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Snowfarm Merino Muster

When : 9 a.m. Thu, 14th - Sat, 16th August 2014
Where : Snowfarm


A New Zealand High Country Ski Adventure.​

Join us for the ​Merino Muster New Zeland's premier cross country ski race.

​The Merino Muster promises a day you'll never forget, catering for pure beginner cross country skiers to the elite national team skier.

Come and watch top international skiers competing or to participate yourself in the Merino Muster, an iconic event that is a Snow Farm and local favorite.

Held every year on the third Saturday in August, one week prior to the World Loppet race in Australia the Kangaroo Hoppet.

The 2014 event will be held 16th August 2014. at the Snow Farm in the Cadrona Valley The race has an application to become an associate member the renowned World Loppet series.

Be a volunteer if you don't ski and enjoy the social interation of skiers from around the world.


7km 'Straggle Muster' 21km 'Snow Rake', and 42 km 'Muster' Cross Country Ski raceCross Country Ski Citizens Race that everyone can take part in. Everyone that finishes receives a medal.

Merino Muster - SATURDAY AUGUST 16TH

Merino Muster is the Snow Farm's headline event! This mass start event has something for everyone with novices lining up along side international elite athletes.

For the more relaxed athlete there is the 7 km course around Merino Glen which most people manage on their first day of nordic skiing. The 21 km course travels around Merino Glen and then out around River Run and back on The Loop. For the experienced cross country skier there is the 42 km Marathon which covers the 21km course and then heads out through Hanging Valley and then back around the The Loop for a second time.

This year also sees the introduction of a team relay category as part of the 7km Straggle Muster event. Teams of 2 to 4 people must complete 4 laps of the 7km course. This means that for teams of less than 4 people, some team members will be doing more than one lap each. Each team member needs to complete at least one lap for their team. We have a special category for School Teams as well. To qualify, every member of the team must be a student of the school. Participation is the main focus for these events and everyone receives a medal or annual pin on completion. A short distance Mini Muster is also offered for kids 10 years and under.

The Merino Muster celebrates the great High Country tradition of mustering the sheep from the high mountain tops to lower levels at the start of winter, an event that features in much of our South Island literature and song and forms a right of passage for many of our rural communities' young people. The location of the race was once itself a merino sheep station, in the heart of rugged Central Otago.

Merino Muster Registration

Entries are accepted all the way up to the big date. We encourage pre-entries to save registration time on the morning of the race.

Race day - August 16th

9am race registration opens. Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to register, particularly if you need to also organise ski/boot/pole hire.

9.45am - Race briefing at the start line for the 7km / 21km / 42km race.

10.00am - Mass start time for the 7km / 21km / 42km races.

2pm - The Mini Muster starts at 2pm.

Race Fees

Race Adult (18+) Youth (under 18)
Straggle Muster 7km $30 $20
Straggle Muster 7km TEAM ENTRY $20pp Schools $10pp
Snow Rake 21km $40 $30
Merino Muster 42km $50 $40
Mini Muster 200m for 10 years and under $5
Ski/Boot/Pole Hire $20 $10

Race Entry

Details to be confirmed



Muster - an organised gathering of sheep in the high country and especially the autumn; bringing the sheep to the valley floor away from the snowy mountain tops.

Straggle Muster - clever sheep try to avoid coming to the valley for summer and the musterers go out several times after the main muster to check the country is clear.

Snow Rake - if a snow fall occurs early in the season the sheep become trapped on the mountains. The farmers stamp paths in the snow to allow the sheep to walk to the lower country.

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