5.00am Thursday20th September  Road conditions:  icy patches.  Conditions for snow play are good. XC skiing conditions are good on a soft cover of -groomed snow on all trails.

Lake Mountain Challenge

Lake Mountain Challenge

September 2nd @ 11:30 am

The Lake Mountain Challenge is an informal handicapped race/event.  There will be no trail marking (competitors need to know where to go), and there’s no special treatment for competitors (please be courteous and polite to all trail users).


The course:

Start/finish outside the Machinery Shed (about 100 m from the main buildings).

  1. Main access trail to Echo Flat Snow Gauge.
  2. Snowgum trail to The Camp.
  3. The full Jubilee loop back to the Camp.
  4. WoollyButt trail to The Gap.
  5. The Gap to upper Muster trail.
  6. Turn right onto Panorama and ski the Panorama Loop and then back to Triangle Junction.
  7. Take a hard left turn at Triangle Junction, down the hill and take a hard right turn into the lower Muster trail.
  8. At the end of lower Muster, cross the bridge and turn left up the hill to the Echo Flat snow gauge.
  9. Take Echo Flat all the way to The Gap (via The Camp).
  10. Climb the hill to Triangle Junction and take the long descent down Royston Road.
  11. Turn left for the final uphill sprint back to the machinery shed.



There will be some prizes (unknown at present).  Feel free to add to the prize pool, if you have anything you’d like share.  (Perhaps a spot prize you received from another event that you can’t use.  Or your favourite block of chocolate, or bottle of wine…)


Start times:

If the handicaps are perfect we all finish at 11:30 AM.  Hoppet skiers, divide your finish time by two to get your handicap time.  Birkie skiers, your finish time is your handicap time. For example, I skied the Hoppet in 2 hr 06 mins, so my handicap time is 63 minutes, which means I start at 10:27 AM.

Here’s a bit of a guide to check that your start time calculation seems reasonable.

A 2 hour Hoppet skier or a 1 hour Birkie skier will have a 60 minute handicap time and will start at 10:30 AM.

A 3 hour Hoppet skier or a 1 hr 30 min Birkie skier will have a 90 minute handicap and will start at 10:00 AM.

A 4 hour Hoppet skier or a 2 hr Birkie skier will have a 120 minute handicap and will start at 9:30 AM.

Note: longer handicap times than this will also start at 9:30.

Please RSVP to kevin@skitree.net so that we have an idea of numbers.  Also, let me know if you don’t have a recent Hoppet or Birkebeiner time to calculate a handicap.