Lost ski poles at Vic Juniors & Alpine Timing

Lost ski poles

One of our very keen juniors (Zoe Hocking) had her ski poles taken from outside the clubhouse following the Vic Junior Championships on the weekend. They are a Swix RC610 composite 145cm pole. Her name may be on them. Note: there were a longer pair of poles left there so another member may have accidentally taken Zoe’s by mistake.

Can birkie members please check their ski bags for the lost poles. Please contact Megan Hocking on mobile: 0433 626 527.


Alpine Timing – a local sports timing business

Long-time Birkebeiner Ski Club member (joined in 1992) Michal Trnka conducts his own sports timing business called Alpine Timing. He times all sports locally, regionally and interstate. We see Michal in action timing all our club events, national championship events we conduct and of course the big one, the Kangaroo Hoppet. He also does all the registrations for these events. The clubs electronic membership database is also looked after by Alpine Timing. Previous to starting this business Michal had his own IT business. Now he only has time for Alpine Timing. A feature of Michal’s timing is LIVE RESULTS. While an event is in progress log onto Alpine Timing <www.alpinetiming.com.au> and look under LIVE on your digital device to view the action.

This season he will also be timing the Victorian and Australian Inter-school Championships as well as the NSW Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass KAC Race. Click [HERE] to learn more about Alpine Timing.

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Club News … extra

Clubhouse Exercise Equipment

Johanna Pihkanen reports that the club has purchased a Sporting Equipment Kit that is stored in the clubhouse.

There is a box of “goodies” under one of the couches consisting of a yoga mat, resistance bands, massage ball and a roller. We also have a balance board.

This equipment is for club members to use before skiing or racing to assist in the warm-up and for recovery. Hope people find the kit useful!

Volunteers needed for Aust Senior Champs

The Championships are on 27th-28th July at Falls Creek. If you can assist on either day please contact the race secretary Ann Bellingham <racesecretary@birkebeiner.org.au> and offer your help. She would really appreciate it.

Race Results

Snow Trek & Travel High Plains Tour – 13th-14th July. Click [HERE]

Excited JuniorsFrom left: Ashley Spittle, Xanthea Dewez & Anna Trnka

Online Race Entries

Click on the Club’s website link [HERE] to see all online race entry links (bottom right).

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Juniors – Low Fluoro Wax Protocol

In the event you are preparing skis for the Victorian Junior XC Championships this weekend 20th-21st July please take note of the LOW FLUORO WAX PROTOCOL which was in place last year — Ronice Goebel (Vic Junior Squad Manager)

Coaches and the general community know this protocol and will support you.

Enter for Vic Juniors Online — Click [HERE]

Past race day action Left: Anna Trnka & Esther Leccardi (nee Bottomley)

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2019 Aust Open XC Championships – 27th-28th July Falls Creek

  • Sprint (C) – Saturday 27th July.
  • Distance (F) – W10 km & M15 km — Sunday 28th July.
  • Entries close Wednesday 24rd July.

Ski de Femme Registrations are open. Click [HERE]

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Mid-Season Dinner at Roi’s Restaurant​ – Thur 25th July

  • When: Thursday 25th July 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm meal.
  • Where: Roi’s Diner – 179 Kiewa Valley Highway, Tawonga.
  • The night will also include a short presentation from our Birkie coach, Erin Yungblut from Canada.
  • The meal is partly subsidised by the club — two courses for $30.00. Pay for your own drinks.

Please RSVP with any dietary requirements by Sunday, 21st July to Elaine ThomasEmail <elainemt66@yahoo.com.au> or Mobile: ‭0429 380 408 or text.

As a courtesy to Roi and Sue, they need to know how many to cater for so please let Elaine know ASAP.

Ronice Goebel receiving her life membership at the 2017 Dinner.
Junior Birkie Camp participants. Thanks to Bronwyn and Paul Gray for co-ordinating.
First Hoppet Training Group session with Canadian coach Erin Yungblut. From left: Tony Pammer, Nick Wright, Peter Smith, Kim Pammer, Erin Yungblut (coach), Peter Burgess, Robyn Darby, Steve McDowell, Ronni McDowell and Bronwyn Gray.
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Victorian Junior Champs – Sat/Sun 20th/21st July Falls Creek

Apologies for the last email. Dates were incorrect. Junior Victorian Champs are this weekend – 20th-21st July 2019

Register Online — Click [HERE]

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Adult Clinics & Hoppet Training Group Schedule

Registration is essentialEmail <nick@birkebeiner.org.au>

Registration is essentialEmail <secretary@birkebeiner.org.au>

Falls Creek XC Trail Grooming Report. To view each day click [HERE]

Track My Ride App — To receive up to date live grooming and an email in the evening to know what the groomer is planning for the evening or the following morning. Download the Track My Ride Apple iOS or Android App, come into the YMCA Falls Creek XC Ski Hire at Windy Corner to pay $10.00 for the season OR pay over the telephone (‭03 5758 3408‬) and a password will be issued to activate the App.

Falls Creek User Guide (XC Skiing information). Click [HERE]


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Billet wanted for Kangaroo Hoppet TD

Ben Derrick the Kangaroo Hoppet Race Director is seeking a local person to billet the Swiss lady that will be the Technical Delegate (TD) for Hoppet #29. After that, she will be travelling to New Zealand to be the TD for the Worldloppet race there called the Merino Muster. Her stay is from Sunday 18th to Sunday 25th August 2019.

Her name is Seraina Mischol. She was an elite Swiss skier – achieved 15th place at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Italy and an occasional top 10 world cup skier. She is 37 years old and is from Davos, Switzerland.

If you wish to billet Seraina please contact Ben Derrick on mobile: 0400 110 046 or email <BenDerrick@fallscreek.com.au>

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Birkebeiner Classic Race cancelled

The race committee last night made the tough decision that due to the poor weather forecast and current snow conditions the Birkebeiner Classic scheduled for Sunday 7th July 2019 has been cancelled.

Falls Creek XC facebook page. To join click [HERE].

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Birkebeiner Bulletin – July 2019

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for July 2019 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– July 2019


Membership was due by 30th June 2019. Click [HERE] to renew.

If you no longer wish to be a member as a courtesy could you please contact the membership secretary Nick Wright on email <membership@birkebeiner.org.au> to indicate this.


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


The Mini-Series race this Saturday 6th July is definitely on.

  • When: Saturday 6th July
  • Where: Nordic Bowl at Falls Creek
  • Time: 1:00 pm (entries from 11.15 am at Windy Corner, late entries 12.45 pm Race Hut in Nordic Bowl) 
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