• EVENT DESCRIPTION
• RISK ASSESSMENT
• EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN
• ACCOMODATION PLAN
September 8th 2018
MOUNTAIN SPORTS COLLECTIVE
Simon Murray / Race Director & MSC President
440 Morses Creek Rd / Wandilligong VIC 3744
• Race Coordination
• Competitor Registration and Briefing
• Race Marshall and Ski Patrol (Incl Volunteers) Briefing
Telephone Box Junction
Mount Stirling Rd, Mount Buller VIC 3723
The event is seeking Public Liability Insurance - $20 million.
Event insurance requirements.
Listed interested include are:
• Mansfield Shire
• Mount Buller Mount Stirling Resort Management Board
• Vic Police
• Parks Vic
This is ski / splitbard race, very similar in concept to that of a ski-mountaineering race, as described in the International Ski Mountaineering Race Federations (ISMF) / Race Rules and Regulations Document (Click here to view). This will be the first of this kind of competition to be staged in Australia. The course will cover roughly 11 kilometres of snow or mixed coverage terrain, an elevation gain and loss of 1000m+ with participants walking and or skiing uphill and downhill across this course.
For the purposes of participant safety this is a team event. Teams consist of no more or less than two people. Importantly this race whilst consistent in format with an 'Individual Race' outlined in the Section 2, ISMF it is not intended to qualify or recognised as an ISMF event.
The object of the race is to 'check-in' to the 9 course waypoints, a navagation challenge as much as it is a physical challenge, and return to the finish line. These way points will be communicated via an event specific map and digital GPS support in the for of a GIS Plot, delivered and synced with the smartphone App 'Gaia'.
There are two categories. Ski and Split snowboard.
Participant Equipment Requirements:
A pair of Skis or a Split Board with metallic edges covering at least 90% of their length, and minimal width of, for skis, at least 80 mm in the front, 60 mm under the boot and 70 mm in the rear part; ski length must be of at least 160cm for men and 150cm for women.
Free Heel touring / Telemark or Split Board Binding
which allow heel movement during ascents and may be locked for descents; front and rear parts:
• The rear part of the bindings must have front and lateral release safety systems
(3 pin telemark bindings excepted).
• If front bindings have limited or no release safety system or can be used locked without a safety system, it must be clearly specified in the written information supplied with the equipment that these bindings are designed for competition and don't require a safety release system for the front part of the bindings.
• Standard snowboards, without split touring mode won't qualify.
Boots (only the shell) must cover the ankles and have notched soles in Vibram or an equivalent. The soles must cover at least 75% of the boot surface.
Skins (Full length or 'kicker' skins) should be carried and worn on all single skin track sections. Pattern base skis are acceptable, however
Compass will be required to compete, and obviously the ability to use it.
Rucksack which will contain as a minimum:
The race will commence from Telphone box junction(TBJ) (or higher as snow levels dictate), and continue via the north (king spur) and Hut 36 to approach the summit of Mount Stirling (Trig Point). Then to the south summit via a detour to a waypoint in the lower 'dugout creek' vicinity. From 'The Tree' to the bottom of Stanley's bowl and returning via the standard 'bootpack' to south summit to then cross the saddle and descend toward bluff spur and below to a waypoint at roughly the 1500m contour on Bluff Creek gully, the last 'check-in' before making for the finish line on bluff spur trail, at a position nominated by the race director, in consultation with Ski Patrol, based on snow depths on lower bluff spur trail. The course, with the exception of the Bluff Spur descent is not on the marked / groomed areas that are shared with other venue users.
Course will be set and open to ski/split inspection.
THE BELOW TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO REVIEW
0800 - 0930 Participant Registration
0930 - 1000 Participant Briefing
1030 - Ski Race Starts
1045 - Split Board Race Start
1200 - Summit Check-in Closes.
1200 - MS '36' to sweep Baldy Creek
1200 - Finish line active
1300 - Finish line active
1400 - MS 'Summit Tree' closes Stanley's Drop to competitors. Then sweeps skin trail from Dug-out checkin and returs to Summit trig to sweep bluff creek drop.
1500 - 1600 MS 'Bluff Spur' closes Bluff creek drop below Bluff Spur Trail and directs competitors to finish line. Sweeps Bluff creek before bluff spur trail to finish line.
1700 - 1900 Presentation held at TBJ.
As this is the first event, we are treating it as a test. We'd between 30 and 50 participants. Wed doubt that there would be many dedicated spectators.
There are two levels of Medical support provided on the date of the event, as follows:
• Mount Stirling Mount Buller Resort Management provide dedicated Ski Patrol staff fronted by the head of Mt Stirling Ski Patrol, Dave McCoombe. These staff are able to act as first responders (often by ski or snow mobile) directly to patients on the trail.
• Ambulance Victoria will have a 4wd patient transfer vehicle plus two
paramedics available, stationed at Mount Buller ski resort. On site there will be a dedicated patient treatment area, at Telephone Box Junction as used by Ski Patrol during operations at Mount Stirling during the regular winter season ski patrol operations.
There is good emergency vehicle access to all sections of the course where participants are descending (skiing / riding) per the emergency vehicle access map below.
The Race will be cancelled, or course altered under the following conditions
Expected precipitation in excess of 20mm in the from of rain.
Snow not lower than 1450m on access trails.
Forecast winds in excess of 60km P/H (30 Knts)
Visibility of less than 50m for prolonged (more than 5 mins) above 1600m.
Any avalanche rating greater than 'Code Green' as deemed by race director.
Participants will be equipped with the map shown above, complete with grid references and direction bearings for waypoints, at the scale of 1:125000. In addition the course will be provided as a GPS plot via the smartphone app Gaia, or any handheld GPS. Participants are urged to turn off mobile data on smartphones for the purposes of saving the device batteries on one of the two devices in a two person team. A nominated navigation device as such. In the event that participants become lost or disorientated, then the Mount Stirling Ski Patrol, lost persons procedure will come into effect.
This well established of a series of 'marked locations' with unique identifiers, that correlate with the map. As briefed by Ski Patrol at the pre race briefing, participants are to call 000, whereby they will be connected to Mount Stirling Ski Patrol, and then a response vehicle will be despatched. If a participant becomes lost in the off track sections there will be flagging tape at the boundaries of the course that will lead the to one of these 'marked locations'
Using a series of marshalling stations, equiped with shelter, and warm refreshments, our marshalls will be tasked with identifying symptoms of either condition and are empowered to cancel the patients participation in the race.
If you are registering to compete & take part in one of the events hosted by Mount Buller Mount Stirling Resort Management / Mountain Sports Collective, you must confirm that:
By checking the Event Waiver declaration box on my event entry form, I am indicating that I understand & agree to the above conditions. I hereby agree to indemnify CARL & the event organisers for any & all the claims, loss & expenses of any sort arising by reason of the Terms of Service & of my breach of the above conditions, unauthorised acts or otherwise. Any breach of these conditions or failure by me to obey the lawful directions of CARL or the event instructors hereby entitles CARL or the event organisers to terminate my participation in an event forthwith without any refund of fees or any compensation of any sort & to disqualify me automatically.
- Again I can do this, any refreeze you have would be handy. Alex the MSC secretary here has some background in these things so I’ll work with her to get this sussed.
We will have a support crew of 2 marshals located at each of the designated Marshal Stations: Hut 36 / Summit Tree and Bluff Hut and four finish line officials working with the race director. These are a mix of one Stirling volunteer ski Patrol Member and an MSC operations crew member at each, working as teams of two.
One other team, including the race director will tail the participants on the course as far as the summit, before returning to establish the finish line.
The ski patrol director for Mount Stirling is within his powers to allocate areas set aside for camping. Camping areas will be made available within the vicinity of TBJ for the night of the 7th and 8th of September 2018.
Here are some of the areas currently open for consideration.