Whether you’re a first-time visitor to the snow or dedicated snow family, there’s no better way to plough some powder than a trip to Thredbo. Thredbo has long been Australia’s no. 1 family snow resort, with kids’ pricing for everyone under 18 and convenient accommodation right at the base of the mountain. It offers a perfect beginner’s area, a range of snow programs for toddlers through to teenagers, and events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Thredbo Ski Resort: Everything you need to know
Events and experiences
This year Thredbo is opening 11 June (weather conditions permitting) and has some great events planned.
There will be a Kids Snow Festivals (1 – 17 July) with movie nights, special kids’ flare runs and night skiing. Kids under 18 can also sign up for the Torah Bright Mini Shred. Torah Bright’s Mini Shred is on 9 July, where budding snowboarders can learn park skills from Torah and her pro friends. There will be are Saturday night fireworks spectaculars and plenty of activities on and off the mountain.
The Sunrise Sessions on Tuesday mornings is open to intermediate and expert skiers. Head up to the top of Karel’s (Australia’s highest lifted point) to watch the sunrise, then go for breakfast at the Eagle’s Nest (Australia’s highest restaurant) before enjoying first tracks down the Supertrail (Australia’s longest run).
Book into Kareela Hütte while the kids are in ski school. The atmosphere is amazing in the gorgeous on-mountain hut. The European-inspired food is mouth-wateringly good and the accompanying drinks – schnapps, wine, champagne… you name it – make it a little harder to ski down afterwards.
Don’t miss the Thredbo Pondskim wrapping up the season the 2 October.
Thredbo ski passes
Thredbo will continue to manage daily capacity and some peak season dates are expected to sell out.
Thredbo Day passes will cost from $179 for adults and $95 for kids in winter 2021. Season passes start at $1,359 for adults and $819 for kids.
Thredbo will offer four different types of season pass.
The Premium Season Pass and Premium Season Pass + Ikon Base Pass allow skiers and snowboarders to travel anytime. The Value Season pass excludes the 2 – 17 July July school holidays and the Midweek Value Season Parks excludes all weekends and the 2 – 17 July July school holidays.
Thredbo’s Premium Season Pass + Ikon Base Pass includes all the benefits of a Thredbo Premium Season Pass plus a 22/23 Ikon Base Pass. Giving you unlimited skiing for Thredbo’s 2022 winter, then access to 43 global destinations.
The season passes are great value if you do plan to ski or board more than eight days this winter.
Minimum age for ski lessons
Minimum age for snowboard lessons
Available for infants
Grading of runs
Length of season
June to October
Thredboland is a great place to learn to ski because of the dedicated beginners’ area at Friday Flat for kids aged three to six years. Little tackers can start to play on skis from three, and those who want to snowboard can do the Burton Riglets programme. Progression is easy as your little skiers and riders get better and can tackle slightly harder runs. Once they are into their stride, there are so many awesome intermediate and advanced runs that will see them wanting to return to Thredbo year after year.
Intermediate shredders can head down Valley View to search out powder stashes. The Cruiser Terrain Park has an array of jumps and jibs for those looking to get a little tricky.
Thredbo has free two-hour mountain tours during July, August and early September. All you need is to be an upper-intermediate skier or snowboarder and have a valid lift pass. Tours start at 11am daily, meeting at the top of the Gunbarrel Express.
Thredbo is home to the five longest runs in Australia
Thredbo has Australia’s longest runs, Cruiser-High Noon and Village Trail are both five kilometres, followed by Supertrail and World Cup at 3.7 kilometres and Funnel Web at 3.2 kilometres. Other trails range from the more challenging runs in Golf Course Bowl to gentle green runs like Basin and the Village Trail.
On-mountain family activities
Learn to ski and snowboard
Build a snowman
Backcountry snow adventure
Ring the Thredbo Community Bell at Karels
Karels: highest lifted point in Australia
Twilight skiing and snowboarding
Nastar race course
Off-mountain family activities
Firework and flare run
Bars and restaurants
Kids-only flare run
Thredbo Leisure Centre
Snow disc golf
Thredbo Ski Museum
Hike Mt Kosciuszko
Gravity mountain bike trails
Mountain bike XC trails
Guided and self-guided walks and hikes
Disc golf park
Tennis and golf
Music/food and cultural festivals
Altitude fitness training
Kids’ ski school
Thredbo has captured the magic of the snow, mixed it with a fun team of kids’ specialists and created one of Australia’s best on-snow children’s learning centres for littlies aged from three years old.
Thredboland is one of the best children’s ski programs in the country. The specially trained indoor and outdoor team teach, nurture and guide this age group, as they do need extra special attention. The all-day program is specifically designed to take children through the stages of skiing in a professional yet fun, safe and happy environment.
If the little ones are not up to the full day program the “It’s All About Me” private one-hour lesson is the ideal way to give the kids 100% attention and fast-track their learning.
Three- to four-year-olds
For young skiers aged three to four years, there is now a maximum group size of four, giving the kids increased teacher time and that little extra attention.
Five to six years: skiing
Thredboland’s Ski Program offers both half- and full-day lessons teaching the basics of skiing while having fun exploring the mountain. The day also includes meals and incorporates fun themes and activities for the kids to enjoy.
Four to six years: snowboarding
Thredbo offers the Burton Riglets Program for little snowboarding shredders. Specially designed boards, handpicked instructors and a mini terrain park will see the kids have fun and progress quickly.
Seven to 14 years: freeriders
Choose to either ski or snowboard, or even make a switch mid-week. During this full-day program, instructors teach the kids all the fresh moves and tweak their skills to have them quickly cruising with confidence, while ensuring the safety aspects of snow sports are covered. This program incorporates a parks program for kids to hone their skills.
Seven to 12 years: three-hour lessons
This fun and dynamic afternoon group lesson is a great way for kids to improve their snow skills and explore more of the mountain.
13 to 17 years: teen sessions
This three-hour afternoon program is for teens who want to hang out with other similarly aged skiers and snowboarders while cruising the mountain with some of the best instructors in Thredbo.
Thredbo Village has accommodation to suit groups of every size and budget. Bars, restaurants and shops are available within walking distance or an easy (and free) shuttle-bus ride. The team at the Thredbo Resort Centre are your one-stop-shop for your snow escape. Located in the heart of the resort, they can give you insider tips on where to wine and dine and even what the weather is like. They will help to find your perfect accommodation match, plus they can bundle it up with rental, lift passes, lessons and childcare.
If you have little kids doing lessons at Thredboland, consider staying at the River Inn at Friday Flat
Thredbo Alpine Hotel
With 65 rooms located a snowball’s throw from the lifts, village, bars and restaurants, everywhere is close when staying at the hotel. Flexible arrival and departure days make it perfect for any holiday plan.
Rockpool Lodge is luxury in seclusion. Situated in a naturally beautiful setting overlooking the Thredbo River, this two-bedroom and loft self-contained apartment located in Woodridge allows easy access to the best Thredbo has to offer. Rockpool has a large living area and open fireplace and is excellent for families and groups. Well-appointed and tastefully decorated, a ten-minute walk will find you in the centre of the village or a short stroll to the slopes at Friday Flat.
The four-star Lantern Apartments are located at the top of the village with the most spectacular views across the mountain. It’s a short walk or quick shuttle ride to the slopes. Most apartments have balconies and all the comforts of home including access to in-house movie channels, a resort information channel and Foxtel. The Lantern is popular with families.
There are over 30 places to relax, sip and dine in Thredbo. With cosy bars, late and lively nightspots, live music venues and dining options ranging à la carte, cafe-style, casual bistro, tapas, barbecue or grab-and-go, you’re sure to find your favourite.
Kareela Hutte is one of the best lunch experiences on the Aussie snowfields. The timber hutte has a rustic cabin feel and European-influenced cuisine, best enjoyed with a schnapps or two. Don’t miss the Kareela Dinner and Wine by snowcat experience, or the Kareela Supper Club presented by G.H.Mumm
Eagles Nest is the highest restaurant in Australia. Skiers, snowboarders and sightseers are able to ride the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift up to the restaurant from the base. From here, enjoy the views from 1937 metres, have lunch – there are kids’ meals – or ski over to The Basin and then up to Karels, the highest lifted point in Australia (2037 metres). When you get there, ring the bell!
Thredbo Resort Map
Thredbo is home base for many of our winter Olympic stars including our oldest living Olympian, Frank Prihoda – who is 100. In Beijing, Thredbo Ambassadors Tess Coady and Ben Tudhope both brought home bronze medals, Tess in the Slopestyle and Ben in the SBX.
Off the slopes
Dive into the heated indoor pool at the Thredbo Leisure Centre. There is a 50-metre heated pool, waterslide, bouldering wall, gym, squash courts. Plus trampolines at the Acrobatic Centre for Excellence. If the kids still have energy to burn after a day on the slopes, or if the weather is not great, a play in the pool is just what the doctor ordered.
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