Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase – Events 3 and 4

This weekend the third and fourth of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase events, the Snow, Trek & Travel High Plains Tour, and the YMCA Howmans Gap Victorian Relay Championships took place.  Many thanks to the Howmans Gap Allstars for all their hard work putting on another great weekend of races.

After a wet week we were lucky to get an overnight freeze, and some great racing conditions for Saturday, with over 100 participants.  On Sunday the weather turned, and only a small number of teams braved the fog and light rain.

The interim results can be found here, Ski Chase Interim Results 13July2016_men Ski Chase Interim Results 13July2016_women, which include only those people who had registered by Sunday 10th of July.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.

Note, all participants in the relays earned 50 points.  However, only the best two Falls Creek events count in the points tally.

In the women’s competition Kat Paul has taken first place, with Ann Bellingham only two points behind in second place, and Lily Boland in third.  Briana Oldis and Ella Jackson have dropped a few places to 4th and 5th place.  In the Men’s competition there has been no change in the top two places with Kevin Tory and Will Middlemiss still in 1st and 2nd.  Nick Montgomery has jumped to 3rd, Mark Pollock is holding 4th, and by registering during the week Bob Cranage has taken over 5th place from Rod Clutterbuck.

The next event is the Bullfight Charge at Lake Mountain on Sunday 24 July.  Race start 11am, 8/3.5 km (Freestyle technique).  If you are pondering which distance to ski, remember the longer distances earn more points.

Any questions? Try the information at or send an enquiry to

Thanks again to our major sponsors Skike Australia and Rochford Wines.

All the best,

Kevin and Andrew

Vic Ski Chase organisers.


P.S. Please let me know by responding to this e-mail if you notice any errors, or if we have missed anyone, and remind your friends and relatives to register here if you can’t see their names in the results.


2016 Low-Fluor Waxing Protocol

At the Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSAXC) meeting earlier this year it was agreed to adopt a Low-Fluoro Wax Protocol for club and state level competitions.

The aims of this protocol are to:

  • Create a level playing field and fair competitions that demonstrate the skiing ability of participants.
  • Reduce time spent waxing so more focus can be put on preparing for competition.
  • Reduce the cost to athletes, parents and teams to compete in XC Skiing.
  • Minimise potential health risks from high-fluor waxing with poor ventilation.

In summary SSAXC encourages all participants only to use no-fluor or low-fluor waxes for these competitions. Further details are available in the linked PDF: SSAXC Low-Fluoro Waxing Protocol 2016

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Assorted Race Results July 9/10

Assorted cross country skiing race results from last weekend July 9/10:

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase – Birkie Classic results

On Saturday 2nd July the second Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase event (first to be held), the Birkie Classic, took place in foggy conditions, but great snow cover.  Many thanks to the Birkebeiner Ski Club for putting on another fine event.

A good field of almost 60 skiers opened their wax boxes and got to test their waxing technique and early season fitness.  Although, increasing numbers opted for no wax options, such as scales, zeroes, mohair or just grunting it out double-poling.   I think double-poling won the day at least for the men.

First up, a reminder of how the place points are calculated for events with varying distances.

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Expressions of interest for coach/manager for 2016-2017 international program

The Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSA XC) is seeking expressions of interest from coaches and managers to work with the Cross Country Skiing High Performance Program at the following events during the 2016/2017 season:

  • 2017 World Junior / U23 Championship, Park City, USA
  • 2017 World Universiade Winter Games, Almaty, Kazakhstan

For the WJC/U23 Championship a manager or assistant coach is being sought to provide support for the lead coach Robert Jones in both the preparation period and at the championship. For the WUWG a coach is sought to provide the primary coaching / waxing role for the WUWG cross country team.

Additional information is provided in the job descriptions below. Interested persons should apply via email to SSA Cross Country Skiing High Performance Manager Finn Marsland ( by Sunday July 24, briefly addressing the key selection criteria and supplying a CV. Applicants may be invited to supply additional information and/or to attend an interview. The appointment will be made by a panel appointed by SSA XC.

Links to Birke Classic and Cooma Cobweb Results

Some results from last weekend:

Level 1 Coach On-Snow Technique Courses – July 23/24

Looking to update your knowledge of ski techniques or tick off another component of your XC ski coaching qualification? Level 1 XC Coach On-Snow Technique Workshops will be held at both Perisher and Falls Creek on the weekend of July 23/24.

These workshops cover the basics of teaching classic and freestyle cross country skiing techniques, what to look for when assessing skier technique, using apps and video for evaluating technique, and tips and tricks for getting everything to “click”. For past coaches it will also be an excellent opportunity to refresh your understanding of ski technique and see if much has changed in recent years.

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