Many AUS Biathletes spend time at Mt Hotham’s sister resort, Falls Creek, Victoria. Here is some important info for those planning on some cross country action at Falls next week!
The first Australian cross country ski event for the Australian 2013 season is next Saturday 29 June at Lake Mountain.
It’s a Skier Cross event on skinny skis … given the unusual jumps, berms and amount of “sugary” artificial snow at the bottom of the sharp J turn … there are not only “cash prizes” but also “crash prizes”!
Lake Mountain may not have a biathlon range, but it is the closest cross country ski area closest to Melbourne, and is near Marysville, a couple of hours’ drive from town.
This makes it very accessible to many biathletes for this event, where biathletes tend to dominate the field … this is a cross country event designed for max fun and not a little embarrassment for those that take themselves too seriously.
Oh, and the athlete in the pic, who shall not be named, is not a biathlete … any more … 🙂
There’s more snow coming today, and for the next few days, too.
We’re looking for more snow to get those biathlon and cross country ski trails well and truly covered!
Currently it’s below zero degrees Celsius at Mt Hotham.
Let’s hope for conditions to soon be like the ones in this photo of Whiskey Flat, at a Championship event a couple of seasons ago.
Yes, the grey weather can be a little dispiriting at first glance … sunny days make for more appealing photos for websites.
But without clouds, there’s no snow!
And we are more than a little excited by the snow build up in this photo, which was taken recently by Greg, one of the Mt Hotham expert groomers.
This trail is the one from Mt Hotham to Dinner Plain, approx. 11 glorious kilometres through the snow gums.
Can’t wait for a few more grey days!
Yesterday this is how part of the Mt Hotham cross country ski trail at the intersection of the Biathlon loop at Wire Plain looked (thanks to http://www.mthotham.com.au).
The snow is slowly mounting up, while we’re counting down to our first weekend, the Paul Family Weekend, the most fun you can have in biathlon, no matter how experienced you are!