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.
Six hours from Sydney, the village is stylish and cosmopolitan – in the bars expect to find more perfect blowdries than hard mountain gear. Here is your ultimate Thredbo ski guide.
Why should you visit?
With more than 30 bars and restaurants clinging to one side of the valley like shimmering snowflakes, and the other valley slope featuring the lifts, there’s no need to remove ski boots during the transition from slopes to après… and dancing.
Which slopes to hop on
Thredbo is known for its killer slopes. This ski spot is boasting some of the longest runs and trails in Australia, clocking in at over 5.4 kilometres long.
If you’re not that confident with your ski swoosh, then head over to the Friday Flat slope. Especially suited for beginners, this gentle slope is perfect for perfecting your technique. And if you want to take lessons, this is where you’ll meet your teachers. Once you’ve graduated from the kiddie slope, head over to the yellow and green runs for a little harder course. Head along these runs a few times and you’ll be skiing like a pro in no time.
For those slightly more advanced skiers in our midst, you’ve got a whole lot of places to play with. The Cruiser, Basin and Central Spur are all ideal for you to swoosh on through.
And whoever out there really wants to show off, we suggest going on the legendary Crackenback trail (at 5.4 kilometres) or the Funnel Web (at 3.2 kilometres). The Crackenback at least is groomed, whereas the Funnel Web, is not. Dominate these slopes and we guarantee, you’ll win the respect of your peers.
Where to eat and drink in Thredbo
On the mountain
Yes, there is an actual eatery up on the mountain. Sitting at 1937 metres high you’ll find Eagles Nest, classified as the highest restaurant in Australia. After a rough day of conquering the slopes and the blazing winds, stop into this establishment for a glass of adult hot chocolate. A couple of Nutella hot chocolates with Frangelico, whipped cream and marshmallows won’t go astray on a chilly day.
In the region
When you’re planning on hitting the slopes a little later, you’ve got to treat yourself to some food and drinks in the area. Outside of the village, you’ll find the Wildbrumby Distillery Door & Cafe situated in between Jindabyne and Thredbo. Complete with an eatery, distillery (duh) and a sculpture and garden walk, this is an ideal location for loading yourself up with a mountain lunch. Get a hearty feed while sipping on a glass of the legendary Wildbrumby classic gin and tonic.
In the village
The village is where the nightlife heats up. Start the arvo with a few cold ones at The Local Pub. Sit outside on Thredbo’s ‘biggest balcony’ while you knock them back and gear up for the night ahead. Then head over to your reservation at Segreto Restaurant. An Italian trattoria filled with good food, fine wine and a secluded feel to it. Executive Chef Kane Stamp brings his personal zest to the eatery, serving up rib eye mushroom ragout to die for. And if you think you can keep going, make your way to Thredbo’s only club, Keller Bar. For some loud music and good times, you definitely won’t be getting up early to ski in the morning.
Where to stay in Thredbo
If you want an entirely self-contained space, The Peak brings you sophisticated glass and stone properties in terms of penthouse apartments. With large balconies, ski lockers and modern decor and furnishings, you’ll feel right at home in this comfy accommodation. Also, you can enjoy the luxury of a personal bus service to the ski lifts every day.
If you have location, location, location is chanting through your bones, you can’t go wrong with booking either the Rockpool Lodge Chalet or the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Both with stunning views, private saunas and the latter is only steps away from the base of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift.
If luxury is what you’re searching for, The Eastern has created architectural masterpieces hidden within Thredbo. Jaw-dropping views, Scandi-inspired designs and wildlife right at your doorstep. It’s safe to say this is what heaven feels like. Book yourself into the Oak Apartment which is ideal for the ultimate couples’ getaway.
No matter where you’re coming from the best way to get to Thredbo is by driving. The trip is 5.5 hours from Sydney CBD and 6.5 hours from Melbourne CBD. You’ve got to pack all your skis, boots and puffy jackets for the trip so you’re going to make the most of that boot. Most of the accommodation in the area offers parking spots, but make sure to double-check before you head off on the trip. You need to remember to have a valid NSW National Park entry sticker.
If driving long distances isn’t really your cup of tea, you’ll find that during the winter season, you can book a spot on a bus to run you up to the mountains. Greyhound Australia offers snow services that start in June each year. Pre-book your seat on the bus if you prefer a window and get panoramic views the whole trip there.