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Beginners Guide to Thredbo Snow Resort

May 27, 2021 8 min read

Everything You Need to Know about Thredbo Snow Resort

Thredbo is a picturesque alpine valley that gets covered in snow during the winter months. With a purpose-built beginner area, it's the perfect place to learn how to ski and snowboard and ultimately soak in the winter experience with family or friends.

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Thredbo projects a unique atmosphere, filled with buzzing nightlife and plenty of off-snow options; Thredbo has become one of the most popular ski resorts within Australia. Located in the heart of the NSW Snowy Mountains, it's easily accessible from Melbourne or Sydney; jump in the car, pop on a good playlist, devour yummy snacks, and you'll be there in no time. We have pulled together the ultimate places to eat, stay, and experiences to enjoy at Thredbo Alpine Resort helping you to learn the mountain's ins and outs before heading there.

Thredbo Mountain Stats

Number of chair lifts - 14

Number of runs - 53

Number of magic carpets - 3

Terrain - 16% beginners / 67% intermediates / 17% advanced

Number of terrain parks - 5

Longest run – 5.9km

Skiable terrain - 480 hectares

Vertical drop - 672m

Skiable Terrain - 480ha

Longest run - 5.9km

Elevation - 2037 metres

Days Open – approx. 120, closing first week of October
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Thredbo Lift Pass

A full-day lift pass will provide you access to the entire mountain for skiing and snowboarding, from first to last lifts. Thredbo's snow season runs from June long weekend until the first week of October, so we recommend buying your lift pass early to enjoy the best savings and ensure you don't miss out!

MyThredbo card is your key to the mountain, the card is linked to your Thredbo profile, so whenever you buy a lift pass or lesson, it will be loaded onto this card. Even better, you can load MyMoney onto the MyThredbo card and enjoy contactless payment, from on-mountain dining to equipment rental, tap and go with your MyThredbo card. Visit Thredbo Guest Services at Friday Flat or Valley Terminal to get started.
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Thredbo Accommodation

Fire Dreaming - Located at the end of Summit Way

If you're looking for an exclusive and private chalet, then the Fire Dreaming located at the end of Summit Way is designed for you. It is bordered on three sides by national parkland, surrounded by beautiful gum trees covered in snow. This extensive and spectacular five-bedroom mountain retreat presented in a style of a Colorado Mountain Lodge offers a variety of amenities, and the rear deck has a sunken spa pool to relax and unwind in after a hard day skiing on the slopes.
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Winterhaus Lodge - Located in scenic Thredbo Village

Winterhaus Lodge displays uninterrupted mountain views, situated high in the treetops of the Kosciuszko National Park overlooking the mountain and village of Thredbo. Winterhaus offers various accommodation styles ranging from standard double/twin rooms through to large family and group rooms sleeping six people. It's a quick walk to all village amenities, and the free village shuttle service stops just nearby. A warm, cosy atmosphere, you can relax in the guest lounge by the open fire and enjoy a daily cooked breakfast with friends and family.
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Thredbo Alpine Hotel - Metres from the base of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift

The Thredbo Alpine Hotel is located in the heart of Thredbo Village, just metres from the base of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. It delights visitors with comfortable accommodation, friendly service, and a range of facilities; from hotel restaurants and bars to a sauna and ski/bike room - the Thredbo Alpine Hotel accommodates for everyone. Enjoy casual meals and a lively pub atmosphere or relaxed restaurant dining all located within the accommodation.
Image - Alpine Hotel Accommodation | Thredbo Alpine Hotel

The River Inn - Located next to the Gunbarrel Chair Lift

The River Inn is a family-friendly resort offering great ski-in in ski-out access. Located next to the Gunbarrel Chair Lift with direct access to Friday Flat which is the meeting point for all lessons. The River Inn offers modern deluxe accommodation, with an indoor sauna and guest lounge area complete with a fireplace and bar area. River Inn also provides a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making it an easily accessible location to spend your ski or snowboarding breaks.
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Lantern Apartments - 3-Minute walk from Thredbo's Village

The Lantern Apartments are located only a 3-minute walk from most of Thredbo's shops and restaurants and 5 minutes’ walk from the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. They offer a range of accommodation suited to families, couples, or groups, most featuring a balcony with spectacular views. Each Lantern apartment has access to in-house movie channels, so you can switch off and relax after a long day skiing the slopes.
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Best Restaurants at Thredbo

Eagles Nest - Australia's Highest Restaurant

Eagles Nest offers 270-degree views of pure bliss and is also Australia's highest restaurant. They offer delicious hot chocolates, a hearty breakfast, or a tasty lunch for the whole family and crew. Stop in for your lunch break and refuel before you head back to carving the slopes.
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Frost Bite - Located on the High Noon Ski Run Thredbo

If you're snow skiing all day, stop by Frost Bite for a bite to eat, located on the High Noon ski run. Known on the mountain for delicious burgers and excellent coffee, you'll feel reenergised in no time.
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Central Road 2625 - Situated in Thredbo's Famous Village Square

Central Road 2625 is the perfect place to stop by after carving it up on the slopes and is located in Thredbo's famous Village Square. The food is inspired by international favourites and presented in a modern bistro fashion. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu is extensive and has something to please everyone, even the fussiest of eaters.
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Terrace Restaurant - Situated within The Denman Hotel in Thredbo

The Terrace Restaurant offers a memorable fine-dining experience. This stylish restaurant located within the Denman Hotel projects a warm, loving atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking sensational views of snow-capped mountains. Be sure to leave room for desserts like chocolate ganache tart, raspberry coulis with double cream.
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The Mad Mexican – Located in the House of Ullr

The Mad Mexican is a vibrant and colourful restaurant bringing the flavours of Mexico to Thredbo. Located in the House of Ullr, enjoy delicious quesadillas, fish tacos, and their famous margaritas. The Mad Mexican includes a newly renovated spacious bar and social area, the perfect spot to end the day with a few drinks with family or friends.
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Best Places to Drink at Thredbo

Bernti's Bar and Brasserie - Thredbo Alpine Village

The bar specialises in late afternoon après, good wine, schnapps, and evening food. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, Bernti's Bar and Brasserie is the perfect location to sit back and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere with a great group of people.

Schuss Bar - Located Upstairs from the Bistro within the Thredbo Alpine Hotel

Schuss Bar has your après covered; chill with mates and enjoy your favourite drink as it's the place to be for hot tunes, child drinks, and long nights. Schuss Bar screens live sports and music for your entertainment.

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Alpine Bar – Located in the Heart of Thredbo Village

Head to Thredbo's ultimate outdoor venue and soak up the mountain après atmosphere located in the heart of Thredbo Village. The Alpine Bar features events, live music, and great drink options.

The Local Pub – Thredbo Village

The Local Pub is a fantastic chill, après spot - sip on your favourite drink on Thredbo's biggest balcony and even play some pool while you're there.

Image - Schuss Bar | Thredbo Alpine Hotel

The Black Bear – 1-Minute Walk from Shuttle Bus Stop

The Black Bear is popular at Thredbo for its wide range of alcoholic choices, featuring imported and Australian beers and schnapps, along with an extensive selection of wine. Black Bear also hosts weekly Trivia Nights on Thursdays so round up a team or join another and make a night of it at the Black Bear.

Thredbo Terrain

Thredbo offers varied terrain for every ability, consisting of 16% beginner, 67% intermediate, and 17% advanced slopes. What Thredbo lacks in size (480 hectares compared with Perisher's 1245 hectares), it makes up for in vertical with Australia's longest trail at five kilometres.

Thredbo's beautifully groomed runs include beginner slopes, such as the Friday Flat, and the runs from Crusier chairlift; an excellent place to master your technique skiing and snowboarding. Then once you've gained more confidence, head over to High Noon with more fun blue runs at the top of The Basin and in Central Spur. Thredbo's blue and black runs offer intermediate skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of terrain to enjoy.

Suppose you're looking for a challenge while skiing or snowboarding, check out some of the best advanced terrain in the country at Thredbo. The Black graded terrain consists of relatively short runs, but Cannonball and Bushwhacker are popular. Massive fall lines, natural wind lips, powder bowls, and hectares of off-piste and backcountry terrain - there is an incredible amount of fun to be had on the advanced terrain at Thredbo.

Terrain parks are another opportunity to put your skills to the test at Thredbo or to learn something new. There are jumps of all sizes as well as a raft of box and rails to keep everyone happy. Playground Terrain Park is the place to start before you progress to the Cruiser Park with its small jumps. Once you've got those parks under control, head up to Antons, which is the place for the advanced riders, with wall rides, rails, boxes, tubes, and jumps of various heights. On High Noon there's a Ridercross course aimed at intermediates wanting to master their turns, berms, and rollers, and for the mogul lover, the moguls course at Meadows is a true test.

Thredbo Leisure Centre

When you think Thredbo can't get any better, they have a leisure centre for you to enjoy, located just a 5-minute walk from Thredbo Village Square and Friday Flat. It has a swimming pool with inflatables for the kids, a waterslide, recreational facilities, and a range of sports and fitness classes.

Image - Thredbo Leisure Centre | Swimming & Fitness

Things to Do at Thredbo That's Not Skiing or Snowboarding

  • Snowshoeing
  • Snow Playpark
  • Thredbo Bobsled
  • Horseback riding
  • Tobogganing

You can also purchase a lift ticket as a non-skier to go up to the chalets where there's more snow - the perfect spot to sip a hot chocolate and take in the surroundings.

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I'm sure this blog has made you eager to get back out on the slopes and enjoy the beautiful snow season Australia has to offer. Whether you snow ski or snowboard, Auski has you covered for all your gear; drop in-store and speak to our crew on getting fitted out for your Thredbo adventures. If you've already been to Thredbo and looking for a different scene, check out our guides to Falls Creek, Hotham or Buller where you'll find more insight into Australia's great ski resorts.

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