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60 Years of Thredbo

Here are just some of the reasons why Thredbo was voted the Best Family Resort in Australia in the 2017 HWK Ski and Snowboard Awards, writes Brodie Summers.

Thredbo. Just saying the name conjures up images of snowy memories that make me smile. A place where thousands of kids have learned to ski, and now take their children to learn there. And in some cases, even their children’s children are now part of that shared history. So why not make it part of your family’s history too?

1. The mountain

Thredbo has a great mix of terrain with the biggest chunk – 67 per cent – dedicated to intermediate skiers. The 14 lifts make it easy to access the various ski areas, from the brilliant beginner area at Friday Flat to the fun intermediate runs in the Cruiser area up to the more challenging runs off the Kosciuszko Express chairlift. This season,head up to the top of Karels T-Bar and ring the special 2037 Bell that has been put in to celebrate Thredbo’s 60th. It is the highest lifted point in Australia at 2037 metres, so has magical panoramas over the resort.

The 2017 season will also see some new play and adventure zones for kids only, designed around Thredbo’s mascot animals, Syd the Koala and Wally Wombat. The snow bunnies will really love exploring in Syd’s Cubbyhouse and Wally’s Snow Cave.

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2. The lessons

Thredbo’s Snow Sport School has an exceptional ski school programme for kids from three to 18, with youngsters starting off in the legendary Thredboland programme, before moving on to the Thredbo Freeriders and then Club Freeride. There is child care for kids from six months. There are also learn to ski or board programmes for adults, meaning that parents don’t have to sit on the sidelines. If your child wants to snowboard, Thredboland even offers the Burton Riglet Park programme for mini shredders from four to six. This season there will be new Max3 Snowboard Sessions in the terrain park for advanced and intermediate snowboarders – perfect to help your motivated teen nail a different trick and improve their skills.

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3. The terrain parks

Speaking of terrain parks, Thredbo has four of them for riders and skiers of different levels of experience. There’s the Easy Does It Introductory Park on Friday Flat, Squatters Run Introductory Box Park, Cruiser Beginner & Intermediate Park and Antons Intermediate and Advanced Park.

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4. The family activities

There is plenty of fun to be had on and off the snow at Thredbo. Go on a snowshoe tour, build a snowman, go tobogganing or get away from the snow altogether and go for a swim at the fantastic Thredbo Leisure Centre. New this season is winter disc golf – a bit of fun if you need a break from skiing. A Thredbo highlight for families is watching the flare run snake down the Supertrail on Saturday evenings. Advanced skiers and riders can even join in – you just need to sign up at Valley Terminal. After the flare run, look up and be mesmerised by the fireworks creating a spectacle of colour and dazzle against the majestic white glow of the mountains. Family fun nights at Friday Flat are also a favourite with kids loving to show off their new skills to parents, plus there is twilight riding, a kids’ fibre optic flare run, music, fire pit, food and beverages and more. Then there is the Snow Play Park, which is the place to go for snowman building, snowball tossing, tubing and tobogganing.

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5. The accommodation

The choice of places to stay is vast, with apartments, lodges and hotels all available. There are some ski-in, ski-out options, with many others dotted up the hill from the village and easily accessed by the free shuttle bus. The views from up here are crazy good. There are also plenty of fabulous dining options both on the mountain and in the village. Black Bear is always a winner with families as is Cascades, Central Road 2625 and Bernti’s. On mountain, Black Sallee’s at the top of the Snowgums chairlift is excellent for refuelling or for a hot chocolate.

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This article appeared in volume 10 of Ski & Snowboard with Kids magazine. To subscribe to the latest issue, click here.

All images courtesy of Thredbo Resort

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