Thredbo Kicks Up Heels

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The Swamp Stompers entertaining guests at the Alpine Bar.

By Steve Cuff
In Thredbo Village

Thredbo Resort showed its versatility for visitors once again with music lovers and mountain bikers kicking up their heels in grand style this weekend.

Having reopened earlier this week after a temporary closure for bushfire safety, tourists and local residents were back to what they love doing in the mountains, enjoying everything Thredbo has to offer.

On the mountain side of operations the mountain bike trails were back in action as enthusiasts relished the gravity trails after some damp weather left the trails in excellent condition.

In Thredbo Village, the 26th Thredbo Blues Festival was in full ‘swing’ this Saturday afternoon with music lovers flocking back to their favourite blues venue. Artists and guests were left wondering only a week ago if the festival would go ahead, but with the recent re-opening of the resort, everyone was extremely happy the festival has progressed.

19-Twenty singer Kane Dennelly getting the crowd into the groove on Friday evening. All photos Steve Cuff

On Friday evening one of the most popular bands, 19-Twenty had ‘The Pub’ floorboards bouncing in Thredbo Alpine Hotel as they blasted their tunes and show to a salivating crowd. One of the true entertainers of the music industry and a must watch show in Thredbo or any venue.

The Swamp Stompers Corey Legge, who hales from Bega where there has been bushfire damage, acknowledged as such but said it was good to be at Thredbo. The Foreday Riders also said it was touch and go as to whether they would be playing, but were glad to be back at their favourite festival.

The village was alive and well as patrons wandered from intimate bars and restaurants, the village square and the alpine bar which was jiving through the day.

The Jordan Thomas Trio on Friday evening.

Many patrons were up and dancing, including Sue and Mark who were visiting for the first time from the Gold Coast. Couples, groups of friends and revellers were out late on Friday night and were expected again to be burning the midnight candle. The Thredbo Blues Festival has always been a stalwart January event in recent years, and while numbers may be down slightly, it was great to see the village vibe back again.

Raydon and Alison from Canberra relaxing at the Alpine Bar.

Sue and Mark from the Gold Coast enjoying the Thredbo vibe.

For mountain bike riders, they were just as keen to return after a recent sojourn. Two families who travelled from Avalon in Sydney said they had just started visiting Thredbo recently and absolutely love it. They were here before New Year and have a returned again. The whole family were riding the trails from the top of Thredbo at Eagles Nest, to the village.

Families from Avalon in Sydney kicking up their heels on the mountain bike trails.

Mt bike enthusiasts riding the trails and chair.

For those who may be thinking of a last minute venture to capture the Blues Festival, there are numerous gigs for Saturday night and all day Sunday.

With the Australia Day long weekend on the horizon, businesses in Thredbo and the region are relieved they are once again for business.

Foreday Riders band members at the Lounge Bar.

The Jordan Thomas Trio.

Thirsty work this band work. 19-Twenty putting on a show.

The Alpine Bar on Saturday.

The village businesses were loving having the crowd and vibe back.