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WHAT IS CROSS COUNTRY?

Cross Country Skiing is a huge part of the unique activity base that makes Falls Creek so special, and it includes more than you may think. Skating on fast corduroy trails, exploring new terrain off-piste in the National Park, making tele carves down the lift-accessed runs - it is all part of this booming winter snowsport.

Falls Creek is the home of Cross Country skiing in Australia with 65km of groomed trails. Find the style that suits you and give Cross Country a turn this winter.

SKATE

Similar to ice-skating, but using fast narrow skis, and really light boots. It’s a quick way to see a lot of country when the trails are groomed.  Most people can learn to skate in a few lessons

 

TRACK

Is like walking on snow, but you get to slide down the hills and glide along the flats!  The boots much lighter than downhill – more like a runner and are a really comfortable fit.  The skis have a pattern on the base so you can easily walk up hills

TELEMARK

Like Telemark Touring but heavier boots and the skis don’t go up hill

BACKCOUNTRY

Get out and really see places where there is literally no one around and no ski tracks on the snow. Backcountry boots are more robust, and the skis have a metal edge.

RACE

A great way to motivate yourself to go fast and train.  Races are for all ages and abilities and range from 2 to 40 km long, but are typically 5-12 km

SNOWSHOE

Trade the skis for snowshoes and hike the trails through spectacular landscapes. Snowshoes are easy to use and strap on over your normal boots.

XC AT FALLS CREEK

THE HOME OF CROSS COUNTRY

Falls Creek is Australia's home of Cross Country Skiing. With a landscape and terrain that rivals the best in the world, over 65km of groomed trails are open and free to access.

Trail fees have been free since 2011 which has resulted in huge growth in Nordic Sports at Falls Creek. Cross country skiing is now joined by dedicated snowshoeing and fat biking trails as a popular sport for beginners and those wanting to experience more on their Falls Creek snow adventure.

Through our trails gain access to corners of the Bogong High Plains rarely seen by most visitors. This is the pristine High Country at its best.

FALLS CREEK XC TERRAIN

BEGINNER TERRAIN

For those new to the sport, the Nordic Bowl is the perfect learning course. The Nordic Bowl is sheltered from the weather and provides the perfect place to learn, play and have fun. This is also the base for XC ski lessons. 

The Nordic Bowl has a large open base with sloping sides of different degrees of difficulty, perfect for learning basic skills. From here the 1.5km Nordic Bowl loop and Hoppet start area are good trails to progress to.

INTERMEDIATE TRAILS

Local Loops

All tracks between Windy Corner, Rocky Valley Lake and Panorama Corner are commonly known the ‘local loops’. Several loops of differing lengths - these are ideal for intermediates.

From the Nordic Bowl the 2.5km "Panorama" loop has varied terrain and great views, giving access to several longer tracks. In poor weather the "Pipeline" track offers the most shelter and combines with the "Aitkens" track to form a varied 2.5km loop.

Watchbed Creek / Wallaces Hut Trail (8km / 15km return) 

The return trip to Watchbed Creek is one of the most popular trails. Often windy across the Dam Wall, the trail becomes well sheltered, flat and wide all the way to Watchbed Creek. 

For an 8km return ski skiers can choose to turn around near the turn-off up the "Paralyser" on the "Heathy Spur Loop". Continuing straight on around past Langford Gap takes skiers to Wallaces Hut - the oldest standing mountain hut in the Alpine National Park. 

15km is a fair trip, but when the tracks are groomed hard and fast it’s beautiful skating around the eastern end of Rocky Valley Lake.

Sun Valley Loop (7km)

The "Sun Valley" Loop meanders past the bottom of the Runied Castle ski area with great views of the western end of Rocky Valley Lake. Once in Sun Valley the track is undulating, however there is a little bit of climb back from Sun Valley to Panorama corner. This is also the track used for the Joey Hoppet 7km ski race.

McKay Loop / Stockyard Loop (5km / 3km)

It’s a steady climb up the McKay Road but it’s worth the effort. When the weather is good there are fantastic panoramic views of the Bogong High Plains, including Mt Bogong and Mt Feathertop. For a side trip you can continue past the cattle grid down to the "Stockyard Loop" overlooking Pretty Valley Lake. These upper trails have very reliable snow even in times of low snow and have been used as part of the Kangaroo Hoppet course in seasons with low snowfall.

ADVANCED TRAILS

With everything from tough 5km and 10km championship event loops to longer trails into the Bogong High Plains, there is something for all advanced skiers. 

The challenging Rocky Valley Lake and Heathy Spur loops are the benchmark (and form the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet course), while the more adventurous can venture out to spectacular peaks such as Spion Kopje and Mt Fainter. These options are usually for heavier skis and metal edges but when conditions are right it is possible to skate out to these peaks and enjoy a different side to skiing at Falls Creek.

STARTING OUT

RENTING EQUIPMENT

Falls Creek Cross Country is the new name for the Nordic Centre at Windy Corner - your first stop for a cross country adventure. They stock an extensive range of rental equipment for all ages plus there are plenty of accessories to purchase also. The best part is the centre is staffed by passionate locals who know the trails better than anybody else. Stop in for a coffee and a chat on the best spots to hit before heading out.

LESSONS, CLINICS & TOURS

Cross Country skiing is easy to pick up, even if it is your first time on snow. We recommend instruction and training to get you started. Falls Creek’s Cross Country is there to help you get your ski on – from beginners on classics through to experienced skaters.

SCHOOL GROUPS

Cross Country Skiing offers an athletic and fun new way for school children to experience and learn about a unique part of our country’s diverse landscape. Experienced guides available for school bookings of any group size and the village is also well equipped to cater to the needs of visiting school groups.

COMPETITION

REGULAR CALENDAR EVENTS

This winter FCXC, Birkebeiner Ski Club, Discover XC and Ski and Snowboard Australia bring you a range of great XC ski opportunities that are open for any to participate and enjoy. FIND OUT MORE >

KANGAROO HOPPET

The Hoppet is Australia's largest international snowsports event, attracting over 1,200 competitors and the world's best elite skiers. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in August, this event is a spectacle that creates one of Falls Creek's most popular weekends.  FIND OUT MORE >

ASSSTC

The Australian Secondary Schools Ski Team Championships (ASSSTC) is a competition that gives participants the opportunity to perform in a team environment in the various disciplines of alpine ski, cross country ski and snowboarding. This is a unique carnival that promotes team spirit and mateship and is a lot of fun even for the teachers that attend. FIND OUT MORE >

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL TEAM

Falls Creek is proud to host as the official base for the Australian National Cross Country Ski Team and is home to a number of world class athletes and Winter Olympians.   FIND OUT MORE >

JUNE EVENTS

WeekendEventDate
Weekend 1Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series 1Sunday 25th June

JULY EVENTS

WeekendEventDate
Weekend 2Fast and Female
Birkebeiner Classic
Sat 1st July
Sun 2nd July
Weekend 3Snow Trek &Travel High Plains Tour
YMCA Howmans Gap Vic Relay Champs
Sat 8th July
Sun 9th July
MidweekSSA Falls Creek XC School Ski Team Training camp
Vic Junior & Development Squad Training Camp
Mon 10th - Thurs 13th July
Mon 10th - Thurs 13th July
Weekend 4Victorian Junior Sprint Championships
Victorian Junior Distance Championships
Sat 15th July
Sun 16th July
Weekend 5Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series IISun 23rd July
Weekend 6Australian Junior Sprint Championships
Australian Junior Distance Championships
Sat 29th July
Sun 30th July

AUGUST EVENTS

WeekendEventDate
Weekend 7Snow Trek & Travel Mini Series IIISun 6th August
Weekend 8Ski De Femme
Rocky Valley Rush, Sun Valley Ramble
Sat 12th August
Sun 13th August
MidweekNorth East Primary School Ski Carnival & RelaysThurs 17th August 11am-2pm
Weekend 9Australian Open Sprints
Australian Open Championships
Sat 19th August
Sun 20th August
MidweekHoppet Week ClinicsMon 21st August
Weekend 10Kangaroo HoppetSat 26th August
MidweekASSSTCWed 30th August - Fri 1st September

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

WeekendEventDate
MidweekASSSTCWed 30th August - Fri 1st September
Weekend 11Snow Trek &Travel Mini Series IVSat 2nd September
Weekend 12SSA Futures CampSat 23rd & Sun 24th September