Does anyone know whether the bag jump is going to be up again at Thredbo this year? It's always closed just before I arrived before, but this year I'll be there earlier and would love to catch it.
Mountain Works update
Some of the on-mountain changes for this winter are;
Snowmaking on Mogul Run (Chute 4) – The permanent mogul course will once again be established on Chute 4 in the meadows area. Over the summer several new tower guns have been installed to assist getting the site operational earlier in the season.
New Snowmaking Guns – Along with the installation of additional tower guns, 3 new TF10 Techno Alpin fan guns have been purchased to assist with snowmaking production in the high traffic areas. These guns produce a similar amount of snow to 4-5 tower guns, so they will provide a welcome boost to snow production capabilities.
Super Park under Kosciuszko Express Chairlift - The terrain park from High Noon has been moved to the area known as Chute 5 which was previously used for the Bag Jump operations. The upper part of this run will contain box and rail features. At the end of this run there will be a crossover to Milk Run which will host a jump line with 3 large features. The establishment of the Super Park in the meadows area has allowed High Noon to be re-established as a wide open ski run.
Dismantling of Ramshead chair – in the past few weeks the base station and the first 4 towers of the decommissioned Ramshead chair have been dismantled. These works have significantly opened up the area between the TSRC clubhouse and Avalanche Café BBQ hut. This work has now paved the way for further feasibility works on the proposed Ramshead replacement chairlift.
In the village, a new café has been established in the space previously occupied by Altitude 1380. Central Road has been significantly renovated by Paul Antone and Gosia Ostaszkiewicz. Paul and Gosia have worked for many years within the Thredbo community and have a unique understanding of the culinary taste of our Thredbo clientele. Central Road will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the winter months and their selection of heart-warming modern Australian dishes has been exceptionally well received to date.
The bag jump won't be back this year. They are building the park where the jump for it used to be.
Bag jumps aren't as safe as you might think and they certainly don't guarantee that you won't damage yourself if you land on your head.
As far as park skiers/boarders go, Australia doesn't have the coaches or infrastructure needed to fully progress athletes from learning tricks on a tramp through to putting them down on snow. I know maybe one person who works in a ski school who is fully certified under a freestyle body (CFSA) to coach athletes in air progression. Aside from that there are another handful of instructors who are actually qualified to teach park skills and the qualification doesn't take a lot to get.
^this Coach certification is relatively new in Aus.
Quite a few of the park skiers are ex mogul skiers, e.g. Anna Segal. So they have done years of water ramp as a moguls skier. We have seen Anna Segal at water ramp but very few others.
Until you brought up the subject I didn't even know there was an Australian freestyle coaching certification pathway, I might look into that. Anyway. my point is, the lack of instructors/coaches who know how to teach air progressions safely is the reason why you see so many people trying tricks in the park when they probably shouldn't be.