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Don't miss out on a fun and budget snow holiday this ski season!
Calling all skiers, boarders and snowman builders: Get your crew together for a fun snow holiday this winter at Thredbo YHA - bookings are open now! Ski season will open on the June long weekend (Saturday 9 June) and close on the October long weekend (Monday 1 October). Events are set the excite again with school holiday carnivals, live shows, fireworks and more, all within walking distance to Thredbo YHA.
Located in the heart of Australia's Snowy Mountains, just a short walk from the famous Thredbo Ski Resort. This award-winning YHA is a purpose-built lodge with stunning mountain views, comfy lounge and dining room, full kitchen, free Wi-Fi, and a mix of accommodation options.
Book early to ensure you get a spot during the peak season, and take advantage of the shoulder season rates in June and spring to explore more of Mt Kosciuszko! Ski season booking information available here.
The mountain offers something to skiers of all ages and abilities, from the yellow and green runs reserved for beginners finding their feet to the web of blue and black runs ready to entertain intermediate and advanced skiers. Two thirds of the mountain – including the Cruiser, Basin, and Central Spur areas – cater to intermediates while experienced skiers can sink their teeth into the ‘Big Five’, Australia’s five longest runs, as well as miles of backcountry terrain peppered with natural features and off-piste challenges.
Snowboarders can also tear up a huge variety of terrain parks, starting with the Easy Does It park to introduce kids to rollers, berms, boxes and small jumps and the Cruiser Park for beginners to start jumping and jibbing, then Antons Park, Antons Jib Line, the early-season Kozzie Park, and two Ridercross coarses loaded with banks, beams, jumps and rollers for intermediate and advanced boarders to show off their skills.
For skiers and boarders keen to scratch their competitive itch, the Australian Alpine Ascent (10 March), third annual Jye’s Jam (25 July), Thredbo Masters 2018 (27 – 28 July) and Air + Style Sydney (3 – 5 August) drag the world’s best to our fair mountain!
The slopes are only half of Thredbo’s appeal, with the packed events calendar luring ‘snow-cialisers’ to the Snowy Mountains each winter. And 2018 promises to be a big one, kicking off with an opening weekend party on Saturday June 9 and continuing until an Octoberfest extravaganza on the last weekend of the season, 29 and 30 September.
Uni Week is back from 25 – 29 June then again from 22 – 26 July, with Lawski scheduled from 2 – 4 July, and Schuss Bar lighting itself up most nights (especially weekends!).
The Kids Ski Free deal is great-value for families – throwing in a free three- or five-day kids lift pass for every adult pass purchased (check the website for dates https://www.thredbo.com.au/family-guide) – and the village offers runs to suit children of all abilities, as well as lessons to introduce little ones to skiing and snowboarding. Programs cater to kids as young as three – such as the the super popular Thredboland Ski Program for four to six-year-olds – tailored to different levels of ability and ski disciplines, not to mention private lessons and childcare for children aged six to six months.
If your kids aren’t quite ready for skiing or boarding, the Thredbo Snow Play Park at the base station area of the village is open every day for tubing, tobogganing, and just generally playing around in the snow. It’s free to enter and you can bring your own tubes and toboggans, or they’re available to rent, as well as boots, jackets, and pants.
A bumper line-up of family-friendly events – the Easter Family Adventure Festival (30 March – 2 April), Easter SAchool Holiday Adventure Festival (14 – 28 April), July Kids Snow Festival (2 – 21 July), Torah Bright Mini Shred (15 July), Christmas in July (25 July) and the September Kids Snow Festival (23 – 30 September)
Flare Run has been igniting Saturday nights in Thredbo for more than three decades, illuminating the Supertrail with pyrotechnics from top to bottom. Confident skiers and boarders over the age of 18 can apply to take part with a test at the Kosciuszko Snow Sports meeting area at 4pm every Saturday – if you pass, you just need to make a $15 donation to charity to register. Even kids can get involved every Thursday night on the gentle Easy Does It slopes, lighting up the night sky with twinkling LED flares. You can also go twilight riding until 7pm down Friday Flat every Thursday and Saturday night in July and August.
At a slower pace, you can take a guided two-hour Toyota Mountain Tour during July and August to get to know the mountain, follow a guide on an off-piste adventure through the backcountry, strap on your snow shoes and trek to the top of Mount Kosciuszko, get the adrenaline pumping with some snow biking, try disc golf around the Thredbo Golf Course . . . and don’t leave the Snowy Mountains without taking a scenic chairlift ride for the views over the Kosciuszko National Park.
Away from the slopes, get some exercise at the Thredbo Leisure Centre – complete with a heated pool, waterslide, and blow-up obstacle course – or the Acrobatic Centre of Excellence, the NSW Institute of Sport’s training centre for the Winter Olympians of the future that offers classes for kids.