Canberra Cross Country Ski Club


2019 Activities

The Club will be involved with the following activities and events in 2019:

  • Running a Back Country First Aid Training Course at Kalkite and Perisher on the weekend on 22-23 June. (see below).
  • Supporting the Come and Try Day at Perisher on 6 July.
  • Supporting the Ski De Femme on 7 July.
  • Lodge Weekends at Kalkite on the nights of 5 & 6 July to coincide with the Come and Try Day, and on 2 & 3 August.
  • Social Meetings at Hughes Community Centre. The dates for the social meetings will be: 22 May, 12 Jun, 26 Jun, 10 Jul, 24 Jul, 14 Aug, 28 Aug, 11 Sept and 25 Sept.
  • Organising the Kosciuszko Tour ski race at Perisher (on the 27 July).
  • Supporting the Perisher Nordic Week from 3 to 11 August.
  • A New Zealand trip in late August to participate in the Merino Muster Ski Race. (see below).
  • A Lodge Weekend at Charlotte Pass in mid October.


Back Country First Aid Training – 22 & 23 June 2019

Canberra Cross Country Ski Club Members are invited to register for the Club’s Back Country First Aid Training to be conducted 22/23 June at Kalkite and Perisher.

Training Objective – The objective of this training is to refresh/train members in backcountry first aid skills to enable them to provide first aid to fellow Club members in the event of an accident during a cross country ski tour in a remote area.

Skill Level – If there is snow cover for this training, it may well be icy. Members registering for this training should have a minimum skill level at Cross Country Skiing of basic Intermediate.

Pre-Training Work – This training requires pre-work by attendees, including reading and a written test.

Registration – The registration fee of $485.00 includes accommodation at 7 Banksia Avenue Kalkite for the nights of Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June. The price has been reduced from $535.00 by the club contributing $50.00 to the cost for each member who registers. Registration can be made here.

A minimum of 6 registrations is required for the training to run. Should we fail to obtain the minimum number of paid up registrations the Club will refund all registration fees. The maximum number of registrations is limited to 12 Club Members. Members registering for this training need to be over the age of 18.

Registration and payment is required by the training provider, SnowSafety, by 16 May.

Training Arrangements

Day 1 – Sat 22 June – will be classroom work and CPR training with scenarios at 7 Banksia Avenue, Kalkite.

Day 2 – Sun 23 June – will be field based and all about scenarios with gear in packs in real life situations. Probably towards Mount Wheatley from the Perisher Car Park depending on prevailing weather conditions.

Certificates – We are not planning to issue certificates for this training to keep the cost as low as possible

What to Bring – Linen, towels, wash kit, clothing, self-catering food and drinks required for 2 nights at Kalkite. There are no shops. Participants must be fully equipped for a days cross country ski touring for the outdoor training to make it as realistic as possible.

Questions – Email Paul Room at


New Zealand Trip – August 2019

A number of 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.  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.

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.


July and August Lodge Weekends

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

Draft Program:

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.

To Book:   Numbers are strictly limited. Bookings can be made through the Register Now links below or by contacting Jo-Anne Clancy.

July Lodge Weekend (5-7 July)

August Lodge Weekend (2-4 August)