Beginner guide | First time at the snow | Thredbo, NSW

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Beginner Guide

Looking to hit the snow for the first time? You’ve come to the right place…

Thredbo has won Australia’s Best Ski Resort in the World Ski Awards for five years running, and Best Australian Ski Resort for families in the Out & About with Kids annual Readers’ Choice Awards for 2021. Thanks to its purpose-built beginner’s area, Friday Flat offering a gentle slope for first-timers, and Australia’s only alpine gondola transporting guests up the mountain with ease, Thredbo is here to help you find your snow feet. Discover convenient equipment rental at the base of the mountain, friendly lessons for all ages and abilities and a ton of events, parties and activities to enjoy in Thredbo Village.

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Getting Here

Thredbo is located in the heart of the Kosciuszko National Park in Snowy Mountains, NSW and is conveniently accessed by car, bus or plane.

Roughly 5.5 hours’ drive from either Sydney or Melbourne and 2.5 hours’ drive from Canberra, Thredbo offers both day and overnight car parking facilities.

New This Winter | Snowy Mountains Bus Service will run from Jindabyne to Thredbo, running every 30 minutes during peak periods.

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The Mountain

Beginners can head to Thredbo’s purpose-built area designed to progress skills in a fun and safe environment. First timer (yellow runs) on Friday Flat offer a gentle slope and easy chairlift access. Once you have progressed and feeling confident with your turns, head to Thredbo’s green runs for more of a challenge.

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Lift Pass & MyThredbo Card

Your MyThredbo card is your personal key to Thredbo. Whenever you buy a lift pass or lesson online it will be loaded onto this card. All guests need a MyThredbo Card to access the mountain. Better yet, load MyMoney to your MyThredbo Card and enjoy contactless payment at all Thredbo outlets!

Collect your MyThredbo Card at one of Thredbo’s 24-7 MyThredbo Card Kiosks, conveniently located near the base of the chairlifts at Friday Flat and Valley Terminal in Thredbo.

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Equipment Rental & What You Need To Bring

Below are a few tips on what to bring in order stay warm and comfortable on your snow holiday. If you don’t have them, you can purchase them in Thredbo:

  • Thermal under layers
  • Waterproof, insulated jacket
  • Waterproof, insulated pants
  • Beanie
  • Ski socks
  • Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Neck warmer (doubles as a face covering)

Thredbo Retail and Rental is your one stop shop for all the gear you need for your first-time skiing or snowboarding. Located close to the lifts at Friday Flat and Valley Terminal, let our staff talk you through the equipment and find you the best fit.

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Accommodation in Thredbo offers stunning mountain views, convenience and comfort for all guests. You can choose from lodges, hotels, on-snow chalets, luxurious apartments and self-contained units. Everything is within easy walking distance or a quick free shuttle bus to the base of the mountain.

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On Mountain


Friday Flat

Friday Flat is a designated beginner area and a great place to learn. The slope is an easy gradient that is accessed by the Easy Does It Quad, which is designed to have you conquering chairlifts in no time.

When it’s time to take a break, Friday Flat Bar & Bistro offers quick and easy meals in a grab and go style.

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If it’s your first time getting on a snowboard or skis, we recommend having a lesson with one of our highly qualified and experienced instructors. They will introduce you to the basics of skiing and snowboarding in a fun, safe and progressive environment.

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Merritts Gondola

Home of Australia’s only alpine gondola, Thredbo makes it easy for those new to snow to get up the mountain, and to Merritts Mountain House faster. The Merritts Gondola is a high speed, eight-person Gondola that takes skiers, snowboarders and scenic passengers from the Village to the base of the Cruiser Area in approximately 6 minutes.

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Snowshoe Tours

They say if you can walk you can snowshoe. Walk across the snow and into the big white yonder with your guide pointing out interesting features and landmarks. This is a great alternative to a day of downhilling or perfect for those after a soft adventure and some incredible views of the Australian Main Range.
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Off Snow


Après & Events

Après is a French term that translates literally to “after ski” or “after skiing” and is a general phrase to describe the social activities that take place after a day spent hitting the slopes. We have an entire season of events to get you celebrating well into the evening and experiencing the true meaning of après.
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The Village

Thredbo’s village is located at the base of the mountain and offers a great range of lodges, bars, restaurants, cafes and shops all within a short walking distance. At night the village transforms into a vibrant alpine environment with live music, action and stunning sights to enjoy with family and friends.


Restaurants & Bars

There are over 30 places to relax, sip and dine in Thredbo including Eagles Nest, Australia’s Highest Restaurant.

With cosy bars, late night spots and dining options ranging from à la carte, càfe style, casual bistro, tapas, BBQ or grab and go. You are sure to find a few favourites during your time in Thredbo.
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Thredbo Leisure Centre

Located just a 5-minute walk from Thredbo Village Square, the Thredbo Leisure Centre is open to everyone and offers a variety of activities. Experience the Waterslide, Mission Inflatable, a world-class trampoline facility, pool, indoor sports hall, bouldering wall, squash court and weights gym. Thredbo Leisure Centre is jam-packed with fun for everyone.
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Saturday Fireworks & Flare Runs

Get your friends or family and watch our team of expert skiers and snowboarders light up the Supertrail with flaming flares followed by a fireworks spectacular that dances and glitters across the Thredbo sky.

Held every Saturday night (weather dependent), the Flare Fun and Fireworks Show is the perfect way to kick off your Saturday night.

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Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 70,000 years. We thank them for all they have done and continue to do to look after their country, a special place which we all love and respect.

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