Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Announcement – March 2016

Greetings Skiers,

Hopefully you all have had a wonderful summer, and/or northern winter, and are now starting to think about this upcoming southern winter.

As many of you know, the Victorian Ski Chase is organised and run by Ski Cross Country Victoria (SXCV) on behalf of Snow Sports Australia (SSA), and is designed to encourage participation in Victorian citizen XC ski races.  While the fun of participation in these many great events is motivation enough, we once again have prizes to add to the excitement.

We are very fortunate to have our naming sponsor Skike Australia back on board ( offering another pair of v07 PLUS skikes as the major draw prize.   Rochford Wines ( will also be supporting us again with four $100 gift vouchers as prizes.

We are also hopeful that we will benefit from generous donors for the junior cash prizes.  Thanks again to our anonymous donors from previous years, and Melbourne Nordic Ski Club and Skike Force for their donations last year.

This year we have an extra event on the Ski Chase calendar:

  • Victorian roller ski / skike championships (Sunday 1 May at Lake Mountain, details below)

Why add this event?  To be fair to our sponsors it was decided that the Ski Chase will be cancelled if ever there are fewer than four events run (open to all people).  The addition of the roller ski event thus reduces the likelihood of cancellation.

Note, all previous Ski Chase participants are automatically registered in the 2016 competition.  For new registrations, follow this link:

See for more details. (This link should be updated in a day or two.)


Vic roller ski  / skike championship event details:

While listed as a championship race, it is open to skiers of all abilities, with long and short options.

The championship event runs from the ticket box to Gerratys car park, a distance of 10 km.  The shorter option of 4.5 km, is ideal for beginner-intermediate skiers.  The full 10 km option would also be fine for relatively fit intermediate skiers (and super-fit beginners).

A limited number of roller skis and skikes together with adjustable length skike one4ALL carbon fibre poles will be available for hire, for those who do not have their own equipment.

For skike hire enquiries: e-mail or call 0417352845

For roller ski hire enquiries:  e-mail or call 0488642782

If you want to give skiking a go after the event, Skike Australia will have skikes to try at the finish line in Gerratys car park.

New AUSXC Award Categories and Nominations

As announced earlier this year, the inaugural AUSXC Awards Dinner will be held in Canberra on April 9, following the Australian Rollerski Championships and Level 0 Coach Course earlier that day. In addition to recognising the XC nominees for the SSA Awards, which will be held in Melbourne on April 28, four new XC award categories will be presented at the AUSXC Awards.

The traditional SSA Award categories that will be recognised at the AUSXC Awards are:

  • Athlete of the Year
  • Junior Athlete of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement
  • Rising Star
  • Coach of the Year
  • Development Coach of the Year

The new categories are:

  • U23 XC Athlete of the Year
  • XC Young Achiever
  • Masters XC Skier of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

In this final category, three volunteers will be recognised, one each for NSW, ACT and Victoria. The nomination criteria for each of the awards, including the SSA awards, are posted here:

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Expressions of interest wanted for Athlete Representative

It is time to elect new athlete representatives to the SSA Cross Country Committee (SSAXC) for the 2016/17 and 17/18 seasons. The role of the athlete representative is to:

  • Bring an athlete’s perspective to general committee discussion and decisions;
  • Advise the committee on athlete specific issues such as selection policies, race calendars, athlete support mechanisms;
  • Consult with current national team athletes and wider athlete community;
  • Ensure that relevant committee decisions are well communicated to the national team and wider athlete community;
  • The athlete representative may also have an active role on other sub-committees depending on their personal skills and experience.

Any current or recent (within 2 years) national team athlete is eligible to apply. Previous athlete representatives are welcome to reapply provided they meet the above criteria. EOIs should be 1-2 paragraphs in length and should briefly outline why the applicant feels they would be suitable for the position and the issues that the applicant feels are most important for the Australian cross country skiing athletes. Continue reading

AUS Rollerski Championship Update

As posted back in January, the 2016 Australian Rollerski Championship will be held in Canberra on April 9. Due to feedback from previous years and several requests some new categories will be held this year. The event categories are now as follows:

  • Open (for participants with racing wheels)
  • Championship (for participants with normal training wheels)
  • Sport (for new rollerskiers, held over a shorter distance)
  • Junior U16 (born 2001 or later)
  • Junior U12 (born 2005 or later)

Online registration via SSA is the preferred method for all entries, although entries on the day will still be accepted for an additional $5 fee.

While it is still anticipated that there will still be be variations in rollerski wheel speed, the Open category will separate out those either with racing wheels or inline-skates. The brand of rollerskis will be published on the result list as done in previous years.

Further race details including the race schedule for the day are included in the original event notice.

Level 0 Coach Course – Canberra April 9

A Level O Cross Country Skiing Coach Course will be held in Canberra on Saturday April 9. Level O courses are designed for coaches, teachers and parents working with athletes at interschool level, and focus on dryland preparation for the winter. Training techniques covered include ski bounding and roller skiing. Participants will come away with the latest technical knowledge, skill development progressions and 3 easy to follow lesson plans to help engage and prepare athletes for when the snow starts falling.

The course runs from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on the Saturday afternoon (in between the Australian Rollerski Championships  finishing at 12:00pm and the AUSXC Awards Dinner starting at 6:30pm). The course fee is $90.

More details of where to meet and what to bring will be provided directly to registered participants.

Ski Tour Canada

Paul Kovacs. Elite Cross-Country Skier

OK so this post is going to be pretty hefty, but don’t worry, there are lots of photos to help break it up!

We are now at the halfway mark of the Ski Tour of Canada, and it’s been a crazy week of travelling and racing. We have done two sprints and two distance races in 3 different cities.

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2016 World Junior/U23 Report

The 2016 World Junior and U23 Nordic Championship in Rasnov, Romania, will be an event that will be remembered by all nations. The controversy about snow quality and quality of races to be run started a week earlier than the competition. Some nations opted for an early training camp at the race location to acclimatize to the time and altitude. However, unfortunately there was no snow to be skied on and those nations had to resort to dryland training options. Fortunately the Australian team arrived only a short time prior the competition and was mostly unaffected by the poor training conditions.

AUSXC athletes Rasnov 2016

Jackson Bursill, Stella Ajani, Kat Paul & Ella Jackson

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