Patrick Thorne

27 May 17

Thredbo Rings in 60 Years with A Mountain Top Bell

Patrick Thorne

27 May 17

Thredbo ski area in Australia has announced it will be installing a new bell at the top of Karels T-Bar, the highest lifted point in Australia at 2037m.

Skiers and boarders are being encouraged to, “Snap a snowy selfie beside the bell before ringing it across the valley,” to celebrate Thredbo’s 60th season, which begins next month.

Thredbo was first envisaged as a ski destination when Tony, who had been a ski instructor at the St  Anton in Austria from 1941 to 1948 saw Thredbo as a potential Australian equivalent, with good vertical terrain and buzzing ski village atmosphere.

“I was looking for a place where ski runs would be long and challenging, easily accessible and where you could establish a modern winter resort,” Sponar said.

1957 marked the first time skiers were riding a tow from a launching point near Lovers Lap to Kareela, a distance of about a kilometre. The first ever chairlift, Crackenback, was formally opened in 1958 for skiers to enjoy alongside the tow.

Thredbo’s upcoming 60th anniversary will include celebrations, events and activities planned for everyone to enjoy, a resort spokesperson said.