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Located on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park, Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is a natural playground nestled in the Thredbo Valley surrounded by the spectacular Snowy Mountains.
The Resorts' unique setting and many complimentary activities appeal to couples, families and anyone that loves the outdoors. There is so much to do...why not relax by the lake and absorb the scenery or experience the huge selection of activities available on the Resort and in the surrounding region.
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is the perfect base to explore all facets of the Snowy Mountains from snow sports in the winter months to the many summer activities available including Segway Eco Tours, River Sledding tours, walking to Australia's highest peak - Mt Kosciuszko, mountain biking, canoeing, trout fishing, and archery. Don't forget great dining outlets along with luxurious day spa therapies to relieve those tired muscles after your big day in the mountains.
Just 15 minutes from Thredbo and Perisher resort's - Perisher Ski Resort is accessed via the Resort's 150 metre private driveway to the ski tube - the Resort is central to everything the Snowy Mountains has to offer.
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Alex Almoukov is a Resort Ambassador for Biathlon. Alex competes in the sport of biathlon aiming to keep improving year after year and progress to the top.
Alex was as part of Australia's 2014 Winter Olympics Team in Sochi.
Originally a Cross Country skier, Almoukov made the switch to Biathlon in 2008, enjoying the added variety of shooting and skiing.
In 2010, Alex made his Olympic debut at just 19 years of age, one of the youngest in the field at the Vancouver Games.
At the Sochi World Cup in 2013, Alex finished a strong 33rd, earning his first ever World Cup points in the sport. He produced another one of his best performances to win bronze at the 2013 World University Games in Trentino, Italy in December, 2013.
Alex is coached by his father Nick who was a Cross Country competitor at national level in Russia. When not training on snow, he does a lot of running and training on roller skis.
View Alex's blog for updates on his preparation - http://almoukov.wordpress.com/
Andy is one of our Mountain Biking Ambassadors.
Andy Blair is a cross country mountain biker for the Swell-Specialized team. He has been racing bikes for nearly 20 years and have been a member of multiple national teams in XCO and XCM. He loves to race anything on dirt (and even tarmac) including marathon, XCO, stage race, Super-D & CX. He is also a keen skier and an engineer.
MAJOR RESULTS/CAREER HIGHTLIGHTS:
Australian Team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, 12th place in games
Winner of inaugural Snowies MTB Festival Stage race in Lake Crackenback 2015
2014 and 2012 Australian Marathon Champion
28th UCI world Cup XCO Cairns 2014
3 time podium place in Australian Elite XCO Championships 2011, 2012, 2014
2012 Australian National Cross Country Series Champion
8 time Australian team member at World Championships
3 time winner of Ingkerreke Commercial MTB Enduro Stage Race at Alice Springs
2 time winner of Cape to Cape MTB Stage race in Margaret River (and twice 2nd place)
Winner of inaugural Port to Port MTB Stage race in Newcastle 2014
Previous winner of many big XCM races including Flight Centre Epic, Capital Punishment, Convict 100, Tathra Enduro, Wollombi Wildride, AMB 100
Ben Allen is a World Class Professional Triathlete with over a decade of racing experience. He specialises in Xterra and Cross Triathlon and the non-drafting format from 70.3 Ironman, Long Distance. Ben is based in Wollongong, Australia and spends most of the summer training at the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. From May through to October he joins the world’s best elite endurance athletes in Boulder CO and Europe.
3rd Xterra World Championships 2013 and 2014
15 x Xterra World Tour race Champion
2 x Asian Triple Crown Champion
Australian Representative in Adventure racing, Surf Lifesaving and Triathlon
National Cross Triathlon Champion 2014
The youngest player ever to represent Queensland in State of Origin, Ben Ikin is now among Rugby League’s most established media personalities.
A versatile player with a renowned football intellect, Ben launched his media career as a commentator.The former centre turned five-eighth has linked with FOX SPORTS.
A two-time Australian representative and State of Origin mainstay for Queensland, Ben made 150 first grade appearances in a decade-long career with Gold Coast, North Sydney and Brisbane.
He first shot to prominance when he became the youngest player ever to debut for the Maroons at age 18 in 1995, a record that still stands.
Brendan is one of our Trail Running Ambassadors.
Brendan Davies has represented Australia four times across a range of disciplines including road, mountain and trail running. His other great honour was to be named by his ultra running peers and the governing body of ultra running in Australia - AURA as the 2012 Australian Ultra Runner of the Year. A dream of Brendan's was to win The North Face 100 which he not only won in 2013 but also set a new course record of 9 hours 16 minutes 12 seconds which is a huge achievement. Brendan is also part of the Inov-8 International Trail Running Team.
Brendan has recently expanded his 'running horizons', sideways if anything, and have started to grow his coaching business – ‘UP Coaching’. He loves to share what he's learned and seeing others succeed gives him a great deal of joy. UP actually stands for ‘Unleashing Potential’ and this is what he's all about! Brendan is very excited about the growth of trail and ultra running and when his individual career winds down, he hopes to be very much a part of it in through coaching and in a race directing capacity. In the meantime, Brendan is very excited to be named with Hanny Allston as a trail running ambassador for Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa. In this capacity, he says he will aim to give all clients the best experience that he can offer; passing on his knowledge and skills of trail running and aiming to equip you with the best possible advice to take with you on your own personal trail running journey.
Click here for more information on the Trail Running Weekends.
Article in February 2014 Runners World featuring Brendan.
Download the Lake Crackenback Resort The North Face 100 - Brendan Davies (1753 kb)
Brendan in the July issue of Australian Men's Fitness Magazine
Download the Lake Crackenback Resort Run 4 Your Life Magazine Page 1 (972 kb)
Download the Lake Crackenback Resort Run 4 Your Life Magazine Page 2 (895 kb)
Brendan featured in an article in Run 4 Your Life Magazine
Caroline is one of our Mountain Biking Ambassadors. Caroline came to the Resort last year and opened our newly built Pump & Flow Mountain Bike Track which has been named in her honour. Next time you are at the Resort be sure to check out at the entrance to the Resort the 'Caroline Buchanan Pump & Flow Track'.
Caroline Buchanan has achieved a huge amount in her 22 years. She is a BMX and Mountain Bike full time Athlete.
She has a large list of awards under her belt including:
Along with 2013 MTB World Cup Scotland, 2013 #1 AUS Downhill National Series Race, 3 x BMX / Mountain Bike World Champion, 2012 London Olympic Games Finalist, 2012 London Olympic Games Time Trial Winner, 2012 BMX World Cup Champion, 2012 BMX World #1 Ranking, 2010 Young Australian Of The Year finalist along with 14 x Australian BMX / Mountain Bike National Championships. Her present goal is to not only compete in the 2016 RIO Olympic games in BMX but to win gold.
Caroline originally started racing BMX at the age of 5, it all started when she followed her older brother into the sport after they had driven past the local BMX track one day. She was also doing Teakwondo at that stage up until the age of 8 when she went to Paris for the BMX World Championships and it was then that she had to focus on fewer sports and gave up Teakwondo. At the age of 15 all she wanted to do was ride a bike, she rode at the skate park alot, went dirt jumping as well as racing BMX.
How she got into mountain biking is a funny story, it was purely by accident almost. A mate of Caroline's made a deal that if he came to a bmx race then she would have to race a 4x race. At her 1st 4x race she was winning and Katrina Miller and her took each other out but she had so much fun and loved the atmosphere that was at mountain bike races, that she decided she was going to take up 4x.
It was only a year later when Caroline was 16 that she decided to give Downhill a go, this was definitely not as easy as crossing over from BMX to 4x. She had lots more skills to learn and many trees to dodge.
To this day she enjoys doing 2 disciplines BMX, 4x and just loves riding her bikes.
Checkout some inspiring footage of Caroline - 'Introducing Caroline Buchanan'
Footage from the Today show with Caroline and her Buchanan Next Gen - click here
Interview with Caroline outlining her 2014 season and what's ahead - click here
Erin is our female Triathlon Ambassador. Erin recently visited the Resort and made good use of our mountain bike & trail running trails.
In her own words, Erin commented 'I would love to be an ambassador for Lake Crackenback. I think it is a fantastic place. Not just for me talking from a triathlon perspective. But for all the outdoors aspects, relaxing, rejuvenating and completely family friendly. I wish I had of discovered Lake Crackenback years ago'.
Erin has achieved a great deal in her career to date including a Bronze Medal at the 2012 London Olympics.She competed in state level swimming and cross country before combining her skills in triathlons at the age of 16. Erin has competed in numerous events, in 2006 she won the U23 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Competing at her first Olympic Games, Erin placed 22nd in Beijing in 2008, followed by winning the World Championship Series in Hamburg in 2012 followed then by her bronze medal at the London Olympics in that same year.
She now has the 2016 Olympics - Rio De Janiero in her sights and we hope here at the Resort we can assist her in striving for that Rio Gold Medal.
Jacqui was brought up in Staffordshire, England. Triathlon and traveling the world is now her life. Jacqui was a Fire-fighter based at Newcastle-under-Lyme fire station. 3 years ago she took a sabbatical from the fire service to enter into full time triathlon training which has led to her becoming a full time professional elite athlete. Since meeting her partner Ben Allen in 2011 Jacqui is now very much focussed on Xterra which some would say is the more adventurous side of triathlon.
5th Xterra World Championships 2012
9 X Xterra World Tour race champion
British National Champion
National Representative in Triathlon and Cross Triathlon
Ben and Jacqui discovered Lake Crackenback in 2013 since then have been back a number of times to train and race. “it’s the perfect location for us to train, it has everything we require so we can compete at the highest level. The variety of trails keeps us sharp on any kind of terrain. Lake Crackenback also offers that added serenity that you don’t get at home we can focus on the job in hand with no distractions and are able to relax and recover from long hard workouts".
Jared is our Walking Ambassador.
Jared Tallent is an Australian race walker. Jared finished third in the 20 km walk at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing to claim his first Olympic medal. At the 2012 London Olympics, Tallent finished 7th in the 20 km walk. A week later he won his second consecutive silver medal in the 50 km walk in a personal best time of 3:36:53.Jared is only the second Australian male to win 3 individual Olympic athletics medals (after Stan Rowley 1900). His other achievements include:
*10th fastest 50km Walk all-time
*Bronze medallist 50km Walk 2011 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Deagu South Korea
*Gold medallist 20km Walk 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games
*Silver medallist 50km Walk 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
*Bronze medallist 20km Walk 2008 Beijing Olympic Games
Michael is our Skiing Ambassador.
Skier, cyclist, trekker, triathlete, world and Australian record holder, Paralympian, Olympian....
Michael Milton is one of Australia's best-known athletes. His four-gold-medal haul at the Salt Lake Winter Paralympic Games endeared him to a sport-loving nation and earned him the title of Laureus World Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability.
In April 2003 Michael tried something new: speed skiing, the drag racing of alpine sport. On the steepest slope in the world he clocked over 193km/hr, smashing a 16-year-old world record and becoming the fastest skier with a disability.
Every year after that he bettered his own world record until, in April 2006, he clocked a staggering 213.65km/hr to also become the fastest Australian skier ever.
A month earlier at the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games (in his fifth Paralympic Games) Michael's ski racing career came to an end. Under a new, tougher classification system, he won a silver medal in the Downhill, achieving his goal to "...win a medal, any colour." His ski racing medal count stands at eleven Paralympic medals (six gold) and eleven World Championships medals (six gold).
Milton then pursued a new sport: cycling. After six months of intense training, he not only won a gold medal in the 3000m Individual Pursuit at the Australian Track Cycling Championships in February 2007 but also broke the Australian record.
His dream to make the Australian team and compete at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games was sidelined when he was diagnosed with Oesophagael Cancer in July 2007. He then made an amazing comeback from this serious illness to record times at the 2008 Australian Track Cycling Championships comparable to his results in the same events 12 months before.
On Friday 27 June 2008 Michael was named as one of 18 athletes in the Paralympic Cycling Team to compete in Beijing. His sixth Paralympic Games and his first as a summer athlete, he arrived in Beijing less than 12 months since chemotherapy radiotherapy and major surgery. In many ways, he'd already won.
Michael competed in three events - the 1km Time Trial and the 300m Individual Pursuit on the track and the 60.5km Road Race. Read more about his races and how he feels about his performances on his Beijing Blog.
Michael has raced in the Mark Webber Challenge, a five-day adventure race in Tasmania and in the 293km long Coast to Coast Kokoda Challenge. He has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and walked Kokoda twice.
His latest passions include mountain biking and triathlons. He has competed in two World Paratriathlon Championships in 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand and in 2011 in Beijing where he finished fourth.
Michael, in July 2013 completed the 42.9km Gold Coast Marathon on crutches and smashed a Guinness World Record. Michael was determined to beat the world record of fastest marathon on crutches, which was set at 6 hours 24 minutes and 48 seconds in the UK in 2011. He succeeded with a time of 5 hours 23 minutes and 30 seconds.
Watch footage of Michael completing the 2013 Gold Coast Marathon in a World Record Time for someone on crutches with one leg of 5 hours 23 minutes and 30seconds. Click here
Steve ‘Starlo’ Starling is Australia’s best-known and most prolific fishing writer, having published over 20 books, thousands of magazine articles and scores of DVDs and videos.
Starlo was a co-presenter on the “Rex Hunt Fishing Adventures” TV show through the 1990s and is today a host on "The Offroad Adventure Show" and "The AFC's International Fishing Series".
Starlo and his wife Jo are also increasingly active in on-line recreational angling media. Steve's years of experience have seen him involved with Shimano Australia to develop the Squidgies Lure range and his own signature series of fishing rods.
Not surprisingly, Steve's fishing and boating expertise and experience is extensive. He has cast a line in every state of Australia, as well more than a dozen other countries, including Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, The Solomons, Thailand, Indonesia, Finland, Norway, Russia, Canada, Britain, the United States, Mexico and Japan.
Steve and his family have been to the Resort numerous times and Starlo and Jo were recently hosts for a Trout Angler Summit weekend at the Resort, with similar events planned for the future.
Steve's primary motivation will always be to improve your enjoyment and understanding of recreational angling.