World Class Skiing

With 672 metres of vertical and its highest elevation at 2,037 metres, 14 lifts and 480 hectares of terrain, Thredbo is the place to ski, snowboard or après-ski in NSW. For beginners, intermediate or advanced skiers and snowboarders, there is something for everyone in Thredbo.

Friday Flat is purpose-built for beginners with a carpet lift and chairlift. Intermediates can cruise the Cruiser at Meritts and carve the Supertrail down the main spine of Crackenback Mountain. The more adventurous might make their way to Antons and Sponars. Advanced skiing includes The Bluff and on to Cannonball Run and Little Beauty or for mogul city try Funnel Web.

Advanced, intermediate and beginner terrain parks are available for boarders, as well as access to the main mountain lift system.

Facilities are dotted throughout the mountain, so whether you want to return to the village for lunch, or stop for a quick snack and hot chocolate on-snow the choice is there for you.

Cross-country skiing and snow shoeing opportunities are also abundant. Enquire about tracks in the village.

Thredbo Village

One of Thredbo’s attractions is its classic alpine village atmosphere. The village snuggles into the mountainside opposite the ski hill, where you can watch skiers return to the base. Cobbled walkways are lined with stylish restaurants, cafes, pizza and kebab houses. There is a range of bars where you can dance, drink and be merry after skiing is over.

What to do in Thredbo

Adventure and extreme sports including skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are the main drawcard for Thredbo; in the summer it’s bushwalking and mountain biking that rule, along with a little golf.

Thredbo caters to both children and beginners, with a large and reputable kids ski school at Friday Flat base and a crèche nearby for younger non-skiing children. Just make sure you book in advance to get the dates you want. Group and private lessons are available for all levels of skiing and snowboarding. Friday Flat is a wide, gentle slope perfect for beginners and snowmaking machines ensure a good cover of snow.

When to go?

The June long weekend (Queens Birthday weekend) is the opening of the ski season and this runs through to early October with late Spring skiing (if the snow holds).

Thredbo is also a popular summertime destination as a starting point for the walk to the top of Mount Kosciuszko (6km from the top of the chair). The village houses a golf course, mountain biking and horse riding facilities as well as paragliding from Crackenback Mountain. Summer trips up the ski lift are a must for views of spectacular mountain scenery.

How to get there

Just three hours from Canberra, Jindabyne is five hours drive from Sydney via Canberra and Cooma, or seven hours from Melbourne via Khancoban, Thredbo is also accessible by plane to Cooma, which is 97km away along the Alpine Way.

You will definitely need to bring your own car if you are not staying on-snow, in order to make the daily trip from Jindabyne, half an hour away. Alternatively, ski tour groups are available out of Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne which include coach trips, accommodation and daily shuttles.

How long to go for?

You’d have to be a workaholic and a keen skier to make the trek to the snow for less than 3 days. To some extent you may be limited by accommodation package options, which are typically 5 days midweek, 2 nights over the weekend or 7 days for the week.

Whilst you can ski the whole of Thredbo in a day, if you like to experience skiing, snowboarding and the nightlife, plan to go for at least a week.

Where to stay?

A wide range of self-contained accommodation is available in Thredbo Village, along the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Thredbo and in Jindabyne itself. Thredbo is quite self-contained, offering access to a supermarket and chemist as well as restaurants, bars, equipment hire and retail shops.

Staying in Jindabyne is often a cheaper option, and a host of full facilities are available, although the half hour drive each way to the ski fields may sway your decision. Staying in Jindabyne offers you the option of skiing Perisher-Blue as well, also a half hour drive or ski-tube trip away.

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- Thredbo offers night skiing for those who just can't get enough! 


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