Airbag Jump Opens at National Snowsports Training Centre in Australia
A much-anticipated high-performance airbag jump has been completed and unveiled to freestyle skiers and boarders at Australia’s National Snowsports Training Centre in Jindabyne.
Park and pipe athletes from Snow Australia’s ETP (Emerging Talent Program) were among the first to begin training on the facility, which features a 17 metre run down to the jump, covered with JF DrySki slope material.
“This is a significant milestone for snowsports in our country,” commented SnowAustralia CEO Michael Kennedy, adding, “It is incredible to believe that the collective vision of developing a world class snowsport training centre in Jindabyne is becoming a reality. This facility is critical to the sustained success of our athletes in an increasingly competitive international sporting environment. It will serve as a base for our high-performance programs and will also provide a focal point for pathway programs and the broader snowsport community to come together.”
The development is being funded by the New South Wales Government through the NSW Office of Sport and designed by a former athlete and a master terrain park builder.
The high-performance jump is the first of several planned for Australia’s National Snowsports Training Centre with work on a second, smaller, 12-metre development jump already under way which is due to open shortly.
Besides elite athletes members of the local community are also able to book sessions and complete an ‘Intro2Plastic’ course and then a Jump Session.