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Active chip cross country timing system

In a continued effort to improve every aspect of the Victorian Interschools the 2019 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschools Cross Country Championships will for the first time be using active timing bracelet chips. 

  • Schools will be allocated printed bibs for the Classic and Relay events to be pinned to the chest of each competitor
  • Schools will also be allocated with active chip bracelets with the same numbers as their Classic bib numbers
  • Competitors will wear the same active chip bracelet for their Relay event
  • Active chips are to be returned in the finish area of the Relay event or the Classic event for those that are only competing in the classic event
  • Failure to return an active chip will result in the issuing of an invoice to the relevant school

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

2XU Primary School participant growth prizes

As reward to the Primary Schools that achieve significant growth from 2018 to 2019 the following prizes will be awarded following the conclusion of the 2019 events.

Primary School with 6 or more competitors in 2018 that achieve the greatest participant growth in 2019

  • 1st prize $1000 of 2XU clothing or compression products
  • 2nd prize $700 of 2XU clothing or compression products

Primary School with 5 or less competitors in 2018 that achieve the greatest participant growth in 2019

  • 1st prize $800 of 2XU clothing or compression products
  • 2nd prize $500 of 2XU clothing or compression products

Make sure you check out the 2XU Thermal compression tights.

Thanks goes to our event partner 2XU for making this a possibility

High Fluoro wax rule

Following the ban of High Fluoro wax in Cross Country skiing events in 2016 the National Interschools and subsequently 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:

  • Recomendation from the Ski and Snowboard Australia Alpine Committee
    • National focus shifting to skill development acheivements and not competition results at early stages of athlete development
    • Reducing the cost to families of participating in Alpine Skiing in early years
  • 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. 

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

2019 Interschools Rule Changes

2019 Victorian Interschools Rules have been published. Rule changes for 2019 are listed below

7.2 Race Suits
Race suits are permitted in Divisions 1-4 Alpine events. Race suits are however not permitted in
Division 5 & 6 Alpine events.

7.3 High Fluoro wax
High Fluoro wax and Fluorocarbon liquid sprays are not permitted. The Victorian Interschools Committee reserves the right to
conduct spot checks on competitor equipment.

DNF rule for Alpine, Ski Cross, Snowboard GS, Snowboard Cross (No longer 10 second rule)

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.

1.3 National Selection
From the Victorian and NSW Interschools Championships subject to competitive times/scores, the
top six (6) placed teams plus the top twenty (20) individual competitors (or top 15 in events with
less than 30 starters),
from Divisions 1-6 in Alpine and Ski Cross and Divisions 1-5 in Moguls,
Snowboard Cross, Snowboard GS, Cross Country Classic and Cross Country relay disciplines will be
eligible to race in the Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships. (subject always to the
discretion of the organising State Committee).
From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top twenty individual competitors from
Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the
Australian Interschools Championships.

5.2 Course workers and course maintenance
All course maintenance work is carried out under the direction of the Chief of Course.
This is generally ‘side slipping’ carried out by Resort Race Department Staff and/ or Resort Snow
Sports Staff. 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.

MOGUL SKI WORLD Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships 2019

A Natural Partnership

Mogul Ski World are proud naming rights sponsors of the 2019 Victorian and Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships. As Australia’s leading snow travel agency, we are passionate about snowsports and encouraging participation through local and global travel. This partnership is a natural fit for our organisation, who are committed to supporting the development of snowsports athletes and we look forward to strengthening this association into the future.

About Us

Mogul Ski World are global snow travel specialists with 30+ years of industry leading experience and client service. Renowned for their unbeatable knowledge, service and advice, the team have personally visited each resort and property to ensure their knowledge is beyond compare. The team at Mogul Ski World are passionate skiers and boarders, as well as snow travel experts, and therefore understand the complexities of a snow holiday and are committed to ensuring each snow holiday they book is extraordinary.

XTM Heat the Homeless 2019

XTM PERFORMANCE WANT TO DONATE 20,000 JACKETS TO HOMELESS
Leading Australian snow and outdoor company, XTM Performance will once again be hitting the streets of Melbourne for their fourth consecutive Heat the Homeless appeal this May.
With an estimated 116,000 people across Australia classified as homeless*, the Heat the Homeless appeal aims to give community members an opportunity to donate quality, pre-loved snow jackets to warm those in need and keep the jackets out of landfill. Once received, the socially conscious label partners with over 2,000 charities such as GIVIT as well as social-media platform Humans in Melbourne to distribute the jackets to the homeless.


The XTM Performance team first began the appeal in 2016. For them, the fact that so many people were updating their jackets each year created a great opportunity to re-home, re-use and recycle winter jackets that could bring some warmth to those who need it the most but were otherwise destined for landfill. In that first year, the team were inundated with support, collecting over 2,500 jackets.


Since then, the number of pre-loved snow jackets donated has now risen to 14,000. This year their aim is to reach 20,000; an achievable target thanks to the considerable donations that have already been made to date.


XTM Performance founder Pete Forras says “It just made sense to us - we thought, there are so many high-quality jackets now, some only getting a few weeks of wear before being replaced. It would be great to get more life out of these products we are making and get thousands of those out to people who could use a warm jacket this winter”.
To donate to the XTM Performance Heat the Homeless appeal, please visit your closest Anaconda store or participating retailer. To find one closest to you visit: www.xtm.com.au/insidextm/takingresponsibilitygivingback/heatthehomelessc...

IMPORTANT All participants must renew their free Snowracer membership

All participants wanting to compete in the Interschools Snowsports competitions require an active Snowracer registration, which gives you a SnowID, to compete. 

Participants who have competed before in Interschools in the last few years will already have a SnowID but you need to make sure that you have activated (renew) your Snowracer registration for 2019. You would have now received an email to activate your Snowracer registration for 2019.

Please renew, activate or register with Snowracer as soon as you can. If you are a new participant or will be competing for a new school this year, please pass your SnowID onto your school coordinator. They need your SnowID to enter you into the Interschools Championships. 


Ski & Snowboard Australia Membership Options

Snowracer

All Snowracer registrations include an active SnowID and FREE Snowracer insurance providing $500 of non-medical cover and $1 million of public liability cover. More information here.

 

Snow Equipment Cover

Exclusive to Snowracer and SSA members, Snow Equipment Cover provides insurance against theft and/or damage to ski’s, snowboards and other equipment both domestically and internationally through to April 2020 for just one payment of $39.90. Members can purchase their cover during the registration process. More information here.

 

Headsmart Concussion Screening

SSA have partnered with Headsmart Sports Concussion Programme to provide a subsidised baseline concussion screening for all members. Whether you ski, snowboard, play team or other action sports every participant should have a baseline concussion test to refer to in the event of an accident. SSA strongly recommend participants at all levels undertake baseline testing. This education and baseline screening is of the same standard and the same process that professional athletes complete. More details are available here.

2019 Event Poster

The 2019 Mogul Ski World Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships Poster has been published. The poster can be downloaded and printed.

Posters may also be picked up from the Ski and Snowboard Australia office at 105 Pearl River Rd Docklands.

BodyICE Partnership

We are delighted to announce that BodyICE has become a partner of Victorian Interschools! BodyICE is offering all Interschools participants an amazing discount of 30% storewide by using the coupon code INTERSCHOOLS19 at checkout.

BodyICE was founded by Winter Olympic Gold and Bronze medallist Lydia Lassila in 2006 when she suffered a devastating knee injury. She was frustrated with the lack of cold therapy products on the market that wouldn’t stay cold or stay in place which inspired her to create BodyICE - the most practical, effective and affordable cold and heat therapy solution on the market.

Check out the full BodyICE Recovery Range of joint specific ice and heat packs and learn about how BodyICE was started and its features
Make sure to also check out The BodyICE mental training page where you can access resources and mind training techniques that Lydia herself used to become a champion in sport and life. Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity.

Multiclass event information for all schools

The Multiclass event hosted at the Victorian Interschools since 2013 is an opportunity for students from any Victorian School with a physical or intellectual impairment to participate in a fun and welcoming environment. Please click here for more information on the Multiclass program around the Victorian Interschools.

In 2019 for the second year NSW and Victorian Interschools Multiclass participants will qualify to attend the National Interschools at Mt Buller on Friday the 6th of September.

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

2019 SSA National Snowsports Participation & Development Conference

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7 + Friday 8 November

This is the first of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

More than 200 School Snowsports Coordinators and industry representatives from resorts, clubs, the SIA, APSI, and private providers are expected to attend. The Conference coincides with the new SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards (details below) to be held on 7 November.

The conference will include keynote speakers, panelist discussions and workshops involving representatives from Australian sporting organisations, resorts and clubs, as well as coaches, former athletes and snowsports research academics.

Day 1 – Thursday 7 November – ‘Framing and Developing’ Snowsports Participation – 10am to 4.00pm

  • Framing Participation: Trends in Sport, Snowsports and Industry
  • Developing Participation: Snowsports Athlete Pathways - from Participation to High Performance
  • Inaugural 2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards – 6.00pm to 10pm

Day 2 – Friday 8 November – ‘Planning and Inspiring’ Snowsports Participation – 9.00am to 2.45pm

  • Planning Participation: Snowsports Risk Management, Child Safe Sport Strategies, Participation Event Rules & Guidelines
  • Inspiring Participation: Athlete Pathway from School to the Olympic Games, through the inspirational & aspirational lens of previous and current Olympic Snowsports Athletes & Coaches.

The SSA working group is finalising conference presenters and facilitators, with a view to seeking NESA accreditation for conference attendees. The cost to attend all sessions, including lunch, morning & afternoon tea, plus attendance and dinner/drinks at SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards, is between $350-$450 per person. The final cost will be released when initial registration papers are released in May.

2019 SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards

QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit - Thursday 7 November – 6.00pm to 10.00pm

This is the second of two major Participation initiatives for 2019.

Established to compliment the annual Australian Ski & Snowboard Performance Awards, the SSA Australian Snowsports Community Awards will acknowledge and recognise development and pathway level athletes, coaches, volunteers, clubs, schools, resorts, administrators and programs. More than 300 attendees are expected.

An SSA working group is managing this initiative and the wider Snowsports community will be consulted on the areas of the sport that should be recognised.

The long term objective is to develop the Awards into an annual event that promotes and acknowledges SSA Programs and Activities at Community – Participation – Development – Pathways levels. A legacy component will recognise former and high-profile members of the Australian Snowsports community, in a National Snowsports Hall of Fame, a Legacy List, and enduring Life Membership.

Further details will be released mid-year.

SSA Participation and Sport Development 2019

Objective:

  • To increase participation and community engagement in competitive Snowsports at all levels.

Strategic Priority:

  • To convert participants into competitors.

Operational Priorities:

  • Maintain development of Snowracer as a single centralised digital platform for all Snowsports competitions. This includes Event Entry, Event HQ, Live-Timing / Live-Scoring, and access to Results.
  • Promote Participation in competition via Snowracer and other participation initiatives.
  • Improve Coaching and Officiating to Interschools and other Pathway levels, through the development of a new SSA Officiating Framework that will include online training opportunities.

2019 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, 2019.

If you would like more information on this lift pass offer please contact your school coordinator.

2019 Australian Interschools at Mt Buller

The 2019 Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships will be hosted at Mt Buller from Wednesday 4th to Sunday 8th of September. A summary event schedule will be published in early 2019.

2018 Event Management Report

The 2018 Event Managment report has been published. What an amazing 2018 winter season it was. The 2018 School Coordinator survey will be sent to all coordinators in the coming days. Please comunicate any feedback regarding the 2018 events through your school coordinator.

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. 

Opening/Closing Ceremony School signs process

To improve the experiece for all participants in the Opening and Closing ceremonies the following will be in place for the distribution and collection of the school signs.

All school signs will be handed out by staff members to a designated adult from each school who will be responsible for the care of the sign and its return. The signs can be handed back to event staff in the village square or the sign pick up location following the fireworks show. The sign pick up point will be alongside the Molonys building at the base of Athletes walk.

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.