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June 15 - Partly Winter
Okay it is June, after Queen's Birthday weekend, pretty damn cold, and there is snow on the ground (at Perisher at least), so this update should be in the Winter section. However some of this news is a little late and it seemed such a shame to leave May 18 as the only Autumn update. There'll be a new Winter section coming soon, we swear!
2006 Race Licences
There are a couple of changes for the Race Licence system for the coming season, the main one being that all competitors in the National Championship (open and junior) will need to apply for National Discipline Registration through Ski & Snowboard Australia. The first step for this is to become a member of your State Association. Full details are available in the updated Race Licence section of this website.
Kangaroo Hoppet Entry Extension
The earlybird entry date for the Kangaroo Hoppet has been extended until July, see email from the race secretary:
Delays in the production process of the entry forms has meant we have been unable to mail out Hoppet entry forms before the end of May. This meant people whom we have not been able to contact by email have not had the opportunity to take up the earlybird entry discount.
In fairness to all, we have extended the earlybird entry cut-off to July 10 (for this year only).Anyone who has entered since June 1 has been charged the earlybird fees. (Please check your bank statement.)
If you would like to enter on line, go to http://www.hoppet.com.au
Kangaroo Hoppet Race Secretary
FIS Congress News (In Brief)
From May 21-27 the FIS Congress was held in Portugal. A more detailed summary of the meeting will be published in the winter edition of Australian XC News, however here are some of the decisions that were made that could be relevant to Australian cross country skiers:
- The FIS qualification standard for World Championships was raised from 75 FIS points to 90 FIS points, in line with changes in FIS points calculation in recent years. Similarly the basic FIS qualification standard for the Winter Olympics has gone from 100 FIS points to 120. Note that the Australian standard for the Olympics is based on World Cup results, and the Australian standard for the 2007 World Championships is likely to be the same as in 2005 (120 FIS points).
- The FIS penalty for competitions at the World U23 Championships was fixed at 25 FIS points (it is 35 FIS points for the World Junior Championships, zero for World Cup and World Championships).
- The winners or leaders of all the Continental Cup series (including the Australia/New Zealand Cup) now receive reimbursement throughout the entire World Cup series (it used to be just for March World Cups). They still need to satsify the normal World Cup rules - 120 FIS points for Sprint, 90 points for Women's Distance, and 60 points for Men's Distance.
- Six skiers are now taken to both semi-finals and to the finals for Sprint World Cup (this used to be 10 and 4). The first two from each of the five heats go through to the semi-finals as before, and then the fastest two (from the heat times) of the third or fourth ranked skiers.
- FIS Cross Country supported the introduction of a long distance World Championships for 2008, however this proposal was rejected by the FIS Council.
- Oslo, Norway, will host the 2011 Cross Country Skiing World Championships (2007 they are in Sapporo, Japan, 2009 in Liberec, Czech Republic)
Early June Skiing On Main Range
Yes there is a stack of snow on the Main Range and at some of the NSW Ski Resorts, however Victoria missed a couple of dumps and pretty much the only snow down south is from snow making. One of the first skiers to take advantage of the early snow was Warren McCourt, the new editor of Australian XC News, who headed out with SAXC Chairman Peter Cunningham the day after the NSW Race Week launch at Alpenhof Lodge on the first weekend of June.
Warren McCourt, heading out from Charlotte's Pass at the start of June
May 18 - Time To Think About Winter Again
Yes folks, before we know it we will be skiing again. Some of you will be crying "oh no, I'm not ready yet" while others are champing at the bit. In fact there have been reports already of some tracks seen up on the Kosciusko main range and even on the Falls Creek trails. There have been been plenty of forecasts for a good early season so let's hope they are accurate.
Now some readers have been complaining about the lack of regular updates on this site - the last was on March 23 so fair enough. This is partly because not that much has been happening in the Australian skiing world but mostly because of other commitments for the editor. Before the winter hits us properly and the races start we will endeavour to get regular updates to the site again. However, if you know of some news that may be of interest to the Australian cross country skiing community, please feel free to send in your ready made reports to the XC Files editor via this address: marslandf @compuserve.com
OK, now here are some short news items to carry us through for another week or so.
2006 Race Calendar
Sorry about the delay in posting this, it has been finalised for over a month. A version in Word format is now up in the 2006 Calendar section. Note also that there is a section here for downloadable race entry forms. If you've got entry forms and you want them posted on the web or a link put in, send in the details.
Sri Chinmoy Ski Challenge
The inaugural Sri Chinmoy 6/12 Hour Cross-Country Ski Challenge will be the first race of its kind to be held in Australia.
It will take place in the beautiful Kosciusko National Park at the Perisher Valley Nordic Shelter starting at 9am on Saturday, 15th July 2006. The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team will be offering skiers the choice of a 6 or 12 hour adventure challenge either as a solo entrant or as part of a team. Organisers have this to say about the event:
The course will start and finish at the Nordic Shelter and travel around a fairly flat and well-groomed loop. We will provide delicious hot food and drinks (including our famous pancakes), lap counters, endless enthusiasm and some wonderful prizes. You will need to bring your ski equipment and a reliable head-lamp because as you will have noticed I mentioned nothing about lighting. This will only add to the challenge. You may choose to ski alone or in a team of 2-6 people. The teams will be run as free form teams whereby each team member may complete any number of laps. There will be classic and freestyle categories and open, mixed and female divisions.
We would like this challenge to be the beginning of something new and exciting in the endurance cross-country world, it could be your LSD training for the big race or an opportunity to ski as fast as you can with five of your friends. It could also be the challenge that you have been waiting for.
More details about the event can be found on the Ski Chinmoy website.
NSW Season Launch
Come and join fellow cross-country ski enthusiasts at the season launch of NSW X-C Week, the major X-C skiing week in New South Wales, with one of the highlights being The KAC, held on Wednesday 9th August. The sesaon launch will be held at the Alpenhof Lodge at Perisher Valley on Saturday June 3 at 5pm.
If you are planning to attend please RSVP to Sue Clark or Di Cree on (02) 9411 5974 or email: admin @kac.org.au by 26th May 2006.
These are kicking off next week in Portugal. The main item on the Cross Country Committee agenda is the Tour De Ski, which is set to launch at the end of December 2006 with 8 World Cup competitions in 10 days. There are other issues being discussed that will be of relevance to many Australian skiers, including qualification standards for World Cup and World Championships; a potential long distance World Championship in 2008; and ranking of overlapped skiers in mass start events.
Mt Beauty 1/2 Marathon Weekend
As usual many of the National Team and state squad skiers are heading down/up to Mt Beauty this weekend for the first leg of the Great Alpine Challenge. The race starts at 10am on Saturday May 20, with distances of 3km, 10km, and 21km. More details and entry forms are available on the Mt Beauty website.