Thredbo, Australia, Brings Back LGBTQIA+ Festival Rainbow Mountain

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Thredbo is bringing back the Rainbow Mountain Festival. | Picture: Supplied by Thredbo Ski Resort

Australia’s premier alpine resort Thredbo is bringing back its annual LGBTQIA+ festival, Rainbow Mountain. The three day event will celebrate diversity, inclusivity, visibility, community and love over three pride-filled days.

From August 10 – 12, 2023, Thredbo has partnered with Aspen Snowmass, Cloud Nine, Delta Airlines and Double Rainbouu to transform the mountain into a queer winter wonderland for all LGBTQIA+ guests and allies. Thredbo Events & Partnerships Manager Damian Goninan said that he is thrilled that the unique festival atmosphere of Rainbow Mountain will take over Thredbo again this winter.

“Thredbo truly is a winter playground for everyone. We’ve planned an incredible schedule of events for this year’s Rainbow Mountain and we can’t wait for the community to come together and celebrate here.” 

Impressions from the 2018 Rainbow Festival. | Picture: Supplied by Thredbo

This year’s Rainbow Mountain schedule features non-stop events on and off the mountain with skiing and snowboarding, dining experiences, DJ sessions, après parties, live music, entertainment and more. Costumes mandatory!

Rainbow Mountain attendees will go into the draw to win a trip to Aspen Snowmass for two, including four day lift passes and equipment rental from Aspen Snowmass, return economy flights from Delta Airlines and 5 nights of twin share accommodation at Limelight Hotel.

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Rainbow Mountain Pop-up at Cloud Nine in Aspen, CO. | Picture: Supplied by Thredbo

Rainbow Mountain Event Schedule

Thursday 10 August: First-night fever! Get the party started on Thursday night with the official Rainbow Mountain Welcome Party at Lounge Bar.

Friday 11 August: Start the day on a wholesome note with a free Guided Mountain Tour and then roll into Black Sallees for the Big Deck Energy DJ party. Get in a few more runs before heading back down for an après afternoon at Lounge Bar. To finish off the day, we’ll be heading up the gondola to Merritts Mountain Haus for RainbowFest.

Saturday 12 August: Get your skis or snowboard on and head to the top of Snowgums Chairlift for our iconic Pride Ride. After a big morning on the slopes, ski into the iconic Kareela Hutte for the Rainbow Room dining experience. After a very long lunch, slide straight into Alpine Bar for First Base presented by Canadian Club featuring Poof Doof. Not finished yet? Keep the good vibes going with our After Party at the Keller Bar.

Some events are expected to sell out so guests are encouraged to plan in advance. For the full schedule and to book now, please head to

PoofDoof will perform again at the 2023 Rainbow Festival. Get your tickets early! | Picture: Supplied by Thredbo

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