Cross Country / Nordic Skiing
Victoria has a huge area of alpine country suitable for cross country skiing in winter, greater than the European Alps. The very best of this, is the sprawling expanse of hills, valleys and broad ridges of the Bogong High Plains. A number of mountains rise out of this plain and the area is dotted with historical cattle men's huts. This area is easily accessible from Falls Creek.
Falls Creek resort itself has the unique Nordic Bowl. This is a sheltered area of flat and gentle slopes ideal for cross country ski learning and tuition and cross country race training. It is also a rallying point for ski tourers heading out into the national park. From Windy Corner, it is an easy ski of less than one kilometer to the Nordic Bowl.
Within the resort there is a network of 20 km of groomed cross country trails and this is the key location in Victoria for cross country ski racing. The total groomed trails available from Falls Creek is between 30-60 km at any given time.
Falls Creek is also the site of Australia's premier international cross country skiing event. The Kangaroo Hoppet is part of the Worldloppet series of long distance citizen races. It is run in conjunction with the Australian Birkenbeiner Ski Race and the Joey Hoppet on the last Saturday in August each year.
If you live in Victoria and have not tried out the fabulous opportunities for cross country skiing you are doing yourself a disservice. If you are a cross country skier and have not skied Falls Creek and the Bogong High Plains you have not skied the best.
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