Cross Country Director Update - July 2024

Published Thu 04 Jul 2024

Dear XC Skiers,

In typical fashion the winter is upon us. Though the snow cover is thin in most places and grooming has been limited, cold nights have made for excellent crust skating in the past couple of weeks for those keen enough to seek it out. I was fortunate to have a great ski out to Pretty Valley at Falls Creek on June 22, including venturing around towards Cope Saddle on a section of snow I hadn't skied on in over 20 years.

With the Paddy Pallin Junior kicking off the racing calendar last Saturday, weekends now start to get busy. Club races and come and try days at Perisher, Falls Creek and Lake Mountain over the next two weeks lead into the Victorian, NSW and ACT state championships on July 20/21 and the first FIS races at the end of the month. An overview of upcoming July events is included below in this community update, while the full calendar of winter events is available in the Cross Country Events section of the Snow Australia website.

I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome to our winter pathway programs two young coaches from the USA, Jacob Huseby and Will Haig. Jacob will be working with AUSXC and VICXC athletes as part of the National Training Centre at Falls Creek, while also supporting local north-east Victorian grassroots programs. Will joins Alexei Sotskov with the NSWACT XC programs at Perisher and already has several weeks of both dryland and on-snow activity under his belt.

For some early season motivation, please enjoy linked here some photos from the recent National Team camp at Falls Creek taken by Tom Hoogenraad - AUSXC On-Snow Camp July 2024 - Snow Australia

Happy skiing,

Finn Marsland
Snow Australia Cross Country Director

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Included in this edition;

  • Kangaroo Hoppet to Join Ski Classics
  • Jacob Huseby joins the Falls Creek team
  • Paddy Pallin Junior Report
  • Upcoming Events
  • Generations Unite at Breakfast of Champions
  • Kat Paul AIS Thrive with Pride Ambassador Again
  • Seve de Campo AIS Ambassador
  • SkiMo Community Update
  • Women of Winter Networking Night - July 8 at Jindabyne
  • Snowsports Fuel School with Ali Miles


Image courtesy of Chris Hocking