THE KAC XC Classic – racing since 1972

The flagship of the Koscuisko ALpine Club's Cross COuntry racing program is the iconic KAC - one of the largest and oldest cross-country ski races held in NSW. The race route, from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass Village, traverses 8km of gently undulating terrain through magnificent scenery. Open to racers over 12 years of age, in both classic and freestyle.

The 2023 KAC was held on Monday 7th August 2023

Started in 1972 by 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, except unfortunately in 2020 due to the Global Pandemic. Held on the first 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.  In a break from tradition the 2022 KAC will be held on the Monday to allow a greater number of participants to take advantage of the long weekend.

As with other 'citizen' Cross-Country ski races, you can enjoy the event on different levels - ski hard and comptitively if  you're of Olympic, World, Masters, or Nationals standard, or, if youre a little more casual, ski for fun on one of the most beautiful courses you'll find in Australia.  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 prize giving at the Kosciuszko Chalet - catch up with friends for a drink and maybe win a prize. 

Transport is available for those who prefer not to ski back to Perisher – please book oversnow transport with Charlotte Pass Ski Resort: Charlotte Pass Ski Resort Oversnow  As a Race entrant or Race spectator you are eligible for discounted oversnow rates - please contact the KAC Office by email ( for a PROMO CODE.  Please note the Event is weather dependent, and all racers will be contacted via SMS with updates – please ensure the mobile number attached to your race entry is valid.


THE KAC 2023 - Race results

The KAC 2023 Race Results