New South Wales
trees and some off-piste
a terrains park & two pipes
some good long trails
Thredbo Alpine Village resort review
If you are a fan of thigh burning runs then Thredbo Alpine Village is the Australian resort that you need to visit. The vertical drop here is 672 meters, which is by far the longest in the country. Head over to the Supertrail for a 3.5 km long run that is packed with speedy turns and provides an experience that is unmatched (in terms of length) in all of Australia.
It is this type of feature that makes Thredbo probably the best all-rounder of the Australian resorts. From its European styling, that features bars and restaurants that are trendy and modern, to its snowboarding facilities and terrain that is great (by Australian resort standards) and you have a village and resort that has the ability to cater for any type of group. That is why Threadbo is visited equally by the partygoers looking for powder and a good time, families looking for a break in the mountains, and a shredder culture that Australia is just beginning to embrace full force.
The other main reason that Thredbo is so popular is that the resort has the ability to guarantee snow. The snowmaking facilities here comprise the most in the southern hemisphere and the artificially produced snow can cover upwards of 15% of the terrain. This is important because the base elevation here is only 1,365 meters and the snow quality is very much affected by the weather. Even so, because of the snowmaking,, boarding is almost always possible.
As you would expect with a resort looking to hit on all levels, most of the terrain is for intermediate boarders (67%). This compares with beginner (16%) and advanced (17%). The result is a terrain mix that suits the largest number of people, but that will potentially disappoint the high end, advanced boarder. This is shown on the terrain map which shows no distinction between single and double blacks, presumably because those black runs are just not at the double black level.
While having the steepest overall terrain is a nice boast (especially for marketing) the lack of a challenge in the blacks means that Thredbo’s expert terrain just doesn’t touch that at the much more boarder savvy Mt. Hotham. The off-piste riding is good (a common theme in Australia) and the overall experience of Thredbo makes it a resort that it is much easier to spend a protracted amount of time in than most others in the country.
TOP LIFT2037 m
VERTICAL DROP672 m
BOTTOM LIFT1365 m
43.5 miles / 480 hectares
LONGEST PISTE3.7 miles / 5.9 km