The Club was involved with the following activities and events in 2019:
- Helping staff the ACT Ski and Snowboard Expo at Kingston (11 May).
- Having an indoor ski training night at Vertikal in Fyshwick (14 May).
- Social Meetings at Hughes Community Centre, held on the following dates: 22 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 11 Sept and 26 Sept.
- Supporting the Come and Try Day at Perisher on 6 July.
- Supporting the Ski De Femme at Perisher.
- Lodge Weekends at Kalkite on the nights of 5 & 6 July to coincide with the Come and Try Day, and on 2 & 3 August.
- Organising the Kosciuszko Tour ski race at Perisher (on the 27 July).
- Supporting the Perisher Nordic Week from 3 to 11 August.
- Tour to New Zealand to participate in the Merino Muster Ski Race (late August).
- A Lodge Weekend at Charlotte Pass (25 & 26 October).
- Christmas Party at Lennox Gardens (4 December)
Further details of these events is provided below:
Ski & Snowboard Sale & Expo – May 11, 2019
The ACT Ski & Snowboard Sale & Expo is held every year on the second Saturday in May at the Former Transport Depot in Kingston. The Sale & Expo is a great opportunity to buy and/or sell new and preloved snow sports equipment at bargain prices! Volunteers are on hand to give guidance on your purchases. Local retailers will be selling new and ex hire gear on the day and members of the public is welcome sell their pre loved equipment as well. All proceeds from the event go toward supporting local snow sports athletes, programs and events.
Where: Former Transport Depot, 21 Wentworth Ave, Kingston, ACT
Drop off sale items to the Former Transport Depot, 12.00pm to 7.00pm on Friday May 10. They will then be labelled by volunteers and put on display for the Sale on the Saturday. There is a charge of $2 per item lodged into the sale. A 25% commission is taken on goods sold. You will receive a balance by cheque within 2 weeks of the sale.
Sale & Expo: 8.30am – 1.30pm Saturday May 11 2019
During the Sale there will be Ski Tuning Demonstrations and a BBQ selling drinks and food. Any unsold gear must be collected after the Sale on the Saturday between 3.00pm – 4.00pm.
Indoor Downhill Ski Training Night — Fri 14 June 2019
An Indoor Downhill Ski Training Night is being held for Club members at Vertikal Fyshwick – brush up on your snow plough (or parallel) turns:
Date: 14 June 2019
Time: 6pm to 8pm for a half hour tutored session on the slope
Cost: $65 (includes equipment, tuition and light refreshments)
What to bring: Warm layers of clothes that you can strip off to cooler clothing when on the slope. Your own downhill ski boots and helmet if you have them or they can be provided by Vertikal. Note that Vertikal provide downhill skis and poles.
Background information: There is a warm fire to gather around while waiting your turn and watching the slope. Light refreshments are included and hot drinks and alcoholic drinks are available at your cost from the bar.
If interested, sign up via the Register Now link.
July & August Lodge Weekends (2019)
The club is once again hosting two lodge weekends in July and August for members. The early July weekend is in the ACT and NSW school holidays. It is held in conjunction with the ‘Come and Try’ cross country ski lessons at Perisher (organised by Ski and Snowboard Australia) and is a great weekend for families and beginners. The early August weekend is in the middle of the ski season and should offer plenty of touring opportunities. It is also the start of Perisher XC Ski Week, with the option of extending your stay if you wish to take part in the full XC Ski Week program. Lessons for this weekend will be arranged subject to demand.
These weekends are a great opportunity to learn to ski or develop new skills, go on tours appropriate to your skiing level and meet other members, while staying in comfortable shared accommodation close to the mountains. Families with children are welcome. Both weekends include two nights’ accommodation in shared houses at Kalkite. Note: the cost of renting the accommodation has increased since last season. In 2019 the cost for a weekend is $95 single (in shared bunk room) $190 couple (queen bed in private room) $285 family (3-5 persons in private room). Please note this fee does not include lessons, ski hire, transport or food costs.
Dates: 5 – 7 July (school holidays) and 2 – 4 August
Friday: Arrive at lodge accommodation in evening.
Saturday: ‘Come and Try open day’ lessons (July weekend) and tours, social night dinner back at lodge.
Sunday: Tours for all levels of skiers led by experienced club members.
Numbers are strictly limited. Bookings can be made through the Register Now link on the club website or by contacting Jo-Anne Clancy.
The club will again run the Kosciuszko Tour ski race this season on a new date. To avoid clashes with other events on a tightly packed race calendar, the Kosciuszko Tour will now be held on Saturday 27 July. This will make the race a great warm-up for the Perisher XC Week events and the Kangaroo Hoppet. The exact course will be determined prior to the event but, being earlier in the season, it will use the groomed Perisher trail network and cover approx. 18km, and could be anywhere in the local area that will provide an interesting ski experience. Snow cover, snow conditions and weather will all be taken into consideration. The race is open to both classic and skate techniques.
Form a Team with other people to participate in the Team or Fancy Dress competition.
Prizes, Presentations and Refreshments following the event at ‘Altitude the Lodge,’ Smiggin Holes.
Register on the Ski and Snowboard Australia online entry system.
We need volunteers to help run the race, so please contact Rowan Christie or Jo-Anne Clancy if you can assist.
New Zealand Trip – Merino Muster Ski Race – August 2019
A number of Canberra Cross-Country Ski Club members are travelling to New Zealand in late August to participate in the Merino Muster Ski Race, a Worldloppet event being held on Saturday, 31 August at the Snow Farm situated on the Pisa Range between Queenstown and Wanaka.
Accommodation for up to 10 people has been booked at the ‘Haven by the Lake’ holiday home in Wanaka for the nights of 26 to 31 August. Most of us are flying to Queenstown on Monday, 26 August and returning to Australia on Sunday, 1 September. Anyone interested in attending should contact Gale Funston.
The Merino Muster is New Zealand’s pinnacle cross-country ski race and is for top athletes, cross-country skiing enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport. With 42km, 21km and 7km distances, the race caters to all abilities and fitness levels.
October Lodge Weekend (2019)
The Club lodge weekend will be held at the Southern Alps Ski Club lodge at Charlotte Pass on the weekend of 26 & 27 October. Accommodation for the nights of Friday 25 & Saturday 26 October has been arranged.
This is always a popular weekend, with Club ski tours held around Charlotte Pass or on the Main Range on the Saturday and Sunday. At present there is a deep cover of snow on the Main Range, so there should be good skiing during October.
People will need to bring along food, linen and towels for the weekend. The intention is to have a community dinner on the Saturday evening where people bring along an entree, main course or dessert to share with others.
The cost per person for accommodation will be $49 per night. The cost per family will be $113 per night. Payment will need to be made prior to the weekend via the Register Now.
The CCCSC Christmas Party will be held at Lennox Gardens from 5:30pm on Wed 4 December 2019. Bring your own food and drink. Everyone is welcome.