Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Kangaroo Hoppet, by joining us in 2020 to ski the Australian Birkebeiner! Skiers with good fitness level or experience will enjoy the fully groomed 21km course with some climbing and spectacular views over the Rocky Valley Dam. Challenge yourself and experience the wilderness high plains in a supportive environment. Once you have crossed the finish line, mingle with other skiers and enjoy the after race vibe in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl.
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The 21km Birkebeiner starts and finishes in the Nordic Bowl Falls Creek and includes the Sun Valley loop followed by the anti-clockwise Heathy Spur loop.
There will be a single cut-off at the intersection of the Two Pauls Track and the Paralyser (approx 12km point). No skier will be allowed to continue up the Paralyser after 12.20 pm.
Any changes to the cut-off times and locations will be announced.
NOTE: The course is subject to change due to prevailing snow and weather conditions.
Any changes to the course will be posted in Windy Corner Day Shelter, the Hoppet Shop in Mt Beauty and in the Nordic Bowl on race day.
Australian Birkebeiner 21km
22 Aug 2020
Age is calculated as at December 31, 2020. *U18 fee applies to entrants born in 2003 or later
Online registrations close 5pm Friday 21st August.
Entries received after August 7 cannot be guaranteed a seeded start and late entries may be required to start at the back of the field.
You can enter in person at the Hoppet Shop until 11.30 pm Friday 21st August, but strictly No entries accepted on race day.
Download a printable version of the entry form
Birkebeiner Start times
From 9.40am. The start is seeded, with the fastest skiers (the first 30 bib numbers) standing on the front line. Skiers are grouped into start paddocks for groups of 100 (by bib number). Please enter the correct start paddock. Each paddock will move up the hill in turn, and start in waves at one minute intervals. Race times will be calculated from each wave's start time.
Bib Pick up
Bibs must be collected from the Race Shop in Mt. Beauty next to the Info Centre, Kiewa Valley Hwy. The race shop will be open daily in August from 15th - 19th 1pm to 6pm, 20th 1pm to 8pm, 21st 10am to midnight, 22nd Race day 6.30am to 8.30am. Post Event- Race day 2 to 6pm, 23rd 9am to 3.30pm
Race Day bus
A special Hoppet bus will take you from Mt. Beauty to Falls Creek, Windy Corner for $10 return ticket when you register online. Only 100 seats are available and at this price they are extremely popular, so get in early! Pick up is at Mt. Beauty Hoppet shop 7am and departing Falls Creek windy corner 1pm (or when full) and another one departing 3pm back to Mt. Beauty. The regular coach from Falls Creek Coach Service is also available.
It is recommended that you book your accommodation early as this will be the busiest weekend of the 2020 ski season! Click here for more information on where to stay.
Get a team together for the Participation Awards
If five or more members of a club, organisation or school are taking part in any combination of the 3 Hoppet events, remember to register the group when you enter. At the presentation evening in Mt Beauty pennants will be handed out to a group representative to celebrate your group achievement .
Win an AGL Scholarship
The fastest Australian boy and girl skiers aged in the under 14 and under 18 in the Australian Birkebeiner will win $1000 AGL Junior Development scholarships. The scholarships show a strong commitment from AGL to support grassroots to elite racing in Australia. Previous recipients have included many of our past and present winter Olympic athletes. Note: The age category is calculated on the age they turn this year.