Paddy Pallin Junior moved to July 9

The Paddy Pallin Junior cross country ski race at Perisher originally scheduled for Saturday July 1 has been moved to Sunday July 9 due to the current lack of snow. The planned race start is 9:30am, so it fits in before the Cooma Clean out the Waxbox classic race at 11:00am.

The Paddy Pallin Junior has been a Perisher Valley event for many years with records suggesting this is the 59th year. It is one of the OLDEST cross country ski events in Australia and it’s just for the YOUNGEST skiers. 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 2016. 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.

After the race there will be the usual festivities – fruit drinks, hot dogs and spot prizes – which will be held in or around the Sverre Kaaten 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 in time to start the race.

For information ring Tim Greville on 0428 159 336.

Bellingham & Paul Win Sprint X

The 2017 Sprint X at Lake Mountain has been run & won. Last year’s winners, local girl Katerina Paul and Sochi Olympian Phillip Bellingham put on a powerful display to take out the open 1st places. The Sprint X is an event that was created to target ski enthusiasts who love to sprint but adds plenty of extra challenge not found in normal ski racing, all on artificial snow.

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First race of the season! ✔

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Fresh & man-made snow covered the tight and interesting course. Skills and agility were definitely needed to navigate the surprisingly fun but tough course.

After the sprinting was done everybody joined in a somewhat random Dash for Cash (& other prizes). A very competitive field also gave the judges a tough choice in the ‘Best World Leader’ costume comp, again taken out by Ash Spittle (Kevin 07) with an honourable mention to Nick Montgomery.

Full results in PDF: SprintX-Results-2017

Sprint-X / Fast and Female Season Opening

The 2017 winter is set to launch this weekend June 24/25 at Lake Mountain with the Sprint-X on Saturday and Fast & Female on Sunday.

The Sprint-X is a fun ski race with jumps & berms in the main village area at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, and is one of the few events on the cross country calendar with cash prizes.  This year’s theme is ‘WORLD LEADERS!’, with the race formats including a Hot Lap,  Knock-Out Sprints, and the Flying 50. The Hot Lap starts from 10:30 am, the Knock-Out Sprints from 10:30, with the Flying 50 to be held at 12:15 pm (times subject to change on the day). On the day registration is open at the Fischer Snowsports Centre until 10:25 am. Head to the Lake Mountain Facebook page for more information. Continue reading

2017 Low-Fluoro Waxing Protocol

In 2016 the Ski & Snowboard Australia Cross Country Committee (SSAXC) introduced a Low-Fluoro Wax Protocol for club and state level competitions. This protocol will continue for 2017, and essentially involved all participants only using no-fluor or low-fluor glide waxes for these competitions. A 1-page PDF of the protocol can be viewed here: SSAXC Low-Fluoro Waxing Protocol 2017

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 is on preparing for competition.
  • Reduce the cost to athletes, parents and teams.
  • Minimise potential health risks from high-fluor waxing with poor ventilation.

The protocol requires the cooperation of athletes, coaches and parents, and is similar to waxing protocols that exist throughout Canada and the USA. While it is self-policing, in most cases it will be clear to race organisers if high fluoro waxes are being used. Good communication and education will help make the policy successful and keep costs low to encourage increased participation in our sport.

Please note that this protocol does not extend to Australian Championships or Australian Junior Championships, nor for the Kangaroo Hoppet (including the Australian Birkebeiner and Joey Hoppet), which is an international event.