Hey Guys I wrote some content for Mountainwatch Perisher about the ski feilds in Australia, and thought I would add some of my tips here for anyone going to the snow this winter:
Perisher is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest snow resort with 1245 hectares of terrain to ride. The resort is spread out across four different ski areas – Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Mount Blue Cow and Guthega. These can be accessed via car or the railway system known as the Skitube. Apart from its size, Perisher is also famous for its terrain parks. The resort boasts multiple terrain parks for different ability levels and a half pipe. Perisher is owned by Vail Resorts and covered by the Epic pass that allows access to 27 resorts across Japan, Canada and the U.S. These include Hakuba, Park City, Heavenly and Whistler Blackcomb.
First timers should head to Front Valley with the Village 8 Express taking up eight people at a time. The Smiggins Holes area is another great beginner area with carpets, J-bars and T-bars allowing access to easy green runs to help you find your feet. Intermediate riders will enjoy the cruisy green runs around Pretty Valley, Happy Valley and Pleasant Valley. Those looking for higher intermediate runs should head to Mount Perisher while advanced riders will love the black runs accessed from Ridge Chair and North Perisher T-bar as well as Leichhardt and Front Valley terrain parks.
You can drive to Perisher in 6 hours from Sydney, 7 from Melbourne and 2.5 from Canberra. If you don’t want to drive all the way to Perisher then you can drive to the Skitube on the Alpine Way and catch this alpine train through a tunnel to Perisher Valley, Blue Cow and Perisher Range. This can be a great option to avoid driving in snowy or icy conditions. If you’re flying from further away you can land in Canberra airport and take a bus or drive, otherwise you can take a REX regional flight to the nearby town of Cooma. A number of long buses and coaches can also be taken from Jindabyne or major cities, including Snow Alliance, Snowy Mountains Shuttles, Snow Connect and Murrays Coaches.
Stay in Perisher itself or in the nearby town of Jindabyne, about 30 minutes from the resort or 20 minutes from the Skitube. In Perisher there are lodges, chalets, bed & breakfast, hotels and self-contained apartments. You can choose to stay at Australia’s highest hotel, The Sundeck Hotel. It has an ideal ski-in ski-out location, great meals and unbeatable snowy views. For a bit of luxury The Stables chalets and apartments are a great option for self-contained on-snow accommodation with extra touches like fireplaces and spas.
Staying in Jindabyne is best for nightlife, bars, restaurants and shops. Just out of town is the budget friendly option The Station, which is owned by Perisher.
You’ll find Mexican, Italian, Japanese and classic Australian meals dotted around the Perisher runs and at its base. Aldo’s is a favourite among mountain goers for its coffee, cooked breakfasts, pizza and pasta. This cafe and restaurant can be easily found in the Skitube terminal. If you’re after food on the hill Alpine Eyre is popular for burgers and snacks.
Perisher doesn’t offer much in the way of apres, as most of the nightlife occurs down in Jindabyne. The Station frequently hosts DJ’s and music acts.
You can also see the Perisher snow cams
And the Perisher daily snow report
Any questions about Perisher let me know and I will get straight back to you. :)