May 2, 2012
Where is it? Thredbo Alpine Resort is located in the Kosciuszko National Park in the NSW Snowy Mountains ..
How do I get there? Approximately 500km from both Melbourne and Sydney (about a 6-7 hour drive from both capital cities, depending on how many stops you take!) From Canberra, it is an easy 3 hour drive. Brindabella Airlines also fly from Sydney to Snowy Mountains Airport in Cooma and you can get transfers to the resorts. Their service for 2012 starts on June 9th.
The mountain: Thredbo is great for all levels of skiiers and boarders. Lots of easy beginner runs and the 5km long Supertrail. For those who like a challenge there is a reasonable amount of steep stuff!
Where to stay? Your first consideration is whether to stay on the mountain or in nearby Thredbo Valley or Jindabyne. On the mountain will be more expensive, but ensures you make the most of your ski experience- no travel time, and you can enjoy the atmosphere of Thredbo Village. Jindy, is the closest town (a 20 minute drive up the hill each day) and it has a number of options for accommodation. From youth hostels to super chic boutique hotels like The Denman, Thredbo covers all accommodation types. There are lots of self contained apartments on the mountain as well as member lodges. Check out http://thredbo.com.au/thredbo-accommodation/find-accommodation/ for more options
Getting around; A free shuttle operates around Thredbo Village everyday which makes it easy to get to and from accommodation
Children’s Lessons: Thredboland runs lessons for children aged for ages 3-6, Thredbo Freeriders for 7- 14s and Club Freeride for 15-18s. Check out our “A day at ski school” post coming soon.New 3 hour children’s group lessons are giving your ski bunnies and powder hounds more time on the slopes!. Lessons for children aged 7-14 years are changing in 2012. This year kids get an extra hour of learning, gone are the two hour sessions now all group lessons for the 7-14 year olds are three hours. So you can opt for the all day Freeriders program or a 3 hour lesson that meet at 1pm on Friday Flat. I would HIGHLY recommend booking ahead, you don’t want to arrive on your much anticipated family holiday to find that lessons are full!! Call (02) 6459 4044
It’s all about ME! Private Lesson
For the real little snow goers, aged 3 years and younger, who are not up to an all day program or just want to give it a try , there is an “It’s all about ME” private lesson (I know ONE little girl that this programme is tailor made for….). This is a one hour, one on one session, just your child and the specialised instructor so 100% attention. Meet on Friday Flat 11.30am – 12.30pm daily, Bookings essential Call (02) 6459 4044
Childcare: Thredbo child care (located in Thredboland) takes babies aged 6 weeks and over, so you can hit the slopes for a few hours or a day. Booking ahead is essential!! 1300 020 589
Equipment Hire: Thredbo have just bought $350,000 worth of new ski hire equipment, so there will be some great new gear available to hire in the 2012 season. Again look at package deals which combine ski hire, lift tickets , accommodation and hire as there are some great options.
Food: There are lots of options for family dining and also for preparing your own meals if required. There is a Supermarket in Thredbo Village as well as a range of cafes, bars and restaurants. Some restaurants offer discounted early dinners for families so check that out when you arrive.
What else to do? If you fancy a day or afternoon off, there is still lots to do at Thredbo
Thredbo Leisure Centre – waterslide, Mission Inflatable floating pool obstacle course and the red running rocket Torpedo Topple.
Every Tuesday the Thredboland Animals come to life with their very own storytelling afternoon, you may even get a chance to cuddle a koala or waddle with a wombat.
Thursday evenings is the fibre optic flare run for the kids who have participated in the weekly program – they get to ski down Friday Flat with their very own flare, there’s music, fireworks, food available and for skimama’s and papa’s a little après bevy on offer too. Bring your camera for this one…
Twilight riding every Thursday and Saturday evening in July and August. Friday Flat remains open until 7.30pm and it’s free, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
Every Saturday night is like New Year’s eve with a fireworks display!
Skiable area: 480ha
Vertical drop: 672m
Base elevation: 1365m
Summit Elevation: 2037m
Terrain: Beginner/novice 16 per cent, intermediate 67 per cent, advanced/expert 17 per cent.
Longest run: 5.9km (Karels T-bar to Friday Flat).
Lifts: 13 lifts, including Kosciuszko Express bottom to top in seven minutes- so no time to get chilly on the way up!!
Latest Deals: Each week there are more deals popping up for families, including kids ski free in June—check here for the latest offers, and I will post updates as they become available. You can also download the Thredbo Winter Planner 2012
If you have questions about ski school or would like more info on travelling to Thredbo with your family this ski season, please ask away in the comments section below and I will be happy to help!