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News from the ClubsGiven that Stirling's future is so much in the balance at present, it's worth focussing on Mansfield Nordic Ski Club and the activities they're running this winter. MNSC has a long history with the mountain, and has been largely responsible for the initial development of trails on the mountain. They have also been heavily involved in responding to the many plans for Stirling's development over the years. STAV has worked with MNSC in represnting recreational cross country skiers on the EES Consultative Committee over the last two years. MNSC is only a small club, but they run an active tour race program through the winter. First up is the Klingsporn Classic on August 4th. A freestyle event of 15 km, it runs from Buller to TBJ (snow permitting!) and provides one of the few largely downhill cross country events around. Transport to the start and from the finish is provided to make such a point to point event possible. Next up is the Razorback Rush on August 18th - an excellent lead up to the Hoppet. 10 and 25km options are offered, and the event takes in some seldom skiied trails in the Razorback and Mt No3 areas. Even if you're a regular Stirling skier, this could open up new territory for you. Finally the Stirling Silver on September 8th is the club's classical event they have been running since the 1970's. A variety of course lengths from 2.5 to 10 km caters for skiers of all ages and abilities. If you want to see Stirling retained as a cross country mountain, one of the most positive things you can do is to ski there! If you've never tried a tour or citized racing, one of these events could be an excellent introduction. If you're not into racing, come and enjoy the tremendous variety of skiing that Stirling has to offer - unique in Australia.
For more information about the club and its activities, contact Joan Godber on (057) 775 731.