OPA Cup Campra – Individual Freestyle

Day 2 of the OPA Cup races at the Centro di Nordico Campra was a chilly affair, with the new snow from the day before mixing in and freezing up the man-made snow. This led to some very fast skiing from all the competitors.

The junior girls were first off over 7.5km (3×2.5km), with Alecia starting, followed by Ella, Stella, Lilly and then Kat. Kat led at the finish with 38th place +2:37 back with 160 FIS points. Lilly stepped up from last weekend finishing in 42nd as the 14th U18 girl +3:10.8 back with a personal best 185 FIS points leading in to the WYOG events starting next week. Stella bounced back strongly from a week long illness to come 47th 4:01 back from superstar junior Katharina Hennig of Germany. Ella was next through in 50th 5:05 behind and Alecia then coming in 52nd to finish round 1 of the distance races for the Aussie girls.

The boys were next off, with Hugh Pollard starting bib 83 flying off around the 10km course in 28:11.8 minutes, finishing 6:12.7 back from Martin Collet of France (who went through 7.5km only 15sec behind senior men’s victor Roman Furger of Switzerland). Liam Burton with bib 92 rampaged around the loop, chasing down many of the internationals ahead of him and skiing with many of the higher ranked skiers to finish 47th only 2:25.4min behind Collet and picking up a handy PB of 137 FIS points to add to his resume and showing some good form prior to the Winter Youth Olympic Games starting 12th February.

Chris Cook

The Australian Team competing tomorrow will be greatly reduced with Kat, Lilly and Liam resting, leaving Ella, Stella and Hugh to tackle the 10/15km Classic Pursuit event in the forecast dump of snow (10-15cm expected during the race).

Seeking Perisher Nordic Shelter Manager

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The NSW Cross Country Committee is seeking expressions of interest for the role of Perisher Nordic Shelter Manager/s for the 2016 Australian winter.

Managing the Nordic Shelter at the Perisher XC Centre is one of the more interesting ways to fill a winter. The position won’t make you wealthy (it is a volunteer position), but, as the Nordic Shelter Manager, you will have a winter like no other. The managers’ role, on many occasions requires 2 people to complete all tasks, particularly in adverse weather conditions.

Accommodation is provided at the Nordic Shelter for two people and the manager/s are required to be in residence from the June long weekend through the October long weekend.

Further details are provides in this linked PDF: Nordic Shelter EOI 2016


Expressions of interest in the position are requested by 18 March 2016. Please include your contact details, a short (half page at most) essay about your suitability for the role (and other comments that you may wish to make) and a dot-point list of your relevant experience and skills. For further information or to submit an EOI contact: nswxc@nswsnowsports.com.au

Wieder Dahoam – und ein großes Dankeschön

Half an Adventure

*English Translation Below*

Danke an…


Dieser Post ist das erste auf Deutsch in diesem Blog, aber zum Ende meines Aufenthalts in Deutschland muss ich etwas für die Leute in Deutschland schreiben. Mehr als 14 Monate nach meiner Ankunft in Deutschland bin ich wieder in Australien, um ein neues Studium zu beginnen, und ein Kapitel in meinem Leben ist jetzt fertig. In dieser Zeit habe ich sehr viel gelernt, viel hartes Training absolviert, und viele nette und hilfreiche Menschen kennengelernt.

Das erste Dankeschön geht an meinen Mitbewohner, Martin. Er hat mir an vielen Stellen geholfen, zum Beispiel beim Einzug in die Wohnung ganz am Anfang, oder wenn ich ein Auto suchte, und musste zu jedem Händler gefahren werden. Wir haben oft zusammen gekocht und gegessen, sind mehrmals zusammen geradelt, und haben sogar Langlauf gemacht (er macht es ganz gut!).

Danke an meine Vermieterin Andrea: für die regelmäßigen Brotlieferungen aus dem Holzofen, für die…

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OPA Cup Classic Sprint – Campra

The Australian team travelled from Seefeld to Campra on Wednesday to begin the next stage of the WYOG/WJC Trip. Campra is suffering from a less than favourable winter, causing a few changes in the tracks from what many Aussies will be familiar with who have raced there before. Never the less, it provided some exciting challenges and set us up for a great race weekend!

Both men and women faced a 1.4km sprint course with 5 short, steep herringbone hills. Many of the senior (and junior) men elected to double pole on skate skis (and have the option to bail out into herringbone if needed) whilst all our skiers stuck with classic skis and gripwax. In total seven skiers were disqualified for skating, whilst this pales in comparison to the 15 teams in the Norwegian Championships that were disqualified, it still shows just how far the boundaries are being pushed in the sport.

To racing. The Aussies were lead off by Kat Paul, who powered through qualification to finish 23rd and make the finals. Stella Ajani was next in 36th with a ripper of a ski, followed by Ella Jackson, Lilly Boland and Alecia Phillips who were mostly taking part in their first international sprint event.

Hugh Pollard was the strongest of the boys finishing 60th, 42.12sec behind Janez Lampic of Slovenia. Liam Burton was close behind in 63rd, 46.49sec behind. It should be noted that Janez was only 3 seconds behind the fastest open male qualifier Giadanomenico Salvadori of Italy.

Chris Cook was the sole representative in the Open Men finishing 51st, 39.46sec behind Salvadori.

Battery running low, so that is all for now. 7.5/10km Freestyle Individual Start Saturday, followed by 10/15km Classic Pursuit on Sunday.




East Coast Racing.

Paul Kovacs

Global warming is one serious pain in the butt! We are in-between Supertour weekends here on the East Coast. I’m inside drying out after doing intervals in heavy rain. The paddocks and fields are green and brown dotted with the odd patch of white. The snowstorm that battered parts of the east coast never came north to Vermont or the upper half of New York State where things are desperate.

IMG_8323 No snow in sight driving into Middlebury

So far this year I’ve only raced on two courses that have been natural snow, all the other courses have man made. Strips of white through green and brown forests.
On the 26th I flew down to Vermont from Alaska and hired a rental car. After 13 hours of travel I wasn’t super psyched to drive but I managed to find my way to New York State and a good friend’s house. An…

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Austrian Championships

The Australian Junior Team competed in the Austrian National Championships over the weekend. The races were held in Saalfelden, close to the biathlon centre of Hochfilzen and the famous Kitzbuehel alpine resort.

The events held were a 5/10km Classic Individual Start and 5/10km Freestyle Pursuit (where the fastest skier from the previous day goes first, and the rest of the field pursue them at the time gap they had from day 1). The team arrived on Friday to very wet, dirty snow conditions in the fog. By the afternoon the fog lifted giving us a stunning view of the Pillerseetal Alps! As a side note, throughout the weekend we collaborated with Team GB Nordic in order to maximise potential for testing skis and getting some extra help on course which was much appreciated.

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Crashing into walls at the Dolomitenlauf

Half an Adventure

As my European season draws to an early close, I once again headed off to a race weekend, this time to Lienz in Austria, to race the 42km Dolomitenlauf and the 700m Dolomitensprint. Both of them involved impact with barriers on the side of the course…

The Dolomitenlauf is a founding member the Worldloppet series, the same one that the Kangaroo Hoppet belongs to, and was first held in 1971. The original course is a 60km loop in the valley below the town of Lienz (650m elevation), the biggest city in Osttirol, but for most of the past decade it has been held in nearby Obertilliach (1400m elevation) as a pretty clear consequence of a changing climate. Just like in the Jizerská 50 two weeks previously, I was the Kangaroo Hoppet representative in the Worldloppet delegation, which entails exceptionally good treatment and getting to meet interesting people from around the…

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