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COVID-19 Statement

Snow Australia places the safety, health and well-being of its competitors, volunteers, parents and school communities as our prime focus.

Together with our Resort partners, we are closely monitoring the daily directives from governments, and the recommendations and policies of school systems and health authorities with regard to Covid-19. In an environment of constant change, Snow Australia and the Resorts continue to make preparations for the 2020 winter season.

Updates

We still have a number of months to prepare and plan for the Victorian Interschools in this evolving environment. However, regular, clear and factual communication remains essential.

To assist school communities in particular, we will provide regular updates through our Interschools e-News communiques.

All 2020 reservations made through Mt Buller central reservation agency Buller Holidays, will be 100% refunded in the event of COVID 19 related resort closure, travel restrictions or illness. Please refer to the Mt Buller COVID-19 update page for all refund policies. If booking with an independent accommodation booking agent please confirm their refund policy conditions.

Event Entry, Competitor and Team Manager lift pass Refund Policy

To assist Schools in their planning, Snow Australia is pleased to confirm that should any Interschools events not proceed, full refunds will be made on all event-related payments.

Please ensure that your school communities are subscribed to the Victorian Interschools Enews so that they receive all event related news.

We thank you for your patience during these unprecedented times. Our capacity and collective endeavour to welcome guests safely to the mountains in winter this year remains the positive objective.

In the meantime lets #flattenthecurve to #protectOURseason

The Snow Australia Interschools Team.

2020 Mt Buller School season membership offer

Buller Ski Lifts in conjunction with Buller Holidays offers the extension of the ‘Kids Festive Bird Membership’ sale price of $549 to bonafide Victorian primary and secondary school students. The School must agree to the terms and conditions, and provide Buller Holidays with a signed agreement prior to receiving application forms to disperse to parents. All student applications must be submitted no later than the 15th May, 2020.

Please contact your school coordinator to register your interest or contact Buller Holidays at schools@bullerholidays.com.au for more information.

2020 School Coordinator meeting April 16

The 2020 Victorian Interschools Snowsport Championships School Coordinator meeting will be held on

April 16 at the O'Brien Icehouse, 105 Pearl River Rd Docklands from 6-7.30pm.

The meeting will consist of presentations from Event Managment, Snow Australia participation manager and the chair of the Victorian Interschools Committee. It is a great opportunity to gather information and meet with other coordinators.

2020 Important Dates

 

How Camp Quality help families dealing with Cancer

How your donations are helping families in Victoria

“When our 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Camp Quality were quick to reach out to our family and offer their support. We became part of the Camp Quality family. We were so excited to be invited to take part in the Camp Quality Snow Camp. Olivia had just finished her chemotherapy and radiation treatment and was gaining her strength back, we thought this was a perfect opportunity to spend time as a family and have a weekend of fun together with other families going through the battle of childhood cancer. It was a chance to forget about hospital and tests. Camp Quality took care of everything from accommodation, meals, snow gear and transport. We had a blast tobogganing, making snowmen, snow tubing and playing laser tag. In the evening it was a chance to have a delicious meal with the other parents whilst the kids watched a movie under the care of the amazing Camp Quality volunteers. Snow Camp was so much fun for our family during a time in our lives where there wasn’t too much fun, we thank you Camp Quality for giving us this weekend together because laughter really is the best medicine!” Christine, Camp Quality mum

Please help us reach our goal of $37,500 by donating through the link below

https://fundraise.campquality.org.au/interschools-snowsports-fundraiser

High Fluoro wax rule

The Victorian Interschools Committee have adopted a rule banning High Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays at all ski and snowboard Interschools events. The contributing factors to this rule coming into place are:

  • Recommendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia Alpine Committee
  • Desire to create a more even playing field in an entry level event such as Interschools
  • FIS are moving to a ban on High Fluoro wax in the 2020 season
  • North American and European countries shift away from High Fluoro wax at Junior levels
  • Minimise the possible environmental and health impact of using High Fluoro wax 

While the rule will be based on an honour system and peer group review, Event Organisers reserve the right to inspect or test waxing practices in the interest of fairness. 

Whilst traces of High Fluoro wax may exist on skis from a previous event deliberate Hi Fluoro waxing the night prior or on the day of the event is prohibited. 

The Victorian Interschools Committee has every confidence that participating schools, parents and competitors will respect this new rule

Complete stop race rule

Following similar rule directions around the world at Junior Alpine Ski Racing the complete stop rule has been implemented at the Victorian Interschools in 2019.

7.8 Disqualifications
A racer abandons if he or she comes to a complete stop on the course. The racer must exit to the
side of the course as soon as possible to avoid interfering with the next racers run. They will
record a DNF for that run.

Clarifications:

  • A racer if impeded by a course worker, another skier or a gate down etc they may pull off to the side of the course, not go through the finish and request a re-run.
  • If a competitor misses a gate and does not come to a complete stop can skate up and around the missed gate and continue.
  • In the event of a competitor losing a ski without coming to a complete the competitor may choose to continue on one ski.

2019 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschools Cross Country Championships

What a great day of Interschools Cross Country competition we had on Tirol Flat. Congratulations to all participants who made up the 760 event starts, as well as our Champion Schools.

  • Primary Boys         Scotch College Junior
  • Primary Girls         Lauriston
  • Primary Co-Ed       Falls Creek Primary
  • Secondary Boys    Melbourne Grammar
  • Secondary Girls     St Catherines
  • Secondary Co-Ed  Geelong Grammar 

Camp Quality Family Camp Fundraiser

Victorian Interschools Snowsports Family Camp Fundraiser

Help CAMP QUALITY fund a FAMILY CAMP and give families impacted by cancer a chance to laugh and create fun memories in the snow!
Please help us reach our goal of $37,500 by hosting an event at your school or business or by making a generous donation through the link below.
https://fundraise.campquality.org.au/interschools-snowsports-fundraiser

Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again. Our services and programs are made specifically to help children 0 -13 who are dealing with their own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer, providing opportunities to laugh, make friends and have new adventures. In 2018 Camp Quality raised funds to ensure over 8,000 kids who were registered for our services and programs had the chance to just be kids again 
Family Camps are an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and make new connections with families in a similar situation. This builds their tool kit of resources for the ongoing experiences they face and can create lifelong friendships. It is an opportunity to relax and make memories not centred on sickness -often for the first time since a diagnosis. 

Mogul format changes

As previously published the top 20 individuals (from events with more than 30 starters) from all state Interschools events will qualify for the National Interschools. As a result the Victorian Interschools mogul format will change from a reverse order second run of the top 15 ranked skiers from the first run to a reverse order second run for the top 20.

11.2 Competition format

The competition will consist of a competition run for all competitors, followed by a reverse order second run for the top 20 placed skiers from the first run. The individual ranking will be determined by the best score achieved by all competitors for either the first run or second run at the Victorian Interschools.

New Athlete Pathways for Alpine and Snowboard Cross

Navigating the pathway to high performance snowsport has just become easier with the release of Ski and Snowboard Australia’s (SSA) Athlete Pathways.

Alpine Skiing and Snowboard Cross are the first athlete pathways to be developed using Sport Australia’s FTEM framework which divides ‘the whole of sport pathway continuum’ into four phases – Foundation, Talent, Elite and Mastery. FTEM recognises that each stage of sport development is unique and is an important stepping stone for athletes with a goal to succeed in high performance sport.

SSA Performance Pathway and Program Manager Ben Wordsworth, said the pathways had been developed to inform every member of the snowsport community about the stages of an athlete’s development journey.

“SSA’s athlete pathways have been prepared to make it easier for all participants to understand an athlete’s road to success,” Wordsworth said.

“They’re an evidence-based and practicable blueprint for athlete development.

“Whether you participate recreationally or compete at an elite level, the pathways support all stages of athlete development,” he said.

The pathways promote a collaborative approach between clubs, coaches and sport partners and provide practical methods to maximise and manage long-term athlete development opportunities. 

Each stage of the SSA athlete pathway provides an overview of athlete preparation, programs, on and off-snow development, equipment, competition, leadership and support.

In encouraging news, FTEM has been proven at elite international level in other successful snowsport countries.

While the Alpine and SBX athlete pathway guides are the first to be released, work is currently being undertaken to finalise all other discipline pathways and should be available shortly.

More information on SSA athlete pathways is available below and here.

Download Alpine Pathway Brochure

Download Snowboard Cross Pathway Brochure

Chair, Victorian Interschools Committee

Dear Victorian Interschools Community

The National footprint of Interschools Snowsports continues to grow, introducing more and more young competitors to our sport.

The National Interschools Committee (NIC) has finalised plans for the 2019 season - it will be our largest on record, with 36 event-days across four Australian resorts.

2019 will see widespread consultation with the Australian Interschools community and our valued School Snowsports Coordinators as we plan for the 2020-2030 period. We will seek to further align our events programme to the SSA Pathways and Athlete Development programmes with a focus on three core themes - sustainability, safety and success.

This update provides important information on 2019 Interschools rule changes, workshops and other major events.

We look forward to another successful Interschools season and wish all involved a rewarding experience.

Regards

Dean Gosper

Chair, Victorian Interschools Snowsports

President, Ski & Snowboard Australia

Alpine and Snowboard GS Course slippers

As an initiative to maximise the quality of all 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools Alpine and Snowboard GS race conditions the following will be implemented:

At all events an event staff member will lead regular course slipping groups during the first and second competition runs. The course slippers will be skiers only. The staff member will at the top of the course ask for competitors that have completed their run as well as other appropriately skilled spectators, teachers and parents to join the course slip group. The group will be lead and directed by the staff member through the course.

It is not permitted for competitors who are yet to race in that particular run to take part in the course slipping group. We trust that team mates that have completed their Alpine run will help with at least one course slip per run. This will ensure the best possible race conditions for all as well as the best possible course conditions for all second runs. As snowboarders will not be permitted to course slip we encourage appropriately skilled spectators, parents and teachers who are on skis to assist whenever possible. Your assistance with this important initiative is greatly appreciated. 

Download the Snowracer APP

Where do I find the APP?

Download the Snowracer APP today – click here . The Snowracer APP is free to download via the Google Play Store or the Apple App store 

The full Snowracer APP features include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Live timed races and live scored events
  • Results
  • SnowID Lookup
  • Cowbell
  • Access to SSA's social pages
  • Links to snow cams
  • Live weather conditions
  • Links to Australian ski resort websites

Concussion Management Guidelines

Ski & Snowboard Australia is committed to protecting the health and well-being of everyone that participates in snowsports. It is for this reason that SSA has introduced the concussion guidelines in conjunction with HeadSmart with the aim of providing information and advice for non-medical people who are involved with skiing and snowboarding at any level. These guidelines apply to the care of snowsports participants from beginners and intermediates through to recreational experts and sub-elite or elite competitors. Everyone’s brain is equally important and deserves the benefit of concussion management according to current international scientific guidelines.

Additionally, the guideline allows for the Ski and Snowboard Australia community to access the same high standards of care that are available to full-time professional athletes. Our common goal is to achieve a successful return to sport, with full recovery and readiness for competition, minimising short-term risks and long-term health consequences. It is written for the benefits of athletes, parents, teachers, coaches, peers, and any program directors or support staff.

Click here for more information and the Concussion Management Guidelines

YETI new school discount offer

Buller Ski Lifts are delighted to offer schools that have never participated in a school trip to Mt Buller extraordinary discounts of 75% for a first year, 50% in the second year and 25% in the third year of participation. Please click on the quick link file for complete YETI program details.