Skiers hitting the trails in greater numbers
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.