It's winter and snow bunnies you're hightailing it to the slopes. And if you're heading to Thredbo, then we know a few places to stay with pretty sweet snow deals.
It has to be warm, cosy, close to the slopes, and with the right kind of crowd to put you in the skiing mood.
The 2016 season runs from the June long weekend until the October long weekend and is about to kick off, which means there's no excuse to wait to put in your leave, buy your snowboard and ski gear, and pack it into the car. Oh, and book your Thredbo accommodation, naturally.
But back to your accommodation. To be honest, Thredbo Village isn’t too large, and wherever you stay (so long as it’s in town) you’ll be able to get around, check out the nightlife, walk to the ski lift, and have a stellar view of the valley from your hotel room.
But, don’t forget, some places are more spectacular, cosier, and a better bargain, than others. We’ve found the ones that tick all these boxes, to ensure yours is one memorable snow trip.
Top 7 places to stay in Thredbo this season
Address: 6 Buckwong Place, Thedbo
TripAdvisor's #1 accommodation in Thredbo and recipient of a 'Certificate of Excellence', Alpenhorn Lodge is a great spot to call home while in Thredbo. Nearby, you can find a golf course, spa services, restaurants and more.
- Free winter shuttle bus stop just 40 metres away
- 200 metres from the Kosciuszko chair
Click here to book Alpenhorn
Address: 32 Diggings Terrace, Thredbo
Homely and old-fashioned is what you've subscribed to by booking into Candlelight Lodge. Whether staying at or dining in Candlelight, this is one of those institutions you must at least see when in town. It only has 15 rooms and they fill up fast. Most rooms have balconies, and all have unsurpassed views of the Thredbo. Address: 32 Diggings Terrace, Thredbo
- Free village shuttle stops outside in winter
- Sauna for post-snow warm ups
- Includes cooked breakfast in winter, continental breakfast in summer
- Family rooms feature Xbox, DVD players, table tennis and foosball tables
Click here to book Candlelight Lodge
Address: Friday Drive, Thredbo
Known for its friendly and helpful staff, Thredbo Alpine welcomes you with open arms, and a gorgeous circular pool. But you're after the slopes, aren't you? They chairlift is a short walk away, so grab your gear and get on it.
- Free Wi-Fi in the lobby and free parking
- 10-minute stroll to Kosciusko Express Quad Chair and Thredbo Leisure Centre
Click here to book Thredbo Alpine Hotel
Address: Lot 21, Diggings Terrace, Thredbo
Whether you're visiting Thredbo in the on or off-season, the Denman is a great place to stay. It has a restaurant/bar and lounge, offers complimentary wifi and breakfast, and is only a 2-minute walk from the town square. Oh, and the chairlifts are a mere walk away, too.
- Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi in the lobby, library and other common areas
- On-site day spa for post-slope treatments
Click here to book Denman Hotel
Address: 11 Alpine Way, Thredbo
The name is pretty straightforward: it's a winter house. If the slopes aren't complying, you can stay indoors and watch DVDs or play games in the games/arcades room. If the weather is heavenly, however, the Kosciuszko Chair (the main ski lift) is never too far away.
- Free shuttle to the slopes, parking nearby and free in-room Wi-Fi
- Rates include breakfast
- Guest lounge with fireplace with views of the mountain
Click here to book Winterhaus Lodge
Address: 30 Diggins Terrace, Thredbo
One of the top-rated bed and breakfasts in Thredbo Village, Black Bear Inn offers cosy accommodation that's ideal for a mountain escape. There's a restaurant and bar on-site and all guest rooms feature mountain views.
- Two-minute walk to the shops and shuttle bus
- Every room is serviced daily and has mountain views
Click here to book Black Bear Inn
Address: 6 Banjo Drive, Thredbo
If Mr Banjo Paterson were here today, we think he'd be mighty proud that his namesake has been given to this here establishment. The views: amazing. As Banjo Townhouse sits in the middle of the Thredbo township, it receives extraordinary views of Mt Crackenback and the valley. It only contains three bookable rooms (two bedrooms, one loft) so you need to get in early.
- Free parking and Wi-Fi in public areas
- Rooms have views of the mountain
- Some rooms offer wood fireplaces and spa baths
Click here to book Banjo Townhouse
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Thredbo’s slopes and trails
Call it an assumption on our part, but we're pretty sure the reason you’ve decided to come to Thredbo during winter is for the skiing and snowboarding. Or at least it’s ONE of the reasons.
If you’re a seasoned Thredbo visitor, who returns every year and knows the trails by heart, then feel free to skip past this part. However, if you’re new to the lay of the land, then here are a few pro tips to make the most of those snow days.
With 14 lifts and 50 trails spread across a whopping 480 ridable acres, doing a bit of research ahead of time can come in handy to help you get the most of your time at the snow.
While the majority of the runs at Thredbo are geared toward intermediate skiers and boarders, there's still plenty of opportunity for beginners and advanced snow bunnies to have some fun. Plus, those who are aspiring to be the next Torah Bright can test their skills in the five terrain parks.
Gear: Those planning to make this an annual event may want to consider stocking up on their own snow gear. Otherwise, rentals are available on-site from a number of different shops. They’ll fit you and kit you up, whether you’re a first-timer, intermediate, or advanced skier. If you buy 7 days in advance (or earlier), you can save up to 20%, so do your research to save big.
Lift passes: You might be staying close to the lift, but you won’t be able to get on it without a lift pass. Again, if you purchase this in advance, you can save up to 20%. All you need to do is decide which pass is suitable for you. Pros can choose a lift pass only for however many days they wish to ski, or amateurs can purchase a bundle (which could include lessons, rental, or both) to make life that much easier. There’s even a special MORE lift pass you could purchase which provides you with access to the Thredbo Leisure Centre and its 50m heated pool, waterslide, and gym facilities, as well as bonus lift-riding sessions.
Choosing your trail: At Thredbo, you have over 50 trails to choose from, and all are broken up into beginner, intermediate, and advanced, making it super easy to choose according to your capability. Beginners should head straight to Friday Flat to get some lessons in. Intermediates can take the Gunbarrel Express chair and ski over to Merritts, while advanced riders should head straight up the Kosciuszko Express and back down The Bluff. In addition to skiing and snowboarding trails, there are also walking and mountain biking trails. All can be found on the official Thredbo website.
Thredbo's nightlife, bars and restaurants
When your legs can take it no more and you’re ready to head off the slopes, Thredbo village will be up for the taking. Those who still haven’t sweated it out enough can make their way to the Thredbo Leisure Centre for a gym sesh, a game of squash, or just to sink into their wonderful heated pool. Otherwise there’s a wealth of bars, restaurants, and cafes to replenish all that spent energy.
The Bullwheel Bar and Bistro is a must-go. It’s Australia’s highest bar and bistro and can be found at the top of the Kosciuszko Express Chairlift. The hot choc, espresso coffee, gluhwein, or schnapps will really warm you up on a cold winter’s day. (Top of Kosciuszko Express Chairlift underneath Eagles Nest Restaurant)
Black Bear Inn will transport you to the German/Austrian alps with its rustic appeal, traditionally made schnitzels and over 80 schnapps to sample. (30 Diggings Terrace
Cascades Bar and Grill is the one that should be accompanied with a tagline ‘treat your self’. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and presenting them all in the most exquisite manner, this is fine-dining Thredbo-style. (Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Thredbo Village)
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is the place where you need to treat your self. It’s been named the Best Restaurant in the Southern Region NSW and also lays claim as ‘Thredbo’s slickest restaurant.’ Book a table now to see if the claims are true. (The Denman Hotel, 21 Diggings Terrace)
Gourmet Forty Two must be visited for that all-important breakfast java and freshly baked pastry. Can you smell it? (Shop 4, Mowamba Place)
Rekorderlig Hot Pools - the name practically speaks for itself. It’s all about cider, a heated pool, and you. Towels are supplied, so remember your swimmers. (Thredbo Alpine Hotel - Pools)
Wildbrumby Distillery Door and Cafe serves European-inspired fare in a family friendly environment. There’s coffee, cake, German beer, Schnapps and a must-do tasting tour because we take our Schnapps seriously. And you should, too. Please note: this is a little way out of Thredbo (on the road towards Jindabyne), but its definitely worth the short trip. (Corner of Wollondibby Rd and the Alpine Way)
Bean and Grain bakery is our tip for a good meal that’s half the price of anywhere on the slopes. It’s just a short walk from the bottom of the Village Run over the bridge and up to the bakery. Go for the meat pies or the spinach and feta rolls – either one’s a winner. (Squatters Run, Shop 9, Mowamba Street)
What’s on in Thredbo, Winter 2016
Come ski season, all the pros will be hitting the slopes to race in a number of competitions (Thredbo Snow Series, Thredbo Top2Bottom etc.). Be a spectator, cheer them on, and inspire yourself to be bigger and better in the skiing stakes.
When the snow activities are all done and dusted, there are festivals and events to party at until that fun drunken stumble home. The Winter Full Moon Party at Heller Keller Bar in Thredbo Alpine Hotel will do that to you, and how. It’s a series of three evenings (20 July,18 August, 17 September) of DJs and glow-in-the-dark face paint.
Then, there’s Thredbo Uni Week, a week (17–21 July) that needs no introduction as anyone brandishing a student card (complete with embarro picture) can ski, board, party and play for under $60 a day. And yes, there IS a mandatory foam party included.
With a winter school holiday (2-18 July for New South Wales) for the younger ones also in play, there are kids school holiday specials making the rounds as well. For their entertainment, there’s the Kids Snow Festival running throughout the holidays School Holiday Carnival, a program of twilight riding, movie and pizza nights, face painting and more. And for kids who can’t hold out until December to see Santa, Thredbo also hosts Christmas in July. This runs from 23-24 July and features (obviously) one big jolly guy on skis, a Christmas tree, log fire and general Yuletide merriment.
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