21Km Australian Birkbeiner

21Km Australian Birkbeiner

If you’re a skier with a passion for the sport and have a reasonable fitness level, the 21km Birkebeiner is the event for you.  Warm up with a lap of Sun Valley then head out over the Dam Wall into the Alpine National Park and the challenge of the Paralyser uphill. Enjoy the views to Mt Bogong and Rocky Valley Lake as you cruise across the top of Heathy Spur and finish up with the thrilling descent of the Bladerunner, back over the Dam Wall and on to the finish line where you can mingle with other skiers and enjoy the after race vibe in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl.


21Km Australian Birkebeiner

The 21km Australian Birkebeiner starts and finishes in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl  and includes the Sun Valley loop followed by the anti-clockwise Heathy Spur loop. There will be a single cut-off at the intersection of the Two Pauls Track and the Paralyser (approx 12km point).

For the safety of competitors and volunteers, no skier will be allowed to continue up the Paralyser after 12.20 pm. 
Any changes to the cut-off times and locations will be announced.

NOTE: The course is subject to change due to prevailing snow and weather conditions. Any changes to the course will be posted in Windy Corner Day Shelter, at the Hoppet Shop in Mt Beauty and on social media.

Entry Fees

21Km Australian Birkbeiner

Early Bird
Up to July 13
July 14 - Aug 14
Aug 15 - 22
Day Before
August 23


  • There is a minimum age for the Birkebeiner 21km, i.e. entries are only accepted for those born in 2010 or earlier.

  • Age is calculated as at December 31

  • Minimum age is 14 yo


Entries received after August 14th cannot be guaranteed a seeded start and the bib numbers will be auto generated. Late entries may be required to start at the back of the field.

Online registrations close 4pm Friday 23th August.

If you are unable to complete the online entry form please contact the Race Office info@hoppet.com.au or Download the printable Entry form from the link provided

Birkebeiner Start times

From 9.40am. The start is seeded, with the fastest skiers (the first 30 bib numbers) standing on the front line. Skiers are grouped into start paddocks for groups of 100 (by bib number).

Please enter the correct start paddock. Each paddock will move up the hill in turn, and start in waves at one minute intervals. Race times will be calculated from each wave’s start time.

Getting to the race

A special race day Hoppet buses departing from Mt. Beauty Hoppet shop 7am and after the event departing Falls Creek (opposite the Police Station) 1pm (or when full) and another one departing 3pm back to Mt. Beauty. Tickets are limited and can be pre purchased for race day when you enter online. $25 U18 and $30 Adult return ticket

The regular coach from Falls Creek Coach Service is also available.

Ski Classics

Other Information


Ski Hire for Overseas Skiers

Ski hire information for international visitors.

It is better if you can bring your own equipment. However, there are a couple of possibilities for hiring skis. As Hoppet time is very busy, you should book them before you come to Australia to be sure of not missing out.

There are two main ski hire shops that have good quality cross country ski equipment.

1. Falls Creek Cross Country, Situated at the start of the ski trails, Windy Corner Car Park, Falls Creek. They have a vast selection of skating skis and boot-binding systems.
Email: FallsCreekXC@ymca.org.au
Website: https://camps.ymca.org.au/falls-creek-cross-country
Ph +61 3 5758 3408

2. Rocky Valley Ski Centre, Kiewa Valley Hwy, Mount Beauty, (about 600m from the race office)
Website: https://www.rockyvalley.com.au/snow-ski-hire-mount-beauty.html
Ph +61 3 5754 1118

Worldloppet Skiers

Passports can be purchased for $60 in the Hoppet Shop or ordered through the race office at other times. Bring or send a passport photo to be affixed to your new passport.

There are three opportunities to have your passport stamped:

  • In the Passport/Information tent at the finish, next to the First Aid tent,
  • At the Presentation Party in Mt Beauty from 7pm – 9pm, and
  • At the Hoppet Shop in Mt Beauty from 9 am on Sunday.

New Australian Worldloppet Masters can be recognised at the Presentation Party. Contact the Race Secretary for details.

Find out how to become a Worldloppet Master and information about Worldloppet Events

Get a team together for the Participation Awards

If five or more members of a club, organisation or school are taking part in any combination of the 3 Hoppet events, remember to register the group when you enter. At the presentation evening in Mt Beauty, pennants to celebrate your group achievement will be handed out to a group representative.


It is recommended that you book your accommodation early as this will be the busiest weekend of the ski season! Click here for more information on where to stay.

Waxing Service

Want Faster Skis?

The Kangaroo Hoppet Waxing Fundraiser has been contributing $4,000+ towards XC Ski Team athlete expenses for over a decade. All funds go into the XC Towards 2026 pool, that is predominantly used to pay for athlete accommodation and transport expenses at major events such as World Championships, World Cups, and World Junior/U23 Championships.
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We have introduced a new environmental friendly initiative and will NOT be providing plastic cups at the drink stations on course. Instead you will need to carry your own drink bottle or hydration pack. Water and 32Gi will still be available at drink stations for refills.