Adventure in Smiggin Holes
Smiggin Holes is part of the Perisher Blue network of resorts in the Snowy Mountains. The high alpine surroundings and fresh mountain air are perfect for adventure seekers keen on snow sports, and in the warmer months, there are some great walks on offer.
About Smiggin Holes
A small village located within Kosciuszko National Park, Smiggin Holes is perched 1,680 metres above sea level. Located within a protected snow bowl, it is one of four villages within the Perisher Ski Resort, which is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. The name ‘Smiggin Holes’ is Scottish, describing the holes in the land created by hundreds of cattle tramping through the area to get to the rock salt that farmers had left out for them.
Smiggin Holes (known at ‘Smiggins’) is widely regarded as one of the best beginners' ski resorts on the Australian snowfields. The snow bowl is relatively sheltered, which means it often misses out on the harsher weather experienced across the wider Snowy Mountains. The proximity of the two accommodation options in the village (Smiggins Hotel and Smiggins Chalet Apartments) are conveniently close to the ski lifts.
Bushwalking and hiking is a popular activity in the warmer months. For panoramic views of Guthega and Blue Cow, check out the Mount Piper Trail; it’s a snowshoe trail during snow season but it’s also a nice, easy walk out of season. The track is round 5 km long and takes less than three hours to complete. For a shorter walk, try the 3 km Aqueduct Hut Trail, or for a more challenging journey, the 14 km Pipers Creek Trail. There are also guided bushwalks and walks which pass through the area.
Smiggin Holes is a great place for kids to learn how to ski; this family-friendly resort is easy to get to and from the other resorts at Perisher, Guthega and Blue Cow, the sheltered, moderate conditions make it easy for kids to learn to ski and snowboard. Ski and snowboarding lessons can cater for all levels. Skiing and snowboarding lessons at Smiggin are exclusively reserved for guests of Smiggins Hotel and Smiggins Chalet Apartments. Lessons for adults are also available. If you enjoy cross-country skiing, there are two trails nearby to explore; a 2 km beginner trail, and a 4 km beginner/intermediate trail, where you can enjoy wilderness areas at your own pace.
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