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Registrations for this summer’s Hawkweed survey program in VIC Alps are now open

Hawkweed is a highly invasive pest plant species which could cause major environmental damage in alpine and sub-alpine areas of Australia if not eradicated early. For several years there has been an annual volunteer program held on the Bogong High Plains. Volunteer recruitment for the 2018/2019 season of the Falls Creek Hawkweed Eradication Program Volunteer Surveys is now open.

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Ignition Mountain Bike Festival

From the organisers:

‘You like to ride bikes? You like to party? Well this is the biggest and best bike riding party around!
Blue Dirt Mountain Biking presents Ignition, a mountain bike event hinged on the core social elements of the rider lifestyle.

Join us at Falls Creek 17-18 November 2018 to celebrate all things MTB’.

Full details here.

McKayos endurance ride

Australia’s only mass start, snow dirt road enduro returns to the slopes of Falls Creek once more.

Taking off from the summit of McKay (Australia’s highest accessible point by car), or the Ski Patrol bases as used in 2017, riders will traverse the snowy peak, through single track, fire trails and the High Plains Road to  Lake Guy in Bogong Village.

It happens on saturday October 6.

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The 2018 Victorian backcountry festival

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along to the inaugural Victorian backcountry festival (BCF). More than 200 people attended over the two days, with more than 20 sessions being held, including clinics, tours, skillshares, presentations, and a film festival.

BCF grew from the world telemark day celebrations that have been happening at Mt Hotham the last 5 years. After deciding to bring it to Falls Creek, the idea morphed into an ‘all things backcountry’ event which would aim to bring together some of the backcountry (BC) community and offer an opportunity for ‘first timers’ to get involved. We focused on many forms of human powered winter adventure – including cross country, snow shoeing, alpine touring, telemark and splitboarding.

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World telemark day at Falls Creek – Sept 2 – free tele clinics available

The southern world telemark day will be held on Sunday September 2nd, as part of the Backcountry festival. It has been moved to Falls Creek this year. The backcountry festival aims to celebrate all forms of BC human powered adventure, including telemarking, cross country, alpine touring, snow shoeing and split boarding.

Full details here.

Facebook page here.

Great addition to the program for Sunday, September 2, 2018

Marking World Telemark Day

Ben Jackson is a Telemark Trainer for the APSI and a Telemark member of the APSI demo team. The demo team attends Interski, a world congress for snowsports instruction every four years, with the next congress in Bulgaria in March 2019.

To help celebrate world telemark day on Sunday 2 September at Falls Creek Ben will be available to present on snow telemark clinics in the resort. The whole idea is to promote APSI, and telemark instruction from Australian snowsports schools as a way to help improve people’s telemark skiing.

There will be 3 clinics running for 2 hours each on the Sunday.

Two of the clinics will be targeted at intermediate telemarkers. Topics covered will be:

  • Stance and balance using the telemark movement.
  • Blending good telemark movement whilst making turns on gentle slopes
  • Fluidity and the telemark movement.

A more advanced clinic for 2 hours will show:

  • Greater ski performance using the telemark movement on steeper groomed terrain.  Examples include creating more edge to carve and create grip and speed control.
  • Skiing ungroomed terrain such as bumps and crud.

 

Please note you will need a lift pass and your own gear for these sessions.

 

Ben is kindly offering these sessions for free. You’re most welcome to offer him a tip to help offset his costs of getting here from NSW.

To book in please email Ben and specify which session you would like to attend. snowyben@gmail.com

Time line

9.30am – 11.30am: first intermediate clinic

11.45am – 1.45pm: 2nd intermediate clinic

2.30 – 4.30pm: advanced clinic

National Threatened Species Day at Falls Creek

7th September.

The Mountain Pygmy Possum is on the endangered list and it lives here…

Come visit us at Falls Creek Cross Country and learn about the mountain pygmy possum and its vulnerabilities. And learn what you can do to help. We are offering FREE XC ski hire and $1 coffees for those who bring their own cup.

FALLS CREEK CROSS COUNTRY, located above the Windy Corner carpark.

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Kangaroo Hoppet 2018

The Kangaroo Hoppet is Australia’s International Ski Marathon. It will happen out of Falls Creek resort on saturday August 25.

There are three races:

The 7km Joey Hoppet course is a single anti-clockwise loop into Sun Valley.

The 21km Australian Birkebeiner is the Sun Valley loop followed by the anti-clockwise Heathy Spur loop.

The 42km Kangaroo Hoppet course is 24km lap consisting of the Sun Valley loop and the Heathy Spur loop with a diversion to the right at the Park drink station. the second lap (18km) consists of another Sun Valley loop then the Langfords loop and return along the Two Pauls track.

For full details (and to register) check here.

 

Getting into the backcountry

The Victorian backcountry festival is proud to present

Getting into the backcountry

Katya Crema

An informal session with Katya Crema and Tamara Hutchins, who will talk about their experience of learning to be comfortable in the backcountry.

This informal chat is targeted at women who are starting to explore outdoor environments. Melbourne Girls Outside is a network of women who have built a community around supporting each other and breaking down barriers when it comes to exploring the outdoors. Katya will talk about her transition from an Olympian ski cross racer to backcountry adventurer. This will be an informal chat and Q & A.

Tamara Hutchins

Windy Corner Nordic Centre, Falls Creek.

4 – 5pm, Saturday Sept 1.

No need to book.

The outdoor bar will be happening outside the shelter from 4 til 6, so why not grab a drink on the way in?

For full details on the festival please check here.

One month til the inaugural Australian backcountry festival!

Media release. August 1, 2018

Ski / Ride Hard. Do Good.

The Backcountry festival will happen at Falls Creek, over the weekend of September 1 and 2, 2018.

It aims to celebrate all things backcountry – telemark, split boarding, cross country, snow shoeing and alpine touring.

Festival organiser Cam Walker said “our vision is to host a grass-roots gathering at Falls Creek for backcountry skiers and riders of all abilities.  If you’re interested in any form of human powered adventure in the winter backcountry, you should be there. Beginners to advanced, all are welcome.

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