Hotham vs Thredbo

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  1. Cat_Herder

    Cat_Herder Hard Yards

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    Hi all,
    Wondering how you think the two stack up. I know they're both the most challenging in their respective states, and that Thredbo has a much better village etc etc, but wondering what you think directly comparing the two, specifically the terrain and overall skiing enjoyment (I normally ski Perisher and get bored of it if I ski more than two days, if that helps).
    Cheers
     
  2. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    Neither are my mountain. I have only skiied a few days at Thredbo and rather more at Hotham. some of my impressions
    • they both suffer from too many runs funnelling into one, causing overcrowding. Hotham's death slalom gully is particularly bad.
    • Hotham is usually not worth skiing till August when the Orchard area opens and crowds spread out more
    • Hotham has ok beginner terrain and good upper intermediate & advanced terrain. lower intermediate is limited. thredbo has much better choice of intermediate terrain. When I've been at Thredbo, conditions on advanced terrain were not nice, but looks like it could be very good
    • Hotham is more affordable to stay on mountain. Thredbo is much easier to drive to if staying off mountain
    • Thredbo bottom is pretty low and can be very slushy.
    • I really enjoyed the experience of skiing Thredbo, although snow conditions were not great most of the time I've been there.
    • Lift queues at Thredbo were pretty awful, but then the runs are long so you get a lot more skiing time for your wait
    • Hotham can be great, but I also get pissed off with things there - day parking, inadequate buses, death gully. I try to only go there on sunny midweek days in Aug or Sept
    • Some of the best snow at Thredbo is serviced by T-bars. Hotham is almost all chairs.
     
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  3. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    Thredbo.
     
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  4. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable

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    Hothbo
     
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  5. Seth

    Seth Old n' Crusty
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    Are they?

    Are they really?
     
  6. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable

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    If the snow line is way way down and the snow depth is way way up

    Buller
    Hotham
    Thredbo
    Falls
    Perisher
    Selwyn

    If the snow line is way way up and the snow depth way way down

    Thredbo
    Hotham
    Buller
    Perisher
    Falls
    Buller
    Selwyn

    Perhaps
     
  7. Ramshead

    Ramshead One of Us

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    I like this discussion because they're my two favourite resorts in Aus.

    Hotham for steeps and gullies and slack country, but only when the snow is at least a metre deep.

    Thredbo for length and variety and all-terrain skiing and trees and, yes, reliability. I was skiing 600m vertical on 3km+ length runs off Anton's and Basin into Village/Friday flat last July when the official Spencer's depth was only 57cm and skiing across Aus was pretty limited and Hotham had pretty much only beginner terrain and village loop and Imagine open. Sure there were rocks and shrubs but there were proper terrain choices.

    Been to Buller twice in good snow and it's great but it still wants to be Thredbo when it grows up.

    Thredbo wins access too.
     
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  8. phantomas

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    You get bored of Perisher after 2 days?? well I do believe you, but the whole point about Perisher is how extensive it is, and the variety of terrain, and that even on busy days you can find short lift queues. Hotham is great but its sorely going to test your threshold for boredom after just one day. Thredbo is Thredbo, best skiing experience after a big dump midweek, else those choke points really kill the vibe.
     
  9. mick chopps

    mick chopps Pool Room
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    discounting the 3 days a year that the best bits of a Buller are actually skiable and/or good.
     
  10. Pink

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    Bullbo Smiggins.
     
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  11. Pink

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    Planet Hoth or Shredbo? Shred them both of course.
     
  12. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty
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    i think people who get bored most easily are the ones who rarely leave the groomers

    I've been skiing Falls for over 35 years and only get bored when i'm restricted to groomers (and not necessarily then if conditions are good)
     
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  13. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local
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    Buller for me in a good snow year !!!!!!
    As others have said Thredbo if ordinary ...by a country mile .