Adventure in Perisher
Perisher is regarded as Australia's premier winter ski resort. It's dominated by the 2,054 metre Mount Perisher with superb alpine scenery.
The largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, Perisher attracts skiers and snowboarders from around the world. Perisher incorporates four villages (Blue Cow, Guthega, Smiggin Holes and Perisher Valley) and a number of ski fields, covering an area of around 12 kilometres. If you’re planning a skiing holiday, Perisher is the ideal destination.
During the peak ski season (around the months of July and August), temperatures get down to around -5°C, creating the perfect conditions for snow. June and September also usually receive a decent amount of snowfall, plus accommodation tends to be a bit cheaper during these times.
Weather conditions in the Perisher region are prone to rapid changes, so it’s advisable to always check the snow report before heading out each day. The weather forecast will show you what kind of temperatures you can expect, as well as wind direction and snowfall levels. No matter what time of year it is, always remember to pack warm clothes, waterproof gear, a hat and sunscreen.
Perisher is truly a skier’s dream, with 48 lifts and a multitude of ski runs, ranging in difficulty from beginner through to advanced. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a first-timer, there is something for everyone at Perisher. Even if skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, there’s plenty to do around the Perisher villages – including shopping, dining, snowshoeing and snow tubing.
Accommodation is available near the Perisher ski fields, as well as in the neighbouring town of Jindabyne. Whether you’re planning a luxury holiday or a budget getaway, there are accommodation options to suit all budgets. For those who simply love skiing, on-snow hotels and cabins provide the ultimate in convenience, although you will need to book in advance if you’re planning to visit during the peak periods. Alternatively, Jindabyne is only a short drive away – with a number of quality accommodation options ranging from self-serviced apartments to hotels, motels, guesthouses and youth hostels.
Ski packages make it easy to book your accommodation and ski passes at once – saving you time, money and hassle. Some packages include ski tuition and meals – it’s worth shopping around to find one that suits your budget and your needs.
Mountain biking, Perisher
Mountain biking at Blue Cow in Summer near Terminal Chair, Perisher, Snowy Mountains. Image Perisher
Perisher Ski Resort
Perisher Ski Resort. Image Gary Grant for Perisher
Perisher Valley HotelPerisher Valley Hotel accommodation. Footage courtesy of Sydney Weekender