Adventure in Perisher
Comprising of four resort areas and over 3,000 acres of skiable terrain, Perisher houses Australia's only superpipe, a long ski run sitting at approximately 3kms and five terrain parks. There are seven mountain peaks located within the grounds of Perisher; the highest being Mt Perisher, offering great views throughout the ski resort.
Incorporating Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega, and covering an area totalling around 1,245 hectares, Perisher is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. With 47 lifts and a wide variety of ski runs of varying difficulty, the ski resort caters to skiers and snowboarders ranging from beginners to advanced riders, and hosts a range of rental facilities and lesson packages.
During the peak ski season from July to August, temperatures can get down to -5 degrees celcius, creating ideal conditions for snow. However, June and September are known to receive a decent amount of snowfall, while accommodation demands and costs tend to be a little lower during these times.
For excitement off the ski slopes, enjoy a scenic chairlift ride, dine with an alpine view, spend time snowshoeing around the resort or slide down the slopes at Tube Town. For an easy way to get around, take a ride on Australia’s only alpine railway, the Skitube. This 10 minute train ride takes passengers from Bullocks Flat through to Perisher Valley and Blue Cow.
There are a range of on-snow lodgings available at Perisher as well as a variety of accommodation options in neighbouring Jindabyne. For a stay in the mountains, Perisher’s hotels and lodges offer convenience, while Jindabyne presents a number of quality accommodation options from self-serviced apartments, hotels and motels to guesthouses and youth hostels. Suited to most budgets, accommodation both on and around the ski slopes should be booked in advance if you’re planning to visit during the resort’s peak periods.
Ordinarily hidden under a blanket of snow, savour spectacular scenery during a visit to Perisher in the summer months. Explore the resort on two wheels as you follow one of the many mountain bike trails scattered throughout the Perisher area. The trails vary in difficulty, from easy family friendly rides to difficult inclines. To see Perisher at a slower pace, spend a few hours or even a whole day, hiking along mountain paths. Spot native wildlife and enjoy fresh alpine air as you make your way along the Perisher-Blue Cow Link Road or the scenic Porcupine Walk.
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First time to the snow? If you don't know your Nordics from your downhills, or your boots from your bindings, sign up for some lessons with a professional instructor. With a lesson, beginners progress faster and build confidence to hit the big slopes in no time.
Explore the great terrain parks on offer at the Snowy Mountains. Develop your skiing skills and tricks at the terrain parks available at Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields, and Thredbo. Mini terrain parks are also on offer for beginner skiers.
There's more to snow-fun than skiing and snowboarding! Each resort has designated areas to enjoy free snow-fun and build a snowman with the kids. Try Snow tubing, toboganning and go on a snow shoeing tour to discover more fun on the slopes.
Sunrise in Blue Cow Perisher. Image Perisher
Perisher Ski Resort. Image Gary Grant for Perisher
Mountain biking at Blue Cow in Summer near Terminal Chair, Perisher, Snowy Mountains. Image Perisher
Mt Piper, Perisher. Image Gary Grant for Perisher
Aerial view of Smiggin Holes ski resort. Image Tony Harrington for Perisher
Skiing in the Perisher area. Image Shannon Pawsey for Perisher