The Kangaroo Hoppet is Australia's premier long distance cross country ski race, and a member of the prestigious Worldloppet series of international cross country ski events. Worldloppet is a union of the most famous cross country ski races in the world attracting over 50,000 skiers annually. Worldloppet races are held each year in Austria, Italy, Germany, Japan, Canada, USA, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, France, Norway, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, China, Iceland, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia.
Worldloppet aims to bring together cross country skiers of all nationalities, ages and abilities, to share their common love of skiing, to renew old acquaintances, and to create new friendships. Whether you take two hours or eight hours, the Kangaroo Hoppet provides a unique opportunity to ski the Bogong High Plains of Victoria's Alpine National Park on a well groomed trail with six food stations. For those who do not feel up to the challenge of the 42km event, there are the shorter 21km Australian Birkebeiner and 7km Joey Hoppet events starting shortly after the main event.
The week leading up to the Kangaroo Hoppet provides a feast of skiing at Falls Creek, together with a host of social and festive activities in Falls Creek and the nearby sub-alpine town of Mount Beauty. Hoppet week has a range of social and sporting activities leading up to the race itself on the fourth Saturday of August.
On Saturday the centre of attention is the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl, with all three events starting and finishing in the same area, bringing visitors and participants together to share in the excitement. In the evening participants and friends have the opportunity to relive the events of the day at a social evening in Mount Beauty, which includes the presentation of age group and special awards.