The 2014 NSW State Downhill Series will kick off with round one in Thredbo as the states battling it out to gain some early season points. A state race is often a good starting point for new comers to the sport to have a crack at racing in a laidback friendly environment. The chairlift will be closed for public mountain biking access on the 13th.
Thredbo’s famous Blues festival returns once again in 2014 for its 20th year.
The 2014 Thredbo Blues Festival will deliver a stage for some of Australia’s finest blues artists and a platform for some amazing up and coming performers to showcase their musical talents. With over 20 bands, each playing three or four gigs over the weekend, this year is set to be one of the biggest yet.
Artists will be performing in both public venues and in intimate dining environments at various restaurants in Thredbo Village. There will also be a collection of roving bands around the Village Square, some performing at Eagles Nest Restaurant at the top of the mountain and even poolside performances at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.
The Thredbo Blues Festival is an Institution in the Mountains and this January will be the 20th Anniversary. With warm days, cool nights and a village full of Australia’s best blues musicians this weekend is a must if you love great music and the line up for the Thredbo 2014 Festival is the best in years with 2 renowned Australian performers bringing their own take on the blues to Thredbo.
Wendy Mathews plays at Thredbo Blues for the first time. With a string of hit records and 6 Aria Awards she is an Australian music diva and her crystal clear vocal style will bring a fresh sound to Thredbo. Also on the program for 2014 is another Aria winner Rick Price who has had a diverse career working with the likes of Marcia Hines, Jon English and Margaret Ulrich, he has had hits like Heaven Knows and Where Is The Love from his earlier days and more recently touring the US with Australian guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. Rick is now living full time in Nashville where he has written and produced for Australian Country stars like Becky Cole, Adam Brand, Gina Jeffreys, Adam Harvey and The Mclyrmonts. This diverse musical journey will make Ricks performances in Thredbo a stand out, offering a country Blues feel that will be right at home in the mountains.
Back again for 2014 are long time Thredbo Favourites, Kevin Borich, Jeff Lang, The Mighty Reapers, Ray Beadle, The Foreday Riders, Jimi Hocking and a whole host of other amazing blues players.
Book your accommodation and a Festival pass before November 30th to get the earl bird rate on the pass. At only $125 for the whole weekend including unlimited chairlift rides, this festival pass is excellent value. Make a holiday out if it and stay for 5 nights and you can also take advantage of our 5th night Free Acccomodation deal. Pay for 5 nights and stay for 5, explore the high country and enjoy Australia’s Coolest Blues Festival, a 5 night getaway from only $482 per per person including 5 nights accommodation (twin share) and the festival pass. Even less for groups.
The Dirt Maidens Challenge is a women’s only bike events designed for all levels of experience in riding. Anyone from beginners to regular weekend warriors will compete for their team; the spots, the stripes or the stars. The event includes the gravity XC and XC challenges, entertainment and dinner after the event.
Check out www.bungarra.com.au/dirt-maiden for more info.
”Gravity is what we are all about” says Thredbo’s Resort Manager Stuart Diver as he speaks excitedly about the future of Mountain Biking in Thredbo. ”We have the chairlifts and we have an awesome mountain, we just need to make it happen.” The good news is that it it is already happening. The Kosciuszko Flow Track is the first stage of a complete re development of Thredbo as a mountain biking destination. This track is designed to make downhill mountain biking something you can do on a normal mountain bike, without needing to get into difficult terrain. This track runs 7km from the top of the Kosciusko Express chairlift and brings riders back into the village on terrain that is suited to riders of intermediate skill or better. Due to start construction this summer is another “All Mountain Track” that will be 11km long and offer very cruisy flow track riding for low intermediate level riders and joining into the Thredbo Valley Trail to continue down the Thredbo River to the Ski Tube. Once completed this single track will offer over 30km of cruising downhill flow riding.
To start ratcheting up for the potential this new track offers, Thredbo is starting a guided trail ride this summer season every Wednesday and Saturday with the Thredbo Valley Trail Ride, offering riders a chance to ride down the Thredbo Valley Trail to the current trail head at the Ranger Station where a shuttle bus will be waiting to bring them back to Thredbo. This is a low intermediate downhill track with a few short uphill sections. It is the perfect introduction to mountain biking for families and riders who are thinking of getting into the sport. The Thredbo Valley Track Trail Ride is $30.