Benefits

Club activities include:

  • Junior ski training from March to September (Off-snow & On-snow)
  • Junior camp in the July school holidays.
  • Conducting four Junior Joey days each winter for Primary School age skiers.
  • Organising on-snow coaching for Junior Birkies (Secondary students) on designated weekend days throughout the winter.
  • An annual pre-season family Casserole Dinner in  June.
  • Mid-Season Dinner in late July.
  • End of year family BBQ in December.
  • Ski de Femme day for girls and women in early August.
  • Free On-snow instructing days for beginners and intermediate skiers.
  • Day and half day Ski-touring trips.
  • Conducting a number of races at Falls Creek including the Birkebeiner Classic, Ski De Femme, Kangaroo Hoppet, and National Championships (senior & junior).
  • Maintaining a Search and Rescue Group which is affiliated with Bushwalking Victoria’s – Bush Search & Rescue.
  • Working Bees that assist the Falls Creek Resort with trail planning, development and maintenance.
  • Conducting the Kangaroo Hoppet Worldloppet ski race each year.

Club Services include:

  • Producing a newsletter ‘The Birkebeiner Bulletin‘ 5-6 times per year.
  • Conducts National and State Junior and Senior Championships for Ski & Snowboard Australia and the Victorian Ski Association as required.
  • A day Clubhouse above Windy Corner Falls Creek (opened 1 June 1996).
  • Use of Roller Skis & Double Pole machine for dry-land training.
  • Financial support for members including — grants for national team members, support for club juniors (Junior Joey’s and Junior Birkie’s), subsidies for juniors to attend national and state championships, subsidies to attend courses (Instructor, Coaching and Officiating -TD’s) and for special projects.
  • Providing its own Race Equipment (with assistance from the Kangaroo Hoppet). Namely: electronic race timing equipment, audio system in the Race Hut, portable radios, club skidoo and two trailers, fencing, Vee Boards, flags and polycarbonate fence poles. It lends this to other ski clubs and organisations.
  • Maintaining the club Skidoo.
  • Maintaining the Jack Heberle Race Hut in the Nordic Bowl.

A Typical Annual Program

  • May: Annual General Meeting
  • Pre-season working bee (clubhouse, race hut & trails)
  • June: Casserole Dinner & membership drive.
  • July:
    • Junior camp.
    • Birkebeiner Classic (2.5, 5 & 10km-C).
    • Junior Joey Program.
    • Junior Birkie Program.
    • Club Instruction.
    • Mid-season Dinner.
  • August/September
    • Ski de Femme (instruction & fun race)
    • Junior Joey Program.
    • Junior Birkie Program.
    • Club Instruction.
    • National  Championships (Senior – every year & Junior – every 2nd year)
    • Kangaroo Hoppet Ski Race (7, 21, 42km-F)
  • December
    • End of season B-B-Q and presentations.