With four linked resorts in one, Perisher is the largest snow resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Skiers and snowboarders will never be bored with an incredible variety of runs to enjoy in beautiful surrounds. Ride through the snow gums, stop by a rocky outcrop for views over the valley and marvel at the spectacle from the top of Mount Perisher. Perisher is for everyone – from those who have never stepped on skis or a snowboard before to big air warriors and free riders who love it steep.
Skiing & snowboarding
Perisher has 47 lifts servicing 1,245 hectares of skiable terrain. Perisher Valley is the main base and where most people start their Perisher experience. From Perisher Valley you can ski across to Smiggin Holes, then over to Blue Cow and across to Guthega. All have their own personalities and all are well worth exploring. You can even ride the Skitube from Perisher Valley to Blue Cow if you want to.
The snow sports school offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults. Lessons can help everyone, from learners to advanced riders who want to progress and improve technique. There are terrain parks for those with a love for riding the rails and half pipes for big air tricksters. On weekends, early birds can sign up for a magnificent First Tracks experience, riding freshly groomed runs that are untouched.
If you don’t get enough action during the day, you can head out after dark with the Neon Night Skiing and Boarding, delivering an exciting experience with the terrain around the Village Eight Express well lit.
More on mountain fun
Have you ever wondered how the slopes are groomed so perfectly? Go behind the scenes riding in a groomer to see first-hand how it is done. For a different type of experience, you can try cross-country skiing as Perisher boasts over 100km of marked cross-country trails. Go for a tranquil glide or go hard for a decent workout. You can even organise lessons through an operator like K7 Adventures.
A backcountry experience is easy to arrange with Snowy Mountains Backcountry offering a variety of programs from introductory to advanced. They also have split boarding, snowshoeing and ski touring with the slopes around Guthega, a ski tourer’s delight. Before you do anything off-piste or in the backcountry, please read these alpine safety tips carefully.
Accommodation & dining
There are lodges, hotels and apartments spread across Perisher Valley, Guthega and Smiggin Holes. Many, like Perisher Manor and the Marritz Hotel are close to the lifts so you can strap your skis on at the door. Many skiers choose to stay in Jindabyne and drive into the resort, which takes around 30min, or catch the Skitube from Bullocks Flat.
Perisher has a great selection of restaurants and cafes dotted all around the resort. The Perisher Centre at Front Valley is the main hub for breakfast and lunch, with excellent meals and drinks also to be had at the Man From Snowy River Hotel, the White Spider at the Eiger and Snow Gums at the Perisher Valley Hotel. At Guthega, the Alpine Inn is the spot for lunch. As for hot chocolate and coffee, there are plenty of cosy places on the mountain.
In warmer months Perisher changes from the Southern Hemisphere’s largest ski resort to a tranquil base for bushwalking and mountain biking in beautiful Kosciuszko National Park. This lovely area of the NSW Snowy Mountains includes Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega.
Hiking & mountain biking
You’ll discover great walking tracks in the fresh mountain air, from alpine trails in the UNESCO-protected Biosphere Reserve to paths through summer wildflowers, snow gums and striking rock formations.
The Porcupine Walk winds from Perisher Valley Reservoir through snow grass and snow gums to The Porcupines, huge granite boulders where you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Thredbo Valley and beyond.
Ride the relaxed 4km ride around Perisher village or take the more challenging 20km return ride from Perisher to Charlotte Pass, where you can bike and hike up Mount Kosciuszko. Mountain bikes can be ride as far as Rawson Pass, where there are bike stands and you can walk the 1.4km to Australia’s rooftop.
Pristine waters from melting snow caps flow each spring into rivers and lakes teeming with jumping trout. The crystal-clear waters of the Snowy, Thredbo and Eucumbene rivers meet in Lake Jindabyne, which is a short drive east from Perisher.