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THREDBO

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Thredbo NSW, AUSTRALIA has more vertical ski & snowboard terrain than any other Australian resort supported by an efficient fast and well laid out lift system.

Thredbo Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

The skiing and snowboarding terrain at Thredbo consists of steep mogul runs, fast chutes, treed areas, long groomed trails and easy beginner runs.

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Thredbo Ski Resort

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Thredbo

Most of the advanced terrain at Thredbo is to the left of the Crackenback Express Chairlift; the chutes on the Bluff are steep and littered with natural obstacles.

Funnel Web accessed via the Saschas trail from the Karel’s T-Bar is long, steep and mogul covered.

For off piste action turn right at the top of the Antons T-Bar and head for the trees on either side of The Tunnel trail. After a snowfall head to the Golf Course bowl for deep fresh powder turns.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Thredbo

67% of the terrain at Thredbo is intermediate. In the mornings have a few warm up runs on the groomed corduroy World Cup trail before heading up to the bowls serviced by the Antons and Sponars T-Bars.

From the top of the Gunbarrell Express Chairlift The Glades trail is fast and tree lined if you want to test your skills off piste pop in and out of the trees.

The 3.7km long Supertrail begins at the top of the Karels T-Bar ending at the base Valley Terminal it is steep and just right for practising big carving turns.

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Thredbo

Friday Flat is the main beginner area; it was created especially for beginners and is wide and very gently sloping. The Thredbo Snow Sports School meet at Friday Flat they have package lessons for beginners of all ages.

Once beginners have mastered the basics the rest of the mountain can be explored. Catch the Merrits Chairlift to the Cruiser area for more beginner trails before taking The Traverse Trail to Bunny Walk which leads down to the base Valley Terminal.

The Village Trail is 5km long; it starts at the top of the highest lift accessed point in Australia at the top of the Karels T-Bar and winds down the mountain to end at the base Valley Terminal. You can choose to turn off the Village Trail on the lower mountain area and take the Sundowner Trail all the way back to Friday Flat.

An upgrade to snowmaking equipment over the 2009 summer months ensures Thredbo’s snowmaking system is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Now over 70 hectares of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails are covered by automated snowguns.

Thredbo Terrain Park

There are three terrain parks at Thredbo; one beginner park at the base of The Cruiser Chairlift with low rails and small jumps and one intermediate on the High Noon trail with larger boxes, rails and jumps. The third park, the Nokia Advanced Park is to the right of the Antons T-Bar; it has huge boxes, rails, tabletops and jumps. All three terrain parks are maintained daily.

A boardercross course is located to the left of the Sponars T-Bar.

Thredbo Night Skiing and Snowboarding

There is free night skiing and snowboarding at Friday Flat every Thursday night and every Saturday night on the Crackenback Supertrail from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Read about more fun activities at Thredbo

On Mountain Restaurants at Thredbo

There are seven on mountain restaurants at Thredbo. The local’s favourite is Kareela Hutte renowned for its great meals and views; it is located halfway down the Supertrail.

Black Sallees is the place to go on a sunny day for a BBQ on the sundeck; it is located at the top of the Snowgums Chairlift.

Shopping at Thredbo

There are many ski and snowboard equipment and hire shops in the Thredbo Village; Thredbo Sports Hire has two stores at the base of the mountain where you can hire, buy or demo all the latest gear while Snowsport Mountain Clothing has a very large variety of the latest snow wear.

Michelle’s is an elite boutique specialising in ladies ski wear and fashionable resort wear and jewellery.

The Village also has an art gallery, a home wares shop, supermarket, bakery, bottle shop, newsagency, hairdresser and beautician.

Thredbo Restaurants

The Thredbo Village has restaurants ranging from a la carte to causal family dining spots and cafés.

You can cook your own steak or seafood and chose your toppings at the Grill restaurant in the House of Ullr while the economical Candlelight Lodge has an international menu catering for large groups and families.

Alfresco Pizzeria is crowded every night serving delicious gourmet pizzas and pastas.

For fine dining go to Bernti’s it has beautiful views of the mountain and memorable creative meals. The Black Bear Inn specialises in traditional schnitzels and boasts having the largest selection of schnapps in Australia.

Thredbo Nightlife

Thredbo has nightlife to suit everyone; the infamous Schuss Bar is the top nightspot to be with live music every night, comedy nights on Mondays and a happy hour from 4pm to 5pm every night of the season.

The Keller Bar in the Thredbo Alpine Hotel has DJs and dancing into the wee hours of the morning every night.

The Apres Bar in the Denman Hotel has just had a recent facelift now serving gourmet bar snacks, adventurous cocktails and an extensive wine list.

For a relaxing drink head to the fireplace in the Bar Ullr in the House of Ullr and watch the latest snow DVDs on the plasma screen.

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P Paelmo, Sydney Australia. I'm an intermediate snowboarder and I personally didn't like Thredbo due to the fact that I was trying to get out from one of the T-Bars which I ended up running into. I was trying to avoid the T-Bar but going up on it is the only way out. Unfortunately for me, I kept falling and have to put up with all the embarrassment until a friend was willing to help me and put up with my uncoordination with the T-Bar. I personally find it more ski-friendly than snowboard friendly. Most of the runs are narrow and has too many people blocking your way which frustrates me a lot. If you're a skiier and an advanced snowboarder, then go for this resort. But if you're a beginner or an intermediate snowboarder like me, go for Perisher Blue, or even better, New Zealand.

W. Hu, Portland, Oregon, USA Finally, I was able to ski during July, not to mention that I came from Portland Oregon, I could have skied at Timberline during July? I booked a flight from Sydney to Cooma via Aeropelican, they flew a 19 seats twin propeller JetStreamer 21 aircraft. My inbound flight was delayed for over 3 hours due to the fact of early morning fog and Aeropelican only had one aircraft for the route. My outbound flight was a bit bumpy because of the weather condition. Either way, I did not meet other skier on board, I was wondering where are the skiers. Anyway, the other alternative from Sydney to Thredbo was via Greyhound AU for AUD120 each way, it took 7.5 hours each way too. My flight costed AUD150 each way, and AUD 120 round trip for the shuttle to and from Cooma airport to the Thredbo village. Flight duration is 60 minutes as advertised, the shuttle took over one hour each way, and the scenic way was worth the drive. I am not going to mention the cost of lodging and meal, they are more than Vail. When the shuttle bus stopped at the Koscuiszko national park gate, it hit me that why everything was so expensive, because the village is located inside a national park. Overnight, I heard a loud sound similar to ocean surf, it was the snow gun working overnight. Wow, no wonder the lift tickets were expensive too. I followed the shuttle bus driver's advice to get on the lift by 8:30am, there was not much waiting at the Valley Terminal, so it was a breeze to go up on the Koscuiszko express to reach the eagles nest. I took the Supertrail down, under some shadow area, ice has already formed. I ventured around the mountain to gunbarrel in Friday Flat until the snow was gone on some small trails. That was it. I think it worth to ski at Thredbo once for your life time, but it did not deserve my return trip.

R Hardy, Sydney, Australia. Let's be honest, skiing in Australia is NOT like skiing in Europe or Colorado. None the less, you can have a great time in Thredbo. The slopes can challenge, if you know where to go, but there is a lot of the mountain that can be skied by even early intermediates. The nightlife is actually better than that in many European resorts. The main problem with skiing here (and in other Australian resorts) is the expense. Due to the short season (this is Australia after all, and snow does not last long) the prices during the peak (late July - early Sept) are ferocious. Average 2 bedroom apartment is A$1,650 for 2 nights. That is US$1,320 or £800. Lift passes are also more expensive than a 3 Valleys pass in Les Trois Valley (France), and there are only 13 of them versus 250+!!! Long and short, is that if you can afford it, and you accept that you will not have the sort of terrain coverage that you get overseas, then you will have a terrific time.

G. Young, Australia. Thredbo totally offers the best snow experience in Australia, it has the highest altitude, the best snow and the longest runs. Nowhere else could you have runs like Supertrail, it is almost 4kms long I race my mates up and down it after it has been groomed, what a rush! The areas off both sides of the Ramshead chair are a good test of ability, separates those that can ride from those that cannot.!! Oh, the nightlife is damn good too, the Keller bar, or Keller's as I like to call it goes Off every night, boys at the start of the week checkout the new talent on show at the Thredbo Hotel!

Sophie Main, Australia. Thredbo is a wonderful place to go for a ski holiday. It is a beautiful village and has the advantage of being below the slopes. Although there is often snow in the village itself, it is usually a comfortable drive there, unlike the other resorts in Australia. Parking is usually available at your accommodation, or you can at least unload the car then park it in the large main carpark. The skiing is excellent now that there is extensive snowmaking throughout the season. The Supertrail from top to bottom is great fun and can easily cope with crowds of people. Friday Flat is a custom built area for total beginners and Merritts is suitable for beginner to intermediate level. The rest of the mountain offers a variety of terrific runs for intermediate to advanced skiers. Early and late in the season when there is less snow at the bottom of the mountain, you can even play golf on the course at Thredbo, walk along the river, go bike riding, or go swimming at the AIS centre. There is great shopping in the village and the restaurants have beautiful food. Overall it’s a fantastic place.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,683
2,037
Base
4,478
1,365
Average Snowfall
80 inches
Lifts
14
Trails - view map
65
1,186
Terrain %
advanced
17
intermediate
67
beginner
16
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
3
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