Nordic skiing down under?
Yes you can and you should! When the snow is melting in the northern hemisphere the winter is slowly coming to us. Winter might not last as long as in Europe or Northern America but there is a great choice of cross country ski trails waiting for you to explore.
Cross country skiing is for the whole family, no matter if you are a beginner or expert skier. This is a great way to enjoy the snow.
There are various events throughout the Australian Winter season, the highlights are the annual Kangaroo Hoppet in Falls Creek or the Parisher XC ski week.
You can find more information about the individual resorts below or visit http://discoverxcski.com/ for more information about this great sport.
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Falls Creek is known as the home of Australian
Cross Country Skiing for good reason. Not only
is it home base for the Australian National Team
but it also has one of the most expansive trail
networks of any resort in the country. Through
65km of groomed trails you can gain access to
corners of the Bogong High Plains rarely seen
by most visitors. Take in breathtaking panoramic
views across the vast plains, deep valleys, snowy
mountains and majestic Rocky Valley Lake. This
is the pristine High Country at its best.
The Perisher Cross Country Centre offers a huge variety of trails (drop menu of maps/profiles) for you to enjoy, with no trail fees to pay. Many trails are groomed daily giving the skater, the classic skier and the tourer a choice of trails to ski on. Depending on snow conditions you can have up to 50 km of groomed trails to explore between Perisher, Charlotte Pass and Smiggins. The skiing standard required to ski the various trails varies from beginner to advanced.
Hotham & Dinner plain
Hotham and Dinner Plain has over 35km of trails, with circuits ranging in length from 2km to 15km.
Hotham has a variety of cross county trails from Wire Plain to explore the peaceful snow environment away from the bustle of the village area. Look for wombat tracks and towards to the end of the winter season see Flame Robins fossicking for insects in the snow. Four main trail areas are described below. Many smaller links are worth exploring and find them on the trail map. Some trails start straight from Hotham village, or you can take the free village shuttle bus to Wire Plain, the starting point for most courses. Other trails start around Dinner Plain. Something for everyone!
As Mt Stirling’s trails are free to use, cross-country skiing is a low-cost alternative and offers fun for the whole family.
A number of cross-country ski packages are available through Stirling Experience. The packages offer true value for money, allowing you to easily experience the joys of cross-country skiing in a relaxed and friendly Resort.
Info & source by
Discoverxcski.com, MtSterling.com.au, MtHotham.com.au, Fallscreek.com.au, Perisherxcountry.org, google.com.au