Big sav­ings from big re­sort

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BE­GIN­NERS at Thredbo now have a 30 per cent big­ger area to learn the ropes of the slopes with the pop­u­lar Fri­day Flat area given a makeover dur­ing the sum­mer months.

The area now has an un­der­cover ‘won­der’ car­pet, new ‘giddy up’ ski run and a first timer only area which means there is now more room to learn for be­gin­ner skiers and board­ers.

The new look also in­cludes a new run out to the pop­u­lar High Noon trail, which will en­able rid­ers to zip straight off the run and back onto Gun­bar­rel Ex­press with­out ven­tur­ing onto Fri­day Flat.

Thredbo has also added to its ex­ten­sive ticket and learn to ski and board of­fer­ings with great value be­gin­ner pack­ages.

The new ‘learn to ride weeks’ in­clude a daily two hour group les­son for adults and a three hour be­gin­ner les­son for chil­dren, a lift pass that gets rid­ers onto Fri­day Flat on day one and from day two ac­cess to the whole moun­tain is in­cluded plus ski or board and boot rental.

This all comes in at the same price as the peak sea­son lift only pass which works out at $494 for adults and $276 for kids.

Win­ter 2013 also sees the in­tro­duc­tion of ‘first timer Fri­days’, where on any Fri­day, first timers can ski or board on Fri­day Flat, join a two hour be­gin­ner adult les­son or three hour be­gin­ner child les­son and have their ski and board rental all in­cluded for the cost of a lift pass.

For the older learn­ers, adult snow go­ers can learn and im­prove their ski­ing and board­ing quickly with group lessons now capped at six guests.

Thredbo is also mak­ing it more af­ford­able for the whole fam­ily to ski. With kids ski­ing for free on se­lected week­ends through­out the sea­son. With ev­ery adult two day lift pass pur­chased a child un­der 14 rides ab­so­lutely free. Kids ski free week­ends are June 15-16, July 20-21, Au­gust 24-25 and Septem­ber 14-15.

Keep­ing up with smart phone tech­nol­ogy, Thredbo now has an app de­signed to have all the in­for­ma­tion guests need right at their fin­ger­tips.

The ‘Thredbo Live’ phone app now has de­tails such as weather, snow con­di­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties, trail maps, videos and lots of other use­ful in­for­ma­tion avail­able for both Iphones and an­droid phones.

New snow­mak­ing has also been in­stalled on Ea­gle Way giv­ing skiers and board­ers more re­li­able ac­cess to top to bot­tom rid­ing ear­lier in the sea­son and it will pro­vide a top up when mother na­ture takes time out.

The moun­tain team in­stalled 400m of pip­ing that will at­tach nine hy­drants, of which five are au­to­mated to the sec­tion from the top of Kosciuszko Ex­press to the top of Snowgums.

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