Thredbo jumps to Efterski

Thredbo has always had a passion for music festivals and it may well have unearthed its next long term venture if the inaugural Efterski Festival is anything to go by.

Combining skiing and music is certainly a good mix and the big crowds who flocked to Thredbo seemed to agree. The Toyota One Hit Wonder big air event has been a mainstay on the Thredbo calendar since 2009 and this year the Efterski Festival added some great bands, headline DJ acts and a film crew to capture all the action from every angle.

What was very evident was the younger non skiing crowd who were there mainly due to the big list of entertainers including Kele from Bloc Party, Rufus, Hermitude, Alison Wonderland and World End Press which left a lasting impression and no doubt will see the same faces return next year.

The beauty of Thredbo is you have multiple venues all within a short distance of each other allowing the crowd to wander between events, and there was plenty of action and various bands playing simultaneous throughout the village.

The younger brigade of Jindabyne also joined in the festivities combining competition in the AFP big air event and then partying with the masses on the weekend.

Australia's best big air skier Russell Henshaw from Jindabyne managed to win the Toyota One Hit Wonder big air event for the second year running and walk away with $5000 for his efforts.

While the main skiing competition was well and truly finished by the time the big music acts commenced on Friday night, that did not stop a jam session on Saturday attracting young local skiers watching their idols and hitting a mini jump.

Even better for the Thredbo and Jindabyne youngsters was having legend skiers Chris Booth and Boen Ferguson perform a mini jump session in the shadows of the massive 100 foot big air jump.

When the skiing was done for the day the party started by the poolside at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel before the massive street party kicked into gear in the early evening. It did not take long for the crowd to swell and the village square was heaving and the music blaring as act after act rotated on the main stage both Friday and Saturday nights. With guests viewing from the balconies above and the masses dancing in the village the atmosphere was sensational.

When the usual Saturday night fireworks launched skywards it was a sea of light as the night sky lit up and the stage lights flashed their colours of brilliance.

Once the main village act concluded partygoers simply moved to the next venue with the Kosciuszko Room providing for band lovers while the Schuss and Keller bars had the tunes pumping.

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