2 people about to go skiing in the snowy mountains

Skiing is one of the most popular Australian winter activities. During the Australian ski season, Thredbo village becomes a winter wonderland for skiers of all abilities, for both mountain and cross-country skiing. 

Some people don't enjoy skiing - they'd rather enjoy a beautiful view of a resort town, or go for a hike to stay fit.

Whichever you prefer, here are nine alternatives for you to enjoy in Australia's Snowy Mountain region during those cold winter months besides skiing.

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9 Activities You Can Do Instead of Skiing

1. Alpine Walking

Kosciuszko National Park is an awesome place to walk, with gentle slopes and spectacular views from every angle. It's a well-loved tourist attraction that offers various hikes for different skill levels. 

If you are staying in Thredbo, the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift is a great way to get up close and personal with the breathtaking views from Thredbo. It's just over a short distance away for some hot chocolate or food at Eagles Nest, too!

Walking Trails near Thredbo Diggings and Jindabyne are a great way to get outdoors. There's a variety of tracks suited for everyone - with beginner trails to longer treks you’re sure to find a walk to suit your ability level!

2. Visit Thredbo Leisure Centre

Not an expert skier, but interested in challenging adventures?

Thredbo Leisure Centre is the perfect place to get fit in anticipation for summer! It's just a 5 minute walk from Thredbo Village Square and Friday Flat, which makes it easy to access whether you're looking for great adventures.

You can enjoy a full-length workout at Thredbo's gym along with lap swimming and recreational swims (including waterslide). For those who want an even greater challenge or feel more comfortable on their feet than in water - there are also sports hall facilities as well as bouldering wall space! 

But if climbing isn't your thing but trampolining does sound interesting then don’t worry because they have that too, even squash court. There are plenty of activities to choose from so you'll have a great stay in Thredbo.

3. Fishing

You know you've done it right when that line's throwing and the fish is biting. Lake Jindabyne should be on everyone's bucket list as a haven of tranquillity. You can't beat catching your own dinner!

If you're not up to the challenge of fishing yourself, why not consider hiring a professional guide? You can hire a local fishing guide and rent the equipment if you are not able to bring your own.

Fishing is an activity that the whole family can enjoy. Bringing your kids will make it even more fun!

4. Take a Tour of a Distillery and Brewery

outside the distillery and brewery tour destination in Thredbo

Get your taste buds tingling with a trip to Thredbo's distilleries! The history and tradition of distilling is deeply entwined with that of brewing. Discover how different types of alcohol are made on a tour around Thredbo, or get acquainted with the process at a few of our breweries!

Wildbrumby Schnapps, owned by Brad Spalding, is one of the most known distilleries in the area. Inspired by the schnapps distilleries in Europe, Brad studied the traditional methods with the goal of one day bringing the traditional spirit to the Snowy Mountains of Australia.

The Kosciuszko brewhouse is a must-see for beer lovers. The copper-clad Mash Tun/Lauter and kettle make this property stand out. These are located immediately adjacent to the entrance of Banjo Paterson Inn.

Next up is the Jindabyne Brewing, it was founded on a love of great food and drinks. They strive to provide the best possible experience for their patrons, with an eye towards setting new standards in both taste as well as service!

5. Go Shopping

That's right, you can still have fun without getting on the slopes or sweating from a cross-country trail.

The best shops in Thredbo sell all your Alpine clothes and a huge range of quality garments for a fresh snow day. So if you're looking to get outfitted before going to take a trail, go shopping there first!

6. Snowshoeing

a bunch of people walking in the snow

This is another fun activity you can do besides skiing at Thredbo. It's a great way to stay fit, and will give you a whole new perspective on the beautiful Snowy Mountains. 

It's pretty easy to learn how to snowshoe, but if you do need help, K7 Adventures are more than happy to assist you. They offer full day tours to Mt Kosciuszko and South Ramshead while half-day tours to Ramshead Ramble and Porcupine Rocks. 

7. Visit the Thredbo Alpine Museum

2 people posing for a picture in front of a bar in the Thredbo Alpine Museum

The Thredbo Museum is located in the basement of the Thredbo Alpine Hotel and is open every day. Treasured items from as far back as the 1890s are on display here.

You can view skis, boots, clothing, books, ski magazines, videos, oral histories, an original Crackenback chairlift seat, as well as a Charlotte Pass to Alpine Way chairlift seat in the museum.

They also sell books and DVDs in their shop. You may visit their website to see the full information of the Alpine Museum.

8. Horse Riding

a man wearing a pink shirt feeding the horses on his right palm

Horse riding in winter is not going to be your typical ride. With all the trails covered in a blanket of snow, it can be a pretty awesome experience. A guided ride can be done, but if you want to take on the trails on your own, you can easily do so. This is a must-try activity for your winter holiday so be sure to book in advance.

Checkout Penderlea Trail Rides horse riding packages to achieve an ultimate horse riding experience. For prices, it costs $95 per person for an hour of trail ride, $180 for a two-hour trail ride, and for a pony ride it’s priced at $30 per child for 10 minutes. Check this out for more information about their prices and booking. 

9. Ride Merritts Gondola

gondolas operating under snowy weather

This high-speed eight-person Gondola takes tourists, skiers and snowboarders from the Village to the Cruiser Area in approximately six minutes. If you want to get the best of your winter stay at Thredbo, the Merritts Gondola is a must-do while you're there. 

Ride the Gondola to the summit this winter for breathtaking mountain vistas and delectable cuisine at Merritts Mountain House!

Must Bring Gear for a Snowy Mountains Holiday 

1. Warm clothes

Australian ski field weather is cold so make sure to pack warm clothing to allow you to comfortably enjoy your stay.

2. Camera

You can't miss capturing the beauty of the mountains and wildlife. Bring a camera with you.

3. Scarf and Gloves

Cold air can leave you feeling stiff and uncomfortable, bring a scarf to keep your neck warm and gloves to protect your hands from frostbite.

4. Water Bottle

It’s best to stay hydrated when you're in the snow so bring some water with you.

Have Winter Fun Without Hitting the Slopes!

It's time to make your escape. If you're not looking for a ski break, try some of the best snow-filled holiday alternatives we’ve mentioned above that will keep you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated this season.

The winter season can get crowded so be sure to book your accommodation in advance.  

Make sure you drive safely. Always check the weather and take care of yourself and your friends by not driving  too fast on the road.

Lastly, enjoy. The best part of a mountain holiday is being close to nature and enjoying its beauty. 

Never miss out on an awesome experience during your stay with us at Lantern Apartments. Book your trip today and see you on the trails!