Perisher is the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, with four picturesque resort areas in one and 245 hectares of terrain to ride. There are plenty of runs to explore across Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow.
Winter at Perisher
Up high in the Snowy Mountains in the Kosciuszko National Park, skiers and snowboarders will be spoilt for choice with the incredible variety of runs to enjoy in beautiful alpine surrounds. Coast through silver snow gums blanketed in snow, pause by a rocky outcrop for spectacular views out over the valley and marvel at the vista from the top of Mount Perisher.
Skiing & snowboarding
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. There are 47 lifts servicing 1,245 hectares of skiable terrain, with Perisher Valley the main base where most people start their Perisher experience. From there you can ski across to Smiggin Holes, over to Blue Cow and on to Guthega. Each village has its own personality, and all are well worth exploring. You can even ride the Skitube from Perisher Valley to Blue Cow, which has been newly painted this year with artwork from Perisher local Mike Shankster and Ukrainian artist Arina Apostolova.
Perisher has an excellent Snowsports School, offering ski and snowboard lessons for both kids and adults. Not just for beginners, lessons are also great for intermediate and advanced riders who want to progress and improve their technique. There are terrain parks for those who love riding the rails, and half pipes for big air tricksters.
On weekends, early birds can sign up for a magnificent, riding untouched and freshly-groomed runs. If that’s not enough action during the day, you can head out on the slopes in the evening with the , delivering a thrilling experience after dark with the terrain around the Village Eight Express well-lit.
More on mountain fun
Go behind the scenes and ride on a Perisher snow groomer to see first-hand how the slopes are kept so perfectly groomed. For a different experience, try cross-country skiing on one of Perisher’s 100km of marked cross-country trails. Enjoy a tranquil glide or go hard for a decent workout, you can also organise lessons through 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.
Perisher dining & accommodation
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 on offer 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, with lots of cosy places on the mountain for hot chocolate and coffee.
There are plenty of accommodation options right across Perisher Valley, Guthega and Smiggin Holes, from lodges and chalets to hotels and apartments. Many, like Perisher Manor and the Marritz Hotel, are close to the lifts so you can strap your skis on at the door and ski in, ski out. Many skiers choose to stay in Jindabyne and drive into the resort, which takes around 30min, or catch the Skitube from Bullocks Flat.
Summer at Perisher
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 ridden 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.
WATCH: The best of Perisher
WATCH: The best of Perisher
Watch these highlights from Perisher, the largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere. Based in the Snowy Mountains the ski resort consists of four villages: Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow.