Destination / Wish You Were Here

Thredbo, NSW

When the temperature drops and cravings for an alpine adventure set in, look no further than New South Wales’ snow-capped mountain ranges. A five-hour drive from Sydney feels a world away, and local resort Thredbo features enough activities and dining options to satisfy thrill-seekers and après skiers alike.

See …
The view from the top. Bring or rent skis, snowboards or snowshoes and take to the slopes. Thredbo, perched high in Kosciusko National Park, is popular for its beautiful village, and boasts the longest runs in the country. Jump on the Kosciusko Express and make your way to up to the highest lifted point in Australia for breathtaking vistas and a powdery ride back to the bottom.

Stay …
Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa offers a spacious respite from the action of the day, with mountain-view studios or deluxe cabins equipped with post-ski spas and saunas. For smaller-scale natural living, book yourself a luxury eco-certified ‘habitats’ at EcoCrackenback nestled in among the snow gums along The Alpine Way. If time is of the essence and location is key, it pays to plan your stay at The Peak, right in the heart of Thredbo Village. Floor to ceiling glass windows afford uninterrupted panoramic mountain views – ideal for conducting that early morning snow report.

Take …
Layers are essential in icy climates. Pack some knits by Chloé and Maison Margiela for maximum warmth, and a Chloé scarf for those higher altitudes. While most days are spent on the slopes, supportive footwear like these Mr & Mrs Italy boots translate well for day to night adventures. A pair of Prada sunglasses provides relief from the winter sun’s glare, and don’t ever forget the sunscreen. A moisturiser, like Omorovicza Intensive Hydralifting cream is an essential suitcase addition to protect your skin from dry air and winds.

Taste …
Working up an appetite is easy on the mountain. When hunger strikes ski-in to Kareela Hutte for that afternoon energy hit – menu musts include the Jagerschnitzel and house-made Apple Strudel. Post-ski whiskey sours in the Apres Bar at The Denham Hotel will warm up even the weariest of adventurers, and a snow trip is never really complete without an afternoon spent at the Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery. Think Austrian-inspired food and all-day tastings of their handcrafted Schnapps selection. Après never looked so good.