The Southern Hemisphere’s first Alpine Coaster is now open at Thredbo Resort!


Thredbo Resort is thrilled to announce that the new Thredbo Alpine Coaster is officially open.

Excited guests queued up to score their first rides this morning including 13-year-old William Thompson who waited 3 hours to be first in line. 

"The Alpine Coaster was really fun! The corners turn really fast and it was just so good. I've already ridden it twice and I'm definitely going to do it again," said William.  

On Friday afternoon, Thredbo hosted a Grand Opening event for the Alpine Coaster with media, stakeholders and members of the community. EVT Chairman Alan Rydge and Thredbo General Manager Stuart Diver officially cut the ribbon to open the new attraction and guests enjoyed their first rides before it was opened to the public on Saturday. 

Thredbo General Manager Stuart Diver said the Alpine Coaster aligns with the resort’s focus on providing a premium guest experience and EVT’s overarching strategic focus to create experiences that escape the ordinary. 

“The Alpine Coaster is a world-class attraction for the Snowy Mountains and will greatly support year-round local tourism. It provides a fun new on-snow experience in winter, will build upon our wide range of outdoor adventures in summer and will be a drawcard in the shoulder seasons."

"The Alpine Coaster is a testament to our ongoing commitment to growth and development, solidifying Thredbo as Australia’s premier year-round adventure destination," said Mr Diver.

Open 365 days a year, the Southern Hemisphere’s first-ever Alpine Coaster diversifies Thredbo’s recreational offering as an all-weather, action-packed way to experience the mountain. 

The Alpine Coaster features 40 carts that can reach a maximum speed of 40km per hour and a maximum acceleration of 19.6km per second. The altitude difference between the bottom and top station is 130 metres with an uphill track length of 410 metres and a downhill track length of 1.4 kilometres. Amassing a total length of 1.5 kilometres, the Alpine Coaster track takes guests through a tunnel, bridges and circles that traverse the stunning alpine environment. 

Passengers can control their speed while riding, creating a personalised experience with wide-spread appeal. For thrill-seekers, keeping their hands off the brake guarantees an adrenaline fix whereas for chill cruisers, taking it slow and enjoying the scenery is a great option. 

Construction on the Thredbo Alpine Coaster commenced in October 2023 and was completed in May 2024. As part of the construction, the Alpine Coaster has undergone safety testing by independent third-party engineers.

Including the Alpine Coaster, Thredbo has now completed seven significant developments since 2022 as part of its ongoing wide-scale development plan. With several projects currently in construction and planned for the coming years, Thredbo will create even more industry-leading facilities for guests, offering world-class recreation right here in the Australian snowfields.  

Thredbo Resort is committed to preserving, protecting, and prioritising its unique alpine environment. Together with Red Energy, Thredbo is proud to power the Alpine Coaster and all resort operations with 100% renewable energy.