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Perisher Ski Resort Guide

Perisher, Australia

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,034m
Resort Height1,605m
 Nearest AirportCanberra
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Created in 1995 from the merger and lift-linking of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins And Guthega this 'super resort' rivals the best in the world in lift infrastructure, whilst offering twice the lifts and triple the 'above snowline ski terrain' of any other Australian resort.


The Australian ski resort of Perisher is at an altitude of 1,605m.

Perisher has direct access to a total of 50 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,605m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,034m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Perisher?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Perisher.

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Ski Area Stats

Perisher Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Perisher Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,034m
Lowest Piste1,605m
Resort Altitude (Perisher)1,605m
Max Vertical429m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Perisher
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Perisher Overview

In 1995 the four New South Wales ski resorts of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega joined forces to form the 'Super Resort'of Perisher, the largest single ski area in Australia. This amalgamation has meant that skiers and snowboarders can now explore an area of 1250 hectares of piste served by over 50 lifts As well as the sheer volume of skiing, there is also a good mix of levels and types of terrain, with lots of interest and challenge for skiers of all standards.

The four villages have an alpine feel to them with purpose-built accommodation and cafes right on the piste, although one look at the gum trees which grow halfway up the mountain should tell you that you're not in the alps. The mixture of skiing and the excellent child care and ski instruction make Perisher a good resort for families, while at the same time, snowboarders and the young set will enjoy the frenetic nightlife.

Skiers can drive to the resort - snow chains are mandatory, there is a charge to enter the national park where the resort is located but there is plentiful parking. However, there is an excellent Ski Tube which travels from Bullocks Flat - you get off either at Perisher at the base of the mountain or you can carry on to straight up to the summit of Blue Cow Mountain.

In 2003 the resort introduced the southern hemisphere's first eight seater chairlift, the Village 8 Express, the first stage of a new resort development.

 Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Perisher is 3km long and the most difficult run is the 'Kamikaze Double Trouble'.


The amalgamation of the four resorts of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggins and Guthega has made Perisher Blue, with one single bound, to become the largest ski area in Australia. And while quantity does not always mean quality, Perisher Blue really has plenty of good and interesting skiing for all standards, with 30 beginner runs, 65 at varying intermediate levels and a stonking 80 runs to entertain and challenge expert skiers.

Snow cover is pretty certain - the slopes are south-east facing and in a good season (like 2000) the powder skiing is plentiful both above and below the tree line. (There are also 106 snow canons which can blast over 10% of the ski area). The local ski school employs 250 instructors from all over the world and so being taught in one's own language is a virtual cert. For cross country skiers there are over 100kms of groomed trails to explore.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Australia has embraced snowboarding wholeheartedly and boarders of every level are welcomed at Persisher Blue. For a start, there's the good mix of terrain, plenty of easy to intermediate runs for cruising plus some of the most demanding advanced trails in Australia for the top bananas.

There are four terrain parks - one with a superpipe above Perisher village next to the Happy Valley T-bar; another just below the summit of Blue Cow and reached by the Summit Quad. Finally, the nightlife in Perisher and the nearby (and somewhat cheaper) town of Jindabyne is excellent. One park is for children only.

Location and Map

Where is Perisher?

This ski resort is in New South Wales, Australia.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Perisher is Canberra, 159 minutes drive away.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 50 ski lifts are able to uplift 52,903 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 142 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Perisher open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is Early June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Perisher, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

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Aprés Ski

At the end of your day on the snow. the villages come alive. Australians are known throughout the world for their dedication to partying and if proof were required, the bars and restaurants of Perisher amply demonstrate this national pastime.

The resort leaves nothing to chance; all the main venues provide a variety of events including music, comedy, clubbing and wacky competitions like karaoke, snow sculpture and wait for it...pub to pub races - Alka seltzer, anyone? Of course, none of this is compulsory and for those who prefer a rather more low key night life, there are cosy pubs and restaurants where you can simply chill. The Sundeck hotel has an internet cafe where, if you feel the need, you can keep in touch with the outside world.