Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On Saturday 26th August the final Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase event was held at Falls Creek, the Kangaroo Hoppet/Birkebeinere/Joey Hoppet.  Thanks to the amazing team who put on this grand event.

It was great to have the full distance in all events, despite issues with snow accumulation in many places.   We were lucky with the weather too given the wild winter we experienced, with great visibility and only gale force winds to contend with.

Important notice:

  • Registrations close this Sunday (4th September).
  • The Skike grand prize, Rochford winery draw prizes, and cash prizes will be drawn next Wednesday (7th September).
  • Please check that your results have been correctly recorded (remember only your best two Falls Creek results earn points).
  • Please double check that your Hoppet/Birkie/Joey place was correctly recorded.

The interim results can be found here: Ski Chase draft Final Results 31Aug2016_menSki Chase draft Final Results 31Aug2016_women

These results might change if corrections are to be made or if there are last minute registrations.

As the results currently stand it looks like Amy Beanland has won the women’s competition, ahead of Jackie Kildea, Penny Grose, Briana Oldis and Lily Boland.  In the men’s competition Ben Derrick has finished on top, ahead of Kevin Tory, Ian Franzke, Tommi Silvester and Rod Clutterbuck.  Well done to everyone who took part.  Stay tuned for the grand prize draws.

If you know someone who has raced in any of the events, and is not listed in the results, let them know they have until Sunday to register, and be eligible for the draw prizes v07Plus Skikes, $100 Rochford wines gift vouchers, and possibly the cash prizes if under 23.  Register here:

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Save the Date – October 7 AUSXC Cocktail Night

AUSXC Cocktail Night Save the Date 2016

On Friday October 7 the Australian Cross Country Ski Team will once again be hosting an end-of-season Cocktail Night in Melbourne. The evening is a great opportunity for athletes, coaches, officials, parents, relatives, general skiing enthusiasts, and random drop-ins to discuss and celebrate 2016 while looking forward to 2017. The event also doubles as a major fundraiser for the XC Towards 2018 project with silent and loud auctions, in 2015 raising around $10k towards athlete expenses at World Cup and World Junior/U23 Championships.

More details about the event and the online registration will be distributed mid-September. Anyone interested in donating auction items should contact

Snowy Mountains Nordic Family Cup

The Snowy Mountains Nordic Family Cup will be held this Saturday 3 September 2016 at 10am at the Perisher Nordic Shelter.

Entry Fee: $10 per team of two people, plus a plate of food to share for a post event celebration.

Entries taken from 9am at the Nordic Shelter.  No minimum or maximum age!

Team combinations: must be a family combination (ie father & daughter, mother & son, siblings, partners, friends, grandparent & grandchild).

Events: a series of fun novelty races including a flag race and snowball biathlon

Dress code: FANCY dress – teams in themes!

Prizes will be allocated as spot prizes – no specific prizes for places. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the team who displays the most enthusiastic team spirit on the day.

All welcome – bring your smiles and fun attitudes for the last big event of the 2016 season (if we don’t count National Interschools!)

Event cancellation – we are aware of a number of large wet fronts coming through with potential for significant snow damage.  We will make a decision on the running of the event on Saturday by Friday afternoon and will notify on the SMN Facebook page and PXC website.  If this occurs the event will be postponed to later in the season.

For more information please contact Pip on email:

Kangaroo Hoppet Press Release



 The Kangaroo Hoppet was successfully staged for the 26th time at Falls Creek on Saturday August 27. Over 1,000 skiers from 27 countries contested the event which is seen as the celebration of Australian cross-country skiing.

The Kangaroo Hoppet is the Australian leg of the Worldloppet which is a series of the 20 premier XC events from 20 countries across the world.

The event was officially started by Danielle Green MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Major Events and Regional Victoria.

Cold overnight temperature and overcast skies produced fast tracks that were perfect for all competitors as they made their way around two loops of the stunning Bogong High Plains loop.

The premier elite 42km event was fiercely contested this year with several international skiers vying for honours against a strong domestic field. At the finish it was a US sweep of the men’s and women’s which was reminiscent of the first Kangaroo Hoppet in 1991.

Matt Gelso (USA) won in a time of 1hr 53mins 23sec after a closely contested pack race from local skiers Phil Bellingham, 1:54:20, and Nick Montgomery, 1:54:57. The men’s field saw a pack of four skiers, including former champion Ben Sim, for the first 30km before a surge up the Paralyser hill broke Sim and cleared the podium places for the finish. Gelso worked hard into the wind across the Bogong High Plains that broke Montgomery’s contact with the leaders and continued to work hard on the final descent from Heathy Spur and was able to get a small break on Bellingham, who improved on his third place from last year.

The women’s event was even closer, with U.S. Sun Valley teammates, Deedra Irwin and Mary Rose, making it a clean sweep for North America. Irwin and Rose skied the full 42km together with neither skier able to make a decisive break for victory. Rose was able to make some small breaks on some of the hills but it was a strong sprint finish from Irwin that gave her a narrow victory 0.6 second victory over her teammate. Aimee Watson skied a strong and consistent race to claim third place and be the first Australian home. Watson skied most of the race on her own as she was unable to settle in a pack of male skiers to provide support into the windy sections at the top of the course.

Rio Olympic silver medallist in the quad skulls, Karsten Fosterling, finished a high credible 17th, just a few days after returning from his successful Olympic campaign in Brazil.

Full results are available online at the my.raceresult website.

Falls Creek Australian Championship Results

Apologies for the delay, all the results from the Australian Championship and FIS Continental Cup races at Falls Creek last weekend August 20-21 are available via the my.race.result website:


Official FIS results are available via this link:

Please note a small anomaly between the FIS points on the my.race.result site and the FIS site, due to two skiers finishing in the top 5 who were registered late for the current FIS point list. For Australian selection purposes, the results on the my.race.result site will be valid.


AUSXC Junior Development Tour

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The Ski & Snowboard Australian XC Committee (SSAXC) is seeking expressions of interest from athletes to take part in an AUSXC Junior Development Tour to Canada this summer. The intention is to provide an opportunity for athletes aged approximately 15-17 (born 1999-2001) to gain international training experience in preparation for a step up to World Junior Championship level in the next 1-3 years.

The lead coach for the tour would be former Australian Team athlete and Level 1 coach Chris Darlington, who represented Australia at the World Championships in 2009 and 2011. Potential locations in Canada include Silver Star and Canmore in Canada, where there are good opportunities to work in with the local athletes and coaches. More details are outlined in this linked PDF:

The tour would be open to younger members of the Australian Junior Team and other up-and-coming state team athletes. Interested athletes and/or parents should send a short email to either Finn Marsland ( or Robert Jones (

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On the weekend two Ski Chase events were held, Ski de Femme on Saturday, and the Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Valley Ramble on Sunday.  While Saturday was a bit grey and wind-blown snow covered some trails, Sunday was close to perfect with fantastic grooming, under beautiful blue skies. Many thanks to Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club for putting on these great events.

The interim results Ski Chase Interim Results 18Aug2016_MenSki Chase Interim Results 18Aug2016_Women, include only those people who had registered by Sunday 14th of August.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.

In the women’s competition Amy Beanland and Jackie Kildea have swapped places with Amy now in first and Jackie in second place.  Brianna Oldis has jumped into third place, pushing Kat Paul and Ann Bellingham down to fourth and fifth.  With only four points separating third and fifth places, the bronze is still very much up for grabs.  In the men’s competition, Ben Derrick has continued his steady climb and is now in first place, pushing Kevin Tory and Ian Franzke down to second and third place respectively.  Rod Clutterbuck is holding steady in fourth, and Len Budge has climbed up into the top five.

There is now only one event to go: the Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey, Saturday 27 August.  Best of luck to everyone taking part.

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.

Prize reminder:

Vo7Plus Skikes from Skike Australia ( – Random draw

Two $100 vouchers from Rochford Wines in Healesville ( – Random draw

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

Cash prizes for U23s, donated by Melbourne Nordic Ski Club, and anonymous donors.

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Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase update

On Saturday event 6 of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase the Hotham to Dinner Plain (also known as the Pub to Pub) was held in perfect weather and very fast snow.  Quite a contrast to the torrential rain of last year.  Many thanks to Mick Sinclair and his team of helpers for once again putting on this great event.

Mick’s team of shovelers did an excellent job filling in the holes Mick warned us about earlier in the week.  In fact many skiers were not even aware of where these holes might have been.

The interim results, which include only those people who had registered by Sunday 7th of August can be found here:Ski Chase Interim Results 10Aug2016_womenSki Chase Interim Results 10Aug2016men.  More names will be added to the results as additional people register.  In the women’s competition Jackie Kildea and Amy Beanland have taken over the top two places after good results at the Pub to Pub, pushing the previous top three, Kat Paul, Ann Bellingham and Lily Boland, into third, fourth and fifth place respectively. In the men’s competition Kevin Tory[1] is now being challenged by Ian Franzke for first place, and we see Ben Derrick rising into third place. Rod Clutterbuck continues his upward climb into fourth place, and Greg Beanland has jumped to fifth.

This weekend there are only two ski chase events to be held, both at Falls Creek (Ski de Femme—Saturday, 10 AM, and Rocky Valley Rush/ Sun Valley Ramble—Sunday 10:30 AM).  Unfortunately, the Tullicoutty/St. Phillack Cup events at Mt. Baw Baw had to be cancelled due to insufficient snow (although an unofficial event of some sort will be held for those on the mountain).

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, Melbourne Nordic Ski Club and anonymous donors.

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[1] Not eligible for prizes.

Rocky Valley Rush is Classic

The Rocky Valley Rush and Sun Valley Ramble will be held this Sunday August 14 at Falls Creek. Race organisers BNSC would like to bring to the attention of participants that the races will be held in Classic technique, as indicated on the online entry page, as there was an error on an earlier version of the AUSXC race calendar.

Entries can be made online, or also on the day between 8:30 and 9:00am (with a $10 late fee). The Falls Creek groomers have worked hard over the past week to get the Sun Valley loop open again and the current plan is to run the course on a reverse Joey Hoppet loop.

Ski de Femme will also be hosted by BNSC at Falls Creek on Saturday August 13, registration for the free skating and classic technique clinics for women is available via Eventbrite.

Australian Championship Results – Perisher

The first events of the 2016 Australian Open Championship for cross country skiing took place at Perisher on the weekend of August 6-7. On the women’s side Lilly Boland from Ulladulla claimed her first Open Australian title in the 5km Freestyle, while Kat Paul from Taggerty  added a second Classic Sprint title to her win in 2015. In the men’s Classic Sprint Mark Pollock from Canberra double poled his way to his first national victory, but it was the 10km Freestyle that raised the most eyebrows with 2010 Winter Olympian Ben Sim winning his first Australian Championship since 2011.

Full Results in PDF:

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