Falls Creek has launched summer in a huge way with the official opening of the 2015 Mountain Bike Season and the latest batch of new resort trails. Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park is now home to 12 trails and over 20km of singletrack, with still more to come in 2016, adding to what is already being dubbed by the industry as the next big destination for Australian mountain biking.
Falls Creek Resort Management has been developing the Mountain Bike Park for a number of years following the successful application for funding from the Victorian State Government in 2010. With Stages One and Two having laid the groundwork for the park, Stage Three has more than doubled the number of trails at the resort. Descending trails from Cloud 9 and the Frying Pan Trig have now opened up the resort for riders to access some of Victoria’s highest and most spectacular locations all at Falls Creek.
To celebrate the occasion hundreds of guests hit the mountain across the weekend. At an official ceremony the ribbon was cut to open the new trails by Victorian Member for Benambra Bill Tilley, Alpine Shire Councillor Kate Farrell and Falls Creek Resort Management Board Chair Mark Anderson. Visitors were treated afterwards to a free BBQ alongside the new Village Bike Café where operators Blue Dirt Mountain Biking were kept busy shuttling 100’s of riders to the top of the trails across the whole weekend. A partnership between Resort Management and Blue Dirt will see an unprecedented number of shuttle weekends for riders to catch a ride to the top of the trails between now and winter 2016.
Falls Creek Resort Management CEO, Stuart Smythe declared the weekend a great success.
”The opening of Stage 3, and the Falls Creek Mountain Bike Park’s progression perfect terrain offers something for everyone. From the flat aqueduct trails and the out and back network for the XC and Enduro riders, to the sheer vertical descent, the switchbacks, berms, and rocky kickers on “Thunderbolt” or “High Voltage” - there’s plenty of scope for all types of riding. We are extremely thankful for the assistance of the State government, the support of the local and regional community, plus the broader MTB fraternity. With this weekend’s action Falls Creek Resort, the village and the mountain bike park is very much open for business.”
With the mountain biking season now officially open Falls Creek is looking forward to an active summer of riders on the bike park, road cyclists throughout the peaks, hikers on the alpine trails and holiday makers enjoying the stunning surrounds of Rocky Valley Lake and the Alpine National Park.