1. Non School Time

    24 June - 18 July
  2. New Boarders Arrival

    17 July @ 12:45 pm - 1:15 pm AEST
  3. Boarders Return

    17 July @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm AEST


  • 2022 Regional Interschools Snowsports – Important Team Information

      To allow us to process our school entries into the 2022 ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships, each student requires a valid and renewed Snow ID to be entered into the competition. Your child’s Snow ID needs to be renewed every year.  If you have not you have not provided a valid Snow […]
  • 2022 Snowsports Draft Team Lists – Now Available

    The draft team lists for both the 2022 SUBARU ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships and the 2022 Redlands Cup are now available from the links below: SUBARU ACT & Regional NSW Interschools Snowsport Championships (Published 10/06/2022) Redlands Cup (Published 10/06/2022) Please direct any queries to Mr Martin Philpott at:
  • SMGS P&F Trivia Night – Tickets now on Sale!

      Join us for an evening of trivia fun!   Friday 10 June 2022 Doors open at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm start The Snowy Shed, SMGS   Tickets are $20 and can be paid ahead via the Eventbrite link below or by cash and card at the door.   Organise your table of […]
  • Letter Home Physical Theatre Production – Tickets now on sale!

    Jindabyne, NSW, Monday, 2nd May – Presented by Snowy Mountains Grammar School Drama students, the physical theatre production of Letters Home is touring the Snowy Monaro Region and south-east NSW. In addition to school performances, the public performance date is on: Thursday, 19th May, at 7:00 pm – Snowy Mountains Grammar School Tickets are now […]

Mountain Biking Program

//Mountain Biking Program

The mountain bike program at SMGS provides students with a broad foundation in Downhill, Free-ride and Cross-Country riding skills.

Welcome to the SMGS Mountain Bike Program

Catering to beginner to elite ability levels across Kindergarten to Year 12, day and boarding students, the SMGS Mountain Bike Program has a strong legacy in providing students with a broad foundation in Downhill, Free-Ride and Cross-Country riding skills.

As a result of our school’s population growth and mountain bike trail development in Jindabyne, Thredbo and the wider Snowy Monaro region, we are pleased to launch the SMGS Mountain Bike Academy in Term 1, 2022. Complementing the current mountain bike program opportunities, the academy athletes will have access to a full day of advanced coaching in a small group setting. Additional details will be available in early 2022.

The SMGS Mountain Bike Program has three components:

  1. Mountain Bike Academy – launching in 2022 – further details and application requirements coming soon!
    1. Specialist DH Instructor Development Program
    2. Competitions
    3. Academic Support 
    4. Transport

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  1. Wednesday Sport Program

Open to students in Years 5 to 11, the Wednesday Sport program runs from Term 4 to Term 2, from 1:15 to 3:30pm, and typically includes the following elements:

Term 4

Students complete a five-week skills and conditioning program, aimed at learning or improving riding skills on a wide range of trails, obstacle courses, jump lines and flow tracks. Cross-country riding is the backbone of this program, promoting fitness and conditioning.

At the end of Term 4, students complete an introductory downhill session at Thredbo, with new participants able to ‘try before they buy’ and learn skills like loading and unloading onto the chairlift.

Term 1

In addition to cross-country, downhill riding at Thredbo is also available, with formal instruction in safety and basic skills for beginners. The use of all recommended safety equipment is compulsory for SMGS students participating in this part of the program.

Term 2

Students have the chance to ride a range of trails in and around Jindabyne and the lake, including jumps trails and downhill trails, giving students a variety of terrain on which to finesse the skills learned over the season. 

  1. K-4 Mountain Bike Club

Offered in Terms 1 and 4, students in K-4 have the opportunity to participate in a weekly, after-school mountain bike program. Coached by Jindy Riders, the program fosters confidence and bike handling on trails and terrain close to the school. These trails include the Lake Jindabyne trail network, Bungarra and Hatchery Bay.

SMGS Mountain Bike Program Staff:

Josh Armstead

Martin Philpott

SMGS MTBA School of Merit


SMGS is proud to be a MTBA School of Merit.


Coming in Term 1, 2022

SMGS Mountain Bike Academy

SMGS has offered Mountain Biking as a weekly sport option for many years, and we are pleased to further increase the opportunities for MTB development from Term 1, 2022 in the newly developed MTB Academy.

The program will run for Terms 4 and 1 each year as a specialist downhill development program with qualified and experienced coaches at Thredbo allowing for day and boarding students to reach new heights of personal excellence. Students from Years 5-12 are welcome to apply.

The new SMGS Mountains Bike Academy has several key components:

  1. Specialist DH Instructor Development Program
    • Specialist downhill instructor led coaching programs will be available for MTBA team members. The coaching sessions will be a full day at Thredbo each Wednesday within very small groups to ensure individual instruction.
  1. Competitions
    • SMGS will aim to travel to a number of interschool events in 2022 as well as provide academic support for students competing while at events.
  1. Academic Support
    • Team members will have the option to attend an additional afternoon out of hours academic assistance session each week led by a qualified teacher.
  1. Transport
    • All MTBA team members will receive transport to and from Thredbo each Wednesday with their own bikes.

Note that our regular Wednesday MTB Sport offering from beginner to advanced levels as part of the weekly sport program will continue to be available for students.

The SMGS Mountain Bike Academy Program coordinator is Joshua Armstead who can be contacted on

More information will be coming soon in January 2022 including expressions of interest and the application process, and Q&A. Please register your interest below.


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