Worldloppet action down under at the Kangaroo Hoppet coming weekend
Consistent mid-season snowfalls and great trail preparation has the track for the 29th edition of the Kangaroo Hoppet in perfect condition. Further predicted Falls in the week leading into the event will enhance the course condition for the 1,000 anticipated skiers on the 24th of August.
The 2019 Kangaroo Hoppet is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested events for many years. A strong international contingent, supported by an experienced Australian team, will provide a great spectacle for all participants and spectators in the Falls Creek Nordic Bowl on this coming Saturday.
Hotly contested competition at Falls Creek
In the men’s field a trio of Swiss stars including; Olympian and four-time Hoppet champion Valerio Leccardi, marathon specialist Lauro Braendli and World Cup Sprint finalist Fabian Schaad will be looking for a team advantage on the start line. However, competing with the Swiss will also be a trio of Italian Olympic and World Championship athletes including Enrico Nizzi, world junior medallist Giacomo Gabrielli and Italian junior sprint champion, Francois Vierin.
A very strong domestic team will be alongside the internationals with the intent to retain the big prize in Australia. Four-time runner up, and local Falls Creek dual-Olympian, Phil Bellingham will be looking to finally get his name on the trophy after being so close for so many years. However, it might be the rising stars in Mark Pollock and Seve de Campo that can bring it home for the locals.
The women’s event will be equally closely contested with a great mix of local and international athletes showcasing the elite field. Canadian Erin Yungblut and Russian ArinaKalinina both looking great on paper to challenge a strong Australian contingent including Asian Games medallist and Pyeongchang Olympian Casey Wright. Casey is fresh from a four-year stint on the NCAA for Alaska University and will be looking for a big result down under. A perennial favourite, Aimee Watson, will be back for another crack and will draw on her strength if the conditions become tough.
SkiPlanet visiting the Kangaroos
In 2019 the Hoppet will host our SkiPlanet film crew for the first time to produce a cultural experiential film on the Hoppet, and the many other attractions that will interest international travellers. This will be the ninth culturally unique episode of SkiPlanet. Other episodes can be found here:
Skiing with Kangaroos? Not quite, but close…..! Keep an eye on our channels after this weekend’s event, to not miss the episode.
For the Worldloppet Passport Holders & Masters
Kangaroo Hoppet invites all Worldloppet Masters and Passport holders to join them at the YMCA Alpine Centre, located at Howmans Gap at the entry gate, 4km below Falls Creek Village.
Partners are welcome. This is a unique chance for passport holders from around the world to meet and see who has made it to Australia this year.< Back