Visitor reviews for Thredbo Ski Resort

Thredbo Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 17 votes and 43 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.1

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Thredbo is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.6

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Thredbo has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.1

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 3.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.1

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Thredbo.

Public Transport: 3.0

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Thredbo, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Thredbo, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.9

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Thredbo.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.6

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.9

(1) There are no child care facilities at Thredbo, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 3.8

(1) Thredbo relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.2

(1) There are no snow groomers at Thredbo, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Thredbo are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Thredbo is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 1.9

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Thredbo, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.6

(1) Thredbo usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.8

(1) The staff at Thredbo are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Thredbo are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.7

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.0

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.1

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.5

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Thredbo, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.6

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Thredbo, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 2.4

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Thredbo, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.4

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Thredbo has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.4

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.1

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.6

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 3.1

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.8

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 1.9

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 2.8

(1) Overall, Thredbo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 2.0

(1) Overall, Thredbo is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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August 25, 2012
jean claude kiely from Ski Australia Australia
Again, Thredbo delivers with day after day of reporting powder expect next year to be overrun by Swiss and Austrians as they seek out our powder which will probably be reported right into summer.
July 26, 2012
hilary from Ski Australia Australia
I have been to Thredbo twice, both times fairly average snow, yet I loved it and hope to get back there, despite the 7 hr drive from Melbourne. There is no question - they have the longest runs in Australia. The village is pleasant and easy to get about in the buses if you are not ski-in ski-out. I agree with other comments - wait and see what the snow cover and weather are like then do it. As for whingers - of course it is not Europe, North America etc - but they aren't skiing in July/August! Happily, I can afford the northern hemisphere for January, and Buller and Thredbo will do for our winter.
July 05, 2012
Dan from Ski Australia Australia
I have lived and worked in ski resorts in NZ, Canada, USA and Europe and I can honestly say Thredbo is a world class resort. Whilst I can not speak for accommodation options (as I travelled 30mins from Jindabyne each day), the mountain itself has an excellent variety of runs (especially for intermediate ability) and a good lift system. The mountain facilities were great and there was an abundance of snow for only a few weeks into the ski season. If the snow is good, Thredbo is an excellent ski resort.
April 20, 2012
C Ludlow from Ski Australia Australia
Thredbonet failed to respond to numerous complaints by phone and email regarding the substandard maintenance & cleaning of a property we hired from them. Of course they already had our money & at $700 per night we did expect clean sheets & towels !! The property advertised as luxury was dirty & ill kept. Be very careful renting apartments through this agency- they clearly do not care about their clients or the properties they look after.
September 10, 2011
Grant Wignall from Ski Australia Australia
Well once again the Aussie Alps have failed to deliver a decent season and with such a good start it really turned out to be disappointing with warm sunny days and plenty of rain in the mix. Ok, it's fine for families but if you're an intermediate or above in my opinion, after 20 years of persevering with the Aussie Alps, you would be better off saving your money and putting it towards a trip overseas. I recommend Japan, the US or Canada (BC). In actual fact with our dollar so strong it's not any more expensive than a snow holiday in OZ and it's so much better value for money in terms of infrastructure, acreage and the amount and quality of snow you get. Yes, I agree with the previous post regarding the "ministry for propaganda" It really does start to get a little monotonous and I know it's their job to paint the rosy picture, but they should be a little more honest and stop treating us like idiots. Grant
September 02, 2011
Russell from Ski Australia Australia
Thredbo management are nothing short of con artists. Whilst I understand that it's a commercial venture and they must do anything they can to make a profit, please realise that the snow depth readings on the website are up to a week old, are at 1900m (higher than most runs) and in a snow making area. It's not at all unusual for the website to say that there is a 150cm base when there is little (if any) snow on the mid/lower mountain.
August 27, 2011
Phil from Ski Australia Australia
Just back from a week of skiing the NSW resorts. Stayed in Jindabyne and made our way up each day to the resorts. Skied 2 days at Thredbo, with most of one day skiing back country over to Kosciusko, and around that area. Weather wise it was amazing with blue skies though it was very warm. This made the snow slushy as the day went on. Thredbo is reliant on snow making to keep the lower runs into the village open, but they do an excellent job keeping the runs open so skiing into the village was always an option, even though it reached 16 degrees on one of the days. Considering it had been a while since there was snow the runs were well looked after, and there was certainly a good level of runs for most people. Limited due to snow conditions if after some steeper more testing runs. Staff were friendly and the facilities were great. Have skied Europe, US and NZ and Thredbo facilities are as good as most. The down side is the price. Skiing in all Aussie resorts is expensive, this is probably due to the amount of snow making. On top of the resort price one also has to pay national park prices of $27 per car to enter the national park every day. Thredbo has its limitations if there is no fresh snow, but I would imagine it is a great ski when there is fresh snow around. Back country skiing has a huge potential in this area. Worth having a look if experienced enough, if not hire a guide. I did, K7 guides and I had a great day. Overall, if you have the money then Thredbo is well worth a visit. Certainly suits the more competent skier/boarder.
August 22, 2011
Patrick from Ski Australia Australia
I'm an intermediate snowboarder and I personally didn't like Thredbo due to the fact that I was trying to get out from one of the T-Bars where I ended up running down into. Was trying to avoid the T-Bar but going up on it is the only way out. Unfortunately for me, I kept falling and have to put up with all the embarrassment until a friend was willing to help me and put up with my lack of coordination on the T-Bar. I personally find it more ski-friendly than snowboard friendly. Most of the runs are narrow and have too many people blocking your way which frustrates me a lot. If you're a skier and an advanced snowboarder, then go for this resort. But if you're a beginner or an intermediate snowboarder like me, go for Perisher Blue, or even better, New Zealand.
July 28, 2011
A Sullivan from Ski Australia Australia
An interesting 6 days in Thredbo last week, 19 to 24 July 2011. Wet snow half way up the hill to the top for the first four days, with drizzle (rain) down low. The good base stood up to the wet conditions, the whole mountain was open. Saturday 23rd was sunny with little wind, however, rock solid after a cold night and the earlier damp conditions Tue - Fri. The mountain is set up for another good snow fall some time in the next few weeks......fingers crossed. If the snow falls it will be worth a visit to Thredbo.
July 25, 2011
Steve from Ski Australia Australia
To another reviewer from Australia. RE: Had an amazing 4 days here in early September 2011. Can I please borrow your time machine? Thanks, - Steve