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Thank you

What an amazing eight days of competition we have had at the 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships. What a story these incredible shots from photoshopmtbuller tell of this years events.

A great thank you is extended to 

  • The 205 School Coordinators who’s efforts and passion make the Interschools possible
  • The 500 Volunteers that make the Interschools possible
  • The Schools support of the Victorian Interschools
  • The Mt Buller Race and Events Dept, Team Buller Riders and Mt Buller Parks teams for building and providing outstanding competition sites
  • Ski and Snowboard Australia results, live timing and scoring teams
  • Mountain Lift Operations, Grooming teams and all other Resort Management transport and public services for making early event starts possible
  • Subaru for their 15 years of support of the Victorian and Australian Interschools
  • Mt Buller community represented by the Buller Interschools Association made up of Buller Ski Lifts, Mt Buller Resort Management Board, Mt Buller Chamber and the Mt Buller Rate Payers Association
  • The Victorian Interschools Committee for the school, sport and resort input into the running and direction of the Victorian Interschools
  • The 2900+ school students that took part in the 61st Year of Interschools with such great camaraderie and team spirit

2XU Primary School participant growth winners

Thanks to our partner 2XU we are delighted to announce the winning schools of the 2XU Primary School participant growth prizes

Schools with 5 or more Primary School participants in 2017

  • 1st place MLC $1000 2XU product
  • 2nd place Haileybury $700 2XU product

Schools with less than 5 Primary School participants in 2017

  • 1st place St Annes School $800 2XU product
  • 2nd place Mentone Grammar $500 2XU product

Slopestyle National qualification score

The minimum slopestyle score achieved at the Victorian Interschools that qualifies an athlete for the Australian Interschools is 45 points. Up to the top 15 Slopestyle athletes that achieved the minimum score of 45 points will qualify for the Nationals regardless of the field size. 

The best Victorian Interschools ever?

What a week of Interschools we have just experienced. Sunshine and happy faces. Congratulations to the 205 schools and their 2900 students that took part in the 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships. Congratulations to all of the athletes and teams that qualified for the Nationals. Congratulations also goes to our Champion Secondary Schools

  • Champion Secondary Boys School Melbourne Grammar
  • Champion Secondary Girls School St Catherines
  • Champion Secondary Co-Ed School Geelong Grammar

Don’t forget to see the amazing images of the weeks competition at https://photoshopmtbuller.com.au . Best of luck to all Victorian Schools and competitors taking part in the 2018 Subaru Australian Interschools Snowsports Championships.

Congratulations to our Primary Schools and Competitors

Congratulations to all of our Primary School students who participated in the 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools Snowsports Championships. We saw many very happy faces over the four days of Primary School Competition. Congratulations also to all of our podium placed competitors and our Champion Schools.

  • Primary Champion Boys School Scotch College Junior
  • Primary Champion Girls School St Catherines
  • Primary Champion Co-Ed School Falls Creek Primary

Please be sure to go to https://www.photoshopmtbuller.com.au/ to see all of the action and podium shots 

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.

Volunteer list by School

The Volunteer list by School has been published. All volunteers are to report 15 minutes prior to the start of course inspection
Failure to report may result in fines to the school and loss of Championship points.

Volunteer lift tickets can be picked up from the event office at Alpine Central the day prior from 4-5pm or from 7-.9.30am on the day of the event.

Our sincere thanks goes out to the hundreds of Interschools volunteers for making the events possible.

Village and Day Car park bus times

The 2018 Subaru Victorian Interschools village bus operation times are listed below

  • Monday 20th 6.30-21.00
  • Tuesday 21st 6.30-22.00
  • Wednesday 22nd 6.30-21.00
  • Thursday 23rd 6.30-22.00
  • Friday 24th 6.30-21.00
  • Saturday 25th 6.20-Midnight
  • Sunday 26th 6.20-21.00

The Horse Hill Car Park/Village shuttle bus operation times are listed below

  • Monday 20th 7.00-20.00
  • Tuesday 21st 7.00-19.00
  • Wednesday 22nd 7.00-19.00
  • Thursday 23rd 7.00-19.00
  • Friday 24th 7.00-19.00
  • Saturday 25th 7.00-21.00
  • Sunday 26th 7.00-21.00

Snow Equipment Cover

Ski & Snowboard Australia and Snowracer , in conjunction with Sportscover , are pleased to introduce Snow Equipment Cover .

Snow Equipment Cover provides insurance for your most important snow going asset, your equipment.

Snow Equipment Cover provides insurance against theft and/or damage to ski's, snowboard, boots, bindings etc both domestically and internationally from the date of purchase through to April 2019.

Whether you work in the snow, ski/board just for fun or compete at any level, Snow Equipment Cover is available to you. Simply log in or sign up (free of charge) as a Snowracer member and follow the prompts.

What's Covered

  • Snow equipment theft or damage up to $1,500
  • Equipment hire up to $200 whilst your equipment is being repaired or replaced
  • Worldwide cover

Current Snowracers can purchase cover by clicking here. If you are not a Snowracer you can register for FREE and purchase your insurance here .

Photo Shop images of Cross Country

The Photo Shop team were busy out on course capturing all the action. All images are now uploaded on the website to view and purchase here  - https://www.photoshopmtbuller.com.au/client-galleries/gallery/mt-buller-...

Currently we are offering the below deal - Buy 3 get 1 free on all Social Media sized digital file purchases. Simply purchase any 3 social media sized images and get one free. Visit www.photoshopmtbuller.com.au and use the code: GETSOCIAL at the checkout. 

 

 

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

Need a break from training and racing? Head to the Buller Air Zone for some indoor action!

Indoor jump, climb, play zone.
This awesome trampoline, airbag challenge and climbing facility welcomes everyone from kids to adults, elite athletes and the general public alike.
Anyone who loves to launch themselves into the air can work on their skills, workout or just enjoy playtime in the ultimate alpine freestyle playground.
Alpine Central, Level 2 from 12 noon. 
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2018 Primary School 2XU participant growth prizes

As reward to the Primary Schools that achieve significant growth from 2017 to 2018 the following prizes will be awarded following the conclusion of the 2018 events.

Primary School with 6 or more competitors in 2017 that achieve the greatest participant growth in 2018

  • 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 2017 that achieve the greatest participant growth in 2018

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

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

APSI Scholarship applications

The Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors encourages all interschools participants that will be 16 or over in June 2018 to apply for a scholarship to attend a level one instructors course next year! More information and application form are available at:  https://www.apsi.net.au/interschools/
 
We ended up awarding 4 scholarships last year and Catherine Heyburn has successfully completed the level one at Mt Buller these school holidays! https://apsi.net.au/news/interschools-scholarship-1

Mt Buller Resort Entry, Parking and Valet Services update

Mt Buller & Mt Stirling Resort Entry, Parking and Valet Services

During 2017 a representative group of mountain stakeholders discussed ways of making visits to Mt Buller and Mt Stirling even more appealing. The group agreed that we should find ways to:

  • Improve affordability
  • Streamline gate entry
  • Reduce the cost of taxis
  • Encourage mid-week visitation
  • Encourage multiple night stays
  • Increase utilisation of coach services

Accordingly, we are pleased to announce the following changes for the 2018 season.

Book online, save time and save 20%
Visitors can save 20% by buying resort entry, overnight permits and taxi (Valet) tickets online. The resultant online resort entry price of $44 is actually lower than 2017. Guests who purchase online can also skip the resort entry queue at Mirimbah and head straight to the snow. Knowing how many people are coming will help scheduling staff and buses so as to improve the arrival experience.

Stay longer for less
A fee equal to the cost of resort entry applies to the first night of an overnight stay, which is similar to other resorts. The savings then kick in, with subsequent nights costing only $8 midweek and $28 for Fridays and Saturdays when purchased online.

Taxis renamed and reduced
Visitors appreciate the door to door service from their car to their accommodation, which has now been renamed as a Valet service. In response to visitor feedback, the adult fare has been significantly reduced from $23 to $14.40 and the child fare from $15 to $7.20 when booking online. In a further benefit for families, the adult rate will only apply to people over 17 years old (previously 14).

Coach prices reduced
To help make coach travel more affordable, resort entry prices have been reduced from $15.80 to $15 for adults and from $11.10 to $10 for tertiary students and kids.

Gate entry streamlined
Coaches will no longer stop at Mirimbah resort entry to make their payments, leaving the main road clear for vehicles that already have a permit. So visitors with a season permit or who have pre-purchased online can drive straight through and get up top even faster.

We believe these changes will help make for an exciting season, and ask for your assistance in encouraging visitors and guests to book online at www.mtbuller.com.au to realise these significant savings.

The resort entry, overnight and valet fares are outlined below. Click here to download a PDF of this document.

 

With kind regards,

Mark Bennetts
CEO

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 2018 for the first time NSW and Victorian Interschools Multiclass participants will qualify to attend the National Interschools at Perisher on Saturday the 8th of September.

2018 Interschools Rule changes

The 2018 Victorian Interschools Event rules have been published. All new rules or adjustments are highlighted in blue in the rule document. Below is a summary of changes for 2018.

Division 6 Alpine Race Suits

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

Ski and Snowboard Cross clothing start protocol

The staff member (normally the assistant chief of course) responsible for the start area line up will assess if competitors clothing meets the Jacket and Pants clothing rules. If they do not they will be told to change to compliant clothing before being permitted to start the race. Failure to change into compliant clothing will result in a disqualification prior to the start.

Slopestyle top 15 qualification to Nationals

From the State Slopestyle Championships, up to the top fifteen individual competitors from Division’s 1-3, having received a minimum acceptable score, will be eligible to compete in the Australian Interschools Championships. There will be no team invites. For State Slopestyle competitors a minimum acceptable score (for National Championship progression) will be determined by the Interschools Committee following the completion of each event, and before invitations are extended to the National level of competition. Historically this has been a score which is a minimum 45% of the total attainable score (45 / 100), and is often as high as 55% of the total attainable score (55 / 100). The minimum progression score determined by the Interschools Committee reflects the Championship Division level (competitor age), the course conditions, and the skill-level and quality of the athlete field. No National Championship points will be awarded to Slopestyle event results and only individual medals will be awarded at the National Event.

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

2018 Important Dates

The 2018 Important Dates document is now published on the Important Documents page of the website. Please refer to it for School Coordinator meeting date as well as important event entry closure dates.

Victorian Interschools athletes selected to the 2018 Winter Olympic Team

Congratulations to the entire 51 strong Australian Winter Olympic team that will compete at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games. In particular we congratulate and wish every success to the 13 former Victorian Interchools participants lead by our three current and past World Champions found on the Victorian Interschools Trophies below: Britt Cox (Mogul Skiing), Scotty James (Snowboard Halfpipe) and Alex Chumpy Pullin (Snowboard Cross)

  • Scotty James: (Snowboard Halfpipe) Southwood BGS
  • Britt Cox: (Mogul Skiing) Scots School Albury
  • Alex Chumpy Pullin: (Snowboard Cross) Mansfield Secondary College
  • Jakara Anthony: (Mogul Skiing) Christian College Geelong
  • Phil Bellingham: (Cross Country Skiing) Mt Beauty Secondary College
  • Cam Bolton: (Snowboard Cross) Melbourne Grammar
  • Belle Brockhoff: (Snowboard Cross) Peninsula Grammar
  • Tess Coady: (Slopestyle Snowboard) St Michaels Grammar School
  • Claudia Gueli: (Mogul Skiing) MLC
  • Anton Grimus: (Ski Cross) Melbourne Grammar
  • Harry Laidlaw: (Alpine Skiing) Mansfield Mt Buller
  • Greta Small: (Alpine Skiing) Albury Primary School
  • Brodie Summers: (Mogul Skiing) St Michaels Grammar

XTM partnership

FROM VICTORIAN INTERSCHOOLS COMPETITORS TO OLYMPIC AND WORLD CHAMPIONS!

XTM is a home grown Australian company founded by an original Victorian interschools participant.

We are sold in 22 countries around the world and are the official supplier to the Australian Winter Olympic team in gloves, headwear, socks, apres boots, bags and headwear.

XTM are proud to be associated with the fantastic organisation and event that is the Victorian Interschools. 

If we can help you in any way with your outfitting please contact us on info@xtm.com.au 

or visit our website xtm.com.au for your closest stockist or on line store. 

Please also support XTMs heat the homeless campaign by donating your old ski jackets to those that really need them http://www.xtm.com.au/heat-the-homeless/

 

2XU

The Subaru Victorian Interschools is delighted to announce the partnership with 2XU. Please follow the links on this page to see how 2XU compression garments will help you achieve your potential and to see the 2XU customised thermal compression tights with school logo offer.

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.