Rachael Oakes-Ash finds out why Thredbo is still a cool place to be in 2011. Best for: Advanced skiers who enjoy a thigh burn and cashed-up latte lovers who can ski into 11 on-mountain restaurants.

Where is it: Thredbo is also in the Kosciuszko National Park, a six-hour drive from Sydney or an hour from Cooma airport where Aeropelican flies daily from Sydney.
Total skiable area: 480 hectares.
Number of lifts: 14.
Number of runs: The resort boasts a 672m vertical drop. Run ratios are 17 per cent beginner, 66 per cent intermediate and 17 per cent advanced terrain.
Lift pass prices: Adult $107; child $60.
Why this resort has always rocked:
Thredbo is home to the 5.9km Supertrail, the longest run in Australasia with the country’s biggest vertical drop. An extensive lift system ensures easy access to varied terrain including the back-country Dead Horse Gap. This local’s secret is a mix of untracked open bowls and tree skiing through snow gums. You’ll need a car to pick you up at the bottom of the Gap.
What’s new? 
* No more fumbling for lift passes, as automatic gates can now verify your credit-card-sized pass using radio frequency identification. It also allows you to buy extra lessons and ski and snowboard hire online.
* A huge, sun-soaked deck has been built over the summer at the popular Merritts Mountain House so skiers and boarders can take a break in style.
* The resort has also invested in a $500,000 snow groomer to add to its extensive fleet, and has pumped $400,000 into new hire gear including clothing, ski and snowboard equipment.
Event of the season: The MTV Snow Jam is to be confirmed, but should see the world’s best snowboarders strut their stuff in front of a celebrity-filled crowd followed by an outdoor music festival under the stars.
The details: www.thredbo.com.au;
(02) 6459 4100.
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