Thredbo Activities

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Thredbo Activities

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Thredbo Activities

Thredbo Alpine Village isn’t just a winter destination. It’s also popular during the green season for hiking, mountain biking, and playing golf. During winter, the main activity is the skiing and snowboarding at the resort, although there are various other things to do as well.

Thredbo Backcountry Ski Tours

Thredbo Resort offers a few types of all-day backcountry group tours. Introductory tours are provided a few days a week that are ideal for those who can ski or ride but are newbies to touring. The tours cover equipment familiarisation, skinning, basic navigation, backcountry awareness and safety. The next level up is a tour that pushes outside the resort boundaries to find the best lines. Depending on conditions, the group may explore Bogong Creek area, Mt Kosciuszko, Ramshead Range or Dead Horse Gap. Well into the season there are also advanced day trips that push into more challenging terrain.

There is also a backcountry tour operator that heads out from Guthega, and another outfit provides generalised backcountry tours in the national park. You can even get snow kiting lessons with Jennie Milton.

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Cross Country Skiing Thredbo

Cross country skiing is very limited at Thredbo. If you want to go Nordic skiing on lovely trails where you can skate or get into the track set, Perisher would be your best bet.

Cross country skiing at Thredbo is in the backcountry only. An iconic tour is to ski from the top of the Kosciuszko Chair out towards the top of Mt Kosciuszko which provides amazing views, although as it’s rather exposed, the snow quality can be very shabby. You can also cross country ski to Charlotte Pass and then via the closed road into Perisher Valley if you’re super keen.

Thredbo Snowshoeing

Thredbo Resort runs snowshoe tours every day (except in the very early season) that entail a ride up the Koscisuzko chair lift and then out to explore beyond the resort boundaries.

Kids Activities

The Thredbo Leisure Centre is popular with families. It has a big heated swimming pool with a slide and an inflatable obstacle course. The centre also has a bouldering wall and trampolines.

A Saturday night tradition at Thredbo is the flare run which is followed by a fireworks display. It’s quite serene to watch the instructors S-ing down the Supertrail carrying flaming flares. On Thursday nights, kids can do their own quasi-flare run with LED lights on the beginner trail. There are usually a few other fun things happening simultaneously such as the Thredboland animals coming out for a play.

Thredbo isn’t really ideal for snow play because often there isn’t enough natural snow at the base area to make a snowman. Tobogganing has now been banned at Thredbo, which is fantastic for keeping the number of cars in the day parking at bay, but it limits opportunities for kids on holidays to enjoy the simplicity of playing in the snow.

Tobogganing near Thredbo is allowed at Dead Horse Gap, which is about 6km west of Thredbo on the Khancoban side of the Alpine Way. This spot is at about 1,580 metres elevation, so there’s more snow than at the base of Thredbo.

Leisure Activities

Thredbo Non skiers/boarders can get a pedestrian pass for the Merritt’s gondola and head up to the mid-mountain restaurant. If you’ve never seen the ski resort before it might be interesting, but the views are not akin to what you’d usually see at the top of a ski resort gondola. The placement of the restaurant is nice and sheltered and you can just look up at the many ski lessons occurring on Cruiser.

The Thredbo Alpine Museum in the village is worth a short visit to check out the memorabilia and photos of the history of snowsports in Australia.

Or you can head to the day spa at the Denman Hotel if your body is feeling a little battered.
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