Working Bee – Falls Creek Sat 30th Nov ’19

In consultation with Falls Creek Resort Management (FCRM) & Parks Victoria (PV), we have arrived at a date for our first 2019/20 summer working bee: Saturday 30th November 2019.

This will be a one-day affair unless there are enthusiastic participants who wish to push through on the Sunday with any unfinished tasks or even new ones. Among the jobs slated to do are:

  • Realign snow pole line in ‘The Park’. (Continued improvement for grooming operations in marginal snow levels.) Geoff from FCRM will have a bobcat on-site to make light work of the digging.
  • Remove a small number of temporary snow fences in the Alpine NP. (Many fences to remain in strategic location icons)
  • Construct shelving in Horse Yard Hut (Hoppet Hut) to accommodate orange Hoppet barrier bunting. Keen amateur carpenters amongst the membership are encouraged to get involved.
  • Make alterations to orange conduits to improve ease of instalment on XC ski trail alignments.
  • Make any repairs to the Clubhouse that Pete Smith requires. Repairs/ alterations to the Race Hut as stated by the race committee or Brian Keeble.
  • A small amount of targeted vegetation management on problem areas if there are qualified chainsaw operators &/or fit brush cutters.

Please feel free to add any items that you, or other members, feel should be included on the ‘to do’ list. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and Geoff, please also add extras as you see fit.

FCRM & PV will provide all tools and personal protective equipment necessary. Volunteers must provide their own UV protection, adequate clothing, gloves, footwear, snacks and hydration.

Meeting Time & Place — Clubhouse at 9:30 am.

This ‘Green Season’, the Birke General Committee has given the approval to add a subsidised dinner on a Saturday night at a yet to be determined Mount Beauty eatery. A BBQ lunch will, of course, be provided free of charge as usual.

Members can communicate directly with me on my contacts listed below with further enquires and to confirm their commitment. Please also remind everyone of the great social aspect in an environment that many only see on skis with access to areas on ‘Management Vehicles Only’ summer tracks.

RSVP to Blair by Wednesday 27th November 2019Mob: 0427 817 262 or Email <>

Blair Hume (co-ordinator)

End of Season BBQ 

Sat 16th Nov. RSVP by Thur 14th Nov to Elaine Thomas  Email <> or Mobile: 0429 380 408 (text). Click[HERE]for details Posted 2nd October.

2019 Ski & Snowboard Australia Community Sport Awards

The winners of the Community Sports Awards will be announced at the Awards Ceremony – to be held at QT Canberra on Thursday, November 7. Click [HERE] to view the nominations especially the cross country ones.

Blackwell Skis into World Championship Team

Young Mount Beauty Cross Country Skier Nick Blackwell is heading to Europe in early December to pursue his cross country racing ambitions. Click [HERE] to read Nick’s profile and trip itinerary.

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Phil Bellingham – 1st Birkie to complete ‘The Crossing’

In late 2018 our own Phil Bellingham and his national team member mate Mark Pollock (Wangaratta SC) completed the Mt Bogong to Hotham Winter Crossing in a time of 8 hrs 30 min. Congratulations!

This ‘Crossing’ has been completed by seven others since the tragic death of Charlie Derrick in 1964. They are listed in Phil’s report. Click [HERE] to view. Also, included at this location are details about Charlie Derrick’s attempt and the 1985 crossing in which the record was set by Audun Enderstad – a USA Olympian who completed the crossing in 5 hrs 53 min.

End of Season BBQ – Sat 16th Nov. RSVP by Thur 14th Nov to Elaine Thomas  Email <> or Mobile: 0429 380 408 (text). Click [HERE] for details.

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Spring News

End of season BBQ

  • When:    Saturday 16th November 2019
  • 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 veggie 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 Elaine Thomas (social secretary) by Thursday 14th November or Mobile: 0429 380 408 (text)

As a courtesy, please let me know you will be coming and if you need vegetarian food (or else BYO meat!).  If you don’t reply, we’ll 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!

Thank you,

Elaine (social secretary)

National XC Provisional Teams

Alpine Shire Youth Awards

The annual awards are an opportunity for the Alpine Shire community to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of young people across a range of categories (10).

Two local Birkebeiner members and very keen racers won the Youth Award 12 – 16 Years. They were Tommi Silvester (15 years) and Ash Forrer (16 years) who in April 2019 were the youngest people to complete the total 660 km Australian Alps Walking Track from Walhalla (Vic) to Tharwa near Canberra. It took them 27 days and involved 12 months of planning and preparation. A fantastic effort!

From Left: Ewan Silvester, Johanna Pihkanen, Tommi Silvester, Ash Forrer, Michelle Forrer & Conrad Forrer

Kangaroo Hoppet Race Committee Vacancy

The Kangaroo Hoppet is a wonderful community event held annually on the 4th Saturday of August in Falls Creek. The Race Office/Shop is based in Mt. Beauty and is the first point of call for skiers. This role is a great opportunity for a volunteer to contribute positively to this event. It is a rewarding and interesting time where you meet competitors from overseas, interstate and from our local community.

After 11 years of co-ordinating the Kangaroo Hoppet Race Office and Shop, Trish Cross and John Baileyhave tendered their wish to retire from this role. A job description is available for anyone interested, and a digital file and hard copies of every event is available. This includes merchandise orders, clothing sizes, numbers, plus volunteer lists and contact details.

The Co-ordinators have a regular core of wonderful volunteers who help out during the lead up to the Event and are supported by the Kangaroo Hoppet Race Committee.

If this valuable role is something you would be interested in, please contact Trish to discuss it further.

2019 Kangaroo Hoppet Race Office & ShopThank you

The Hoppet Shop could not operate without the wonderful  volunteer efforts of Mt. Beauty community members and volunteers from the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club.  

The co-ordinators would like to acknowledge and thank Gael Little, Ann Bellingham, Eileen Clark, Sandi Coleman, Elaine Thomas, Mick Keenan, Meg Crebbin, Luise Mock, Jeanie Farrington, Rhonda Gargan, Bruce Wharrie, Marg Hayes, Liz Harvey, Virginie Bernard, Helen Howley, Natalie Flay, Sarah Gardiner, Faye Moreland, Mary Pike, Judy Ranton, Marion Sharman, Paul Sharman, Jim Crebbin, Beth Smith, Ian Smith, Tony Valente, Sue Tilley, Sonja Smith, Gill Harrowfield, Ian Harrowfield, Bettina Kayler and Bron Gray.

Your contribution is a vital part of the Hoppet event and we hope you enjoyed it. Hope you are able to help again in 202030thAnniversary Kangaroo Hoppet.

Archive of Kangaroo Hoppet T-shirts

Thanks to BNSC members and KH skiers who have responded to the call out for historical samples of the Kangaroo Hoppet souvenir T-shirts. We are still looking for samples from the following years: 1991, 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2014 and 2016.  

If you still have a T-shirt from one of these years and are willing to donate it to the Archive, we would love to hear from you. Contact Trish on  who will organize for it to be added to the Archive.

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Birkebeiner Bulletin – August 2019

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for August 2019 is now available for viewing as a pdf file.

To view the latest Birkie Bulletin click the link below and the pdf file will open in your web browser.

Birkebeiner Bulletin – August 2019


Join the club facebook page called Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club. Click [HERE] to join.

National Junior Race Results from the Weekend

• Sprint (C) Saturday 31st AugustClick [HERE] to view.

Distance (F) Sunday 1st SeptemberClick [HERE] to view.

Thank you Michal Trnka & his team for timing the National Junior Championships and also the BIG ONE last Saturday the Kangaroo Hoppet.

Mini-Series #4 (F)

Last event for the season — Sat. 7th Sept 11: 00 am, Falls Creek Nordic Bowl.

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Australian Junior XC Ski Champs – Entries open

The Australian Junior XC Ski Championships are being held at Falls Creek on the weekend of Sat 31st Aug (Sprint – C) & Sun 1st Sept (Distance – F). It is being organised by the club on behalf of Ski & Snowboard Australia.

Volunteers needed for this major twoday club event. Email Ann Bellingham race (secretary) if you can assist <>

All information about the weekend can be viewed when you click on the link below.

Online entry is available up to midnight Tuesday 27th August.
Click [HERE] to enter.

Kangaroo Hoppet this Saturday 24th August starting at 9:30 am in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl. Weather looks very good for both Friday and Saturday so get that entry in. Click [HERE] to enter.

Looking Back – Spring 1996

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Junior Joey Program Cancelled this Sunday

Next Junior Joey session is on Sunday 18th August 2019.

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Hoppet on TV tonight (9th August)

Don’t miss the Snowshow tonight (Friday 9th August) on Channel 31 at 8:00 pm in metropolitan Melbourne and Geelong. Members can watch it on Free-to-Air TV. Others without access to that coverage can watch it LIVE on the Channel 31 STREAMING service. Click [HERE] to view the Snowshow live.

Snowshow repeat — The show will be repeated on Saturday 10th August at 2:00 pm.

Ski de Femme (Sat 10th August) — Registrations are open. Click [HERE].

Rocky Valley Rush Ski Race (Sun 11th August) — Online entry. Click [HERE].

Hoppet Bag Packing Thursday 15th Aug 2:00 pm at the Hoppet Office.
RSVP to Kerry <>

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Big Club Weekend coming up…

Ski de Femme — Saturday 10th August

Ski de Femme Registrations are open. Click [HERE]

Rocky Valley Rush Citizen Race (F) — Sunday 11th August

This event is an institution at Falls Creek having started in 1976. Starts in the Nordic Bowl at 10:30 am. There are two distances: RV Rush 15 km & the Sun Valley Ramble 7.5 km. It is a freestyle race. A great warm-up race for the Hoppet on Saturday 24th August.

For online entry and further details. Click [HERE]

Hoppet Helpers

Please consider making a contribution either on Friday 23rd August (set-up day) or Saturday 24th August (race day). If you are a competitor, you can still help after your race. One hour is greatly appreciated. Contact Jim Gargan (volunteer co-ordinator) to express your interest. Email <>. For a list of jobs click [HERE].

Mt Hotham to Dinner Plain ‘Pub to Pub’ Race Results

This event was held on Saturday 3rd August. It is a very popular citizen race having been conducted since 1989. For the 2019 results click [HERE].

High Plains Festival — Sat 31st Aug & Sun 1st Sept.

This is being organised by the YMCA Falls Creek Cross Country. Saturday will involve Tours & Turns and Sunday Lessons & Workshops. Click [HERE] for more details and registration.

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Hoppet T-Shirt Archive – a request …

The 29thKangaroo Hoppet is only weeks away and the Race Office/Shop organiser would like to display some of the early T-shirts that were printed for competitors and volunteers.  

If you have any Hoppet T-shirts stored away, especially early ones from 1991 through to 2010, and would like to donate them to the archive of Hoppet T-shirts we would love to hear from you.

The Race Office does not have a sample of every T-shirt produced and would like to do this for Hoppet history.  If you have a T-shirt that could be added to this archive, please contact Trish Cross — mobile: 0422 049 207 to check if yours is one of the missing designs.

Please get behind this Hoppet initiative and see if we can come up with a complete 29 year set of T-shirts.

Hoppet Archive Top left: Pre-Hoppet, top right: 2010, bottom left: 2016 and bottom right: 2015

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Hoppet Helpers & Hotham to Dinner Plain Race

Hoppet Volunteers Needed

Here is your opportunity to make a contribution to this great event.

Volunteers are needed on Friday 23rd August for Set-Up and on the day of the event Saturday 24th August. This is the 29th Hoppet since 1991.

Volunteers from the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club have played an integral role in the success of this event since its inception in 1991. The Hoppet events make a large contribution to the funding of BNSC. It allows BNSC to provide services such as:

  • The Clubhouse
  • Junior Joey, Junior Birkies and Junior Camp programs
  • International Coach each year for BNSC training and coaching programs not only for BNSC but for local School XC programs as well.
  • Training programs for BNSC members in training, instructing, coaching and administration
  • BNSC participation in Local, State and National XC bodies.
  • BNSC social activities

Please read through the list of jobs below. If you are able to volunteer some time for any of these jobs (or feel you need some more information before committing) please contact Jim Gargan (Volunteer Co-ordinator) via email at <> ASAP.

Mt Hotham to Dinner Plain Race – 12 km (F)

This is also locally call the ‘Pub to Pub’ race. It is on this Saturday 3rd August, starting at 11:00 am from outside the Hotham General Store. Entry is $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for juniors (under 18 at 31 December 2019). Enter on-line [HERE]. For more race details click [HERE].

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