Perisher Ski Resort is Australia's largest ski resort encompassing the four resort areas of Perisher, Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega, plus the Skitube Alpine Railway and The Station Jindabyne. During winter up to 47 lifts operate across the resort areas. Due to the vast amount of terrain, even skiers and snowboarders that visit each season can still find something new.
A family snow holiday at Perisher is a truly magical time to spend together, especially for the kids! There's no need to spend every minute skiing or snowboarding either, Perisher has a great variety of family friendly activities available with night skiing & boarding, fireworks displays, Tube Town (the resort's own snow-tubing park), weekend scenic chairlift rides, heaps of après entertainment and its famous progressive terrain parks and halfpipes that kids just love.
Perisher has a large range of properties spread across Perisher Valley, Guthega and Smiggin Holes. There is a mix of lodges, hotels and self-contained apartments that suit all budgets. Perisher Valley is the largest village with lots of dining, nightlife, and childcare options available. While Guthega & Smiggin Holes are smaller in size, the locations of most lodges in both areas tends to be convenient and easy getting to and from the slopes.
Most accommodation in Perisher is on-snow, keep in mind that ‘on-snow’ does not necessarily mean it is ski in, ski out & most properties require a short walk to get to ski lifts. Perisher properties often offer meals included in the price of lodging. If you want ski in access, there are a few hotels in Perisher Valley that tick that box.
Budget friendly accommodation for Perisher? Consider staying off-mountain in Jindabyne, which is only a 30-minute drive away. If you decide to stay in Jindy, you can easily drive or use the Skitube up to the slopes each day.
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Perisher is largest ski resort in the Southern Hemisphere, boasting 3000 acres of terrain across its four resort areas. Due to its 2054 metre elevation and the resorts aspect, Perisher is one of the better resorts in Australia in terms of snow quality.
Terrain is very well suited to intermediate level skiers and snowboarders, but Perisher also has incredible beginner facilities, ski school and lots of instructors. More advanced riders, there is definitely enough to keep you entertain, as well as excellent terrain parks to practise your skills.
Ski season runs from June to September. Perisher is a very popular family ski resort, so School Holidays tend to book early. If you are on a budget, early or late in the season is the cheapest time to visit & Perisher is a slightly safer bet than some other resorts in terms of snow.
Perisher is also an Epic pass resort. To book Perisher lift tickets, click here.
Getting around Perisher is relatively painless, the resort is well set up and facilities are often only a stroll away (especially if you are staying in Perisher Valley). The ski resort areas are interlinked via the lift system, and there are shuttle services that links Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes.
Located 6 hours from Sydney or 2.5 hours from Canberra, visitors can choose to drive or take advantage of shuttle services. If parking is not available at your accommodation, you can drive to Bullocks Flat and then use the skitube to get to Perisher Valley. Snoexpress
offers transfers from Canberra to Perisher on Sundays and Fridays. If you are staying in Jindabyne, the resort is accessible by road and by the Skitube. Ask our ski specialists to recommend the best option for your ski holiday!
What to do in Perisher? Outside regular skiing and snowboarding, there is cross-country skiing, neon night skiing, and the option to add a ski-day at Charlottes Pass. Off the slopes enjoy tubing, snow-shoeing, groomer tours and exploring Perisher’s many restaurants and bars. On Wednesday nights, families enjoy fireworks at Smiggin Holes (weather permitting). Note: Some activities may be impacted by COVID restrictions.
Many guests choose to spend their après-time at their lodge, but for the social butterfly among us Sundeck in a must-visit in Perisher. Famous for being Australia’s highest licensed hotel, Sundeck boasts 40 different flavoured schnapps. If you can’t pick which schnapps to try first, the ‘tasting platter’ serves up 5 colourful test tubes to get you started.
Let’s start with the essentials… coffee! Coffee addicts (like us) will love High Ground Coffee Bar
, they also do great breaky & if you ask nicely you might even get tips on the best spots for the day. Although not a restaurant, special mention for donut holes in the ski tube terminal & the deluxe hot chocolates at the Mid-Perisher Centre.
Many Perisher properties include breakfast and dinner in the room rate. So, for lunch we recommend Guthega Inn, renowned as a relaxed long lunch spot with fantastic views of the mountain.