Ski History

The First Australian Birkebeiner 6th September 1979 (pdf)

Summary — Victorious is Lauri Jortikka (Vic) who virtually led from the gun. 17 places behind is Robyn Rodd (Vic), the first woman. A total of 83 skiers finished the course. The course was 25 km long skied in the classical style with skiers carrying a 5 kg pack that represented the crown prince. The course started on the east side of the Dam Wall and went via Watchbed Creek to Fitzgeralds Hut, Edmondson’s Hut, Heathy Spur and back to the Dam Wall to finish in the Nordic Bowl.

The Birkebeiner Story incl. information about the mother (Inga) of Prince Hakon

The Birkebeiner Movie (Trailer 1:30) — The Last King

Summary — A high-stakes adventure set in the
middle Ages, in the midst of a great civil war. When a monarch is murdered, two of his loyal soldiers must escape with the infant heir to the throne (Prince Hakon). With half the kingdom looking to kill the young Prince, the brave warriors risk life and limb to shepherd him across treacherous snowy mountains to claim his rightful place on the throne.

The 2016 produced movie is 100 minutes long with English subtitles and costs ~$25.00 + postage from <>. Note be aware of the DVD’s Region code so it will play on your DVD Player: Australia is Region 4, the USA is Region 1.

Kangaroo Hoppet Origins — 1989 +

An interview conducted on the origins of the Kangaroo Hoppet following Hoppet #20 in 2010 Interviewer Paul Gray and interviewees Allan Marsland & Paul L’Huillier (10 minutes).

Hoppet Beginnings – Click [HERE] to view.

Development of Cross Country Skiing Track-Setting/Grooming in Australia (late 1960’s – 2018)

Summary — covers the equipment and machinery used, who operated and developed it and the resorts where it was used.

Charlie Derrick’s Final Crossing  – 1964 (pdf)

Summary — The idea for a winter crossing from Mountain Creek to Mt Hotham first took shape in 1964 between a group of keen skiers from the Wangaratta Ski Club. (Article supplied with thanks by Chris & Ben Derrick – August 2019).

1985 Bogong High Plains Winter Crossing (pdf)

Summary — this crossing was made by Audun Endestad (USA), Christina Brugger (SUI), Andrew Walker (AUS) & Phil Rumpff (AUS). The winter crossing was from the Mountain Creek Campground, up Mt Bogong (1,986m), across the Bogong High Plains to the Mt Hotham Loch Carpark. Skiers had to climb ~2,620m and descend ~1,420m over the ~55km distance. Recorded times: • Audun (USA) — 5hrs 53min, • Christina (SUI) — 8hrs 17min, • Phil — 8hrs 45min & • Andrew — 9hrs 53min.

Telemark Nordic Ski Club (pdf) 25 years of cross country skiing (1972 – 1997)

Summary— some historical facts relating to the name of Telemark Nordic Ski Club and its activities since its formation in 1972. Telemark was the first dedicated cross country ski club in Australia formed by Bob & Norma Cranage.

A Brief History of Cross Country Skiing in Australia

• Part 1 — 1975 & Earlier by Ross Martin
Part 2 — 1976 – 1993 by Paul L’Huillier
Part 3 — 1994 – 2004 by Finn Marsland

25 Years of Nordic Skiing in Victoria Hartley Higgins 1984

A Look at the History of Ski Skating the late 1970s to 1985

Summary — This is a short account of the recent history of competitive ski skating. It has been drawn from the coaches and skiers who witnessed the “skating revolution” first hand.

General Skiing History of Australia

A Man of the MountainsMartin Romuld

Summary — “I think that credit for much of the background work in the initial development of Falls Creek should be given to Martin Romuldfor his early encouragement and appreciation of the beauty of the high country and of skiing!” Fred Vines, member of Bogong Ski Club in the 1940’s.

Skiing as a Sport was Born in Australia?

Summary — During the severe winter of 1861, skiing as a sport came to life in the gold-mining township of Kiandra, New South Wales. Historians give credit to Norwegian miners for making our first ski, called “snow-shoes” or “snow- skates” which were used as a means of conveyance during the winter of 1860. But it was not until 1861 that a record of skiing as a sport was published in the local newspapers.

When Skiing found its way to Australia

Summary —”Kiandra is a rather dreary place in the winter, but yet the people are not without their amusement. The hea­ ven-pointing snow-clad mountains afford them some pleasure. Scores of young people are frequently engaged climbing the lofty summits – with snowshoes and then sliding down with a volancy that would do credit to some of our railway trains” — (From The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 1861)

Ski Touring in Australia — A short history

The Origins of Skiing

Use of skis throughout historyTransport, Hunting & Warfare

Stone Age Sport

Summary — Who was the first person to don skis in Australia? When – 1861 is a popular starting date. Aussie or a Norwegian. Skiing in Norway dates back at least to the stone age (8 pages).

Video History of Australia

The Roof of Australia– (Video 9:35)

Summary— The snowfields of the Australian Alps are larger than those in Switzerland and provide winter holidays for many Australians. Others work and live with their families above the snow line, where life is much as it is in other towns but with an added excitement.

Snow Australia150-year history (Video 7:42)

Summary — Australia has a rich and exciting skiing history and is one of the oldest skiing nations on the planet. Follow the journey from 1861 until today, you will be amazed.

Snow on Mt Buffalo – 1938 (Video 6:48 – no sound)

Summary — A group of tourists learning to ski at Mt. Buffalo. After arriving by bus, an instructor arrives and the lesson commences. A group of novice skiers follow their instructor in some cross country and downhill skiing