Falls Creek & Mt Hotham SOLD!

The rumours were rife prior to Christmas that Vail Resorts was purchasing both Hotham and Falls Creek in Australia. However no official word was made by either party by the end of the year and those same rumours began to fade in the new year.

Falls Creek Vic

We can now confirm today that the worst kept secret in Australian ski industry history is a secret no more. Vail Resorts is officially acquiring the two Victorian Resorts for AU$174 million according to a press release from the publicly listed company, making it three Australian resorts on the Epic Pass including Vail owned Perisher in New South Wales.

Click [HERE] to view Full Report


More Falls Creek News

Stuart Smythe — CEO-Falls Creek Resort Management

Casting my eye across to the plateau of Spion Kopje, covered in a blanket of lush greenery, it’s hard to believe this summer has been so hot.

Plenty of the locals have anecdotal ‘evidence’ that barometers in the village exceeded 30c, but checking the official stats, since the start of December, Falls Creek recorded its hottest day this summer on January 16th, 2019, where the mercury hit 28.2c (Note: 28.6c, February 9th, 2009 is the hottest recorded). No wonder the lake was such a popular gathering place – not just for locals, but also visitors looking to escape the heat in the low lands.

With the climate change lenses on, I thought a quick review of how this compares to history might be worth investigating (note – official Falls Creek B.O.M. stats only go back to 1990). So, this summer, average peak temperatures have been 3.7c above the last 30 years, whilst rainfall is currently on track to meet the average of 298.7mm for the three months of summer. This might explain the lush green vegetation everywhere.

Click to read more of this report
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2019 Senior World Championships – Seefeld, Austria (19/2 to 3/3)

Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) announced on February 14th that seven Aussie skiers had been selected as part of the national team which will compete at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld, Austria.

Beginning 20 February for almost two weeks the Aussie contingent has a formidable line up with a balance between seasoned veterans and fresh rising talent.

With four women and three men, Australia’s team includes four athletes who competed almost a year ago to the day at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

Congratulations to club members Phillip Bellingham, Katerina Paul and Aimee Watson on their selection. The club wishes them well in their endeavours to ‘be the best they can be’. Valerio Leccardi (National Coach & Manager at the Championships) is also a Birkie member. Good luck with the team, Valerio.


To follow all the action visit the Official Championship Website <www.seefeld2019.com/en>


Also follow the team on facebook <https://www.facebook.com/ausxc/>


Other News

Work at the race hut — Today new storage racks were constructed to house the V boards and separate the aluminium orange poles with clips and without clips (race organisers please take note). This was a Brian Keeble initiative – thanks Brian. On another occasion Brian placed a number of stumps under the race hut to support the old floor (a big job). The old hut has been in the Nordic Bowl since 1989. Click [HERE] to view its history.

Brian Keeble – job completed

Mystery couch at the clubhouse – The pictured couch was placed in the clubhouse some time after winter. The committee has no knowledge of who placed it there. It is in the children’s ‘play space’ and is an inconvenience. The committee has asked that whoever put it there could they please remove it.

The mystery couch
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Summer News Update

RIP Doug Westerman

With great sadness we note the passing of Doug Westerman who passed away on the 17th January 2019 after a short illness. Doug was one of the clubs’s foundation members (1977) and was involved with the Hoppet as the High Plains Co-ordinator, since its beginning in 1991. He assisted in the early days of the Birkebeiner race, was very active in the club’s search & rescue squad as a field officer and as a hard working teacher at Mt Beauty Secondary College leading its ski team to many wins.

Club’s Overseas Coach for 2019

Since 2012, Birkebeiner has invited an international skier to volunteer with our club to assist with many events and training sessions for members.

This year we will be welcoming Erin Yungblut from Canada. Erin has an extensive background in elite nordic skiing, including biathlon, and she has a broader experience and knowledge of skiing from working for the Fast and Female organisation.  We look forward to having Erin volunteer with our club during July and August this winter. Look out for more about Erin and how you can participate in her member clinics in the winter edition of the Birkie Bulletin.  – Nic Wright

Race Hut and PA Systems

A few renovations and upgrades are going on. We plan on installing two new 100V external horn speakers at the front of the race hut, replacing the roving microphone with a new duel wireless microphone set-up, and installing a new music source with Bluetooth and phone integration. So for race and event organisers we will hopefully have a seamless system ready to go this winter.

Race Hut Storage, etc.

The middle room of the race hut will be reorganised with new shelving so that all the V-boards, poles, flags, etc. are located in the one place, facilitating race day setup and pack up. This work will take place shortly.  We will also see non-slip matting and even some new hut lining. Further down the track (2020) we may even see an extension to the race hut that will provide a better space for event management and for looking after volunteers. 

Thanks to Brian Keeble, Peter Smith and Paul L’Huillier for moving these projects along.

2019 National Race Calendar

The 2019 Australian Race Calendar has been released by SSAXC. It is possible that minor details such as starting times and contacts may change, however event dates and locations should all be final.

Australian Junior Championships — For 2019 and 2020 the Australian Junior Championship will be held on the fifth weekend of August (the weekend after the Kangaroo Hoppet).

The calendar can be viewed in PDF format. Click the green button.

2019 Junior & U23 World Championships – Lahti, Finland (19-27/1)

Nic Blackwell, Kat Paul & Darcie Morton were the only Birkie members selected in the Junior Team that competed in the championships in Lahti Finland. Kat Paul skied in the U23 World Champs and just missed getting into the top 30 for finals with a 33rd place. Team coach Callum Watson has reported on the team. Click the blue button to view the report.

2019 Senior World Championships – Seefeld, Austria (19/2 to 3/3)

Currently the team will consist of the following athletes:

  • Jessica Yeaton
  • Barbara Jezersek
  • Aimee Watson*
  • Kat Paul*
  • Phil Bellingham*
  • Mark Pollock
  • Seve de Campo
  • Liam Burton
  • CoachValerio Lecardi*
  • (* BNSC members)

Club’s Website additions

History of Skiing in Australia & the Birkebeiner race. Click the purple button below. Order of Australia Recipients. Click the yellow button below.

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A Reminder — End of Season BBQ – Sat 10th Nov

    • When: Saturday 10th November 2018.
    • Where: In the picnic area by the lake in Mount Beauty.
    • Time: From 5:00 pm.

What to bring

We will provide the meat (and vegie burgers for those who prefer them), as well as bread and sauce.

You’ll need to bring your own chair, cutlery, plates, drinks, plus, for families, a salad and a sweet to share (singles and couples – please bring a salad OR a sweet to share).

RSVP to Michelle Forrer (social secretary) by Thursday 8th November:
Email: <mishforrer@gmail.com> or Mobile: 0417 206 672

As a courtesy to Michelle, please let her know you will be coming and if you need vegetarian food (or else BYO meat!) If you don’t reply, we will assume you are not coming so we don’t over-order. It also makes it easier to contact you if the weather necessitates a change of venue.

If you decide to come at the last minute, please bring your own meat!

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Annual End of Season BBQ – Sat 10th Nov 2018 & National Teams announced

    • When: Saturday 10th November 2018.
    • Where: In the picnic area by the lake in Mount Beauty.
    • Time: From 5:00 pm.

What to bring

We will provide the meat (and vegie burgers for those who prefer them), as well as bread and sauce.

You’ll need to bring your own chair, cutlery, plates, drinks, plus, for families, a salad and a sweet to share (singles and couples – please bring a salad OR a sweet to share).

RSVP to Michelle Forrer (social secretary) by Thursday 8th November:
Email: <mishforrer@gmail.com> or Mobile: 0417 206 672

As a courtesy to Michelle, please let her know you will be coming and if you need vegetarian food (or else BYO meat!) If you don’t reply, we will assume you are not coming so we don’t over-order. It also makes it easier to contact you if the weather necessitates a change of venue.

If you decide to come at the last minute, please bring your own meat!


2018 Merino Muster Report — Bob Flower

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Birkebeiner Bulletin – September 2018

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for September 2018 is now available for viewing as a pdf file.

To view the latest Birkie Bulletin, all you need to do is click the link in this email message and the pdf file will open in your web browser. Hint: To enlarge the text on the web page, use the following keyboard shortcuts: Windows: hold down Control then type +, Apple: hold down Command then type +

Alternatively, if you wish to save the newsletter to your computer, there are two options: 1. Save it from your Browser (File > Save) or 2. Go to the club’s website <Newsletters> and download the Birkie Bulletin pdf file. Hint: Right click the link and select ‘Save Link As…. or ‘Download Linked File As…’ depending on the browser you use. Past issues can also be accessed on the site.

Birkebeiner Bulletin – September 2018

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2018 NZ Merino Muster Worldloppet Event

 

 

The 2018 NZ Merino Muster Worldloppet Event was conducted on Saturday 1st September at the Snow Farm, Cardrona, New Zealand. There were 288 entrants from 19 nations.

Click [HERE] for a full list of Results and[HERE] for the Media Release.


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Mini Series concludes for 2018

Hello Everyone,

Well done to all who ventured out today for Telemark Nordic Ski Club’s Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series #4. The weather for our final event did not live up to our usual of blue skies and sunshine but nevertheless we had a great race day.

Telemark would like to thank those who participated in one or more of this year’s Mini Series events, we hope you’ve “caught the bug” of cross country skiing! Thank you to all who have assisted us during the season with setting up, bib collection, drinks and packing up. Your help has been greatly appreciated and has helped make the mini series possible.  A massive congratulations to those kids who have taken on the role of officials during the adults/open mini series events! Your efforts and willingness to help has allowed your parents to join in on all the fun also!! So on behalf of all the adults thank you kids!!! Job well done! Congratulations also goes to the 11 children and 2 adults who completed all four Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series events for 2018. Awesome job!

Click [HERE] to view results.

Thank you to the Falls Creek Groomers for your continued support of our Mini Series events and for providing us with great tracks. Thanks also to the Birkebeiner NSC for the use of their snowmobile.

A massive thank you to our sponsor Snow Trek & Travel Wodonga for their continued support of our Mini Series events and for providing this year’s fantastic spot prizes. For all your cross country skiing advice or equipment see Peter Crange and his team at 161 High Street Wodonga or telephone (02) 6056 6605.

If you have had fun this year, please tell your friends and bring them along to our 2019 Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series Events.

For those who have competed during the miniseries but were not able to be at the presentations today, we will send out your diploma via email as soon as possible.

Happy Father’s Day  to all the Dad’s and we look forward to seeing you again next year.

Lynn-Maree Cullen
Snow Trek & Travel Wodonga Mini Series Coordinator
Telemark Nordic Ski Club
Mobile: 0409 592 226
Email: lmc0511@gmail.com
Website: www.tnsc.com.au

 

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Birkies on Top in Hoppet #28

The club had much success in Hoppet #28 — congratulations to all participants and thank you to the  huge club and non-club volunteer force organised by Nick Wright.

Kangaroo Hoppet (42 km) — Men

  1. Valerio Leccardi (a four time winner) and now a resident of Mount Beauty.
  2. Phillip Bellingham (also second in 2017)
    Nick Montgomery (9th), Michael Brennan (10th) & Ian Franzke (12th).

Note: Also special mention of junior Jarrah Forrer who completed his first Kangaroo Hoppet finishing in 14th place out of 240 participants in 2:03:13.

Women (42 km)

  1. —–
  2. —–
  3. Cambria McDermott (USA Birkie resident coach). For 2018 we will claim her as one of us.

Note: The club had four women in the top ten i.e. Casey Wright (5th), Esther Leccardi (7th), Aimee Watson (9th) & Katerina Paul (10th).

Birkebeiner (21 km) — Men

  1. Nick Blackwell (a significant win for Nick who also took out a Junior National Title this season).

Note: Tom McMahon (5th), Liam Flanagan (8th) & Daneil Van de Ploeg (10th).

Women (21 km)

  1. Darcie Morton (new junior club member from Marlo in Gippsland). This is the second year Darcie has won the Birkie. Well done.
  2. —–
  3. Brianna Oldis

Note: The club had four other women in the top ten i.e. Hannah Price (4th), Ayla Armitage (8th), Lola Timewell (9th) & Margeaux Thompson (10th).

Joey Hoppet (7 km) — Men

  1. —-
  2. Patrick Manning
  3. Tommi Silvester

Note: Ash Forrer (4th) & Jayden Spring (7th).

Women (7 km)

  1. —–
  2. Leila Pammer
  3. —–

Note: Nicola Smith (5th), India Zwar (8th) & Mia Green (10th).

2018 Kangaroo Hoppet ResultsClick [HERE]

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Pick My Project Funding Program – please vote!

Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area.

Mount Beauty and the community needs your help to secure support and funding for a project that has been ongoing for many years i.e. the Pebble Beach Walking Track Extension that follows the West Kiewa River past the Mt Beauty Holiday Centre Caravan Park.

How do you vote?

  • Register at pickmyproject.vic.gov.au (must be 16 years of age or older);
  • Select your location to view projects within that area. The Mount Beauty projects (there are five) can be viewed by clicking [HERE].
  • You can only vote once and you must vote for three projects so please include Run, walk, ride with the flow, beyond Pebble Beach as one of them.
  • Vote – You will be asked to confirm your mobile phone no. and will receive an SMS with a verification code to complete the process;
  •  Please remember to share your vote across your social media channels to spread the word of the opportunity for our community; and
  • Voting closes Monday, 17th September 2018 at 5:00 pm.

 

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