About to ski Thredbo on your trip to ski Australia? I guess you need to know a thing or two about the ski resort before booking.
Now, first things first...
Thredbo along with Falls Creek in Victoria, have the very best charming village atmosphere amongst the various ski resorts in Australia. These may be modern developments but town planning has kept building to low rise developments, they're clustered around village "squares" with quality retail stores, restaurants, bars, bistros and high end shopping in this precinct.
As you'll see on the photo, the village is on one side of the resort and on the opposite side are the pistes. Skiers walk across the pedestrian only bridge to get to the major chair lifts to head up the mountain.
See the words "Friday Flat". That's the newer development further down the road and there are loads of more spacious accommodation such as townhouses and apartments here. There is also a Sports and Recreation Building opposite the Friday Flat ticket office which houses a gym, indoor sports halls, and a swimming pool.
While the resort is spread out, it is convenient to ski Thredbo as there is a free bus that services the car parks, Friday Flat, the tourist office and it then wends its way around Thredbo village. Thredbo is well planned and a delight to visit.
If ever there was the best located accommodation in the village, this is it!
See in the main photo, the outdoor swimming pool and how close it is to the pedestrian bridge that goes across to the chair lifts. Well, the swimming pool is part of this hotel's property, so this place is just steps to access the main ski lifts at Thredbo.
Reviewers have rated this property with a high 8/10 rating. I like the spacious comfortable lounge where we relax with friends at the end of a hard ski day, and the location being close to the bus stop and village stores, is excellent.
Click here to read more and to book your ski vacation at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel
YHA is the acronym for Youth Hostels Australia. So, if you a member of International Youth Hostels, be sure to ask for a discount quoting your membership number.
It's one of YHA's better properties being well maintained, clean and of course, it has the usual communal kitchen, lounge area, clean bathrooms as well as adequately sized bunk rooms.
Best of all, the location is very good. While not as well located as the Thredbo Alpine Hotel, the YHA is fairly close, only a couple of streets up the hill. Unlike a lot of budget accommodation, this one is conveniently located to the village.
Sometimes they also rent out the self contained manager's flat downstairs. If you're concerned about the cost of a vacation to ski Thredbo, I would recommend considering this property - it is budget, clean, comfortable and well located for skiers.
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We've stayed at so many places over so many years that frankly, the only thing that we consider as a valuable differentiator is the location. Sure, this property is a 3 and a half star rating and enjoys reviewers ranking of 7, it's clean and comfortable and quite unpretentious.
What it does enjoy is direct access to the piste.
See the photo above - that's the back entrance to the River Inn, which is right at Friday Flat and the chair lifts are right here.
Okay, Friday Flat may not be the most exciting of runs, in fact this is the beginners playground, but the chair takes you up the mountain to access the decent blue and black pistes.
River Inn's location being right at the end of the groomed pistes means at lunch time, hordes of skiers descend on here to enjoy lunch at the Bavarian themed bistro. The food is excellent, service quick and there's often live entertainment in the outdoor dining area. We often meet up with friends here for lunch.
Just ski down, "park" your skis, and head directly into the restaurant. It is always crowded. Always.
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As you can see on the trail map, the village is on the opposite side of the resort to the lift system.
If you're staying in the village, you'd get any of the chairs to head up the mountain. If you're further down the road at Friday Flat, it's well serviced here too with a ticket office, ski school and ski hire shop so there really is no need to trek to the main part of Thredbo. At either location, you can head up to the very top.
Now, Thredbo is about the Super Trail. When there's sufficient snow at the bottom this run is satisfyingly challenging, fast and a decently long. If there's not enough snow...well...you know what it's like to dodge muddy or grassy patches.
But, there's always decent skiing up top with a number of drag lifts or (when you ski Australia) you'll learn they're called T-bars. Your experience to ski Thredbo would not be complete without enjoying lunch at the top of the mountain. There's Eagle's Nest, just below the top of Krackenback that serves hearty tasty meals. We always over eat here - the food is good.
My preferences? There's no question, this resort is far more attractive and makes for a charming ski vacation, but if your needs are for variety and challenge, then Perisher is the skier's ski resort, in Australia.