Located within the Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales (Snowy Mountains), Thredbo offers everything for snowboarders of all ages and ability. They have a purpose built area designed for beginners to progress their skills in a safe environment. Intermediate boarders will enjoy riding Australia’s longest runs and the wide variety of terrain on offer. The more seasoned shredders will find endless on and off piste challenges, powder bowls and natural features to hit.
- Access: Thredbo and Perisher are both located roughly 6 hours drive from Sydney and Melbourne. 2.5 hours drive from Canberra. Grab snow chains from Cooma or Jindabyne on the way, as they are compulsory to enter the National Park.You can also catch a wide range of bus services that run all year round to Thredbo. You can also fly Regional Express into Cooma and get a shuttle from the airport.
- Season: From the NSW June Queen’s Birthday long weekend to the NSW October Labour Day long weekend.
- Number of lifts: 14 – With 6 Chairlifts, 5 T-Bars and 3 Snow Runners in the Beginner areas.
- Lift Ticket Prices: AUD $125-1 day pass; $246-2 day pass; $357-3 day pass; $475-4 day pass. Children U18 and seniors over 65 start at $71 per day. Children ride for free in June and Sept. Cheaper prices are available if you pre-book online at Thredbo.com
- Park facilities: 3 Parks with 2 boardercross courses
- Top features: Australia’s longest run – The Supertrail is 3.7km; A great village – Thredbo village is located right at the base of the mountain. It has everything you need within walking distance including awesome night life.
- Events: Thredbo Snow Series – 5 events including Night Rails, Slopestyle and Big Air. Over $35k in cash and prizes up for grabs; Torah Bright Mini Shred – Family fun with Olympic gold medallist Torah Bright; Jye’s Jam – Thredbo ambassador Jye Kearney and Burton host a night rail jam comp at Friday Flats iconic kinked stair set.
If you are just learning to snowboard then Thredbo has a specifically designed area for beginners called Friday Flat. The slope is gentle, the lifts are easy to use and all lessons meet here. From there you can move on to some of Thredbo’s yellow and green runs around the bottom of the resort. They are laid out to help you progress, have fun and enjoy your first snowboarding experience. Try Sundowner or the mellow runs off The Cruiser Chair above Merrits.
If you’re ready for some more advanced boarding try the far side of The Cruiser, the Basin and Central Spur. These areas are ideal intermediate locations. They offer long and wide tree lined runs and are the perfect place to work on your carves with a little more pitch thrown in for speed. Around 65% of Thredbo’s runs are either blue or black.
Golf Course Bowl has hectares of back country shredding
Experienced riders will love the vast amount of easily accessible off-piste riding on offer. Take the Karels T bar and stay right for some great chutes and rocky alpine sections. Then follow the Schuss trail down to the Golf Course Bowl for hectares of back country shredding. Here you’ll find plenty natural wind lips, powder bowls, rocks and trees to drop off, hit, stomp and ride through. Thredbo also has Australia’s longest run, the Super trail. At 3.7km it has a massive fall line, plenty of rollers and is great for racing your mates. A couple of laps down here will have your legs burning. Just make sure to abide the Slow signs at the risk of losing your pass to the Ski Patrol.
Thredbo has three parks designed for easy progression. Easy Does It is a small park built for little kids as an introduction to freestyle. It has some rollers, berms, ride on boxes and small jumps.
The Cruiser park is located just above the Cruiser loading station. This is where the big kids can work on their freestyle skills. It has some good jib sections with mini rails and boxes leading down into some hips and kickers. It will also introduce you to some table tops to help step up your game in no time.
Antons park has a variety of progressing features
Intermediate to advanced riders will move onto Antons park. Here you will find multiple lines with a variety of progressing features. It has slope style lines with rails running into jumps, all jump lines to work your steez and fun one-off features to hit. Also on offer is an all jib line that has a free flowing line of creative, technical rails. The park is well spaced out and is serviced by Antons T bar.
In the early season Thredbo also sets up the Kozzie park that has a large variety of different jibs and jumps. Along with this they have a boarder cross course to check your overall skills.
When it’s time to stop for a bite, Thredbo has some of the most picturesque locations for their huts that you could ever ask for. Frostbite Kiosk juts straight out of the top of the High Noon run and its sun drenched deck has the best views on the mountain. Kareela on the other side of the hill has a similar panoramic views and a European theme. Stop here for lunch as they have an extensive list of beautiful wines. Set Merritts as the place to catch up once you’ve lost your crew doing park laps. It also offers European style food off a casual bistro menu. It’s a great place to grab a stein and sit in the sun on tables scattered across the snow at the bottom of The Cruiser chair.
The Eagles Nest is Australia’s highest restaurant
If you get a chance try and get into The Eagles Nest. It’s Australia’s highest restaurant, perched up above the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. The dinning room has amazing 270 degree views of the entire valley. It’s open for breakfast off the first chairs, meet your friends there for lunch or you can even go for dinner. As a totally unique experience you can take the gondola up after the mountain has closed and have dinner at 600 meters.
A cool thing about Thredbo is that the village is located right at the bottom of the resort. The village has a massive amount of accommodation options, shops, and over 30 restaurants and bars. It is a self contained busy little village that provides all the modern services. Free WiFi, Real Estate, Gym, Newsagent, Post office, Bank, Supermarket and medical centre are on hand.
Thredbo has so many dinning options you’re spoilt for choice
With so many dinning options available you really are spoilt for choice. All types of cuisine can be found. Italian at Segreto, Pup meals at The local, Thai at Alp Thai, Mexican at the House of Ullr or Turkish at the Kebabz Cafe. If you are looking for fine dinning check out Cascades serving contemporary Australian fare. They also do a buffet breakfast til 11am. If you’re after more wintry fodder, try Bernti’s Grill for tapas and steak or the Candlelight Restaurant whose house speciality is fondue. Check out our Mountain Eats: Thredbo for some more ideas on where to eat.
The night life in Thredbo village is really what sets it apart from the other resorts in New South Wales. With five late night venues you won’t need to even think about heading down to Jindabyne to party. Start your apres off right at the Mumm Poolside bar at the TAH’s heated outdoor pool. They do afternoon sessions on the weekends from 2-6pm. With the champagne and the resident DJs funky house flowing you’ll be in the right mood in no time. This is also the best place to catch Thredbo’s fireworks on Saturday nights.
The Lounge Bar have some great acoustic acts
Schuss Bar (open from 8pm) is the place to go for the best in live comedy, high energy music, themed Locals Nights and rockin’ cover bands. They also televise all the major footy games. If you’re looking for something a little more civilised then try the Lounge Bar at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. They do nightly cocktail specials and entertainment and dinning packages with some great acoustic solo and double acts performing.
If you’re looking to party the night away then head down to the Keller bar. Open till 2am, this is Thredbo’s party club. With DJ’s spinning most weekends this is where all Thredbo’s major events hold their after parties. They also throw massive monthly Full Moon Parties and have started an all ages Skate Night inside the venue on Thursdays.
So make sure to consider Thredbo if you’re looking to head down to the Aussie snow this year. It’s great for family’s, has a good mix of open terrain and an unmatched resort nightlife.