This is snow time for joking. They're boasting the best start to the snow season in 20 years with a whopping total of 85cm of snowfall since Monday, May 27th, at Thredbo Resort, courtesy of the blizzard of Aus. The East Coast of Australia has experienced further plummeting temperatures and wild weather this past week. Snow has settled in the Blue Mountains and flurries have fallen west of Brisbane. After a searingly hot summer and mild autumn, this spectacular season start has come as quite a welcome surprise to many.
An ice sculpture by Kenji Ogawa, from 2017 Thredbo Opening Weekend. Courtesy of Thredbo website.
Thredbo Resort is celebrating the start of the season with an epic opening weekend that includes a jam-packed event calendar with FREE events! What's more, the opening weekend coincides with a long weekend for most of the nation (sorry QLD and WA. We'll all be jealous of your long weekends later in the year, though).
For those who manage to wangle their way into an extra long weekend and find themselves in Thredbo on Friday the 7th of June, enjoy the tunes from live band Legoman at the Heineken Schuss Bar, Thredbo Alpine Hotel, from 9:30pm - late. You can also catch Legoman on Saturday from 9:30pm - late and Sunday from 8pm - late.
Be among the first to ride the mountain on Saturday, June 8th, as first lifts for boarding and skiing open at 8:30am. Cruiser and Friday Flat are confirmed to be open. Optimal snowmaking temperatures - and even some natural snowfalls - are forecasted for the remainder of the week, and the team at Thredbo are keen to have more of the mountain ready to open on Saturday.
Hurtle down the powdery white mountains of Thredbo. Photo courtesy of Thredbo website.
There will be plenty to enjoy both on and off the mountain on the opening weekend. If you need to stretch your limbs before you set off for your day on the mountain, then why not join in on Ski Stretch Yoga? Held from 8am - 9am, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Townsend room, Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Everyone is welcome to join in.
After your morning acrobatics, take a moment to slow down for a jaunt through Thredbo village and Thredbo Alpine Hotel where a photo exhibition, showcasing the 1989 Thredbo World Ski Cup, will invite you to step back in time. (Yes, step back in time. It has been 30 years since the event.) The exhibition is free and will be held from 10am - 3pm, Saturday and Sunday.
Kenji Ogawa, also known as the king of carving, will set to work carving up a block of ice at 10am on Saturday morning in the village square. His icy creation will feature at the Mumm Long Lunch on Sunday, June 9th. The Mumm Long Lunch will be held across two locations this year, including the traditional, extra long, table in the Village Square. The champagne lunch goes for 3 hours and has a delicious set menu that you can access here. This year, however, is already sold out. Luckily you don't have to dine at the long lunch to marvel at Kenji Ogawa's creation. Sign up to Thredbo's Newsletter to stand a chance at securing tickets for next year.
As you meander the cobbled streets of the village, look out for Magician Jackson Aces who will be providing free roving performances. Be delighted by his sleight of hand from 11am - 1pm & 2pm - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
There's plenty more to entertain the kids and big kids-at-heart. Giant games are available at the Keller Green from 10am - 4pm, Saturday - Monday. You will also find the Kids Igloo Play Zone at Keller Green from 10am - 4pm over Saturday and Sunday. From 11am - 2pm, also on Saturday and Sunday, the kids can morph into their most-loved character as Lily, the talented face artist, sculpts their faces to match their imaginations.
The kids can try their own hand creating at the Kids Snowman Craft station at Keller Green. They will have the chance to make Frosty the snowman from 10am - 1pm, Saturday and Sunday. For those in search of more artistic pursuits, be sure to stop at the free ceramic painting station. Thredboland Animals Ceramics will be found at Keller Green, between 10am - 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
If you still can't seem to embrace the wintry spirit, then bounce any cares back to whence you left them, or burn off any excess energy, at the Frozen Jumping Castle also on the Keller Green, from 10am - 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For those who want to test their luck, gather up the troops and head to Thredbo Information Centre who will host Winter Bingo daily from 9am - 3pm over the long weekend.
On Saturday afternoon at 4:30pm, a brand new snow store will join the Australian retail scene. Burton Store is opening in conjunction with Thredbo on Saturday 8th of June. The afternoon will include drinks, tunes and giveaways. Renowned for their snow gear, outerwear and winter accessories for men, women and youth, the store will be a great addition to Thredbo Village.
Outdoor poolside party. Photo courtesy of Thredbo website.
Gear up for an exciting FREE party thanks to Heineken. Heineken Apres will feature live DJ: 'Those Skis Yours?' at an outdoors bar party at the Alpine Bar, Thredbo Alpine Hotel, from 2pm - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The notorious Heineken Saturday (featuring Bag Raiders) FREE event on the 8th of June will take over the village square from 4:30pm - 9pm providing 5 hours of non-stop music. Close Counters will kick off the show from 4:30pm - 6pm. The Tasmanian duo is sure to get you dancing to their catchy beats. Mickey Kojak will take the stage at 6pm - 7pm and entrance you with his wide-ranging styles from acoustics to club mixes. Purple Sneakers DJs will take over from 7pm - 8pm. They describe themselves as a music-loving community who work to showcase emerging artists from across the globe. They are sure to ramp up your excitement level as you prepare to welcome headliners Bag Raiders, who will close the show from 8pm - 9pm. Rediscover hits from their self titled debut album, Bag Raiders, like the 2009 hit "Shooting Stars" (a song that I played on repeat and that saw me dancing into independence as I entered my 20s). Uncover new hits from their latest album Horizons, set to come out this year. This all ages, free concert will see you dancing into the night.
Heineken Saturday at Thredbo. Photo courtesy of Thredbo website.
Those who would prefer to defrost by a crackling fire than brave the cold should try the Lounge Bar at Thredbo Alpine Hotel while Gerrard Masters serenades you from 6pm - 10pm on Saturday 8th June.
Come 6pm, watch a variegated light display snap, crackle and pop against a midnight black sky. The family-friendly 6pm fireworks display ensures you can all enjoy the magic before any kids or weary adults take leave for bed.
The Heineken After Party featuring DJ 'Those Skis Yours?" will keep the festivities raging from 9pm - late on Saturday night, at Thredbo's only nightclub: Keller Bar, at Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Just remember you've got a fresh blanket of white powder covering the mountain just waiting for you to carve up. After all, it is the best season opener in 20 years. There's snow place like Thredbo!
Heineken After Party. Photo courtesy of Thredbo website.
Follow updates on the Thredbo Facebook page and website. For those staying in Jindabyne, there are shuttles running to and from Jindabyne - Thredbo for $6. Click here for more information and to book. Be sure to book in advance as seats are limited!
For those staying in Thredbo, there will be free shuttle services running over the long weekend in order to facilitate your movement around the mountain base.
Visit this page for information on lift passes and equipment hire.