The KAC is one of the largest cross-country ski races in NSW. The race route, from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass Village, traverses 8km of gentle undulating terrain through magnificent scenery. Anyone over 12 may enter (with some restrictions for younger skiers).
Started in 1972 by some enthusiastic KAC members who wanted to encourage greater participation in cross-country skiing, the race was popularly known as The Martini, due to its early sponsorship. The race has been held every year since. Held on the second Wednesday of August, THE KAC is a noted event on the Australian skiing calendar and is run according to the rules of the Federation Internationale de Ski. The race is the centrepiece of Cross-Country Race Week, which starts with the Boonoona Open the previous Sunday and finishes with the Snowy Classic the following weekend.
As with other ‘citizen’ cross-country ski races, you can enjoy the event on different levels. If you’re of Olympic, World, Masters, or Nationals standard you’ll probably ski hard and competitively. If you’re a more casual skier, you can do it for fun. It all depends what you want to get out of it. You can enter either as a Classic (diagonal stride) or Freestyle (skating) skier, with the Classic racers starting first. Both ski the same course.
At the finish of the race in Charlotte Pass, KAC hosts a party and prize giving. Catch up with friends over beer, Gluhwein and some hot food, and maybe win a prize. There are plenty of these for overall, handicap, and age group winners, as well as spot prizes. This is all included in your entry fee. Subsidised transport is available for those who prefer not to ski back to Perisher.
For more details please see www.kac.org.au/thekac
The Charlotte Pass Open
The Charlotte Pass Open is a 5km race in tracks around the valley between Charlotte Pass Village and Mt Sugarloaf. It’s a classical race open to all comers. You can enter below, on the day at KAC Charlotte Pass until 10:00 am, or at KAC Perisher until 9 am. There are drinks, a BBQ lunch & prize giving at KAC Charlotte Pass afterwards.
For more details please see www.kac.org.au/cpopen