Founded in the 1960s and inspired by the snow resorts of Austria, Thredbo is known throughout the country for its exceptional skiing and snowboarding. Less than three hours from Canberra by car and six hours from Sydney and Melbourne, this is an ideal destination for those looking for a snowy weekend. Here’s how to get the most out of 48 hours on the slopes.
Take a tour of the backcountry
A backcountry excursion not only takes you away from the crowds, it also equips skiers and boarders with the skills and know-how to (safely) succeed off-piste. Tours are organized by experienced guides and include safety equipment. Specialized touring skis and snowboards can also be rented. After completing the introductory tour, book for more advanced adventures, including the summit of Mount Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in the country.
Thredbo hinterland tour
Dinner at the terrace restaurant
There are other times when the Snowy Mountains look great from afar – maybe sitting at the Denman Hotel’s Terrace Restaurant after a busy day on the slopes. Casual and approachable are the order of the day, and the kitchen obliges with homemade pasta (crab and shrimp spaghettini, perhaps), Caesar salads and protein cooked and served simply. The restaurant is open nightly during the snow season (it’s Friday through Sunday evening in summer) and also hosts popular winemaker dinners and other events.
The Terrace Restaurant
Stay in the Snowgoose apartments
Located close to the village of Thredbo, these luxury apartments tick all the boxes of comfort and practicality (the views from the private balcony are also very good). Studios and lofts are designed for couples who need a mattress to relax after the slopes, while the one and two bedroom apartments have kitchenettes and are ideal for families who want to support themselves. . On-site equipment storage and proximity to the slopes allow early risers to get on the snow faster each morning.
All good vacations involve consuming a lot of baked goods, especially if you walk through a lot of terrain during the day. The bakery in the village square offers all the classics, including pies, sausage rolls and cakes. Some items are better suited than others for backpacking on the slopes (salad and filled buns!), But it’s probably best to eat those bacon and egg rolls before you take your first ascent of the mountain. Mountain. Coffee, of course, is also on hand to speed up recovery efforts.
Merritts mountain house
A favorite refreshment point for snowboarders and skiers, Merritts Mountain House can now also serve trespassers on foot after the Merritts Gondola service opened last year. While the daily menu stays true to the calorific, mountain-style ideal of meals – slow-cooked lamb shanks, hot dogs, poutine, hot chocolate with whipped cream – Saturday night Mountain Haus Feast draws inspiration Bavarian dish from the region with platters of pork knuckle, bratwurst, chicken schnitzel and others.
Merritts mountain house
For some, what happens at the end of the day is just as important as the action in the snow. The European ritual of “après-ski” – French for “après ski” – informs reflection at the public bar of the Denman Hotel built in the 1960s. (Denman guests can also drink at the new bar of hotel, The Library). There is history in the framed pictures adorning the walls, but the drink menu remains modern with beer, fine whiskey, and house cocktails. A small menu of light meals including pasta and bread and planks of small items is available for those in need of refueling.
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