Thredbo is Australia’s premier winter escape. The ski resort is located approximately 500km south of Sydney, positioned to offer instant access to the mountain and its best slopes. Each year, Thredbo attracts 700,000 visitors who come to ski and snowboard and experience the unique local entertainment.
At the base of the mountain, Thredbo Village has over 30 places to relax, sip and dine, making skiing a purely optional activity. The village is styled on traditional European skiing villages, borrowing everything from the architecture to the drink menus. The only things missing are the accents.
Thredbo is a diverse spot, offering far more in the way of entertainment than what non-skiers may realise. Cosy bars complement an abundance of restaurants, while live music venues host some of the country’s best musicians. There’s bound to be something for every visitor.
We’ve taken a close look at everything Thredbo has to offer and came up with a brief list of 5 things to do on your next trip to this winter wonderland. So book some accommodation at a lodge, hotel or chalet, get those ski passes in order and head out before the season ends in October because it’s a long wait for snow season 2020.
Ski and Snowboarding
This one’s a no-brainer. Thredbo offers the best skiing and snowboarding in Australia, so make use of those slopes. The mountain has over 50 natural runs and dozens of terrain parks perfect for all ages and abilities.
First-timers can sample the beginner runs and learn the ropes, while more experienced riders can check out the 5km long Crackenback Supertrail which is Australia’s longest run.
Of course, seasoned riders will find plenty to shred. We’re talking piste challenges, powder bowls, rails and big air jumps. For convenience, all Thredbo ski runs are connected by a network of chair lifts, T-bar surface lifts and snow, making the entire mountain one giant playground.
Lunch at Kareela Hutte
With all that skiing and boarding, you’re bound to work up an appetite. So take a break from the slopes and pop into Kareela Hutte for a spot of lunch. As Thredbo’s luxury ski-in ski-out dining experience, Kareela Hutte is renowned for its European-influenced cuisine and beautifully curated wine list. The à la carte menu makes use of the finest ingredients creating delectable classics, fresh modern dishes with tender meats, platter boards perfect for sharing and indulgent desserts.
Pair the food and wine with spectacular views of Thredbo Valley and what you have are the makings of an unforgettable dining experience. Anyone looking to skip lunch can still enjoy the outdoor bar area and take-in all the action on the slopes. Kareela Hutte is open daily from 9:30 am to 4 pm and can be accessed straight from the Supertrail.
Apres Session at Alpine Bar
Later in the day, the action kicks-on at Alpine Bar, especially on Saturdays. Enjoy a drink or two by the toasty fire pits of Thredbo’s European-styled watering hole or groove to the beats of touring DJs. This season, Alpine Bar is hosting some truly epic events. They kicked-off in July with Corona Sunsets featuring a free set performed by Aussie indie rockers Holy Holy.
Back for its sixth year running, the free Mumm Red Sash Sets pair the good times of Mumm Grand Cordon champagne with DJs like Hot Dub Time Machine and Mashd N Kutcher to name a few. Described as Thredbo’s ultimate weekend, expect confetti cannons, premium champagne and great music.
Another of Thredbo’s most popular soirées is the famous retro-inspired First Base party hosted by Canadian Club. With performances from the likes of Tom Tilley, Owl eyes and Hayden James, crowds put on their best vintage ski gear and head to Alpine Bar for some open-air sunset beats.
Finally, Heineken takes up residency throughout August with a series of concerts by its pop-up bar. The next big act is pop duo Client Liaison. The gig is all ages with free entry. It’s the perfect way to wind down after a long day on the slopes. Alpine Bar is open daily from 2 pm.
Dinner at Cascades Restaurant
Following a few drinks at Alpine Bar, enjoy a fine-dining experience with stunning Thredbo views at Cascades Restaurant. The menu features a refined selection of modern classics such as Grilled Lamb Tomahawks, the wagyu Cascades Burger and the impressively-named drunken über schnitzel. Pair the food with an extensive wine list or begin with a signature Aperitif. We suggest the barrel-aged Negroni.
Cascades Restaurant is also open for breakfast, lunch and throughout the day. Lunch offers a Champagne two-course special that opens with Oysters, bruschetta and Mumm Grand Cordon champagne before moving onto a selection of mains. Cascades Restaurant is open daily.
Night Cap at The Denman
Close out the night with a drink at Apres Bar located at The Denman. One of Thredbo’s most popular drinking spots, this hole-in-the-wall bar has provided a warm and inviting atmosphere for going on twenty years. Snow boots are welcome.
With live music calling from within, stop by for an ice-cold beer, quirky cocktail or a favourite classic. Continuing that European theme, it’s not only possible to shout your mates a round of schnapps, it’s also encouraged. Apres Bar also serves up a selection of light meals perfect for anyone forgoing dinner at Cascades. Apres Bar at The Denman is open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4 pm ‘til late.
Even though we’re at the tail end of the season there are still big events left on the calendar:
2 September – Kareela’s 60th Birthday Lunch
4-8 September – Rainbow Mountain: A Heaps Gay Ski Week
10 September – Four Pillars Gin Pig Dinner
14 September – First Base: A Vintage Après Ski Soiree ft. Happiness is Wealth
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The writer travelled to Thredbo as a guest of the resort.