Com­pe­ti­tions heat up on the lo­cal moun­tains

Myrtleford Times - - Regional Extra -

A RANGE of events will be grac­ing North East snow re­sorts this week.

At Falls Creek, you can en­joy the reg­u­lar Re­nault Night Show on Thurs­day, Au­gust 24, as well as the Falls Creek In­vi­ta­tion Night Sprints.

Satur­day, Au­gust 26 also sees the Kan­ga­roo Hop­pet, one of the big­gest an­nual events in the area and billed as Aus­tralia’s premier long dis­tance cross coun­try ski race.

As well as a com­pet­i­tive 42km event, there are also sev­eral shorter dis­tances to suit dif­fer­ent needs, and the event is also an ex­cit­ing spec­ta­cle for on­look­ers.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Hop­pet is avail­able on www.hop­pet.com.au.

Mean­while, at Mt Hotham, you can take part in a fundrais­ing bar­be­cue on Au­gust 26 for Scott Ryan, who is rais­ing money for his Fire­fighter Stair Climb chal­lenge, which raises money to help fight men­tal health is­sues.

If health and ex­er­cise is more your thing, Satur­day also sees a Pi­lates in the Snow event.

From Au­gust 24-27, watch some of Aus­tralia and the world’s best com­pete in the FIS ANC SBX and Ski-X events.

There are also plenty of activities and fun to en­joy at Mt Buller.

You can en­joy activities such as snow play, to­bog­gan­ing and cross coun­try ski­ing at Mt Buf­falo, although snow cover can vary de­pend­ing on the weather.

Fa­cil­i­ties on the moun­tain in­clude a café and day shel­ter at Dingo Dell.

Keep an eye on snow cams and the web­site of your pre­ferred moun­tain, or ask your lo­cal ski hire busi­ness or tourism in­for­ma­tion centre for in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent snow con­di­tions at re­sorts around the area.

For up to date in­for­ma­tion about what is hap­pen­ing at lo­cal moun­tains this win­ter, see: Falls Creek: www.ski­falls.com.au Mt Hotham: www.hotham.com.au Mt Buller: www.mt­buller.com.au Mt Buf­falo: park­web.vic.gov.au

PHOTO: Chris Hock­ing

TRY­ING IT OUT: DWA guide Peter Hull work­ing with quad­ri­plegic man An­thony Bartl dur­ing his first day of ski­ing at Falls Creek last week. An­thony Bartl was struck by a car at the age of six, the in­juries left him as a C1 quad­ri­plegic, but he said he has never al­lowed his dis­abil­ity to get in the way of life’s ad­ven­tures. He was guided on the moun­tain by Mr Hull and re­sort staff. An­thony re­marked “It’s prob­a­bly the best thing I’ve done with a dis­abil­ity. “You’ve just got to get out there, be as brave as you can, don’t hold back.”

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