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									Ski Resort Operations and Mountain
Biking

Raw NRG’s Experiences
      1992-2007


  “MTB activities
    can work”

  Colin Battersby
     Raw NRG
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Biking
                      Where we’ve come from…..

!   Raw NRG Mountain Bike Centre in Thredbo since 1992

!   Raw NRG Mountain Bike Centre in Mt Buller 1997 - 2000

!   Recreational mountain bike tours in Thredbo and the
    Kosciuszko National Park in NSW – NPWS Licensed Commercial
    Tour Operator since 1994

!   Event managed 29 National Series, 6 National Championship
    events and 10 Australian Interschool MTB Championships since
    1992.

!   In 1999 and 2002 Raw NRG gained an Award of Distinction in
    the NSW Tourism Awards – Adventure Tour Operator

!   In 2006, Raw NRG registered as a training organisation (RTO) for
    its Guide, Instructor & Advanced Instructor Training
    program and provides nationally accredited training courses for
    MTB Guides and Instructors.
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Generically, ski resort mountain bike operations tend to
  be successful when:

!   they're located in places where trail access is
    otherwise restricted

!   where mountain biking is well promoted year-round

!   where a race or mountain bike festival occurs

                             Tim Blumenthal, IMBA Executive Director, 2002
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Biking

Specifically, ski resort bike parks are successful when:

!   Accurate color map of trails

!   A base area bike shop

!   Lodging/bike rental/trail pass packages

!   Winter promotion (on trail maps, winter brochures and in base
    lodges)

!   A varied trail system that includes singletrack trails suitable for
    riders of all abilities

!   Technically challenging downhill trails. Lift service is a key
    component of this offering.
                                        Tim Blumenthal, IMBA Executive Director, 2002
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Biking

When Ski Resorts are successful.. Cont’d

!   Beginner and intermediate group mountain bike lessons

!   Guided half-day tours

!   Full-service bicycle repair capability at the base area shop.

!   A 4X race course

!   Technical terrain gardens (practice areas).

!   Social capital
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Challenges and Opportunities

  "   Focus on winter for resorts - $’s
  "   Winter business reliant on snow falling
  "   Summer is the opportunity to grow visitation/business
       !   outside peak periods, flattens the peaks
  "   Trail Development
  "   Trail Maintenance
  "   Environmental Agencies – NPWS, DOP
  "   Use of assets in downtime – chairlifts
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Sustainability – what does it mean?

  "   Environmental
  "   Financial – ROI - $85K on maintenance
  "   Social Capital – critical factor!
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Risk Management

!   An insurance issue
!   Duty of Care demands a risk
    management approach
!   A managed approach to business
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Biking

•   Strategies for dealing with land managers

    •   IMBA program as a base – best practice
    •   Never BS!
    •   Explain your priorities
    •   Understand theirs and meld together
    •   Read venues Plan of Management
    •   Develop strategies together…partnership MOU
    •   Develop relationship with the agency Business
        Manager
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Biking

•   Why are ski resorts different?

    •   Tourism is your business
    •   Events are your business
    •   Environmental sustainability is your business
    •   Infrastructure already in place
    •   Experience in the business environment
         • Business

         •   Agencies
         •   Marketing
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Biking

Resources to support your argument:

!   IMBA website
!   MTBA website
!   Relevant POM for area
!   Local Chamber of Commerce
!   Local Tourism body
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Biking

MTB Events – a great way to publicise
 your MTB facility

  •   PR from magazines, newspapers, radio
      and TV
  •   Film it and give it to the networks
  •   Rider networks – they talk!
  •   Include local Agencies/Chambers
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Biking

•   Economic impact of MTB Racing
    Australian Open of MTB – March 07
    • 389 riders created over $687K in
      economic benefit to the region
    • Ave spend $707 per visitor

    • Each racer brings 3.1 people with them

    • Stay an average of 5.4 nights

    " Generated 5251 bed nights
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    Biking

•   Importance of Accredited Instructors

    •   Insurance cover
    •   Credibility
    •   Duty of Care
    •   Effective product delivery
    •   Quality staffing
    •   Marketing leverage
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Biking

•   How to get other businesses
    involved and excited
    •   Communicate tourism benefits
    •   Help them build their businesses
    •   Suggestions to be MTB friendly
    •   Support those who support you
    •   Include them in your marketing
         •   Web links
         •   Brochures/trail maps
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Biking

To hire or not to hire?

  •   45 DH bikes, 50 XC
  •   Duty of Care
  •   Spend the money on quality bikes
  •   Helmets and body armour!
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Biking

•   Activities are what it is all about!

    •   People don’t come to a resort to sleep
    •   Promote an experience
    •   Find a trigger – “I think I can?”
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Biking

•   Conclusion and questions?

								
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