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?

Race Hut-SEC News Feb 1988

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

(From left) Jack & Chris Heberle – 1989 timing in the Hut

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)

Hut on site – Jack Heberle second from left
(From left) Dave Chew, Paul L’Huillier & Jack Heberle — On the job May 1989

Naming of the Race Hut (18 March 1995)

1995 Club President Barbara Lipscombe naming the Jack Heberle Race Hut
(From left) Dave Chew, Allan Marsland, Jill Heberle, Chris Heberle, Barbara Lipscombe, Paul L’Huillier

Hut extension (2005)

Major extension to Hut 2005

Working Bee (Hut painting 2010)

2010 paint job complete

Winter views

A good snow year – before the Hut was raised
Great snow, great tracks and the Hut
Victorian Juniors – August 1995