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Perisher Ski Resort

Perisher Resort Guide

Perisher, Australia

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Perisher Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,034m6,673ft
Resort Height1,605m5,266ft
 Nearest AirportCanberra
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Perisher at a glance

Created in 1995 from the merger and lift-linking of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins And Guthega this 'super resort' rivals the best in the world in lift infrastructure, whilst offering twice the lifts and triple the 'above snowline ski terrain' of any other Australian resort.

 When will it snow in Perisher?

The next notable snow forecast for Perisher is 2cm1in, expected on 26 October, with around 2cm1in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Perisher Facts, Stats and Ratings

Perisher Rated

Ratings for Perisher
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Perisher?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Perisher
Highest Lift2,034m6,673ft
Lowest Piste1,605m5,266ft
Resort Altitude (Perisher)1,605m5,266ft
Max Vertical429m1,407ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Perisher Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Perisher
Cross Country
Total Length
104km65 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Perisher Summary

The Australian Ski Resort of Perisher has direct access to a total of 50 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,605m5,266ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,034m6,673ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Perisher Overview

In 1995 the four New South Wales ski resorts of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega joined forces to form the 'Super Resort'of Perisher, the largest single ski area in Australia. This amalgamation has meant that skiers and snowboarders can now explore an area of 1250 hectares of piste served by over 50 lifts As well as the sheer volume of skiing, there is also a good mix of levels and types of terrain, with lots of interest and challenge for skiers of all standards.

The four villages have an alpine feel to them with purpose-built accommodation and cafes right on the piste, although one look at the gum trees which grow halfway up the mountain should tell you that you're not in the alps. The mixture of skiing and the excellent child care and ski instruction make Perisher a good resort for families, while at the same time, snowboarders and the young set will enjoy the frenetic nightlife.

Skiers can drive to the resort - snow chains are mandatory, there is a charge to enter the national park where the resort is located but there is plentiful parking. However, there is an excellent Ski Tube which travels from Bullocks Flat - you get off either at Perisher at the base of the mountain or you can carry on to straight up to the summit of Blue Cow Mountain.

In 2003 the resort introduced the southern hemisphere's first eight seater chairlift, the Village 8 Express, the first stage of a new resort development.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Perisher is 3km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Kamikaze Double Trouble'.

Skiing in Perisher

The amalgamation of the four resorts of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega has made Perisher Blue, with one single bound, to become the largest ski area in Australia. And while quantity does not always mean quality, Perisher Blue really has plenty of good and interesting skiing for all standards, with 30 beginner runs, 65 at varying intermediate levels and a stonking 80 runs to entertain and challenge expert skiers.

Snow cover is pretty certain - the slopes are south-east facing and in a good season (like 2000) the powder skiing is plentiful both above and below the tree line. (There are also 106 snow canons which can blast over 10% of the ski area). The local ski school employs 250 instructors from all over the world and so being taught in one's own language is a virtual cert. For cross country skiers there are over 100kms of groomed trails to explore.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Perisher

Australia has embraced snowboarding wholeheartedly and boarders of every level are welcomed at Persisher Blue. For a start, there's the good mix of terrain, plenty of easy to intermediate runs for cruising plus some of the most demanding advanced trails in Australia for the top bananas.

There are four terrain parks - one with a superpipe above Perisher village next to the Happy Valley T-bar; another just below the summit of Blue Cow and reached by the Summit Quad. Finally, the nightlife in Perisher and the nearby (and somewhat cheaper) town of Jindabyne is excellent. One park is for children only.

When is Perisher open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Perisher.


Usual opening is Early June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Perisher.

Snow Making

Perisher is able to make snow, with 142 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 50 ski lifts of Perisher are able to uplift 52,903 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Perisher?

Perisher is in New South Wales, Australia.

How can I get to Perisher?

 By Air

The nearest airport to Perisher is Canberra which is 159 minutes drive away.

Off the Mountain

Perisher Apr├ęs Ski

At the end of your day on the snow. the villages come alive. Australians are known throughout the world for their dedication to partying and if proof were required, the bars and restaurants of Perisher amply demonstrate this national pastime.

The resort leaves nothing to chance; all the main venues provide a variety of events including music, comedy, clubbing and wacky competitions like karaoke, snow sculpture and wait for it...pub to pub races - Alka seltzer, anyone? Of course, none of this is compulsory and for those who prefer a rather more low key night life, there are cosy pubs and restaurants where you can simply chill. The Sundeck hotel has an internet cafe where, if you feel the need, you can keep in touch with the outside world.


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