For many the name Thredbo is synonymous with winter holidays, skiing on crisp white snow beneath clear blue skies. But for many it has been home all year round, even through storms, blizzards, bushfire and landslides. Pioneers and trailblazers from Australia and from Europe, many fleeing persecution during and after the second world war, made Thredbo the place to be. Turning an isolated snowy range into a premier destination took vision, determination and resolve in the face of harsh elements. Generations have enjoyed the slopes of Thredbo. This colourful history reveals Thredbo as not just a resort but as an expression of multicultural ethos, built by immigrant pioneers, enjoyed by generations of Australians.
Chas Keys is a non-fiction writer who has contributed pieces on various subjects to many newspapers, journals
and magazines. His eleven books include works on the State Emergency Service, floods and their management,
alpine clubs and skiing, cricket and social demography. He is a member of the Kiama Alpine Club, which owns
a lodge in Thredbo, and he wrote the club’s story which was published in 1997. In 2013 he wrote the story of the
Southern Alps Ski Club. He is also an occasional contributor to the newsletter of the Thredbo Historical Society.
2017 is 60th anniversary of Thredbo ski resort; lavishly illustrated coffee table style book;