The KAC Cross Country Race

Start of the KAC Martini Cross Country Race at Perisher

Start of the KAC Martini Race in Perisher Valley 1974

The KAC is one of the largest cross-country ski races in NSW. The race route, from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass Village, traverses 8km of gently undulating terrain through magnificent scenery

Started in 1972 by some enthusiastic KAC (Kosciusko Alpine Club) members who wanted to encourage greater participation in cross-country skiing, the race was popularly known as The Martini, due to its early sponsorship. The race has been held every year since. Held on the first Wednesday of August, The KAC is a noted event on the Australian skiing calendar and is run according to the rules of the Federation Internationale de Ski. In earlier days the race attracted over 700 competitors, and now still attracts several hundred. Awards are given according to age group, sex and style – Classic (diagonal stride) or Freestyle (skating).