Whether you are entering the short Joey race or challenging yourself in the 42km Hoppet, you will need to know all the information below!
Bib Pick Up
Bibs must be collected from the Race Shop, AUDITORIUM@informationcentre, Kiewa Valley Hwy, Mt. Beauty
19th - 24th August, 2pm to 6pm
25th August, 10am to midnight
26th Race day 6.30am to 8.30am and Post Event- 2 to 6pm,
Sunday 27th, 9am to 3.00pm
Please note: If you cannot get there and you can't arrange for someone else to pick up your bag for you, please contact the Race Secretary by Tues Aug 22nd to make other arrangements.
Kangaroo Hoppet Start times: From 9.30am.
Birkebeiner Start times: From 9.40am.
Joey Start times: From 9.50am.
Each race start is seeded, with the elite top 30 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 of one minute intervals. Race times will be calculated from each wave's start time. Note: Allow enough time to get from Windy Corner car park to the race start.
2023 Start List by name (listed after seeding is done on the 16th August )
Hoppet bus & getting to Falls Creek Hoppet day
You may have noticed that Falls Creek has been experiencing extremely high visitation over the past month with day trippers. If you bought a special Hoppet bus ticket for race day when you entered online, the times are, departing Mt. Beauty Hoppet shop 7am and departing Falls Creek opposite the Police Station 1pm (or when full) and another one departing 3pm back to Mt. Beauty.
If traveling by car we strongly reccommend car sharing and Pre -purchase your resort entry permit NOW Arrive early to ensure you get to the start on time!
Two timing chips are attached to your bib, one on the front and one on the back. Do not fold or crush the chips. They will record your time as you pass by, or under, the readers. Don't block them with clothing, a pack or your arms. Stand up straight and ensure your bib is visible as you cross the finish line. Wear your own bib. Not your partner's or your child's!
We are going Plastic Cup FREE
We have introduced a new environmental friendly initiative and will NOT be providing plastic cups at the drink stations on course. Skiers are expected to carry their own supplies, so bring your own. Checkpoints out on the course will be for emergency situations only.
Help us avoid searching for missing skiers
If you don't complete the full course, tell the officials at the finish line that you have pulled out. Make sure they write down your number. We do not want to have an unnecessary search. Make sure you have provided a race day mobile phone contact number for you or a family member. If, for any reason, we don’t have a record of your having finished, our first step will be to try to ring you to make sure you aren't still out on the course.
Need help on race day?
The Race Secretary or an assistant will be in the Worldloppet Information Tent, next to the First Aid tent, from 9.00 a.m. and should be able to assist you if you have a problem.
The event is run on the Bogong High Plains, a wilderness area without roads. Skiers must be prepared for sudden changes in weather conditions. Windproof and waterproof outer garments should be carried (in a bum-bag or pack) and worn if necessary. Should the weather imply too great a risk for skiers, the organisers hold the right to change, postpone or cancel the race at short notice in view of skier safety.
Eye Protection / Sunscreen
Sunglasses or goggles should be worn, and also 50+ sunscreen. At this altitude, if eyes and skin are not protected, severe eye damage, sunburn or windburn can occur.
Skiers can leave their belongings in the area marked "Competitors Clothing" near the Information tent. Please bring a suitable bag or pack to leave your belongings in during the race.
Lost & Found
Please hand in any found items or broken equipment to the Passport Tent in the finish area or to officials at the race office in Mt Beauty or at the Saturday Night Presentations. If you lose something and want it back, make sure you have your name on it, especially ski poles.
Check at the Race Office on Sunday or email the race secretary. Items left out on the course may not be brought in for several days.
Toilets are situated in the Gully Cafe on the right as you enter Falls Creek, at the day shelter next to the Police Station, and at the Windy Corner Day Shelter. Portable toilets will be provided near the start/finish area.
St John First Aid service will be available at the finish. The course will be patrolled by the Falls Creek SES group and by Ski Patrol.
Please check and notify us ASAP if you see any errors. Result boards will be on display at the Presentations from 7 pm on Saturday night and in the Hoppet Shop on Sunday morning.
Certificates can also be downloaded from the results link after the event. https://alpinetiming.com.au/r135
Saturday Night Presentations
An informal gathering at Mt Beauty Community Centre next to the Bakery in the main street from 6.30pm. There will be food, wine, beer, cider, softdrinks, firepits, results, photos and Worldloppet passport stamping will be displayed inside.
- Prizes: There are cash, awards and sponsor product prizes for the first ten placegetters in the Kangaroo Hoppet. In the 21km and 7km races there are awards and sponsor product prizes for the first three women and men.
- AGL Scholarships: Eight $1000 AGL Energy in Action scholarships will be awarded to the first Australian boy and girl in U14 and U18 in the 7km Joey Hoppet, U23 in the 21km Australian Birkebeiner, and to the first Australians in the 42km Kangaroo Hoppet.
- A special commemorative Hoppet cap will be awarded to those skiers who have completed their 10th, 20th or 30th Kangaroo Hoppet race, and skiers who have competed in every Hoppet will be recognised.
- There is a Joey Hoppet schools competition with four separate categories for Primary and Secondary, girls and boys/mixed, with a trophy for each winning team (up to five students per team with best three times to count).
- Worldloppet Masters and Worldloppet passport stamping
- Winners of each age class in all three distances will receive a commemorative coffee mug.
- Pennant flags will be available for pick up for teams or clubs registered with 5 or more people
Links for more information:
Booking accommodation for Hoppet week or the race weekend EARLY is essential. This will be the busiest weekend of the 2023 season with accommodation places already filling fast.
Falls Creek (Ski in Ski out)
Mount Beauty (30km from Falls Creek)
Howmans Gap (5km from xc trails, weekend package only)