Skiers hit­ting the trails in greater num­bers

North East Living Magazine - - Lifestyle -

IT may not draw the week­end war­riors to the moun­tains in the same way as down­hill ski­ing and snow­board­ing, but the ap­peal of cross country ski­ing is def­i­nitely grow­ing.

Un­like the other snow sports, cross country ski­ing doesn’t re­quire a lift pass, mak­ing it a far less ex­pen­sive op­tion, par­tic­u­larly for fam­i­lies.

And the prospect of get­ting out into the wilder­ness and ex­plor­ing the trails is draw­ing more con­verts ev­ery win­ter.

Jo Prothero, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager at Falls Creek Re­sort, said there was plenty of ap­peal with cross country ski­ing.

“The cross country trail net­work at Falls Creek is free to ac­cess, mak­ing it more ac­ces­si­ble,” Prothero said.

“The trail net­work is also well groomed and main­tained through­out the sea­son. “With over 65km of trails, there is some­thing for all abil­i­ties. “From my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, cross country is a great ac­tiv­ity to keep fit dur­ing the win­ter months. >>

“It’s a great car­dio work­out with the added ad­van­tage of the unique scenery and ‘es­cape from it all’ feel­ing.”

Prothero said the trail net­work at Falls Creek had some­thing to of­fer for all levels of skiers.

“There is al­ways a trail suit­able no mat­ter what the weather or snow con­di­tions are,” Prothero said.

“For be­gin­ners, the aque­duct is a great start­ing point, mov­ing to the Nordic Bowl for some skill de­vel­op­ment.

“Sun Val­ley, a 4.4km loop, takes in the down­hill ski fields and im­pres­sive Rocky Val­ley Dam.

“For those look­ing to go fur­ther afield, head over the dam wall on the Bo­gong High Plains Road, to­wards Lang­ford’s Gap and Wal­lace’s Hut.

“If you are look­ing for a real chal­lenge, tackle the Paral­yser and Heathy Spur Loop.

“Falls Creek is also the home of the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cross Country Team.

“Skiers will reg­u­larly see team mem­bers – Phil Belling­ham, Ka­t­rina Paul, Cal­lum Wat­son to name a few – go­ing through their paces on the snow through­out the sea­son.”

The re­sort also of­fers plenty of events for cross country skiers, from be­gin­ners to the pros.

“The main event at Falls is the Kan­ga­roo Hoppet on Satur­day, Au­gust 26 – the South­ern Hemi­sphere’s largest cross country race,” Prothero said.

“With dis­tances to suit be­gin­ners, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced skiers, over 1000 skiers par­tic­i­pate. “An­other high­light is the Ski de Femme events. “Ded­i­cated to fe­males, in­struc­tors tai­lor lessons to in­crease par­tic­i­pa­tion with a lot of fun and games to be had along the way.

“In ad­di­tion, there are plenty of club and state com­pe­ti­tions.”

PIC­TURE PERFECT / From be­gin­ners to pro­fes­sion­als, there are trails for ev­ery­one at Falss Creek.

SPEC­TAC­U­LAR / There is al­ways plenty to see along the way dur­ing a day out on the trails.

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