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New Zealand and Australian ski season extended

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Mt. Buller and a handful of ski resorts in the southern hemisphere are staying open a few extra weeks. Photo: Kit Rundle

Exceptional ski weather conditions and a spike in skier visits in more than twelve years  have lead to a number of ski areas to extend their season into October and early November. 

Most ski areas in Australia have closed but Thredbo, Perisher and Mt Buller have announced they’re staying open an extra week to October 7th. Continue reading ‘New Zealand and Australian ski season extended’

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Thredbo ski resort

Tourist Office

Kosciusko Thredbo PTY Limited
PO Box 92
Thredbo Alpine Village
New South Wales
NSW 2627

Telephone: (28) 64594100
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.thredbo.com.au


A year-round holiday destination with some of the country’s longest and steepest trails, and housing the Australian Institute of Sport’s Alpine Training Centre since October 1996. Thredbo has the largest snow making system in the southern hemisphere and Australia’s highest peak, Mt Kosciusko (2228m), is accessible in summer on a 4 – 6 hour walk (round trip).


When the Thredbo ski resort in New South Wales opened in 1957 it was the realisation of the dreams of Tony Sponar, a Czech hydrographer who, having seen the area, felt sure that it was the ideal site for an alpine-style ski resort. Sponar’s choice has come to more than fulfill his dreams; continuous investment has seen the resort grow steadily and today Thredbo is probably the top ski resort in Australia. It certainly has the country’s highest lift point at 2037m, the greatest vertical drop of 672m, the longest ski run at 5.9km and the largest snowmaking facility in the southern hemisphere (although the south facing resort has a pretty good natural snow record).

Not content to take their natural and ski resources for granted, from the very start, local entrepreneurs have gone all out to attract sportsmen and tourists and Thredbo regularly plays host to prestigious events of all kinds, from world cup skiing and snowboarding to international jazz and blues festivals. The investment in the resort continues apace; the most recent addition is the Australian Institute of Sport /Thredbo Alpine Training Centre (AIS), a world-class, multi-purpose training facility with state-of-the-art facilities available for use by elite and not-so-elite athletes. Indeed, Australia’s Olympic team was resident at Thredbo for much of the run-up to the Sydney Games.

Sadly, Thredbo came to the world’s attention in 1997 when, in the midst of the village’s 40th anniversary celebrations, a landslide buried two apartment buildings, killing 18 people, most of them ski instructors and other resort staff.


Jindabyne, Thredbo, Ski New South Wales, Snowy Mountains, Australia

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And they’rrreee off: Southern Hemisphere’s 2010 ski season underway

Big snow at Treble Cone in New Zealand as resort officially kicks off 2010 season

Big snow at Treble Cone in New Zealand as resort officially kicks off 2010 season

With good snowfall conditions in most of the southern hemisphere, the 2010 ski season officially kicked off last weekend with Coronet Peak New Zealand reporting a 50cm (20 inch) base including 15cm (six inches) of new snow.  Thousands of Queenslanders hit the piste to celebrate.

Continue reading ‘And they’rrreee off: Southern Hemisphere’s 2010 ski season underway’

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