THREDBO'S newest snowboard event kicked off under perfect conditions last weekend, with a day filled with berms, turns and occasional carnage. Competitors, including the new face of Thredbo, Torah Bright, enjoyed prime conditions as they battled the clock through tight, linked turns on Thredbo's Central Spur run in a quest to take home the first ever Transfer Banked Slalom title.
Action on the mountain heated up quickly, as Jason Robinson took out first place in the highly competitive Open Men's event and Torah Bright shredded into the number one spot in the Open Women's event.
The Banked Slalom format is a welcome addition to Thredbo's event schedule, the unique concept draws from the legacy of similar events around the world that have become highlights of the international competition scene.
Each rider was allowed two timed runs down the mountain, with the faster time counting. With Thredbo currently experiencing an amazing snow season and impeccable conditions, the inaugural event was a huge success.
Torah Bright, one of Australia's most successful Winter Olympians and the new face of Thredbo, also competed in the downhill slalom. "It felt so good to be involved in the event at Thredbo this weekend. The style of these events has become iconic around the world, and competing in one myself on the first mountain I ever rode was such an unbelievable experience," she said.
Racegoers kicked on after the Transfer Banked Slalom, with The Official Event After Party taking place on the Saturday evening at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.