Southern Hemisphere Ski Guide: Thredbo, Australia

Shannon Bahrke (right) celebrates her bronze medal with gold medalist Hannah Kearney of the United States (center) and Jennifer Heil of Canada.This is the second time I’ve spoken to Shannon Bahrke on the phone, and the first thing she does is apologize for not returning the message I left her the day after she won the bronze medal in women’s moguls. I tell her it’s fine, I understand she’s had more important things to do than sort through her voicemail.“It has been so crazy,” she says. “We got to go on the Today show a bunch of times. I’ve watched a couple of events, and I’ve been doing tons of interviews and spending time with my family.”The first time I spoke to Bahrke, before the Olympics, she promised me the American women would make a run at a podium sweep. They came close during the women’s mogul competition on February 13, as Hannah Kearney took gold, Canada’s Jennifer Heil won silver, and Bahrke completed the U.S. bookend with a third-place finish.

Phone: 011-61-02-6459-4100

Ski Season Dates: early June-early October

Area Description:
Located in New South Wales, Thredbo offers the largest snowmaking capabilities in the Southern Hemisphere covering over 148 acres. This fact, plus the highest lift-serviced skiing (6,683 yards) and the longest ski run (3.5 miles) in Australia, make Thredbo a top Australian ski resort. An impressive lift system carries 18,000 skiers an hour to the top of the mountain in seven minutes providing access to 65 marked trails. Night skiing is available on Tuesday and Saturday nights from six to nine p.m.

Spotlight on Deals:
September 7 is a date not to miss at Thredbo. The resort has been chosen to be a part of the Torch Relay for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and on this date the town will be alive with festivities as the torch enters the town on its journey to Sydney.

Thredbo Resort Centre offers a different Extra-Value Package every month. June, for example, features two nights accommodation and two day, all-mountain lift passes from $127 per person based on double occupancy. Visit their web-site at for more information or to purchase a package.

Alpine Resorts and Travel Centre ( offers a variety of custom packages. Prices vary depending on dates and availability.

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