We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 restrictions and provide updates on program offerings for 2021 as and when we have more information.
Thredbo Snow Sports prides itself in delivering premium ski and snowboard development programs for kids of all ages. Last year Thredbo’s Kids Seasonal Programs were recognised at the Snow Australia Community Sport Awards for providing up and coming skiers and snowboarders with some of the best coaches and programs in Australia.
Our Seasonal Programs are designed for quick progression in both skiing and snowboarding. All of Thredbo’s seasonal programs form part of the pathways programs for Snow Australia, supporting the development of young athletes who are committed to developing their ski and snowboard skills for competition across alpine racing, skier cross/boarder cross, moguls, terrain park, big mountain and overall skill development. All this in a fun, supportive environment.
Programs commence late-June, running through until September with options to add additional sessions and school holiday only programs.
If your child is looking to compete at this year’s Interschools or other local competitions, check out the Development Squad and Mountain Academy – two intensive programs that train budding athletes in a variety of disciplines including alpine racing, skier cross/boarder cross, moguls, terrain park, big mountain and overall skill development.
|Age||Program Name||Schedule||Start Date|
|3-6||Little Rippers||12 x Sundays||Details & Calendar|
|3-5||Form Your Own Team Thursdays||12 x Thursdays||Details & Calendar|
|7-17||Shred Crew||12 x Sundays||Details & Calendar|
|6-17||Development Squad (Full Season)||12 x Sundays plus School Holidays||Details & Calendar|
|7-17||Development Squad (School Holidays Only)||2 or 3 weeks during School Holidays||Details & Calendar|
|10+||Mountain Academy||44 or 54 training days||Details & Calendar|
A fun and progressive program for skiers aged 3-6 years and snowboarders aged 5-6 years.
- 12 Sundays
- Drop Off: 8:00am-9:00am | Pick Up: 3:30pm
- Max 6 class size for 4-6 year olds | Max 4 for 3 year olds
Form Your Own Team Thursdays
A great add on for Sunday Little Rippers aged 3-5 years who just can’t get enough time on snow. Only offered for skiing.
- 12 Thursdays
- Drop off: 8:30am – 9am | Pick up 3:30pm – 4pm
The perfect program for kids and teens aged 7-17 years who want to progress and enjoy all the mountain has to offer.
- 12 Sundays
- Drop off: 9am | Pick up: 3:30pm
- Max 6 class size
Development Squad (Full Season)
The Development Squad is for athletes aged 6*-17 years who are looking to ski or snowboard at competition level. This program aims to develop skills and confidence in all areas of Interschools competition disciplines.
- Weekly Sunday sessions and 3 x intensive weekend camps
- Choice of 4 program lengths ranging from 20 – 37** Days
- Minimum high intermediate level required
* Children must be 7 to register for snowboarding
** Must meet criteria to participate in 37 day program
Development Squad (School Holidays Only)
The Development Squad (School Holidays Only) is for athletes aged 7-17 years who are looking to ski or snowboard at competition level. A great option for those who can only commit to 2 or 3 consecutive weeks during the School Holidays.
- Choice of 12 or 18 day program
- Minimum high intermediate level required
Thredbo’s elite training program for athletes over 10 years who are looking to get to the highest level of their chosen sport.
- Choice of 44 or 54 day program
- Invite only program. Selections for the 2020 program have now closed
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, NSW Active Kid Vouchers can be applied to season long programs including Little Rippers, Shred Crew, Development Squad (season-long only) and Mountain Academy.
To redeem for this product please contact Thredbo Guest Services prior to booking by calling 1300 020 589 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
In the first couple of weeks of the program there can be group changes to ensure all children are at similar ability levels. We aim to have every child skiing or snowboarding with the same group and instructor for the remainder of the season to ensure consistency.
We will always aim to keep the coach the same, though we cannot guarantee the same coach for different programs. However, the Form Your Own Team coach will remain the same for the season just as the Little Ripper coach will remain the same for consistency.
Additional days can be accessed through the Thredboland and Freeriders programs at a discounted daily rate. Please note that there are no guaranteed maximum group sizes and the rate is available to program participants only.
Additional training days will be available for Development Squad Athletes. Please see program page for specific dates.
We understand that children learn at different rates. Additional ski/snowboard days can be purchased so your child can have a few extra days on skis outside of the seasonal program. We cannot guarantee your child will be able to ski with his/her coach for the additional days.
Private lessons can also be purchased for your child to have a one on one lesson with his/her coach.
The Little Rippers and Shred Crew programs follow a pathway of skills and terrain progression while having fun. Putting your child into a seasonal program will help them learn the foundations of skiing/snowboarding and mountain safety, both of which are key requirements to enter Development Squad.
Thredbo Snow Sports works closely with the Thredbo Alpine Hotel to create a suitable hearty menu, perfect for sustaining long days on the slopes. Some examples include chicken wraps, tacos, sausage sandwiches, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, quiche, veggie sticks, salad, crackers and cheese, popcorn, fruit.
Every day is a training day. If the weather is inclement the group will choose the most appropriate time to get out and make the most of it.
For Development Squad and Mountain Academy, the coaches may also include dry land training at Thredbo Leisure Centre, utilising the sports hall, suitable fitness equipment and the trampolining facilities.
It is recommended that athletes attend all training days, however we do understand that illness and other life commitments can at times interfere with snow days.
Missed training days cannot be made up as the coach will be allocated and the group will train regardless of athlete attendance.
No, kids must bring their own equipment on a daily basis. Coaches will manage dry land gear. We ask that you please do not drop bags and/or equipment inside Thredboland individually.
Little Rippers may leave their skis in Thredboland throughout the season. Collection on non program days is not available between 8:45am and 9:15am.
Money and snacks are not required.
Many parents choose to place a healthy nut free snack in their child’s pocket to ensure there is always something to eat when out and about on the mountain.
Please discuss money and break options with your child’s coach or instructor. There may be the odd occasion that older groups will stop for a hot chocolate on the mountain.
Each individual coach and athlete will have their own equipment needs. Please talk with your coach.
We recommend a pair of GS or Slalom skis, an all mountain ski is also suitable with correctly sized poles. An all mountain snowboard for snowboard athletes. Helmets should be professionally fitted and appropriate for snow sports. Hard ear helmets are suggested for gate training. Boots should be professionally fitted to ensure sizing and stiffness is suitable for the athlete.
Twin tip skis are an optional extra and are generally not suitable for the majority of training.
At times dry land gear will be required. Shorts, T-Shirt, running shoes and socks as well as a water bottle. This gear is to be given to coaches on arrival.
Each individual instructor and coach will create their own set of rules and expectations for a group.
The leadership team at Thredbo Snow Sports take inappropriate behavior very seriously as each and every participants safety is our priority.
If you have a concern, please speak to your instructor or coach in the first instance. If the issue is not resolved please reach out to the program supervisor.
Please see Thredbo Development Squad page for program Code of Conduct.
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