiner Classic Results & Images

The 2014 Birkebeiner Classic was held at Falls Creek last Saturday July 5. The winner of the 10km Classic was  Phillip Bellingham, ahead of BNSC team-mate Paul Kovacs with Anna Trnka the first woman. The winner of the 5km Classic was Esther Bottomley, with the first male High Pollard. There was a pretty good turnout, 74 finishers, with some athletes racing on covered klister and some on micro-based skis. Overall results and class results are linked below.

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Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Update – Event 1

On Saturday 5th July the first of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events, the Birkebeiner Classic, took place.  Many thanks to the Birkebeiner Ski Club for putting on another great event. 

The waxing was a real challenge with a mix of wet snow and drizzle falling in the lead up to the race, and the tracks became glazed during the event.  Rumour has it that covered klister gave the most successful combination of grip and glide.

You can view the interim results here:InterimSkiChaseResultsWomenEvent1 InterimSkiChaseResultsMenEvent1

Only those people registered by Sunday 6th of July are included so far.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.

The early leaders in the women’s competition are Anna Trnka, Emma Pollard and Casey Wright, and in the Men’s competition Kevin Tory, Nick Montgomery and Phillip Bellingham.  So far every person aged 25 and under is in the running for the cash prizes.  This may not last long so make sure you keep your calendar clear for future events.

The next event is the Snow Trek and Travel High Plains Tour at Falls Creek this Saturday 12 July.  Race start 11am, 10/5/2.5 Km (Freestyle technique).  If you are pondering which distance to ski, remember the longer distances earn more points.

To register for the Ski Chase click here 

Any questions? Try the information at or send an enquiry to


2014/2015 National Team Selection Policy

The SSA Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has recently updated the National Team Selection Policy. These criteria will be applied in September 2014 when selecting new National Teams for 2014/2015. A summary of the selection standards and rationale behind changes to the selection policy are included below. The full policy wording is available in this linked document:

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Fast & Female at Falls Creek – Sunday July 6

Fast & Female Australia are hosting their second event of the 2014 Australian winter at Falls Creek on Sunday July 6. Join 3-time Winter Olympian Esther Bottomley and Sochi Winter Olympian Aimee Watson along with other National Cross Country Team members for a day of fun and fitness at Falls Creek nordic trails. The event gives girls a chance to gain some ski tips and insights into balancing sport and life with some of Australia’s best cross country skiers!

Participants attend four fun stations including laser biathlon, games and balance, downhill skills and dynamic double poling.

After the ski fun, Esther and Aimee will chat about the important role sport has played in their lives, why they love skiing and why being a girl who loves sport is cooler than you think! Followed by a big group photo so we can show our friends in North America how much fun we have skiing in Australia!

The event is open to girls aged 8 – 19 and women of any skiing ability.

On-line pre-registration is available via the Eventbrite website. Registration on the day will be at the YMCA Nordic Centre from 9:15 – 9:45am. Girls and ladies will meet their groups leaders and at the Craybands Style Station to get themselves ready to ski to the Nordic Bowl for a 10am start!





FIS TD Seminar 2014 – Jindabyne/Perisher – July 31 to August 3

An FIS Technical Delegate (TD) Seminar will be held at Jindabyne / Perisher from July 31 to August 3. TD’s at cross-country races are responsible for ensuring that  the races are safe, fair and conducted in accordance with the rules. While recommended for all levels of competition in Australia, TD’s are mandatory for championship level competition and TD’s at FIS level are required for FIS competitions. The official invitation from FIS for this TD Seminar is included here:

The role of the Technical Delegate, criteria for who can become a TD, and the training and education process are described in the FIS Guidelines for the Organisation, Education and Appointment of Cross-Country Technical Delegates, Oct 2013.  You can find the FIS TD Guidelines at the link .  The seminar is a three day training course, leading to TD qualification, as described in the Guidelines.

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SAXC) has a pool of active TD’s that are appointed to races in Australia and occasionally to events overseas, however this pool is aging and new TD’s are needed. Ideal TD’s are experienced cross country skiing athletes, coaches, team leaders or race organisers.

Interested persons are encouraged to attend the FIS TD Seminar and commence their TD training. To apply or for more information, please contact Andrew Walker at by 20 July 2014.

Paddy Pallin Junior Report & Images

Thirty nine brave junior cross country skiers braved the wild and wintery weather to participate in the Paddy Pallin Juniors at Perisher on Saturday 28 June 2014. The snow was plentiful and so were the smiles, even with near blizzard conditions roaring across the ski tracks. Participants ranged in age from 5 to 15 years, with skiers competing over varying distances from 200 metres to two kilometres with multiple laps of the sprint loop at the Perisher Cross Country Ski Centre. The focus of the Paddy Pallin Juniors is to promote participation in cross country skiing and therefore skiers are only awarded their time taken to complete the course, rather than given a placing.

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