The Race Hut was placed in the Nordic Bowl on 4 May 1989. It was named the Jack Heberle Race Hut at a ceremony attended by 40 people on 18 March 1995. Jack passed away suddenly in 1994 and the Club felt it fitting that his efforts in the development of skiing at Falls Creek over a long period be recognised.
Where did the original race hut come from?
Back in 1989 Margaret Smith, who was Club treasurer from 1985-1993 (9 years), wrote an article about the Race Hut for the Australian Cross Country News. This is what Margaret wrote:
“Visitors to the Nordic Bowl this winter will notice a new addition there, the Nordic Race Hut is finally in place. But one wonders how many are aware of just how much work was done by a very dedicated group of people to get the hut to Falls Creek.
The hut was originally constructed as a reproduction Cattleman’s Hut, with material donated by Mount Beauty Timbers. It was used by the Shire of Bright as part of their exhibit at the Bicentennial Exhibition in Wodonga, after which its future seemed uncertain. Mount Beauty Rotarian, Jack Heberle, who also just happens to have connections with cross country skiing and with the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, saw a use for the hut at Falls Creek as a much needed Nordic Race Hut.
After all the negotiations were concluded, with admirable co-operation between the
various interested parties, [including the Shire of Bright (now Alpine Shire), the Bright Rotary Club, the Birkebeiner Nordic Ski Club, the ARC and the VSA], the hut was eventually transported on 4th May 1989 by a Brae Villa transport, to Falls Creek where it was lowered onto foundations prepared by Birkebeiner members. The real work then started, as the hut had to have a new roof and various other alterations completed before the winter. Several working bees later, and the hut is now ready for use this winter as a race hut, and as a store for equipment used on race days.
Although probably not quite the High Plains Hilton, (there is no power and no plumbing), the hut will never-the-less perform a vital role, and it is certainly a vast improvement on the facilities that were previously available (none!).
Jack Heberle has earned a big thank-you for the work he did in getting the hut to Falls Creek, and generous contributions to the cause were also made by David Chew (site foreman at working bees), and Paul L’Huillier.
The VSA were enthusiastic from the start, and the Alpine Resorts Commission (ARC) not only approved of the project, but even found some funds which they made available for the materials needed for the alterations.”
In the Beginning (4 May 1989)
Naming of the Race Hut (18 March 1995)
Hut extension (2005)
Working Bee (Hut painting 2010)
Race Hut Policy
- The two rooms of the old wooden hut are used to store equipment that is used to conduct cross country ski races.
- The lower room of the new and attached metal hut is designated as the “Officials Room” that can be used as a room where officials can congregate, hold meetings, store clothing and day packs and have lunch and morning/afternoon tea.
- The upper room of the new hut is designated as the “Timing and Broadcast Room” that can be used as a room where races are timed and course broadcasts can be made.
- A permanent sound system is housed in the upper room and four permanent outside speakers are located in fixed positions around the Nordic Bowl.
- The old hut has a large door on the southern end and two external doors facing the Nordic Bowl. All three doors are locked from the inside.
- The new metal hut has one external door that is locked from the outside.
- There is a locked trapdoor between the lower and upper rooms of the new hut.
- One set of keys for the external door and trapdoor of the new hut are kept in the BNSC Clubhouse and another set of keys are kept in the Ski Hire room at the Windy Corner Day Shelter (for access by other Race Hut user groups).
Use of the Race Hut facilities and the equipment.
- The Race Hut can be used on official BNSC activity days such as conducting XC ski races, Junior Joey activity days, club coaching days and on working bee days.
- On approval from the BNSC Race Committee the Race Hut can be used by other XC ski Clubs to conduct other official XC ski races.
- On approval from the BNSC Race Committee the Race Hut can be used by both National and State XC Ski Teams on official training days/camps.
- The BNSC Race Committee can approve the use of the Race Hut by other approved organisations for specified activities.
The Sound System and Course Broadcasting System
- The permanent sound system and the course broadcasting facility can only be used during official XC Ski Race days and on Junior Joey activity days.
- The sound system and course broadcasting system should not be used during coaching days, training sessions or for general background music.
- The BNSC Race Committee is responsible for the general maintenance and upgrade of the facility and to keep the facility clean and tidy.
- The BNSC Race Committee is responsible for policing and reviewing this policy.
BNSC Race Committee
15 September 2010