Thredbo, well recognised as the event and après capital of alpine Australia, is taking it to the next level in 2017 with an enviable line up of entertainment that is sure to fire up the snow crowd. Both sides of the mountain are well covered boasting events, celebrations and entertainment all season long. Here are some of the après highlights not to be missed…
First Base: A Vintage Après Ski Soiree – August 5
New for winter 2017, record label Falcona and Canadian Club have teamed up with Thredbo to bring together two of Australia’s hottest DJ’s to create, First Base, the best thing that’s happened to the après snow scene since fluorescent one pieces, a fitting tribute to Thredbo’s 60th anniversary.
Hugo Gruzman from Flight Facilities and Triple J’s Tom Tilley are the dynamic duo that is, First Base and their goal is to keep the good vibes flowing after a big day of skiing and boarding with their nostalgic throwback DJ tunes. First Base is sure to take you back to the early 80’s and set the tone for a great night on the town. Tom and Hugo are bringing along some of their friends to the party, who also happen to be some of Australia’s best artists of the moment. Luke Million, Hayden James and Confidence Man are all joining in on the fun and are sure to keep the good vibes going into the night. So make sure to leave some energy for the First Base poolside parties after a big day on the slopes, as it will be a highlight of Thredbo’s event calendar this winter.
First Base event dates & guest artists:
- August 5, Confidence Man
- September 9, Luke Million
G.H. Mumm Top to Bottom Weekend: August 11-12
The Thredbo G.H. Mumm Race Weekend returns to Thredbo and it promises to be the party of the season with fast paced action both and off the slopes. In the village there is a massive roll call of DJ’s, set to play in mini festival atmosphere at the base of the mountain. Headlining is Sydney’s Jesse Porsches, who after teaming up with some of Australia’s top artists is breaking out solo, so expect a sneak peek of his debut single. Also playing across the weekend is electronica dance DJ Elizabeth Rose, Moza, Commandeur and KLP.
On the mountain – slip into your speed suit and wax up as Saturday sees the iconic Top to Bottom downhill race, that has over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
The Top to Bottom sees skiers and snowboarders battle it out for on-snow supremacy as they conquer Australia’s longest, fastest and most iconic downhill snow race. Some race to win, some for the experience and some to tick it off their snow bucket list but the exhilaration and free champagne at the finish make it a must do.
The race starts as the sun peeks over the horizon to allow competitors to use the full width and length of the Supertrail. Riders line up at the top of the 3.2 kilometre course with their skis and boards in hand and run to launch line where they strap and click in for a fast-paced blast to the bottom. This is where the battle begins as riders head to the village below, dropping 600 vertical metres navigating, gates, straights and other racers – it’s adrenalin packed action.
The event draws everyday heroes as well as past and current Olympians including Scott Kneller and Thredbo snow ambassador, Torah Bright, who will both be competing in this year’s race. Top2Bottom features seven categories including pro, women’s, amateur and veterans.
The Thredbo Top2Bottom is Australia’s longest, fastest and most iconic downhill snow race. Some race to win, some for the experience and some to tick it off their snow bucket list but the exhilaration and free champagne at the finish make it a must do.
Highlights of G.H. Mumm Race Weekend in 2017:
Great line-up of DJ’s
Free champagne pop up bar at the race finish
Kareela Hutte Apres Sessions with a DJ on the deck
Heineken Concert Series in Thredbo Village
The Thredbo Village Concert Series is back again for 2017 thanks to Heineken. The Thredbo Village Square will play host to the concert series, where snow going music lovers can slide off the slopes and into an amazing line-up of Australia’s best music acts and pop-up Heineken bars. The concerts are for all-ages and free of charge with free buses running from Jindabyne, that can be booked via the Thredbo eStore. Enjoy some great tunes after a big day of skiing and snowboarding the mountain…the perfect way to end your day.
Hot Dub Time Machine: July 29
You must be in Thredbo July 29 as Hot Dub Time Machine hit the stage for concert two of the Heineken Concert Series. Hot Tub Time Machine is the World’s First Time Travelling Dance Party, taking festivals, theatres, rooftops and venues all over the world on a transcendent dance through pop music history and now they are heading to Thredbo to shake up the Village Square.
Their Songs are played in “strict” chronological order from 1954 to 2015 with enormous mashed visuals all scratched live from vinyl turntables. Created and performed by DJ Tom Loud Hot Dub is all about singing, dancing and having the best, party, ever – a perfect fit for Thredbo.
Winston Surfshirt & Panama: September 9
What a way to swing into spring with Winston Surfshirt and Panama playing up a storm in the Village Square wrapping up the Thredbo Heineken Series.
The six piece Winston Surfshirt’s unmistakable sound is a unique blend of soul and hip hop – they say it is the auditory equivalent of A Tribe Called Quest splitting spliffs with your parent’s favourite band.
Over the past few years, Winston Surfshirt have become vital members of Sydney’s underground live scene, with past performances ranging from sold out headline shows to festival appearances, warehouse gigs and block parties. In 2016 Winston teamed up with label buddies Polographia providing the buttery vocals for their triple j and Majestic Casual approved track “Sly”.
They have turned it up a notch in their recently released their new single “Ali D”, the new sound will be winning crowds over everywhere in coming months and in Thredbo come September.
Popular five piece band Panama round out a solid double up of bands, with the distinct sounds of lead singer Jarrah McCleary sure to impress the Thredbo crowds.
- Transfer Banked Slalom featuring Client Liaison: August 19
They call it the days of days for snowboarders, etched from history the Transfer Banked Slalom in Thredbo has carved itself into a highlight of the Australian winter.
The event embodies the very essence of snowboarding, with the Thredbo event bringing together the snowboard community – the old shredders showing the young guns old school moves while the fit and fearless float effortlessly through the carefully crafted course.
Consisting of berms, turns and jumps riders need to bring their A game to manoeuvre the technical but fun course to cross the line. Features such as Galina’s Gully, a sweeping section, natural half pipe and a wall ride are sure to test riders on the day. If there any tip to offer to get you over the line with a chance…wax that board and hold on.
The good times don’t stop on your last turn, Saturday night head to Poolside at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel where Client Liaison fresh off a sold out national tour will take over the party. From the studio to the top end of town, Client Liaison’s sound plays out like a long lunch followed by a round of cocktails, a definite Thredbo crowd favourite.
The Transfer Banked Slalom is one event the guys at the establishment will never be able to get their hands on, so leave the competitive hunger at home and replace it with an 80’s inspired après outfit and a big smile.
So what do you need to do now in order of priority to attend the Transfer Banked Slalom?
Lock in the date 19th of August
Book your trip and enter via the Thredbo eStore
Put in your leave form
Practice your turns
Go op-shopping to grab an outfit
Prep yourself for a weekend of fun