The Snowy River runs 500km from its source on the main range near Mt Kosciusko all the way to the Bass Straight at Marlo in Victoria.?? Since the Jindabyne dam wall was completed in 1967 the river has received less than 1% of the original flow from its vast Alpine headwaters.? However on? the 4th of November things started looking up for the dry old river when the Snowy Hydro Corporation opened the gates on the Jindabyne Dam sending 17 billion litres of water downstream over the course of 10 days.? This release is part of an often wavering commitment by state and federal governments to return environmental flows of up to 21% to the Snowy.? (Click here for the Video.)
In the early days, the Snowy River could produce some breathtaking floods,? particularly in spring when heavy rains combined with snow melt from the mountains.? In one particularly large event a punt, used for carrying vehicles across the river at Dalgety, was picked up by flood waters and deposited 40 kilometers down stream.? However since the dam was built the section below Jindabyne has been a sorry series of silted up pools in a once raucous gorge.
While the latest release sent down the river at Jindabyne dam was nothing like the torrents of old it was still enough to attract some excited Kayak paddlers from a Blue Mountains canoe club who became the first people in 40 years to successfully paddle that section of the Snowy. ?The report they gave was one of ?some great paddling but lots of sections where the river bed is choked by trees.?? At least none of the trees choked the Kayakers!? I am not sure it was an experience they will repeat in a hurry?.
The release of water from the Jindabyne dam was a spectacular sight, with an aerated plume blowing out of release gates designed to reduce the impact on the nearby river bed.?? The jet of water launched from these gates was well worth seeing.? Click on this link to see some video? or even better, come back to the mountains in April 2011 when the Snowy Hydro plans to release another 17 billion liters?.And if you are thinking of bringing your Kayak?. Think again!
Summer School Holiday Special offers.
The Christmas holidays are almost here and after the hectic build up to the festive season a little break in Thredbo could be just what you need to unwind,? or just a good excuse to get the kids out of the house.??? We have 2 special offers available throughout the December/January holidays.
5th night free accommodation special.
This offer is available with all of our accommodation.? If you pay for 4 nights? you can stay for a 5th? night at no extra charge... and if you want to stay longer than 5 nights, the nightly rate drops to the equivalent of 20% off our standard rate.? Prices start from?? $740 for 5 nights? for a one bedroom apartment with larger apartments also available on the offer.
The 5 Day Family Boredom Buster special.
Based on our 5th night free offer this is a great package for the whole family.?? It includes 5 nights accommodation for the price of 4 but you also receive a 4 day family resort activity pass with the following inclusions:
Unlimited Chairlift Rides to the Kosciuszko walking track and Thredbo?s other great bush walks.
Unlimited access to the Thredbo Leisure centre with 50m heated pool, water slide, mission inflatable obstacle course and sports hall.
A round of golf and tennis court hire each day.
24 rides on the Thredbo Bobsled run.
This package is excellent value starting at ?$978? for 5 nights accommodation with the 4 day pass for a family of 4.
Our Christmas Gift to you.
Yes we are giving for the Festive Season!? You can stay on our 3rd night free special right up to Christmas Day.? So if you would like to Sneak Away? and leave the rest of the world to the? madness of the modern Christmas then Thredbo is the place.? It is cool, calm and just occassionally white with a late December snow fall?and if you can stay for 3 nights starting either Thursday the 23rd or Friday the 24th of December then you can have a free night on Christmas or Boxing Day in one of our Lantern 1 bedroom apartments. (Larger Apartments may not be available)
3rd Night Free on again from January 17th.
Stay anytime from January 17th onwards until April 21st and our 3rd night free offer is available on most of our properties so you can still sneak in a holiday before the end on January,? staying on our lowest rate.