Images from AUS Classic Sprint

Thanks to Graeme Bottomley for these assorted images from the Australian Championship Classic Sprint at Falls Creek on Saturday August 15.

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RESCHEDULED – Paddy Pallin Junior Classic 2015

RESCHEDULED – Paddy Pallin Junior Classic 2015

The Paddy Pallin Junior cross country ski race will be held at 11am on Saturday 5 September 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.

In 2015 the race will be held at thePerisher Valley Nordic Shelter (snow permitting).After the race the usual festivities – fruit drinks and hot dogs and spot prizes – will be held in or around the Nordic Shelter. When that’s over there’ll be fun and games, including an on skis jelly snake hunt!

Entry is on the day, and there’s no charge. Just turn up to register and pick up your bib at the Nordic Shelter from about ten o’clock on Saturday morning 5th September 2015.

Come and give it a go! – and bring a friend or two

For information ring Pip or Tim Greville on 02 6456 3834 or mobile 0428 159 336

Final 2015 Australian Championships Results & Report

The final events of the 2015 Australian Championships for Cross Country Skiing were held this weekend August 15-16 at Falls Creek in Victoria. Australian skiers claimed three out of four victories in exciting racing against international skiers from Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Finland and Estonia. The competitions were organised by the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club on behalf of Ski and Snowboard Australia, and also counted as stages three and four of the 8-stage FIS Australia-New Zealand Cup.

Perfect weather and racing conditions greeted the competitors, a welcome change after the wet and windy weekend for the Australian Junior Championships two weeks earlier. Continue reading

Rocky Valley Rush Results

Attached are the results for the Rocky Valley Rush 2015, held on Sunday 9th of August. Thanks to Telemark Nordic Ski Club for a great event. Results can also be seen on the TNSC website at:

http://www.tnsc.com.au/winter-snow-events.html

Rocky Valley Rush Results – 2015

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase – Update 12 August 2015

On the weekend a total of four Ski Chase events were held, thanks to great weather and snow conditions.  Many thanks to the organisers of the Stirling Hill Climb, Ski de Femme, Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Valley Ramble, and the Tullicoutty/St. Phillack Cup, who made these events happen.

We only have results for two events so far (Stirling Hill Climb and RVR/SVR).  Andrew has processed the results for these two events Results12Aug2015_Women Results12Aug2015_Men .  Almost certainly we will see changes when the results from the remaining events are processed.

Regarding points calculations we’d like to remind participants of the following:

  • Participants receive points for their best two Falls Creek events (and all other events of course).
  • Points are awarded in preference to the “main” event when multiple sub-races are included in the one overall event. (An exception is given to the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey, which are all treated as individual events.)  How does this work?  Consider the RVR/SVR held on Sunday.  A single place ranking is determined for all participants based on the following race ranking order: RVR classic, SVR classic, RVR freestyle.  RVR classic participants are ranked in their finishing order, SVR classic finishes are ranked immediately below this in their finishing order and so on.

While the numbers of registered participants has grown since last week, the numbers are lower than last year, thanks mostly to the unfortunate cancellation of the first four races.  However, this means that everyone has a much greater chance of winning prizes, especially as we have more prizes than ever this year.  (Currently every U23 participant will be in the draw for cash prizes, even those who have skied in only one event.)

Prize reminder:

Vo7Plus Skikes from Skike Australia (skike.com.au) – Random draw

Two $100 vouchers from Rochford Wines in Healesville (rochfordwines.com.au) – Random draw

Two $100 vouchers from Rochford Wines – First place male and female

Two $300 cash prizes – First place male and female U23, donated by Skikeforce

Four $200 cash prizes – Random draw among 2nd to 11th placed U23, donated by Melbourne Nordic Ski Club, and anonymous donors.

We now have only one other chance to earn more ski chase points, so if you haven’t already done so, make sure you sign up to the Hoppet, Birkie, or Joey  (www.hoppet.com.au).

Best of luck from the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase coordinators.

The results for the Tullicoutty and St. Phillack Cups can be found here: St Phillack & Tullicouty Cup Results 2015

Assorted Race Results

Over the past two weeks there have been many races across a number of ski resorts. See below for PDFs and other links of various results.

Perisher Cross Country Week Races (more age class results on PXC)

Assorted Victorian Club Races

The Stirling Silver (Mt Stirling) and Tullicouty/St Phillack Cups (Mt Baw Baw) were also held on the August 8/9 weekend if anyone has any results?

School Events

Coming up next:

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update 4 August 2015

After the first four Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events were cancelled due to lack of snow or wild weather, we finally had some success when the Hotham to Dinner Plain (also known as the Pub to Pub) took place on Saturday.  Despite the truly awful weather there was a great turn-out.  Many thanks to Mick Sinclair and his team of helpers for once again putting on this great event.

The snow cover was very good, but the heavy rain and very wet falling snow greatly softened the snow pack, which added to the challenge.

Click on the links here to see the interim results Women03Aug2015Men03Aug2015.  These results include only those people who had registered by Sunday 4th of August.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.  To register follow this link: http://tinyurl.com/victorianskichase.

In both the women’s and men’s competition familiar names have immediately appeared in the top 5.  It’s great to see a few new names also.   Our early leaders in the women’s competition are Brenda Pollock, Christijana Holmes, Anna Trnka, Esther Bottomley and Belinda Phillips, and in the men’s we have Ben Derrick, Kevin Tory, Chris Allan, Ian Franzke and Phillip Bellingham.

There are four events this coming weekend at Mt. Stirling (Saturday, 11 AM, Stirling Silver Hill Climb), Falls Creek (Saturday, 10 AM, Ski de Femme), Mt Baw Baw (Sunday, 10:30 AM, Tullicoutty/St. Phillack Cup) and Falls Creek (Sunday, 11:15 AM, Rocky Valley Rush/ Sun Valley Ramble).  With so many locations to choose from there’s an event for everyone.  After this weekend the final event of the series will only be two weeks away, and that’s the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey.  So to maximise your points and increase your chances of winning the prizes, make sure you turn up to as many events as you can.

Thanks to our sponsors, Skike Australia, Rochford Winery, and our donors for the U23 cash prizes, Skike force members, Melbourne Nordic Ski Club and our anonymous donors.

Any questions? Try the information at http://www.skike.com.au/victorian-ski-chase.html or send an enquiry to victorianskichase@gmail.com.