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Thredbo Ski Resort Guide

Thredbo, Australia

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,930m
Resort Height1,365m
 Nearest AirportCanberra
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A year-round holiday destination with some of the country's longest and steepest trails, and housing the Australian Institute of Sport's Alpine Training Centre since October 1996. Thredbo has the largest snow making system in the southern hemisphere and Australia's highest peak, Mt Kosciusko (2228m), is accessible in summer on a 4 - 6 hour walk (round trip).


The Australian ski resort of Thredbo is at an altitude of 1,365m.

Thredbo has direct access to a total of 12 ski lifts.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Thredbo?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Thredbo.

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Ski Area Stats

Thredbo Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
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Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Thredbo Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,930m
Lowest Piste1,365m
Resort Altitude (Thredbo)1,365m
Max Vertical565m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Thredbo
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Thredbo Overview

When the Thredbo ski resort in New South Wales opened in 1957 it was the realisation of the dreams of Tony Sponar, a Czech hydrographer who, having seen the area, felt sure that it was the ideal site for an alpine-style ski resort. Sponar's choice has come to more than fulfill his dreams; continuous investment has seen the resort grow steadily and today Thredbo is probably the top ski resort in Australia. It certainly has the country's highest lift point at 2037m, the greatest vertical drop of 672m, the longest ski run at 5.9km and the largest snowmaking facility in the southern hemisphere (although the south facing resort has a pretty good natural snow record).

Not content to take their natural and ski resources for granted, from the very start, local entrepreneurs have gone all out to attract sportsmen and tourists and Thredbo regularly plays host to prestigious events of all kinds, from world cup skiing and snowboarding to international jazz and blues festivals. The investment in the resort continues apace; the most recent addition is the Australian Institute of Sport /Thredbo Alpine Training Centre (AIS), a world-class, multi-purpose training facility with state-of-the-art facilities available for use by elite and not-so-elite athletes. Indeed, Australia's Olympic team was resident at Thredbo for much of the run-up to the Sydney Games.

Sadly, Thredbo came to the world's attention in 1997 when, in the midst of the village's 40th anniversary celebrations, a landslide buried two apartment buildings, killing 18 people, most of them ski instructors and other resort staff.


Skiers of all standards will find plenty of good terrain at Thredbo. At Friday Flat there is a purpose-built area for beginners - a gentle wide slope and a slow quad chair - which helps novices build confidence and acquire skills quickly so they can progress to tackle the vast array of easier trails. Intermediates of all levels can ski all over the mountain and while experts may not find limitless runs to excite them, they will enjoy the variety of trail skiing. Thredbo does have some of the best steep skiing in Australia and runs like Cannonball, Funnel Web and Michael's Mistake are tough enough for most.

In addition to the regular ski classes, the Thredbo ski school offers several schemes including special women's courses and SLAP (Ski Like a Professional) clinics.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Its relative proximity to Sydney makes Thredbo very popular with the snowboarding community and deservedly so, Off piste skiing is not allowed but there are great trails for carving at all levels plus a funpark with half pipe.

Location and Map

Where is Thredbo?

This ski resort is in New South Wales, Australia.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Thredbo is Canberra, 161 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 12 ski lifts are able to uplift 18,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 400 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Thredbo open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is Early June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Thredbo, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Thredbo Tourist Office for the latest.

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Aprés Ski

Once the lifts shut down the village lights up as the 20 restaurants and 6 bars get into their stride. The nightlife is certainly lively and you need plenty of stamina to keep up with the regulars, who love to party. Lots of the pubs have happy hours and some strange antipodean cocktails are consumed in quantity.

If you can stand the pace there is a night club where you can rage until the early morning. Those who prefer a more relaxed kind of apres-ski can seek out the more 'grown up' bars and restaurants - the locals will give you recommendations.