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  • SMGS featured on SkyNews

    Over the school holidays, SkyNews interviewed SMGS Principal, Dr Andrew Bell, Director of Activities, Mr Martin Philpott and Junior School Captain, Ambrose Hansen for Sky News’ flagship program, Paul Murry Live. SMGS will be featured on the show, “Our Town”. Dr Bell, Mr Philpott and Ambrose spoke to reporter, Sam Chiari about student life at […]
  • Draft team lists – Interschools and Amelia McGuiness

    Draft team lists are now available for the following events: SSA Northern States Interschools Snowsports Championships (as at Thursday 1st August 2019) Amelia McGuiness Cross-Country (as at Thursday 1st August 2019) Amelia McGuiness Time Trial (as at Thursday 1st August 2019)
  • Two SMGS Alumni announced as inaugural Interschool Ambassadors for 2019

    Congratulations to SMGS Alumnus (2017) Theo Coates and Alumna (2018) Antonia Murphy, who were selected as Interschools Ambassadors for the 2019 snowsports season. Antonia and Theo will be at various Interschools Presentations, events and other functions this season! Antonia Murphy 18 and Theodore Coates 19, both of whom grew up in Jindabyne  are 2 of […]
  • Draft team lists (Updated) for Interschools and Redlands Cup now online

    The first draft team lists for the 2019 Snowsports season are now available: Redlands Cup (Updated Thursday 13th June 2019) ACT-Southern NSW Interschools Snowsports Championships (Updated Thursday 13th June 2019) Please refer to the  Snowsports Team Selection Policy for details about team snowsports team selection. All feedback on these draft teams should be directed to: […]

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.

The program increases riding skills, improves technique and provides students with the opportunity to develop to national level racing. Pre-season conditioning and fitness are also included in the program.

The program runs from Term 4 to Term 2 and typically includes the following elements:

Term 4

Students complete a 5 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

Focus shifts to downhill riding at Thredbo, 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.

Once they have completed the Downhill training program, participants can compete as part of the school team in Downhill, Dual Compressor, Cross-country and Dual Slalom events. The team compete across NSW, Victoria and the ACT and our focus in competition is on team involvement, race safety and performing to the best of individual ability.

Recent posts about Mountain Biking

SMGS’ Inaugural Girls’ Mountain Bike Retreat Ready to Roll

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Mountain Biking, Senior School|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School, in association with Jindabyne Girl Riders, are very excited to announce our first ever Girls’ Mountain Bike Retreat. Mountain biking in the Snowy Mountains is a growing sport, and at SMGS [...]

From Downhill to Cross-Country, SMGS Mountain Bike Program on Track

By | April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Director of Junior School, Junior School, Mountain Biking, Senior School|

SMGS Mountain Bike Program Snapshot SMGS’ Mountain Bike Program is multi-faceted, with students having the opportunity to participate in the three mountain bike disciplines of freeride, downhill and cross-country. In 2018, SMGS rolled out a [...]

Echidnas and rocks and berms. Oh my!

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Mountain Biking|

Junior School K-4 Mountain Bike Club The Junior School K-4 Mountain Bike Club has begun its four-week program for Term 1 with rave reviews from our youngest SMGS students. The group of junior riders are [...]

Mountain Bike Australia School of Merit

By | October 8th, 2018|Categories: Mountain Biking, School of Mountain Biking|

Snowy Mountains Grammar School is very excited to announce that it has been selected as a School of Merit by Mountain Bike Australia, the peak body for mountain biking in Australia. SMGS is one of only [...]

SMGS Mountain Biking Program Students Celebrate at Annual Awards Presentation

By | June 25th, 2018|Categories: Co-Curricular, Junior School, Mountain Biking, Senior School|

On Friday 25 June, the SMGS Mountain Biking program held its annual presentation evening. In attendance were students who participated in the 2018 Australian MTB Interschools competition, the Wednesday Sports program and the new addition [...]

Preparing for the 2017 Australian Mountain Bike Interschools

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Academies, Co-Curricular, Mountain Biking, School of Mountain Biking, Senior School|

Written by Guest Blogger: Vanessa Knee, Founder and Head Coach of Jindabyne Girl Riders About Vee: Vee is the founder and head coach of Jindabyne Girl Riders. Chasing the snow as a passionate skier, she [...]