Perisher X Country (PXC) is all about promoting the activity of Cross Country Skiing so that one of the best-kept secrets around is not a secret anymore. Please encourage everyone to go to the PXC website (Contact Us page) and subscribe to PXC NEWS, PXC EDGE and daily XC Trail Reports during winter. PXC News is focused on the activities of volunteers and those who have a keen interest in helping grow the sport of XC skiing. PXC is a sub-committee of the northern division of Snow Australia and aims to grow participation in XC skiing in Perisher Valley and beyond.
March XC Work Party - It was all happening: Nick replacing old rockwork, Margaret preparing a tier for graveling, Rowan waterproofing and resurfacing a sieve-like wall, PW overseeing and Karen preparing for new landscaping.
Summer 2020 – Words are inadequate!!
2020 XC Trails – Summer Work Parties and Other Matters
So, a summer of lurching from the Apocalypse to Armageddon
After a horrible summer of bushfires, the work party in early March, attended by a large number of XC enthusiasts, was productive and fun. Work on the trails, landscaping and essential maintenance in the Nordic Shelter was carried out with many more projects planned. We even learned the value of sterilising our boots to prevent infecting our beautiful Park with imported diseases – the irony of it all!
No germs on these boots!!
See the photos below to prove that one really good work party did happen in the 2020 summer.
That beautiful March weekend after the fires turned out to be the eye of the storm and we are all now in the clutches of a very different beast. There will be no further scheduled work parties this summer.
The NSW Government and NPWS have decreed that from 19/3/20 volunteer activity in National Parks would cease until further notice. On the 26/3/20, all campgrounds and other facilities were closed, although the parks remain open, for the time being. Even our group of young rollerskiers in Sydney have had to trade their regular group training for an on-line program. This link to the NPWS website provides current information - (https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/npws-covid-19
It is far too early to predict what the coming winter will bring, although a message just received from NPWS gives us a hint:
Event Cancellations and Postponements in NSW National Parks Due To COVID-19
As of 30 March 2020, all organised events in NSW National Parks need to be cancelled or postponed until further notice. This is in place due to restrictions regarding COVID-19 in line with the NSW Public Health Order.
Currently these restrictions will be in place until June 30, 2020.
The restrictions on holding events in NSW National Parks may be extended beyond June 30, depending on how the situation unfolds.
Snow Australia, NPWS, the Resorts and the NSW Government will all be issuing more information as they have it. PXC (www.perisherxcountry.org) will publish and forward important information that relates directly to our sport.
We hope that you all find interesting ways to fill the different and uncertain times ahead.
Best wishes from all of the volunteers at Perisher X-Country
Peter Ward, NSWACT XC Committee
Note: It is likely that fundraising and donations will not cover the recurring costs in 2020. Please make note of the new Australian Sports Foundation link for tax-deductible donations for the maintenance and development of the Nordic Shelter - https://asf.org.au/projects/snow-australia---northern/nordic-shelter-development/
John and Arnold - Rubbish found on the XC trails – shopping bags and a body board??.
Les – Insulation and lining in the attic to ember-proof and climate-proof the new areas.
Alan - A beautiful day to paint.
Karen and Sonja - Clearing the way for a gravel path behind the Shelter.
Rowan – What builders do on their days off.
Nick – what stonemasons do on their days off.
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