The Rollerski Train, and other summer training highlights

Half an Adventure

Summer is in full swing in Germany, which means spells of warm, humid weather, where every afternoon brings a thunderstorm, and spells of cold, wet weather, which can bring snow to the tops of the mountains. I am back in Australia now about to start skiing for the winter, although this post was written a couple of weeks ago…

I have managed to latch on to another group of the German National Team, training under Markus Hofmann and with a small group of all girls, one of whom is guaranteed to be faster if the session has anything to do with rollerskiing… but let’s not dwell on that. We have been training since the 4th of May, and in 5 weeks I have notched up a whopping 105 hours (21 a week), which is far more than my previous best of 90 hours, set during the Australian season last…

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Paddy Pallin Junior Postponed

Due to the snow situation the Paddy Pallin Junior scheduled for this weekend at Perisher has been postponed until later in the season. Look for the Jindy XC Juniors page on Facebook for any updates on future dates.

National Team partners with YMCA at Falls Creek

Media Release, SSA Cross Country Committee, 19 June 2015

Cross country skiing in Australia looks set for a bright future, with today’s announcement of a new partnership between Ski & Snowboard Australia  and the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre.

National Team coaches will join experienced instructors to provide an enhanced range of cross country skiing services for skiers of all abilities. With a new season focus on healthy lifestyle, family snow-fun and winter fitness, the YMCA Falls Creek Nordic Centre has something for everyone.

2014 NTC Coach Tom Smith working on technique with athlete Casey Wright

2014 NTC Coach Tom Smith working on technique with athlete Casey Wright

Diverse terrain, consistent snow and high quality trail grooming makes Falls Creek a world-class skiing destination for elite and beginners alike. It has been the official home and National Training Centre for the Australian Cross Country Ski Team since 2004.

”Cross country skiing is a great way to stay healthy and to spend time with friends and family,” said Matthew Charles-Jones, Manager of YMCA at Falls Creek. “The National Team coaches will add great depth to our ski school offerings and add a real vibrancy to the cross country trails.” Continue reading

Paddy Pallin Junior 2015

The Paddy Pallin Junior cross country ski race will be held at 11am on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Sverre Kaaten Nordic Shelter, Perisher Valley. The race is for children up to 16 years of age (for the 2015 race you must be under 16 years at 31 December 2014).

The Paddy Pallin Junior has been a Perisher Valley event for many years with our records suggesting this is the 57th 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.

The Paddy Pallin Junior provides an opportunity for juniors to try cross country skiing. It’s a fun ski race (no prizes for first, second and third) where everyone gets a certificate! You can ski in it if you are only two years old or over fifteen, as long as you were under 16 years at 31 December 2014. The distance you ski depends on your age and snow conditions. The older skiers (14/15 year olds) ski up to 5 kilometres, while the younger skiers (3/4 year olds) ski only a few hundred metres.

Emelia Greville and Ella Reading in the Under 5s

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Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase

The Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase is on again this year.  (See the details on the attached poster).

Once again we have a pair of v07plus Skikes as the grand prize, which will be awarded as a random draw at the end of the season (as in previous years).  Many thanks to Skike Australia (

The cash prize is back for juniors.  Thanks to our very generous donors.

We also have prizes for the competition winners for the first time.  Thanks to Rochford Wines located in the Yarra Valley near Healesville, we have four $100 gift vouchers to distribute. The Male and female competition winners will receive one
voucher each, with the remaining two vouchers randomly drawn (one male and one female winner).  Have a look at the Rochford Wines web site ( to plan how you might spend your voucher if you are lucky enough to win.

Remember the more events you do, the more entries you receive into the random draws for the Skikes and Rochford Wines vouchers.

As in previous years there is no cost to enter the competition (although individual race fees apply).  All previous entrants will automatically be entered in this year’s competition.  New entrants, see the back of the Ski Chase poster (SkiChase2015Poster) for instructions on how to sign up.  More information on the competition can also be found on the back of the poster.  If you have any further questions send an e-mail to

Happy skiing.