Question Which week is the best bet at Thredbo?

Lifes2good

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We only ever get one week to ski in Oz each season and usually we choose end of August / first week Sept with the aim of hitting peak snow depth. Often though it is getting warm with little in the way of fresh snow falls.

Which week do you think is statistically best?
 

Sbooker

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The kids get a couple of days off school for our Ekka here in Brisbane. That’s the second week of August. We’ve had great conditions at Thredbo in that time frame.
 

Arne

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For me it's pretty much been a different went of the season over the the last ten years. From mid June to mid September. But that's because it has involved big complex weather systems , wild weather, heaps of snow and no one around because it's so miserable. For a lot of people here that's what it's all about.
 

Karicta

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My grandfather always used to say last week of July/first week of august. Perhaps that has shifted by a week (or two) in the intervening decades.

it does depend on whether your looking for new snow on a base or max depth and more stable weather
 

Onlybackscratchers

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Aussie seasons are fickle, the best week could be June, July, August or September. However you increase your odds of the best conditions around mid-August. Early August-late July for potentially better quality snow on less base (Shorter days/colder nights). Or late August-early September for a deeper base, but your more likely to experience freeze-thaw type snow.
In reality to chase the best week of the season in Australia you need the flexibility to go at the drop of a hat, I also recommend following the weather experts on this site.
 

Telemark Phat

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Aussie seasons are fickle, the best week could be June, July, August or September. However you increase your odds of the best conditions around mid-August. Early August-late July for potentially better quality snow on less base (Shorter days/colder nights). Or late August-early September for a deeper base, but your more likely to experience freeze-thaw type snow.
In reality to chase the best week of the season in Australia you need the flexibility to go at the drop of a hat, I also recommend following the weather experts on this site.
Or make good life choices and ski every day of the winter you care to. I made a poor life choice this year and have only skied 40 days
 

sourmash

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The last week of August (for a week recommendation). The third weekend in August around 20th has been on the last two years
 

telecrag

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August is peak season for a reason.

Best week for me would be the week that has the best skiing, in the driest snow, and that can happen literally anytime. Though usually not Nov-April.

For holiday purposes, I would still say August, 2nd or 3rd week, best chance of snow in the village, which lends an ambiance to the place.
 

derider

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I was there in the middle of August this year and it was pretty bad. Bare patches everywhere on the bottom half, lots of runs closed. Persistent rain just topped it off. It was quite disappointing.
 

telecrag

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Broken snow making on a low snow year will do that. Its like the people on holidays first week of July, "but last year there was snow everywhere!" Or the people who rate a season on the two weeks they were there. it just doesn't work like that.
 

DPS Driver

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Don't set yourself up for such a fall.

I've been skiing Thredbo for close to 40 years. The best time is the time you're there.

If you're limited to when you can go, generally your safest bet is Aug. In saying that, don't endure the torture of trying to pin down the weather gods, because as sure as the old boy made them little green apples, you'll get it wrong and endure a week of rain. So, my advice is, go there when you can and take what comes your way and make the best of it. It's still gotta be better than working.
 

linked_recoveries

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August is peak season for a reason. For holiday purposes, I would still say August, 2nd or 3rd week, best chance of snow in the village, which lends an ambiance to the place.

This. Although if you're after a little more stable weather head for the back end of August and into the very early days of September.

As ever, the best time to be there is when your friends are there with you. Bigger group = more fun.
 
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