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 12, 2008
knowitall from Ski Australia Australia
Thredbo is Australia's best resort, no two ways about it (yet to meet someone who has actually been there and feels differently). Like any other ski resort in the world it can be epic and it can be very ordinary (any oz resort can be particularly ordinary cause the sun is so hot). This year it has been epic! It has a 600m vertical in a top to bottom motion (that is pretty rare on this continent). If you have no idea what that means please go to Perisher... you will be right at home!
May 19, 2008
Linda from Ski Australia Australia
I have skied globally and tried Thredbo in mid August 2007. I was advised this period is peak season and the best time to ski Australia. Well, it rained and the snow was the worst I have ever experienced. It looked like a nice place even though the runs are very short. My only real issue was the rudeness of the snowboaders. They don't watch out where they are going, don't give way and abuse people if they are near them. Australia needs to get its act together in relation to 'give way' rules on the mountain, especially since its such a small resort. Perhaps the snowboarders require a separate resort? No other place in the world behaves like Australian Snowboarders. Is it a cultural thing? Attitude?
July 06, 2006
Dougie Siu from Ski Australia Australia
Thredbo is a place of dreams if you haven't got much of an imagination. There are good snow days, and bad snow days. Average snow days seem to be the trend recently since 2004. I have had great Thredbo days and bruising "I can't turn" ice days. I have boarded loyally at Thredbo for 6 years now, reasons mainly in this order: - Thredbo Card discount benefit ($12 off through being a Toyota Summit Club Member), - less chance of requiring vehicle snowchains, - close to Sydney (5 hours close) - better terrain - and shorter lift lines. I've skiied in NZ, Canada and Japan. All great places to stay and ski. Japan being my pick so far because of the endless powder and people. Comparing these world class resorts to Thredbo is like comparing a playground to a stadium. Snow is always best experienced when there is of course enough snow. Some need more than others, and we unfortunately don't get much in Australia compared to the rest of the snow world. I love Thredbo for its good and hate it for it's bad...So, don't expect much from Thredbo and complain when there hasn't been any snow falls. You don't go to the beach on a rainy day, and expect it to be good swimming weather. Check your forecasts and plan carefully your expensive Aussie snow days to get the most out of Thredbo !!!
June 08, 2006
Peter Georgiou from Ski Australia Australia
Everyone knows it... compared to the major snow resorts in the world, Thredbo just doesn't really compare. Everyone also knows that it probably sells you the world's most expensive lift pass! But hey, thank God we've actually got some of the (white) stuff! And it does produce its powder days. Plus its boarder parks can be bloody awesome! For anyone interested in finer powder, feel free to log onto and enter our draw to win '10 days skiing & boarding the untouched powder of Kashmir for FREE!!' As seen at the recent Snow travel expo, is Australia's only licensed travel agent that services the northern Indian Himalayan snow resort of Gulmarg, Kashmir. We provide 7 & 14 day packages tailored around your individual holiday needs. "Gulmarg's terrain is just like heliskiing, but without a helicopter!" HHS Heliskiing. Simply visit or call 1300 POWDER today (in Australia). 'Your adrenalin-rush begins here!'
May 21, 2006
roger blairs from Ski Australia Australia
Sking in Australia; forget it. I suspect that any positive reports on this site are written by the resort owners; THEY WANT YOUR MONEY NOW. Factor in the high ok, the outrageous costs involved of skiing these hills and yes, they are only hills and it's cheaper to buy a flight to NZ or further afield.
December 21, 2005
Liza Brooks from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Must say having been spoil by the french alps in my snowboarding time the snow here wasn't exactly as good as l hoped but l was reliably informed winter 2005 was terrible at the start which was when l visited. The runs were like solid hard pack. Also the grading of runs is a little crazy a Ozzie instructor told me that they don't get graded on difficulty they get graded on what they think will bring more people into the resort. I went on one 'green' which was nails! would ahve been a hard red in France, it was possibly made worse by the ice though. Another thing l would warn people about it the lack of etiqute in the lift queue with regards to other peoples equiptment. According to people in my group 99% of people hire so no one cares if they step on your board or skis and they are happy to skewer them with a ski pole. But this is apparently more because everyone hires and not that anyone is trying to be evil like what happens in france. One thing l loved about the resort was the beginners board park! it was great, l have never been in the park before and as the resort was in bad shape l thought l'd try my hand at some tricks. Everyone speaks english and the morral between everyone is great and they all cheer you on to try something new and look out for each other. One thing europeans will find odd is they make you take off your board on most of the chair lifts! something which is banned in france as l found out when l had to ride a lift which my board hanging off a sprained ankle cos the liftie wouldn't let me carry it. Food wise BARGAIN! I stayed in Jindy and there was a $6 snitzel place to all english people the snitzle is a piece of chicken in bread crumb and shallow fried. We also found a LUSH!!!! Pizza shop that delivered! The best pizza l have ever had IN THE WORLD!!!! it was located near the chinese and supermarket.
November 12, 2005
Thommo from Ski Australia Australia
Thredbo is Australia's best resort, especially in terms of vertical and terrain (and village atmosphere, nightlife etc). But this is subject to the snow conditions. Some people might argue that MtHotham has better advanced terrain (and more accessable backcountry options), and better snow quality, arguments which I think have merits, but I also think thredbo makes up for that in terms of vertical and terrain size(ie: it doubles that of Hotham). Go there before any other Australian Resort (MtHotham a close second) when there is a 1.5 metre base of snow, all lifts are open, and there is forecasted snow down to 1200 metres. Avoid the place if there is less than a metre, the Kosciousko, GunBarrel, Antons and Sponars lifts are not open; your best bet is Perisher Blue in poor snow conditions, mainly because of its vast snow making facilties and the fact that it is higher and does seem to get just a little bit more snow, especially in the bad seasons.
June 18, 2005
Bill from Ski New Zealand New Zealand
Thredbo is an awesome resort, in 2004 i skied in the Japan, europe, New Zealand and Australia and i can honestly say thredbo was just as good as anywhere else, the snow was v.good 45cm fresh DRY powder on the 1st day!, the the middle of September! even when the powder had been tracked out it was still great with some very exciting terrain and long runs. A++.
April 28, 2005
Andrew from Ski Australia Australia
Yes, there is snow in Australia! And Thredbo is the best place to ski when the snow is good, with a great village, high speed quad chairs and plenty of vertical. Check the webcams before you leave home though, because depending on the season, snow conditions can vary from fresh deep pow to thin hardpack to mud!
August 19, 2004
Daniel from Ski Hong Kong Hong Kong
I recently spent 2 weeks in Thredbo Skiing and - after having skied in both Europe and North America - was deeply impressed! Lovely village atmosphere, great runs with an impressive infrastructure for a rather small resort! We brought along our 2 children (6 and 4 years old) for their first ski adventure, and they truly enjoyed the very professional and child minded teaching at Thredboland. They are already bugging me to return to Thredbo asap...