Level 1 Coach Course – June 4/5

A Level 1 Dryland Coach Course will be held in Canberra on June 4/5. This course covers training principles and dryland training, and will be presented by Australian Team coaches Finn Marsland and Robert Jones.

The course will be delivered through presentations, group activities and practical demonstrations. Workshop topics include: Conditioning for XC skiing; Program Planning; Mental Training; Competition Preparation; Sports Nutrition; Age Appropriate Training Activities. Practical sessions include: strength training, hill bounding and rollerskiing.

The course location will be confirmed in the next week, with online registration to be set up on the Ski & Snowboard Australia website. The cost of the course is $275 (incl. GST), the preliminary course times are as follows:
9:30am – 5:00pm Saturday June 4
9:00am – 4:00pm Sunday June 5

Please note participants are required to supply their own hill bounding poles and rollerski equipment; it may be possible to rent a limited amount of rollerski equipment from Snowsports ACT

Participants are expected to complete the Australian Sports Commission’s online Community Coaching General Principles, prior to attending the course. Once completed a copy of the certificate should be emailed to the National Coaching Director.

For more information contact:

  • Finn Marsland – Course Convener: finn.marsland@gmail.com
  • Allison McArdle – National Coaching Director: allison.c.stoddart@gmail.com


2016 Race Calendar Updated

Several minor changes have been made to the 2016 AUSXC Race Calendar. The latest version is linked here below in PDF format and is also on the Race Calendar page.


AUSXC & SSA Awards 2016

The inaugural AUSXC Awards were held in Canberra on April 9.  There was an impressive turnout for the new event, with 90+ participants and a great atmosphere. As well as the nominees being announced for the SSA Awards that were subsequently held in Melbourne on April 28, the achievements of a cross country skiing athletes and officials over the previous 12 months were recognised and celebrated as AUSXC award winners.

The full list of 2016 SSA Award and AUSXC Awards winners is as follows:

SSA Award nominees (also AUSXC Award winners)

  • Athlete of the Year: Phillip Bellingham
  • Junior Athlete of the Year: Katerina Paul
  • Outstanding Achievement: Jessica Yeaton
  • Rising Star: Lilly Boland & Liam Burton
  • Coach of the Year: Randy Gibbs
  • Development Coach of the Year: Robert Jones

AUSXC Award winners

  • U23 Athlete of the Year: Jackson Bursill
  • Young Achievers: Jarrah Forrer & Freya Clarke
  • Masters Skier of the Year: Adrian Blake
  • Volunteers of the Year:
    – NSW: John Sim & Sonja Thorvaldson
    – ACT: Geraldine Blanch
    – VIC: Ronice Goebel

Special mention was made of Peter Ward, whose immeasurable volunteer efforts over many years saw him awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day this year for his services to cross country skiing. The SSAXC committee also recognised the great work of Robert Finlay, who clocked up 30 years as coach of the Wangaratta High School ski team in 2015.

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2016 Melbourne Nordic Gear Sale

The 2016 Melbourne Nordic Gear Sale will be held in Kew on Tuesday 24 May, from 7-10 pm. For more details see the linked PDF below or head to the MNSC website.

MNSC Gear Sale 2016


Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase – Event 1


They say “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and it was certainly true on Sunday.  The inclusion of the rollerski race in the Ski Chase was to provide at least one guaranteed event that would never be cancelled due to poor snow conditions.  Unfortunately, we didn’t account for Storm Force winds and torrential rain/hail and sleet that brought about the inevitable cancellation.
Interestingly, there didn’t appear to be anyone overly disappointed about the decision, which is perhaps a reflection of how nasty the conditions were.
During a break between thunderstorms, the juniors put on race bibs and had a race of their own.  A few of the oldies went for a run around the ski trails where the hail lay on the ground like a thin layer of snow, and one keen Skiker, decided to ski the full 10 km course, including a wet and icy roll back down the mountain to his car.
The next Ski Chase event is now just 2 months away, the Birkie Classic, scheduled for 2 July at Falls Creek.
Also, don’t forget the new and improved SprintX at Lake Mountain on Saturday 25th June.