I have been skiing in Thredbo since I was a child and have experienced the thrill of watching my own three children learn to ski or snowboard! It really is a fun family holiday to be experienced, like no other!
CHILL-OUT @ THREDBO is located on the edge of the village near the golf course with a short free shuttle bus - direct to Friday Flat (beginners area).
Our location is extremely convenient for apres ski, as it's only an easy short stroll to the village, for shopping and dining. (Other properties located near Friday Flat/Woodridge area will require a longer walk into the village at night for provisions or a meal - not really ideal when you are exhausted after a big day on the slopes).
Here are a few tips to make your first time a little less overwhelming, I hope!
Low season is less crowded and warmer, however the snow cover can be less reliable. Snowmaking is revved up by the resort when the conditions are favourable.
Bring as many provisions as you can - lots of museli bars, chocolate snacks, fruit etc. I also recommend taking small drink bottles with powdered powerade that you can make yourself. There are supermarkets in Jindabyne or Cooma or you can stockup at the 7/11 supermarket in the village.
Ready prepared frozen homemade/bought meals are also useful for those nights you may wish to stay in and may be too tired to bother cooking up a storm.
The chalet is fully self contained with a brand new kitchen including microwave, dishwasher, induction cooktop and full double oven. A big breakfast is the best start to a skiing day and helps keep the costs down.
On arrival in Thredbo I suggest you stop en route before you check yourself in at either Valley Terminal or Friday Flat whilst you still have your car to buy/hire all the necessities. Lesson, lift packages for First Timers are available as well as gear - skis, boards, boots, clothes, helmets and wrist guards for snowboarders. I strongly suggest you hire in Thredbo in case anything goes wrong - boots dont always fit first time and may need to be swapped or changed. Plus skis can sometimes be lost/misplaced. Dont forget some good quality long ski socks - one layer only. You can also hire lockers.
You can then load all your hired gear into your car and make the short drive to the unloading area near the entrance to chill-out @ thredbo. There are trolleys for your use to take everything to your front door, via a private road and a few steps. We are located about half way down, the first path on the RHS.
The car park area closest, is on a first come first served basis down the hill. If full you can use any other free parking areas around the village and the designated driver can catch the free shuttle bus back (winter only), whilst everyone else settles in.
Next morning you will need to catch the shuttle bus to Friday Flat. This is the beginners area plus meeting point for all ski and snowboard lessons which start each day at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2.00pm. You simply turn up, no need to book as the lesson is included in your first timer lift pass. I recommend the earlier lessons as the snow will become more hard packed after a morning of excited skiiers/boarders. Plus you may be too tired by 2.00pm!
After a few days the instructor may promote you to the next stage at the Merritts, which is accessed via the Gunbarrell chairlift. This is a bigger area with more lifts and challenges.
Merritts is a world away from the busy day trippers and tourist buses. Less crowded with a cafe and sun deck to soak up the fabulous views and refreshing mountain air.
Another must do experience is a trip to Eagles Nest - Australia's highest restaurant - great gourmet hot choccie or refreshing beer - accessed via the Kosciusko Express chairlift. Make sure you rug up - even in summer.
This all may seem a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it you may be hooked for life!
If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me!!