Thredbo ski packages offer access to lots of trails, lessons, and on-snow facilities
Looking for the best skiing and snowboarding in Australia? Thredbo resort has it all with a wide range of ski and snowboard trails catering to beginner, intermediate and experienced riders. Lessons, packages and lots of on-snow facilities are available to get the most out of your skiing and snowboarding experience at Thredbo and make it a memorable one.
Thredbo Skiing & Snowboarding - What You Need to Know
|Winter Season||June long weekend – October long weekend|
|Lift Operating Hours||8.30am – 4.30pm|
|Map||Winter Trail Map|
|Where to purchase||You can purchase passes, lessons and rent ski/snowboard gear in a package when you book your accommodation at Lantern, or online at the Thredbo e-store or in person in Thredbo Village.|
Thredbo Skiing & Snowboarding Highlights
If you’re planning ski or snowboarding trip as a couple, group or family, Thredbo has you covered. Thredbo is considered the best all-rounder mountain resort in Australia offering 480 hectares of diverse terrain catering for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and a total of 14 chairlifts (including three express quads) to get you there.
Keep your energy up with snacks or lunch at one of the various eateries available on the mountain. Off the mountain Thredbo Village has a variety of shops for all the amenities you might need on holiday, as well as trendy après-ski bars and numerous restaurants. Your can take the kids for Snow Play anywhere around the village when the snow cover is good or ride the Kosciusko Express or Meritt’s Chairlift to play in snow at the top of the mountain. . Here’s what to expect when skiing and snowboarding at Thredbo:
1. Best Runs for Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced Skiers & Snowboarders
The beginner’s zone at Friday Flat is where first timers can get the hang of skiing and snowboarding. It features easy to use lifts such as the Snowrunner and Easy Does It, which transport riders uphill to gentle slopes where they can practice turns and most importantly stopping! Friday Flat is a great introduction for novice skiers and snowboarders to build confidence and learn different techniques. This is also where beginner lessons are held.
Thredbo is an intermediate skier and snowboarder’s paradise with 67% of the trails catering to this type of rider. Trails are long, wide and tree-lined, and include runs such as Playground, Ballroom and Walkabout. The Cruiser area is ideal for cruising and practicing turns. You won’t find speed demons here but you’ll still be able to go a bit faster than Friday Flat without worrying about ploughing into someone.
There’s more than enough trails here to keep advanced riders happy, 17% of Thredbos trails are dedicated to more experienced skiers and snowboarders and the resort boasts the most vertical runs in Australia. Called the Big 5, each measures over 3 kms in length and feature varying degrees of difficulty. The longest drop is 672 metres and there’s also some wicked off piste terrain to get the blood pumping. Four terrain parks offer rails, boxes and big air jumps to further showcase your skills. For information on purchasing skis check out our pro tips.
2. Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Make the most of your time on the snow by booking a ski or snowboard lesson or two. Thredbo’s lessons suit all ages and abilities, whether you’re a first timer or you want to improve your technique. Group lessons are very popular as you’re teamed up with people of a similar ability and these are a no-stress way to gain confidence. Anyone over seven years of age can book a ski or snowboard lesson.
For skiers and snowboarders who are more advanced you may find a private lesson, either singularly or in a group, would be beneficial. A Thredbo top instructor can give you pointers about your style, boost skill levels and confidence as well as fixing any trouble spots. These lessons are totally flexible and fit in with a time and day that suits you and your friends. You’ll also receive lift priority so you can maximise your time on the snow. Legs out of shape? Here are 5 must do exercises that will get them leg-tastic fit before you hit the slopes.
3. Snow Play for Kids (& Young at Heart Adults)
You can take the kids to play in the snow anywhere in the village when conditions are good. Tobogganing is not permitted in and around the lift areas in Thredbo. Many families will take the kids for a trip up to Dead Horse Gap, 4km from Thredbo to try tobogganing there. If you want to take the family for a real snow experience you can ride the Chairlift to the top of the mountain and play in the snow there. . Find out more tips for skiing with kids in tow.
4. Mix of Eateries on and off the Mountain
Thredbo is known for its great range of restaurants and cafés to keep you satiated and entertained whatever your budget. Guests love eating in Thredbo and the mountain air certainly can work up an appetite. If you’re up on the mountain there are plenty of places for pit stops for lunch, from Friday Flat Bar & Bistro for grab and go bites, to the Eagle’s Nest, the highest restaurant in Australia. The village has lots of choices for après-ski eating, some favourites are Bernti’s, Black Bear Inn and Cascades Restaurant. Here are our top picks for Thredbo restaurants, cafes and bakeries.
5. Best Accommodation to Access the Mountain
Lantern Thredbo Apartments offer a large range of self-contained accommodation in the heart of Thredbo Village, and close to all Thredbo Resort facilities and ski lifts. Apartments range from 1 – 2 brm apartments and chalets, to larger holiday houses for groups. Many apartments have private balconies offering mountain views and all of them are heated to keep guests cosy and warm after a day on mountain. Amenities include: a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and microwave, laundry facilities, satellite TV, an iPod docking station and a DVD player, plus ski, snowboard and luggage storage facilities.
Essential Items to Bring Checklist
- skis / snowboard – your own or rented
- ski / snowboard boots
- thermal underwear
- ski / snowboard jacket
- ski / snowboard pants
- t.shirt or skivvy
- après-ski wear
- lip balm
- lunch/snacks or cash for the on mountain restaurants
Use our local knowledge to help you plan an unforgettable Thredbo experience. Ian is an avid mountain biker and is happy to give you MTB tips and advice.
Ian and Jill Foster came to Thredbo in 1989 to begin working as property managers for the Lantern Apartments complex. Having spent the previous 10 years working and playing in ski resorts around the world, they decided on Thredbo because they believed that Australia offers the best lifestyle and Thredbo is the best ski resort in Australia.
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