The Kangaroo Hoppet Planning Committee met earlier this week and made the decision not to proceed with the on snow event on 28 Aug this year.
‘The combination of international and interstate travel bans with the uncertainty around the level of Victorian COVID restrictions that would apply over the next fortnight meant that we felt that we were able to offer a safe event for our participants and volunteers in the alpine environment,’ said Race Director Ben Derrick. ’Not to overlook providing a high-quality event and the limits on participant numbers for events such as ours’.
With the virtual event already on offer for those unable to get to Falls Creek organisers are planning to offer an 'open track' style event from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 August for skiers that can make it up to Falls during Hoppet Week . With support from Parks Victoria and Falls Creek Resort Management our volunteers will be putting out course signage and km markers and setting up a few bells and whistles in the Nordic Bowl to give skiers a sense of involvement. Skiers will be able to come and go as they please and take a selfie on the traditional Hoppet podium. Please note that your safety is your responsibility, as it would be for any other day skiing at Falls Creek. The Hoppet will not be offering any emergency support. If you experience trouble, please call Falls Creek Ski Patrol 5758 1234 or in an emergency call 000.
The Organising Committee are keen to provide some normal Hoppet social activities even with the event not going ahead. The Hoppet shop will be open daily during Hoppet week with the usual array of memorabilia and merchandise. Of particular note is the great Hoppet Dozen from local vineyards in the valleys. The perfect companion for any meal or any occasion. Also, the collector's item Hoppet 30th year anniversary t-shirts when it's not actually going to be the 30th year celebration. Who knows, they might be as tantalizingly popular as an upside-down penny terrible for a philatelist.....unlikely, but in a couple of great colours they are sure to stand out!
If you can, please come and join us at Falls Creek during the week, particularly on Saturday the 28th as the Nordic Bowl will be looking special for the open-track virtual event. Connect via Facebook, pop into the Hoppet Shop, grab a takeaway coffee on the way up and be part of the crowd.
For the people that have entered to date, we will offer a full refund or we will roll your entry over into next year. Please let us know if you would like a refund otherwise we will roll your entry over. Also, all entries to date will receive a complimentary entry into the virtual event (you get a great looking 30th anniversary Buff - it's the best yet!).
It was a really tough decision to not proceed with the event this year and we really send our best wishes to those of you that can make it and to everyone who can't be there. However, please stay connected and be part of the celebration of our 30th event in 2022. I promise, the tracks will be fast and the sun will be shining (BD).