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It's Snowing Down Under!

This may come as a surprise, but there is snow on the ground, with more on the way - in the high mountains of Australia that is! All of you summer loving cyclists and runners here in the US can breathe a sigh of relief, it won't be snowing for a while here. However, for you hard core snow chasers (there is a few of us out there), there is snow and skiing to be had in Australia at the moment.

An early season snow storm brewing at Falls Creek Resort, Austraila (photo taken May 20, 2002)

World class XC destinations like Falls Creek, Perisher, and Mt Hotham currently have some snow on the ground and certainly a whole lot more on the way! Contrary to what many people think, some of the best xc skiing in the world is in the high mountains of Australia!

In a typical winter, several meters of snow fall in these area, with warm transitional temperatures that make for amazing fast yet firm snow! Think about it, south east Australia (the province of Victoria) is a bit closer to the equator than say, Wisconsin, so it is a warmer than the Midwest. However, once the winter storms get cranking, the weather systems come straight from Antarctica - one after another. In 2002, when I was down there, we got weekly blizzards with up to a full meter of snow falling per storm! Usually, there were several perfect blue sky days between the blizzards with warm temps during the day and freezing temps at night which makes for perfect crust skiing - but that is a whole different story! Keep an eye on the Aussies' winter weather forecasts here and enjoy.

Oh, by the way, if any Cyclova XC readers are planning a trip down under, perhaps I could fit into your ski bag - I'd love to get back down there sometime soon!

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