By Steve Cuff in Thredbo
Thredbo have started off their 60th opening season with a bang, with hordes of people flocking to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding and the village alive in anticipation of a huge weekend. People are in a buoyant mood, and welcoming in the best start to a season since 2012.
Thredbo opened Friday Flat for beginners, the Cruiser chair for intermediates and High Noon for the advanced. After some moisture on Friday and cold temperatures late Friday night the slopes were firm and fast, but everyone was enjoying themselves and smiles all over the mountain.
Skiers and boarders ht the slopes of Thredbo on opening day.
Lodges are virtually full across Thredbo Village, as well as Jindabyne and Perisher as snow enthusiasts start their own 2017 snow season.
As part of their 60 year celebrations, Thredbo will be hosting a number of concerts and après parties all season long, starting with 5 hours of free music Saturday evening from 4pm. As the sound technicians run through their pre sound checks, Thredbo Village Square is set to be jammed packed with an infectious atmosphere as everyone prepares to party for the opening.
Ice sculpture Kenji Ogawa creating his sculpture in the Village Square.
Kasee Coeman has been in Thredbo 60 years and remembers this opening chairlift ride by Thyne Reid in 1957.
Thredbo legends Frank Prihoda and Heinze Reichinger toast a beer at Bernti’s Mountain Inn
With sunshine beaming and cool temperatures, it certainly had that winter feel and is an exciting time for everyone who loves the snow.
Thredbo owner Alan Rydge and wife Lynne were also in Thredbo looking over their product in this their 30th year since Amalgamated Holdings Limited first purchased Thredbo. Snowy Mountains Magazine caught up with them at Friday Flat.
Mr Rydge acknowledge the season was off to great start stating, “A credit to the team that puts it all together, we have been learning each year we do it, we hope we get a little bit better and yes this is going to be a pinnacle year for sure.”
Thredbo owner Alan Rydge and wife Lynne with Thredbo Snow Sports General Manager Adam Hosie.
The weather is set to be perfect for the remainder of the weekend with clear days and cold nights. Snowmakers will be in full force each evening, with a low of -4 tonight and Sunday night allowing for further added snow coverage. Top temperature for Sunday is expected to be 5 degrees.
Reports from Perisher said the slopes were busy and the Peak Festival was rocking across all venues, so no matter where you are visiting it is sure to be a great evening. Perisher opened their 2017 winter season last week, a week ahead of schedule.
Perisher are set to have fireworks at 7pm on Front Valley, and Thredbo have an unscheduled flare run down high noon from 5.40pm. They will have their traditional fireworks at 6pm, so be sure to pick your best vantage spot.
Thredbo Village shopping was all the rage including at the new Rossignol shop in the Village Square. Here Guy Richards from the Rossignol shop sits among some of the new product.