Press Release 12/08/2021: The Kangaroo Hoppet Planning Committee met earlier this week and made the decision not to proceed with the on snow event this year. Read More>



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Due to poor visibility, the start was delayed by 30 minutes. Because of poor snow cover, the course went to Sun Valley, over the Dam Wall, to Watchbed Creek, up to The Park and back over Heathy Spur, with long course skiers turning left at the Bogong High Plains Road towards Watchbed Creek again, while Birkebeiner skiers headed to the finish. Hoppet skiers did two loops and Birkebeiners one. Skiers returned to the Nordic Bowl via the steep descent and ascent below the dam wall. Joey skiers just went to Sun Valley and back.

Weather & Snow Conditions

Hot weather early in the week combined with rain later in the week reduced the snow cover. Snow bridges collapsing over creeks was a problem. It was very foggy over the top of Heathy Spur and extra course marking was required on the day.




Ben Derrick went into the race as one of the favourites, however he was sick in the Hoppet week. He tried to go with the leaders, but blew up and dropped back through the field and ended up 16th. Vitali Tchernov (RUS) left Cameron Morton (AUS) behind at about the 12km mark, and won by about 2 minutes. Jannike Oeyen (NOR) was the clear winner in the womenís event – over 8 minutes ahead of second placed Brigitte Witschi-Wenger (SUI). The Kangaroo Hoppet was the final race in the FIS Continental Cup. Cup winners were: Men – Ben Derrick (AUS) and Women – Camille Melvey (AUS).

Technical Delegate (TD)

 Graeme Power (AUS-NSW)

Assistant TD

 David Wells (AUS-Vic)


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Vitali Tchernov (RUS)

Jannike Oeyen (NOR)

Cameron Morton (2nd)

Camille Melvey (3rd)


Dan van der Ploeg (AUS)

Deb Godsmark (AUS)

Daniel van der Ploeg (1st)

Deb Godsmark (1st)

Joey Hoppet

Peter Malcolm (AUS)

Esther Bottomley (AUS)

Peter Malcolm (1st)

Esther Bottomley (1st)

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