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Thredbo Resort Guide

Written by Dugald Morrow   
Monday, 12 January 2009


When the snow is plentiful, Thredbo provides a world class ski experience. Although snow reliability is not the best in Australia, Thredbo has an extensive snow making system which provides top to bottom skiing for most of the season. Thredbo has a great village atmosphere and provides all the amenities a skier needs. Free shuttle buses run through the scenic village at regular intervals.


For young children and absolute beginners, Friday Flat provides a gentle introduction to skiing. After taming Friday Flat, the beginner can then progress up the Merits chairlift to the Merits ski area which is serviced by a high speed quad. The Merits area can become quite busy, so intermediate skiers are well advised to ski the Crackenback area during peak times. (The Crackenback area is the ski area serviced by the Kosciuszko Express chairlift.) There are plenty of advanced trails on the Ramshead area which is to the left (looking up the mountain) of the Crackenback Supertrail.

The Basin T-bar, Karels, Sponars and Antons are ski areas at the top of the mountain and are especially popular when snow conditions are not favourable to skiing down to the bottom of Crackenback or Friday Flat.

Thredbo skiing and snowboardingBest Trails:

Beginners will enjoy Walkabout and Squatters Run on merits. Intermediate skiers should challenge themselves to skiing the 3.7 mi / 5.9 km Crackenback Supertrail without stopping. Advanced skiers will love Funnel Web after a fresh fall of snow.

Thredbo Tips:

Often the snow in Australia can soften early in the day. Make the most of Thredbo’s extensive grooming and snowmaking by skiing the Crackenback Supertrail and High Noon as soon as the lifts open. Avoid the Basin T-bar from about 10 to 3 as the lift queue moves too slowly.

Skiing Off Piste:

The top of Karels is the starting point for two great off piste runs. Both runs require advanced skills, especially when snow conditions are more demanding (which can often be the case on off piste runs).

The Golf Course run consists of a variety of bowls, dips and grades and ends up with a traverse through the trees to Funnel Web and then down to the bottom of Crackenback.

The Dead Horse Gap run ends on the Alpine way about 10 kilometres from Thredbo towards Kancoben so you’ll need to organise transport back to the village. The trail is not marked so good orienteering skills are required. It’s a beautiful run through the trees and a good choice for a snow picnic.

Where to Stay:

Thredbo village offers a good range of accommodation options. Jindabyne is about half an hour from Thredbo by car and a good option if you have your own transport and is perhaps a better option if you want to try Perisher and Blue Cow which are accessible via the ski tube at Bullocks Flat. As might be expected, the rates in Thredbo are generally higher than Jindabyne.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2009 )


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