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Beginner Guide

Visiting the snow for the first time? You’ve come to the right place… Our Beginner Guide covers everything you need to know!

Voted Australia’s Best Ski Resort at the World Ski Awards for seven years in a row, Thredbo is the ultimate place to learn how to ski or snowboard.

Boasting a huge variety of snow terrain for all ages and abilities including a dedicated beginner area, a massive range of snowsport lessons led by our team of expert instructors, and high-quality equipment rental, discover everything you need from day one here in Thredbo.

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Travel & Accommodation
Gear Guide
MyThredbo Card
Explore The Mountain
Ski and Snowboard Lessons
Explore The Village
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Travel & Accommodation

Getting Here

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

Roughly a 5.5-hour drive from either Sydney or Melbourne and a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra, Thredbo offers free day and overnight car parking facilities.

Accommodation 

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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Gear Guide

Staying safe, warm and comfortable on your snow holiday starts with having the right equipment to suit the conditions.

What To Bring

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

Thredbo Rental

Get the best in brands, savings and convenience when you rent with Thredbo. No matter your skill level or age, Thredbo’s ski and snowboard rental fleet has got you covered with a wide range of quality brands and friendly staff dedicated to finding you the perfect fit.

Thredbo Retail

Your one-stop shop for all things snow! Thredbo Retail stocks the best in brands across two great locations right at the base of Thredbo’s main chairlifts. Take home a piece of your holiday and visit us in-resort to check out the latest range of ski and snowboard equipment, mountain accessories, outdoor apparel, après wear and Thredbo souvenirs.

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MyThredbo Card

Once you’ve arrived in Thredbo, the first step is to pick up your MyThredbo card, your key to Thredbo. Offering ease and convenience, your MyThredbo card is linked to your Thredbo profile so whenever you buy a lift pass or lesson it will be loaded onto this card.

247/7 MyThredbo Card Kiosks

You can now get onto the lifts even quicker with 24-7 MyThredbo Card Kiosks. Simply purchase lift passes, lessons and activities online before collecting your MyThredbo card using a printed or digital barcode on your mobile phone. Our kiosks are conveniently located at the base of the lifts at Friday Flat and Valley Terminal in Thredbo.

A photo must be uploaded to your profile before your MyThredbo card can be printed. Please note that you must purchase a $5 MyThredbo Card (reusable) to access all lifts.

MyMoney | Contactless Payment In Thredbo

Load MyMoney to your MyThredbo Card and enjoy contactless payment at all Thredbo outlets! From on-mountain dining to equipment rental, tap and go with your MyThredbo card. To load MyMoney to your MyThredbo Card simply visit Thredbo Guest Services at Valley Terminal.

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Explore The Mountain

Thredbo is the ultimate skiing and snowboarding destination for all ages and abilities.

First Runs 

First-time skiers and snowboarders should head to Friday Flat, a fun and safe beginner’s area with a gentle slope and easy chairlift access. Once you have built your skills and are feeling confident, you can follow the Mountain Map and progress to green runs for more of a challenge.

Thredbo Alpine Coaster

Construction is underway for the Southern Hemisphere’s first-ever year-round Alpine Coaster, set to open in winter this year!

At 1.5km in length, from thrill-seekers to leisure cruisers, passengers will be able to control their speed of up to 40km/h as they travel along a mix of uphill and downhill tracks featuring a tunnel, bridges and circles that traverse the alpine environment.

Australia’s Newest Ski Lift – Freddie’s Snowrunner

New for winter 2023, Freddie’s Snowrunner is Australia’s newest and longest-running snowrunner.

Dedicated to our new Kids Learning area, at 98 metres long, Freddie’s will travel through a tunnel to protect skiers and riders from the elements and will be a game changer for beginner lessons at Thredbo!

Merritts Gondola

Home to Australia’s only alpine gondola, Thredbo makes it fast and easy to get on the mountain or up to Merritts Mountain House. 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.

Snowshoe Tours

Looking for a different way to see the mountain? Walk across the snow and into the big white yonder as you are guided to some interesting features and landmarks in Australia’s winter wonderland. Snowshoe Tours are perfect for those who are looking for a soft adventure with some incredible views of the Australian Main Range.

Tours are for 15 years+

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Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Thredbo has one of the best snowsports schools in Australia and offers a variety of lessons and programs to suit all abilities. If it’s your first time skiing or snowboarding, a lesson from Thredbo’s outstanding team of instructors provides the best possible opportunity to learn or improve your skills, build confidence on the mountain and access lift line priority.

A Lift Pass is required for all lessons and programs. Some peak season dates including school holidays may sell out. We highly recommend booking your lesson and lift pass at the same time to avoid disappointment.

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Explore The Village

Located within walking distance from the base of the mountain, Thredbo’s European-style village offers a great range of bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. In the evening, the village comes to life with live music and entertainment for visitors to enjoy with family and friends.

Restaurants & Bars

There are over 30 places to relax, sip and dine in Thredbo. 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’re sure to find your new favourite mountain meal.

Thredbo Leisure Centre

Located just a 5-minute walk from Thredbo Village Square, the Thredbo Leisure Centre offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy including a waterslide, Mission Inflatable, a heated pool, table tennis, trampoline sessions, an indoor sports hall, a bouldering wall, a squash court and a weights gym.

Events, Entertainment & Experiences

No winter visit is complete without experiencing some of Thredbo’s events and experiences. In the evening, Thredbo Village comes to life with a jam-packed line-up of live music and entertainment, après events and kid’s festivals and on the mountain, the action is non-stop with a schedule of skiing and snowboarding events and once-in-a-lifetime on-mountain experiences.

Saturday Night Flare Run & Fireworks Spectacular

An iconic Thredbo experience for over 30 years, watch our team of expert skiers and snowboarders wind their way down Supertrail with flares before the sky comes to life with fireworks that dance across the mountain. Held every Saturday night during winter (weather dependent), the Flare Run and Fireworks Spectacular is a magical way to finish a great day in Thredbo.

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Winter Lift Passes | Buy Early & Save

A winter lift pass provides mountain lift access for skiing and snowboarding at Thredbo, including the Merritts Gondola.

New this winter, add on Alpine Coaster rides from just $15.

Save up to 50% on kids lift passes & 30% off for adults*

  • Discounts vary based on product start date, when you buy 7 or more days in advance
  • Maximum discount is available on 3 day lift passes during value season – starting Monday to Wednesday between 10 – 26 June, 9 September – 7 October 2024
  • Limited availability

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MyThredbo Card is required. During checkout you can reload to your existing card or add one to your cart ($5).

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Rental Package Add On | Save Up To 20%

Get the best in brands, savings and convenience when you rent with Thredbo.

For the best price, select a ski or snowboard rental package when you book at the same time as your lift pass.

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Mountain Safety

Your safety is Thredbo’s number one priority. It is our goal for each day here at Thredbo to be a positive and safe experience for everyone on the mountain. When you’re on the mountain, keep an eye out for our Ski Patrol who are on hand to attend to any incidents.

Skiers and snowboarders must observe the Alpine Responsibility Code and ride in a safe manner at all times.

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Download our new mobile app

Whether you ski, snowboard, hike, mountain bike or are visiting for the first time, our app is your companion to Australia’s Premier Adventure Destination.

Thredbo sits on the traditional land of the Monero – Ngarigo people who have looked after this land, water and community for over 60,000 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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