|Only one international snow sports event takes place in the Southern Hemisphere each year. On the last
weekend in August, Falls Creek will again host more than 1,000 competitors from over 20 countries in
Australia’s premier long distance cross country ski race, the Kangaroo Hoppet. This year marks the 22
running of the event at Falls Creek.
The event comprises three courses; the elite 42km Kangaroo Hoppet, a shorter 21km course known as the Australian Birkebeiner and the “fun run” course , the 7km Joey Hoppet.
The Hoppet courses are all designed on Falls Creek’s groomed cross country trails and historically take in the
picturesque “Sun Valley Loop” around the Resort’s unique Rocky Valley Lake precinct and into the Alpine
“The Kangaroo Hoppet is a unique Australian event catering to all ages and skill levels“ said David Herman,
CEO Falls Creek Resort Management.
“In addition to the elite international athletes the Hoppet attracts, I love the fact that so many families participate including my own. It’s a unique ‘must do’ experience each year.”
On the last Saturday in August, all eyes are on the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl, bringing visitors and participants
together to share in the excitement. The Hoppet also provides an ideal opportunity for Falls Creek to showcase its unique ski-in-ski-out alpine village and hospitality.
Cross country skiing is currently experiencing a huge “renaissance” worldwide as one of the healthiest ways for men and women of all ages to exercise and keep fit. In Sweden this year, the comparable event to the Hoppet attracted over 60,000 competitors.
Few sports unite a lower body and upper body workout, while concurrently exercising both the "pulling" and
"pushing" muscles of each area. Unlike alpine skiing, cross country is low impact, relatively easy to learn and
affordable. Falls Creek for example has eliminated trail fees so you can be on the snow for the modest cost of
Proven benefits of cross country skiing include:
· Ultimate calorie burner (burns on average 1,122 calories per hour compared to boxing which is 816
calories per hour)
· Low impact and good for joint health
· Improvement in heart and lung capacity
· Great winter fitness option for swimmers, runners and cyclists
· Natural high from being outdoors in the company of Mother Nature
“At Falls Creek we encourage our guests to expand their horizons. We’ve got the country’s most reliable snow,
the best downhill skiing for all skill levels, 65km of free cross country trails, dedicated snowshoe tracks, a wide range of snow play options and the friendliest alpine village in Australia” said Herman.
Falls Creek is 345 kms from Melbourne.
Friday, 10 August 2012
Falls Creek hosts Kangaroo Hoppet Cross country event back for another year
Source = Falls Creek