Whether you’re heading from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne or elsewhere, a drive to the snow is the way to go. This is one journey that’s all about the destination.
One of my first holidays with the girls was to Thredbo the year after I left high school. We rented a tiny short-term rental apartment that slept five of us and I recall laughing so much that I almost wet my pants on several occasions as I struggled to pull down my bib’n’brace in time. Even though we weren’t all at the same skiing level it didn’t matter, it was fun just being out in the world with friends without parental supervision!
To save money, we cooked and ate dinner in our flat together most nights before heading out for a night on the town. There’s nothing better than sharing tragic dance-floor pash stories the morning after an evening at the Keller Bar (on the ground floor of Thredbo Alpine Hotel).
Indeed, the best part about Thredbo besides the length of the runs is the après-ski lifestyle on offer. If you’re single, the places to mingle are The Piano Bar, Schuss Bar and the Pub Bar and Bistro – also situated at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. They’re the best bars in town and are often frequented by men on boys’ weekends.
Where to stay
The rental apartment Zoe stayed in has since changed hands, but if you’re looking for cheap, comfortable multi-bed accommodation check out what’s on offer at thredbo.com.au. For the most upmarket digs on the slopes, book the Powder, Onyx or Ice chalets via thredboskichalets.com.au. But then, if you’re on Zoe’s après-ski wavelength, you may as well stay where you play: The Thredbo Alpine Hotel (pictured below), has four bedroom apartments that sleep up to 10 (rydges.com.au).
NOTE: Don’t overlook this fantastic destination in summer – it offers a totally different experience than you get in winter. Hike the mountains when the wildflowers are out, or coincide your trip with the Thredbo Jazz or Blues festivals.