Iconic Thredbo Valley businesses, Wildbrumby Distillery and the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa in the Snowy Mountains, are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to “Shake Hands with the Snowies”.

The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) advise that the Thredbo Valley is open from Jindabyne via the Alpine Way. Tourists are encouraged to visit villages and towns in the Snowy Monaro region and they ask that holiday makers return and help the communities get back on their feet.

This was a welcome announcement, with the local community looking forward to getting back to business. Wildbrumby Distillery kicked off today, Crackenback Farm Guesthouse is open for overnight guests with the cosy restaurant serving dinner on Thursday’s and Saturday’s, with Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa opening on Friday 17 January.

“The team have done a great job and excited to be back in action. There is a full schedule of activities, dining options and the popular walking and mountain bike tracks have received extra attention and are in top shape” said Anthony Cleary Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager.

To acknowledge the re-opening, business owners, staff and residents are reaching out to visitors to say hello, welcome and thanks for being here with a good old-fashion handshake.  With an outstretched arm of friendship “Shake Hands with the Snowies” will show visitors to the region we appreciate the support.

The handshake symbolises a mountain welcome with sincerity that is embraced by the local region in these hard times. The community is encouraged to get creative with their handshaking, to engage with the guests to make them feel at home.

“We have a lot to be thankful for and we really want to reach out and welcome visitors to our area. We are fully stocked with mountain hospitality and would love to see visitors here” said Brad Spalding, owner Wildbrumby Distillery.

The staff, management and community acknowledge the open for business status, but our thoughts remain with those not as fortunate who have been affected by the bushfires.

There is a huge line-up of upcoming special events, breathtaking scenery and activities galore there is no better time to get back to the Valley this summer.

With the doors open and many hands of friendship, the community is looking forward to visitors returning to “Shake Hands with the Snowies”.