Looking for a qualified XC Coach?

SSA Cross Country is working hard to improve the standard and quality of coaching in Australia. There are more education workshops being run than ever before providing everyone from the Club volunteer to those who want to be elite level coaches with opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills base.

Currently there are a number of very experienced and highly skilled coaches working with development level to World Cup skiers. As part of our mission to improve the profile of Australian XC coaches we have put together a list of qualified coaches and the experience they bring to the Australian XC community. To find a qualified coach near you check out the list below.

List_SSA Qualified XC Coaches_2015

If you would like contact one of these coaches please email the National Coaching Director (NCD), Allison McArdle allison.c.stoddart@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about education opportunities or becoming a coach check out the calendar of workshops happening in 2015 or email the NCD.

2015 Course Calendar_FINAL

Coach Level 0 Jindabyne postponed!

Unfortunately due to insufficient registrations the Coach Level 0 scheduled for May 30th in Jindabyne has had to be postponed. We are currently searching for an alternative date for the course to run. Keep checking the ausxc.com site for updates.

NZ Winter Games XC Events 2015

The cross country skiing events for the 2015 NZ Winter Games at the Snowfarm have just been confirmed and are slightly different to those previously published on the 2015 Australian Race Calendar. The confirmed event formats and styles are as follows:

  • Friday August 28 – Classic Sprint
  • Saturday August 29 – 10/15km Classic Mass Start
  • Sunday August 30 – 5/10km Freestyle

These will be the final races of the 2015 FIS Australia – New Zealand Continental Cup series. The 2015 Australian Race Calendar has now been updated.

Coach Level 0 – Dryland Training workshops

Are you a Club volunteer, school program leader, parent of a skier or looking for ways to improve your fitness before the winter?
The XC Level 0 Dryland Training workshop is your one-stop shop for getting the latest technique information and gaining confidence in training developing skiers. This one day workshop covers drylanHill bounding at Mount Beauty Level 0 workshopd training methods of ski walking, ski bounding, basic strength training and rollerskiing. Participants will come away with the latest technical knowledge, skill development progressions and 3 easy to follow lessons plans. There are no pre-requisites and the course is entirely practical so you get to have fun while you learn!
There are only 2 opportunities to attend one of these workshops left in 2015, Saturday 30th May in Jindabyne or Melbourne!
Registration is through the Ski & Snowboard Australia website, under “Register for Events Online”:www.skiandsnowboard.org.au
For more information contact SSA Cross Country National Coaching Director Allison McArdle


Ewan Watson selected for High Performance Coach Experience Program

EwanAUSXC is pleased to announce Ewan Watson as the successful applicant for the Australian Cross Country Ski Team High Performance coaching experience.

Ewan is a former athlete of the Australian Cross Country Ski Team racing at Junior and Senior Nordic World Championships. More recently he has turned his attention to coaching, helping out with the Victorian Cross Country Ski Team, leading the Australian Team at World University Games (2014) and is now the Head Coach of the Nordic Ski Academy based in Melbourne.

Ewan will join the Australian Junior and Senior Team on-snow camp at Falls Creek for 3 days in July. This experience will give him the opportunity to learn from and share ideas with the Cross Country High Performance Manager and National Training Centre Coach along with assisting Australia’s best cross country skiers with technique analysis, lactate testing and intensity training sessions.

Ewan is currently in the process of finishing his SSA Level 2 Cross Country Coaching qualification and is taking classes in sports science.

Congratulations Ewan!


Ewan with some of his Nordic Ski Academy

A dedicated coach is out there in all types of weather!

A dedicated coach is out there in all types of weather!

Want to know more about ski waxing?

Are you new to the sport of cross country skiing and puzzled by all the ‘waxing’ talk? No need to be intimidated, SSA Cross Country are offering a beginners waxing workshop to help demystify glide and classic waxing.


Taking care of your cross country skis involves more than just making sure they have a safe ride to and from the snow. To get a good life span out of a pair of skis the bases need to be maintained through regular cleaning and waxing. Knowing what to use and when takes time and experience but there are a few really easy tips you can follow to help get the best out of your skis during the Australian winter.

This 2- 3hr work shop will take you through the basics of different types of low and high fluoro waxes, which brushes to use and when, and the main kick waxes you should have in your wax box and how to apply them. You’ll come away with some easy to follow notes and a bonus beginners waxing kit generously supplied by Eastern Mountain Centre!

Wednesday 3rd June

Eastern Mountain Centre

Whitehorse Road, Deepdene VIC

6:30 – 9pm

with JC Legras, Level 2 Cross Country Ski Coach

$20 including wax

The course is suitable for parents of racers, new xc ski racers and people with a general interest in xc ski waxing.

To register your interest for the course, please email Allison McArdle by Tuesday 2nd June as places are limited.


0416627747 for more information

Melbourne Nordic XC Gear Market

The 2015 Melbourne Nordic Ski Club’s XC Ski & Bush Walking Gear Market is on next Tuesday at the Kew Library in Melbourne. See poster below for more details or read more about MNSC at their website: http://www.melbourne-nordic.org.au/