Get ready to roll this weekend when Australia’s premier bike park opens at Thredbo.
The biking season is here, and Thredbo has a huge summer ahead.
Australia’s premier mountain biking destination, Thredbo Mountain Bike Park, kicks off its season with a bang on Saturday November 18 and it’s packed with refreshed trails, a new bike fleet, clinics, events and special programs.
The Kosciuszko Express chairlift will allow riders easy access to the top of the mountain and the feast of gravity trails. The famous Cannonball Downhill, Kosciuszko Flow Trail and All-Mountain Trail will open for riding, but with large amounts of snow still around the higher areas of the All-Mountain Trail, riders will only have access from the mid-section to the village.
“We are stoked to have all gravity trails opening for the start of the season, considering the mega winter the trail crew has done an outstanding job. With our signature events getting bigger and bigger, exciting trail changes and new fleet of bikes, this summer is stacking up to be one of the best. See you at the party Saturday,” said Danny Taliana – Thredbo MTB Operations Manager.
Trail masters, Dirt Art, in collaboration with the Thredbo trail crew, have given the tracks a makeover and are in the process of creating link trails that will connect the current routes together giving riders the option to mix up their style and type of trail over the 600m vertical decent.
A favourite for Enduro riders will be the Central Spur link making its way from the All-Mountain at the top of the Gunbarrel Express chairlift across the valley to the middle slopes of the Kosciuszko Flow and Cannonball Downhill.
On the lower slopes there will be a more direct access from the All-Mountain finish at Creek Station, bringing riders directly back to Valley Terminal and base of the Kosciuszko Express chairlift.
It is shaping up to be a huge opening and here’s a rundown of what to expect this weekend.
The Kosciuszko Flow Trail is receiving a comprehensive rebuild of a lot of the berms and features making riding the trail a lot more fluid and fun. The lower section will see things open up a bit with some mild take off’s for the jump options. There will be a completely rollable line also next to the lips.
The Cannonball Downhill will remain the most challenging of trails. From the rocky technical sections, riders will be welcomed with the fast and more open sections on the lower slopes. The features are carefully sculpted to be smoothly hit at speed. Look out for the monster drop in the finish area.
The All Mountain Trail is looking manicured and tailor made for the rider looking for adventure. It takes you through three diverse ecosystems delivering flowing single-track, challenging rock-gardens and supreme views down the Thredbo Valley. The All-Mountain Trail will open for riding, but with the large amounts of snow still around the higher areas, riders will only have access from the mid-section to the village.
The Thredbo Valley Track is one of the most talked about tracks in the region and offers a beautiful and exciting 19 kilometre ride from Thredbo following the iconic Thredbo River to Lake Crackenback Resort (LCR), with scenic undulating terrain, woodlands, forests, grasslands and impressive suspension bridges. New for summer 17/18 the 6.5km extension of the Thredbo Valley Track downstream of LCR. This sees the track get a little more technical, still hugging along the river, you ride through all kinds of vegetation and terrain, very spectacular.
What’s New for 2017 in Thredbo MTB Park
MTB Clinics for all levels
Every weekend and daily throughout school holidays, morning three-hour junior ride clinics will be available for children aged 10 – 15 years of age. Utilising the beginner skills park at the Valley Terminal base, the kid’s clinics include free lift access during the clinic and are designed to give young dirt demons an introduction to the trails of Thredbo in a fun and laidback environment.
Riders can up their skills this summer with 2 hour beginner, intermediate and advanced clinics running daily along with 2.5hr personalised private clinics tailored to the specific needs of the rider.
Gravity Girls and Downhill Dudes
Thredbo MTB has two clinics on offer this summer to up skill guys and girls on the mountain.
Gravity Girls is a women’s specific clinic designed to give girls a non-intimidating intro to downhill riding on the resorts gravity trails. Covering all aspects of riding, this clinic is a great way to meet other riders, build confidence and take away new skills to enhance riding in the future.
Downhill Dudes is a boy’s day out on the hill with expert instructors on hand to improve riding. A nice mix of social and skills this clinic is great way to get to know Thredbo Mountain Bike Park and pick up tips along the way.
This season’s event calendar will see the biggest MTB events in the country in Thredbo. High on any mountain bikers must do list is the Cannonball Mountain Bike Festival 6-10 December 2017. There’s $70,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, five massive events across five action packed days plus a village full of entertainment – this will be big.
Coming into its second year the Thredbo Super Enduro on February 24-25 will test the true all-rounder utilising all three gravity trails.
The battle of the schools continues with the 2018 Australian interschool’s MTB champs March 15-18. The Rocky Trail Entertainment State Round rolls back into Thredbo April 7-8.
Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned pro there’s plenty of mountain biking stoke this summer in the Thredbo Mountain Bike Park.
For more information on Thredbo mountain biking visit their website.