Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase: Event 2

This Saturday is the second event of the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase 2016 series – The Birkie Classic, which will be held at Falls Creek, start time 10 AM.
I’m reliably informed that the conditions are fantastic up there, and we should receive a bit more snow during this week.  Hopefully everyone can make it to enjoy this great start to the season.

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

See for more details on how the event works.

Thanks to our major sponsors Skike Australia ( and Rochford Winery (
Here is the full 2016 Ski Chase calendar, so that you can arrange your season to take in as many Ski Chase events as possible:

1.                   1 May—Victorian Rollerski/Skike Championships, Lake Mountain

2.                   2 July –Birkebeiner classic, Falls Creek

3.                   9 July –Snow, Trek & Travel High Plains tour, Falls Creek

4.                   24 July—Bullfight Charge, Lake Mountain

5.                   6 August -Hotham-Dinner Plain, Mt Hotham

6.                   13 August -Ski de Femme, Falls Creek

7.                   14 August -Tullicoutty/St PhillackCup, Mt Baw Baw

8.                   14 August -Rocky Valley Rush/Sun Valley Ramble, Falls Creek

9.                   27 August -Kangaroo Hoppet/Birkebeiner/Joey Hoppet, Falls Creek


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.

Victorian Rollerski Skike Championships

The 2016 Victorian Rollerski / Skike Championships will be held this Sunday May 1 at Lake Mountain. All skill levels and modes of rolling are catered for with 4.5km and 10km events and categories for Classic, Freestyle, Rollerski and Skike. Entries are available at Ticket Box on the day before 10:00am, rollerskis are also available for rent with a pre-booking. See the flyer below or head to the Lake Mountain website for more details.

VIC Rollerski Champs Flyer 2016

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.

Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase Prize Winners

Last night the Ski Chase prizes were drawn.  Our winners are:
  • Stephen McDowell – v07plus Skikes, thanks to Skike Australia –
  • Tony Pammer – $100 Rochford Winery voucher, thanks to Rochford Wines in Healesville –
  • Belinda Phillips – $100 Rochford Winery voucher
  • Emma Prest – $200 cash, thanks to Melbourne Nordic Ski Club
  • Grigorii Kazantcev – $200 cash, thanks to Melbourne Nordic Ski Club
  • Harri  Silvester – $200 cash, thanks to anonymous donors
  • Lola Timewell – $200 cash, thanks to anonymous donors
We also have prizes for winners of the outright competition, and first placed U23 skiers.
First place outright:
  • Penny Grose – $100 Rochford Winery voucher, thanks to Rochford Wines in Healesville
  • Ben Derrick – $100 Rochford Winery voucher
First place U23:
  • Leila Pammer – $300 cash, thanks to Skike Force
  • Tommi Silvester – $300 cash, thanks to Skike Force
Winners will be contacted by e-mail to arrange the prize transfer.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in the competition, to our very generous sponsors, and the 11 people who helped with the draw last night.

Last chance to register for the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase

Today is the last chance to register for the Skike Australia Victorian Ski Chase.  The prizes will be drawn on Thursday night.  If  anyone competed in any of the ski chase events this year and wishes to register, here is the link:

If you are unsure which events were included see the poster here: SkiChase2015Poster


  • 1 pair of v07plus Skikes to be randomly drawn.
  • 4 $100 gift vouchers for Rochford Winery in healsville (2 randomly drawn).
  • A total of $1400 in cash for U23 skiers.

Best of luck to all…