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Thredbo for non-skiers and clothes to wear

Discussion in 'Thredbo' started by smyrton, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. smyrton

    smyrton First Runs

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    We are planning to go to Thredbo for a day over the weekend. We can't ski. Are there other activities that we can do at Thredbo such as hiking, snow tubing etc? We've never been to Perisher or Thredbo. After some research on the web, I thought Thredbo is a better place for non-skiers.

    We are just planning to wear thermal underwear, windproof jacket and a pair of jeans, beanies, gloves, hiking shoes or casual leather shoes. Is that good enough for a day?
     
  2. Shrek

    Shrek Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    some people have done snow shoe tours and enjoyed them.

    i ski in jeans in spring sometimes, but they can get wet and cold if the weather turns against you.
     
  3. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I think you would enjoy thredbo more for a non skiing day visit, but be aware that the village is a lot lower than perisher village and may have little snow
    If you want to get the chailift to the top, you may need to dress more warmly, eg windproof pants and a warm top under your jacket. Even on what looks like a mild day in the village, it can be much colder and winding at the top.

    Others can tell you more about non-skiing activities.
     
  4. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should be fine for just hanging out in the village and soaking up the vibe.
    Whether or not they are taking foot traffic up the Kosi or Merritts chair will depend on the crowds, conditions and day...

    There are no tubes at Thredbo.
    They have them at Perisher...whether they are operating or not in these reduced snow conditions, I do not know.

    Europe is the place for non skiing activities on snow - SO many options, depending on resort. We've done a family version of the Jamaican Bobsled team at La Plagne, a massive flying fox between Gondie stations at Grindlewald First and some serious sledding at Zermatt. Nothing like these activities exists in Aus, sadly.
     
  5. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Falls creek has a few alternatives but not in that league. Enough snow for combat the moment
    Snowshoeing
    Tubing
    Tobaganning
    Kids snowplay
    Skidoo rides
    Snow coach ride to mt mckay
     
  6. winter

    winter One of Us Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    On the weekend, long awaited snow is due after this warm spell....If the conditions are too windy, blizzard etc you may not be able to ride the main quad chair for tourist rides and if they have another chair available, in the snow that is predicted you will want more than jeans on.

    All of the main hiking trails are closed for the Winter though you can walk along the river a couple of kms return.
     
  7. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Are you talking about going this weekend? If so, the weather is likely to be rather brutal with VERY low temperatures and blowing snow even at Village level. It's not the weekend I would choose to go to Thredbo for sightseeing to be honest.
     
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  8. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go in summer.
     
  9. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    not necessarily absentskier.

    If the OP hasnt ever experienced snow, then experiencing the harshness of a Thredbo winter's day may be attractive in itself, assuming you are appropriately dressed for it.
     
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  10. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those clothes will be fine. For sitting in the pub.
     
  11. absentskier

    absentskier Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sure, as long as they know that they won't be strolling around in jeans enjoying great views!! If the wind blows, it will be bitterly cold and not particularly pleasant.
     
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  12. Nidecker

    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Truthfully (much as it pains me to say it) if you want snowplay, Selwyn or Perisher are probably better options, particularly given the expected conditions this weekend
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This w/e = ambient below 0C, wind chill = jeans stay in pub. Forget snow play imo this w/e, if you are a non skier, outside will be fun for a few minutes. In fact probably only addicts will appreciate it.

    But a good experience in the same way as driving across the Nullabor in 50C. Extreme!

    I am looking forward to it.
     
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    incogski One of Us

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    Well, the village normally gets to around 5C on the average day. Thermal underwear, jeans and a good fleece + jacket should be fine.

    Even shorts is doable in 5C
     
  15. Nidecker

    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    [​IMG] drove home from thredbo last wed 10th, packed car in the village and wandered around Jindy in bare feet.... Very warm
     
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  16. sourmash

    sourmash One of Us

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    To boil it down:
    1. You are going to Thredbo, the pub will be your fall back
    2. Weather can vary wildly, but unlikely to vary too much from predictions provided by BOM and various websites such as mountainwatch.com Generalising about suitable attire pointless without forecast taken into account.
    3. If it's calm and sunny, get the Kosciusko chair and go for a walk out behind Eagles Nest. Snow shoes optional. Jeans OK for short stroll in good weather, ski pants better.
    4. If this weekend is when you will be there, see 2. Forecast is not calm and sunny (winds over 40 km/hr and snow/rain) recommend 1.

    Rinse, repeat, YMMV.