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The Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom was epic!


Boom! The Fourth Annual Banked Slalom went off with an absolute bang…and I mean bang! If you were in Thredbo this weekend and took part in the snowboarding celebrations you would know what we’re talking about!

All competitors we’re greeted with perfect conditions on Sunday to hit the course with speed and confidence. It was nothing but blue skies, spring sun and good times up at the all new course location ‘The Playground’. The course offered more long, drawn out turns, allowing for everyone to enjoy the course at their own pace…however by the looks of what went down throughout the day, the only pace everyone had on their mind was…FAST!


It sure was one gathering of the tribe as the event welcomed every generation of snowboarder to come and get involved and and have a crack at some fast flying action. From grom women to masters men, everyone killed it both on their board and in spirit.

The Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom was lucky enough to host some of the worlds best snowboarders this weekend off the back of Volcom’s event ‘BOARDSTOCK’. The likes of Terje Håkonsen, Pat Moore and Mike Ravelson showed to give the local boys and girls a run for their money and boy did the locals have to run!


In the Open Women, it was Wiki Jones (fastest women in Thredbo) who took out the event with style, grace and most importantly…SPEED! Wiki was closely followed by the shred mum superstar herself, Abish Bright in second place and Amber Arazny flew through the course to take out third place.

The Open Men’s category was stacked deep with heavy hitters as mentioned above. In first place it was the man, the myth, the legend himself, Terje Haakonsen that was crowned king of the Fourth Annual Transfer Banked Slalom. Terje had local shredders Ryan Tiene and Jye Kearney close on his tail, Ryan just snuck in with second place followed by Jye for third.

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Due to bad weather, the Transfer Banked Slalom has been postponed to Sunday, 17th September!


Rev your engines!
The tournament of turns is taking place this Friday in the brand new location of Playground at Cruiser to turn and burn your way through the aussie snow gums.

Pull on the leather gloves, sling yourself into the driver’s seat and get ready to haul arse across the Monaro mile and up to Mount Thredbo for the Australia’s fastest and slowest snowboarders will go bumper to bumper with the world’s best through burns, turns, sweeps and straights. From mild to wild, The Transfer Banked Slalom isn’t just a tournament of turns it’s a celebration of snowboarding.

Have a look at the event website for the latest news: and the blog

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Transfer Banked Slalom is back, August 19!

They call it the days of days for snowboarders, etched from history the Transfer Banked Slalom in Thredbo has carved itself into a highlight of the Australian winter.


The event embodies the very essence of snowboarding, with the Thredbo event bringing together the snowboard community – the old shredders showing the young guns old school moves while the fit and fearless float effortlessly through the carefully crafted course.

Consisting of berms, turns and jumps riders need to bring their A game to manoeuvre the technical but fun course to cross the line.  Features such as Galina’s Gully, a sweeping section, natural half pipe and a wall ride are sure to test riders on the day.  If there any tip to offer to get you over the line with a chance…wax that board and hold on.


The good times don’t stop on your last turn, Saturday night head to Poolside at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel where Client Liaison fresh off a sold out national tour will take over the party. From the studio to the top end of town, Client Liaison’s sound plays out like a long lunch followed by a round of cocktails, a definite Thredbo crowd favourite.

The Transfer Banked Slalom is one event the guys at the establishment will never be able to get their hands on, so leave the competitive hunger at home and replace it with an 80’s inspired après outfit and a big smile.


So what do you need to do now in order of priority to attend the Transfer Banked Slalom?
Lock in the date 19th of August
Book your trip and enter via the Thredbo eStore
Put in your leave form
Practice your turns
Go op-shopping to grab an outfit
Prep yourself for a weekend of fun

Have a look at the event website for the latest news: and the blog

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World Rookie Tour: Australia Trip 2016

As every year during summer time (on Northern Emipshere) World Rookie Tour awards the winners with an amazing trip where rookies have the chance to gain a life experience, this year was time for Australia.

As soon we landed we had our first mission in front of us, let the rookies compete at Mile High, one great event where a lot of pros are shredding together with good and real snowboarding vibes.


Mile High’s contest was definitely from the storm to sun, with more than one days waiting for better conditions until a good final days, our rookies had a great experience competing with the pros, Kokomo impressed with her great level for a 11years old girl, Isak, World Rookie Champion in charge, was not on his 100% due to an injured but he had fun with all the friends down there, and Takeru our Best Grom, missed the finals only for one place, with a great final 13th place.

After some days on snow it was time to go surfing, skateboarding and visiting Sydney. Under a sunny spring weather we had some fun surf sessions, which gave us the change to discover new talents… , we visited and cruised Sydney and nearby until the beautiful Blue Mountains, shred different skateparks and the great Monster Skatepark thanks to Darren and Thredbo resort.


Back to the Snowy Mountains for more snowboarding before leave the kangaroos land, thanks to Thredbo our accommodation was amazing, unfortunately the weather was not the same, Australian Rookie Fest was canceled due to bad weather and heavy rainy days, and for our crew was not easy, but we find a way to shred Thredbo Resort and shoot around and it was fun, you will see on the video which will be released in Livigno during World Rookie Fest 2017.

Thanks to Ishi the legend, Fede, Rich, Philippe and Thredbo, Darren, all the friends met down under, and specially to our rookies Kokomo, Taker, Isak.

txt and pics: Gian Luca ‘Jimmi’ Zanetti

Watch the photogallery about Australia here

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2016 Australian Rookie Fest at Thredbo deleted

Unfortunately due to weather conditions, unfavourable conditions leading up to the event and the safety of competitors, Thredbo Resort has decided to cancel the event for 2016.

We would like to thank Capita, Union, Pow Gloves, Mizu and RedBull for their support with this event.

If you dream to become a professional snowboarder,
then your future starts from Rookie Fest!

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Sven Thorgren and Hailey Langland Win The Mile High by Carlton Dry

Sweden’s Sven Thorgren and USA’s Hailey Langland dominated a star-studded field of finalists to win The 2016 Mile High by Carlton Dry.

With a unique slopestyle format, the top 12 men and top eight women from yesterday’s semi-finals had the best-of-two runs on the jump line and best-of-two runs on the rail line to impress the judges. Belgium’s Seppe Smits won the PS4 for scoring the best overall jump run, and Norwegian young gun, Marcus Cleveland won the best rail run. But it was 21-year-old Sven Thorgren who was the most consistent, with the highest combined scores from jumps and rails to take the A$5000 prizemoney for winning The Mile High by Carlton Dry.

The Mile High by Carlton Dry was sick today!” said Sven after his win. “Everybody was killing it. I’m really pumped to have a great start to the season. It was a good final, and it gets me really pumped to start the year with a win. It was a fun format with the rails and jumps judged separately. It’s a new format that was good to try here at Perisher.”


Sven’s jump run included a double crippler on the rider-favourite halfpipe feature, followed by a double backside rodeo, cab 900 nosegrab, and finishing with a backside 1080 stalefish on the last jump. His rail run started with a switch-backside tailslide-to-270 off, butter to backside 180 on the downbar, switch-boardslide switch-up to fakie, and cab 450 gap on the flat-down rail. 17-year-old Marcus Kleveland added to his Playstation 4 prize with $3000 for second place overall, while Seppe Smits combined with his winning jump run for third overall.

Over three days in Perisher’s Front Valley, 110 of the world’s best professional slopestyle snowboarders competed against 10 of Australia’s best. “It’s pretty insane how good all the riders are here,” said Sven Thorgren. “Pretty much all the best riders in the world come here to Perisher at this time of year, and it’s great that we get to do this competition.”

In the women’s, Hailey Langland continued her domination from semi-finals, winning two Playstation 4’s for Best Jumps and Rails Line, as well as the $3000 overall winner’s prizemoney. In fact, the semi-final placings were replicated in the finals with UK’s Katie Ormerod and Japan’s Miyabi Onitsuka making up the all-teenage podium.

I love Perisher!” said the 16-year-old X Games bronze-medallist, Hailey Langland. “I love what they did with the course. It’s been really good to come out and ride it”. The Mile High by Carlton Dry is a World Snowboard Tour (WST) International Level event, and the high number of WSPL (World Snowboarding Points List) points on offer at Perisher will set up the slopestyle snowboarders coming into the Northern Hemisphere winter as they aim to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The Mile High by Carlton Dry 2016 Final Results


1. Sven Thorgren (SWE) – $5000
2. Marcus Kleveland (NOR) – $3000
3. Seppe Smits (BEL) – $1500
4. Eric Beauchemin (USA) – $500

Playstation 4 Best Jumps Line: Seppe Smits (BEL)
Playstation 4 Best Rails Line: Marcus Kleveland (NOR)

1. Hailey Langland (USA) – $5000
2. Katie Ormerod (GBR) -$3000
3. Miyabi Onitsuka (JPN) -$1500
4. Jessika Jenson (USA) – $500

Playstation 4 Best Jumps Line: Hailey Langland (USA)
Playstation 4 Best Rails Line: Hailey Langland (USA)

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The Mile High by Carlton Dry is Bigger and Better in 2016

The Mile High by Carlton Dry is bigger and better for 2016 and returns to Perisher’s Front Valley with the biggest and best line-up of wintersports athletes ever assembled in Australia.

110 international slopestyle snowboarders will be joined by 10 of Australia’s best riders, all drawn to the world-class slopestyle course constructed in front of the Perisher Centre. Master shaper, Charles Beckinsale, and the Perisher Park crew are world-renowned for building inventive and creative features, and the 2016 Mile High slopestyle course promises to provide an epic blank canvas for the best in the world to display their art.

80 men and 40 female professional slopestyle snowboarders will compete over three days to crown The Mile High by Carlton Dry champions. Current WST-ranked world number two, Canadian Darcy Sharp, returns to defend his 2015 Mile High title and will be joined by 30 out of the top 50-ranked men. WST-ranked world number five, Tyler Nicholson, will be doing his best to steal the winner’s points from his Canadian compatriot. Another big gun to keep an eye on is 2010 Winter Olympic silver medallist, four-time-TTR World Tour Champion, and current World Big Air Champion Peetu Piiroinen from Finland.

The local field of Australians will have to do amazingly well to get to the podium this year with such a large international field but that won’t stop them from giving it their best shot. With that said though having riders like Markus Kleveland (NOR) and Billy Morgan (UK), two out of only three men in the world who have ever landed a quadruple-cork, entered in the Mile High, it’s going to be the hardest-ever year to secure a place on the podium.

In the women’s, 25 of the top 50-ranked riders will duke it out, led by world number three, 2013 World Champion and X Games gold medallist, Spencer O’Brien, who also hails from Canada, and World number 4 Karly Shorr who seems to podium at every event she enters. The women’s field is riddled with the top progressive riders coming up in the sport, many who have double corks and double flips in their bag of tricks.

The 2016 Mile High by Carlton Dry sees competitors entered from every snowboarding nation in the world and reflects the importance that this WST International Level competition plays in the long lead-up to the 2018 Winter Olympics. This year there is an increased presence of Asian freestyle competitors, including teams from all over Asia, who will compete against the USA, Canadian, Norwegian, Swedish, Kiwi, Swiss, Austrian, Dutch, German, Finnish, Italian, British, Latvian, Irish, Slovakian and Australian slopestyle teams.

With such a high-quality list of competitors, The Mile High by Carlton Dry has a stronger field than almost any other competition on the tour. For a small budget event in the tiny snowboarding industry of Australia this ‘Perfect Storm’ of nations heading downunder makes it all the more amazing. With no webcast or live TV you will have to check the World Snowboard Tour facebook page for updates.

Updates about conditions, schedules and results can be found at The Mile High Facebook page.

The Mile High by Carlton Dry will make rights-free high-resolution photos after each day of competition, as well as a dropbox folder for every rider to access raw footage for downloading and social distribution.

Links will be at and on The Mile High by Carlton Dry facebook page

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2014 Australia Rookie Fest


The 5th edition of the Australian Rookie Fest Down Under took place in Thredbo Resort, one of the top ski area in the Southern Hemisphere. Thredbo Super Park welcomed the best rookies and groms from Australia and New Zealand competing for Red Bull Stunt Plane Flights and tickets to the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl, Australia.


It was a very tight competition in the rookie male category with 16 year old Matty Cox taking out the title of the event with technical, smooth and stylish runs. Last year’s grom winner Josh Vagne impressed the judges and found himself in second, followed by Sam Christie from New Zealand in third.  Even if some of the rail set up were a bit daunting for the groms, Jack Christie landed a super smooth run and take the top place on the podium, with Alex Brookes in second and Kaleb Vagne in third. Among the girls Tess Coady showed solid spins and style on the jumps to take first place. Zahra Kell was the best girl on the rail section and get the second place, followed by Georgia Crisp in third.




The winners are looking forward to taking their Red Bull stunt plane flights and turning up to Ischgl next year to represent Australia at the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals.
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2014 Australia Rookie Fest – Results
Rookie Males
Matty Cox
Josh Vagne
Samuel Christie
Sebastian Judge
Tom Harveyson
Luke Harvey
Campbell Najdecki-Devine
Mo Dinatale
Micholas Masjuk

Grom Males
Jack Christie
Alex Brookes
Kaleb Vagne
Callum Masjuk
Valentino Guseli
Campbell Oatley
Flynn Doolan
Zephyr Ashe
Thomas Krpan
Toby Peterson

Tess Coady
Zahra Kell
Georgia Crisp
Geneva Guy

The 2014 Australian Rookie Fest was possible thanx to Red Bull, Volkl, Adrenaline Boardstore, Monster Skate Park, Semantics and  Thredbo Resort. A special thanks also to Phillipe Lahey from Thredbo for all his help.
With the Australian event the Black Yeti completed his 2014 journey in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2014.15 World Rookie Tour calendar will be revealed soon and many special activities and news will be announced to celebrate the 10th edition of the most famouse youth snowboard searies.

2015 WRT events already confirmed:

– World Rookie Fest, Livigno, Italy, Slopestyle, 10-15 January 2015

– Trentino Rookie Fest, Monte Bondone, Italy, Halfpipe and Slopestyle,

– Volkl World Rookie Finals, 25 Feb – 1 March 2015

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The Wsf World Rookie Tour Moves South

The Black Yeti and his Rookie Fest events will go down under in South America and Australia for the summer leg of the World Rookie Tour.

The search for next snowboarding future stars is starting again as the Black Yeti follows the snow and the winter to the Southern Hemisphere and is ready to kick off the World Rookie Tour 2014/15 in Valle Nevado, Chile, and in Thredbo, Australia.



The new WSF World Rookie Tour season will start with the 2014 South America Rookie Fest from the 8th to 12th August, in Valle Nevado, Chile, one of the most incredible event hosting the Black Yeti and his youngsters. The Chilean top quality ski resort Valle Nevado will hosted already 4 time the SARF offering to promising future snowboarding talents in South America a program with a WST slopestyle contest, freeride experience with pros, skate and surf sessions and cultural activities such as a tour in  the capital city of Santiago and a visit to the city of Valparaiso, an Unesco world heritage. USA, Asian and European riders will compete with top South American rookies for a ticket to the 2015 World Rookie Fest in Livigno and to the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl.

Watch the video edit from the backcountry day at the 2013 South America Rookie Fest here

The top 2 riders of the event will be invited for free to the next winter’s season 2015 World Rookie Fest in Livigno, Italy and 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals. All podium riders from both rookie and grom, boys and girls, will be qualified for the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl.

Registration & Info

For registration, booking and questions, please contact Arnau Fernandez
Special deals for accomodation are reserved for riders, parents and coaches. Riders will get free lift tickets during the days of event.




For the fifth year in a row, the Black Yeti hits Down Under for the 2014 Australian Rookie Fest. The 2 Star WST slopestyle event will take place from 22nd to 23rd  August 2014 in Thredbo, Australia, where some of the world’s best young shredders will fight for amazing prizes as all podium riders will be qualified for the 2015 Volkl World Rookie Finals in Ischgl Austria and the male and female Rookie winner will also receive all inclusive entries to the event.

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Age Groups
WSF rookie events are reserved to Rookies (born from 1st of January 1997 to 31st of December 1999) and Grom (born from 1st of January 2000 and up), both boys and girls. All contests of the World Rookie Tour will generate valuable results for the TTR World Snowboard Tour Ranks and for the World Rookie Rank developed by World Snowboard Federation.