Thredbo Alpine Resort, Kosciuszko National Park, NSW
Thredbo, about a six-hour drive from Sydney, offers a chic European-style village atmosphere and some of the best vertical runs and steeps of all the ski resorts in New South Wales. When snow conditions are favorable, the Supertrail here is Australia’s longest run at 3.7 kilometers. Skiers and boarders have access to more than 1,186 acres of terrain including four terrain parks, with extensive snowmaking. Beginners will find gentle terrain at Friday Flat. Intermediate skiers enjoy the highest proportion of the terrain here, while backcountry skiers have some of the best options among all the resorts with chutes, as well as access to Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, on the Kosciuszko Express chairlift.
Free shuttles take you to Thredbo’s lively village, which offers plenty of accommodation options, from youth hostels to luxury lodges (although few ski-in and ski-out options). Day spas, trendy shops and restaurants, and a leisure center with an Olympic size pool and rock climbing wall round out the après ski experience. Kids will have a ball at the tubing and tobogganing park. Thredbo is also one of the mountains available on the Mountain Collective Pass, which offers two free days and then 50% discounts on lift passes at international resorts such as Jackson Hole, Aspen-Snowmass, and Whistler-Blackcomb. About a 30-minute drive from Thredbo, the lovely lakeside resort of Jindabyne offers more affordable accommodations and the option of skiing at either Thredbo or Perisher.