Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Kangaroo Hoppet, by joining us in 2021 to ski Australia's premier long distance cross country ski race!
This iconic 42km Worldloppet international cross country ski event is an amazing way to enjoy the Australian high plains and ski a challenging race in a supportive environment. Skiers will need a good level of fitness level or prior experience to ski the fully groomed undulating course, with some climbing and spectacular views over Rocky Valley Dam. 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 42km Kangaroo Hoppet course is a 26km lap consisting of the Sun Valley loop, the Langfords Loop and the Heathy Spur loop with a diversion to the right at the Park drink station (Johnstons loop), followed by a second lap (16km) consists of another Sun Valley loop then the Langfords loop and return along the Two Pauls track.
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.
Cut-off points and times for the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet
- Half way (26km) To ensure competitor safety, no-one will be allowed to continue past the 26km point (in the Nordic Bowl) after 1.00 pm (or 3:30 hours after start time if there is a delay). The cut-off point will be halfway down the finish chute.
- A second cut-off at 2:00 pm, or 4:30 hours after the start, will apply at the near side of the dam wall.
- An additional cut-off may be imposed by the race jury beyond the dam wall on the second lap if it is determined that there is a risk to the health of the competitor and/or event officials/volunteers.
Any changes to the cut-off times and locations will be announced.
Skiers who miss a cut-off may be credited with a Birkebeiner time and certificate.
Kangaroo Hoppet 42km
28 Aug 2021
Aug 1 - 15
Online registrations close 4pm Friday 27th 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 27th August, but strictly no entries accepted on race day.
Download a printable version of the entry form
Hoppet Start times
From 9.30am. The start is seeded, with the elite top 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 2021 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 male and female skiers in the Kangaroo Hoppet 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.