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Perisher Resort Guide

The Perisher resort guide summary is: Perisher has 47 lifts within its 1244 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 334m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 105 trail at Perisher.


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Perisher Resort Guide

The Perisher resort guide summary is: Perisher has 47 lifts within its 1244 Hectares of terrain that is suitable for all levels, including terrain park enthusiasts. Find location, trail maps and piste maps covering the mountains 334m of vertical range and surrounding area. There are 105 trail at Perisher.

Vertical:

Top: 2034m
Arrow
334m
Bot: 1700m

Best for:

Beginner level skier
Beginners/
Intermediates

Trails:

105
22%
60%
18%

Hectares of Ski:

1244
Snowmaking: 5%

Perisher Lifts:

  • drag lift icon35
  • ski lift icon12
  • cablecar icon0
Total lifts = 47
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Visiting Perisher

Helpful resort information to assist planning your trip to Perisher.

  • Season opens
    5 Jun 2021
  • Season closes
    3 Oct 2021
  • Accommodation
  • Restaurants | Bars
    11 | 10
  • Nearest Airport
    Cooma
  • Nearest Train Station
    Queanbeyan
  • Tourist Office Website
  • Tourist Office Phone

Perisher Features

The terrain at Perisher includes:

  • Halfpipes
    1
  • Terrain Parks
    6
  • X-Country
    100.0 km
  • Ski Hire

What's it like at Perisher resort?

Perisher consists of four adjacent ski areas: Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow Mountain and Guthega which makes this the largest ski resort in Australia with a terrain that is nothing less than sensational. Seven mountain peaks, 47 lifts and 1,245 hectares of skiable area offer something for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities and aspirations. Perisher’s lift capacity is close to 53,000 skiers per hour, and lifts such as the six quad-chairlifts and the eight-seater high-speed chairlift, the only one outside Europe, cut through the queues in record time. For freeride skiers and snowboarders, there are six terrain parks plus a superpipe. Perisher is also high. The base elevation is 1,720 m and height matters, given Australia’s fickle winters. For cross-country skiers, the Nordic Shelter gives access to more than 100 km of marked runs for skiers of all ability levels. Perisher has more than 60 lodges that offer the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access. And, of course, there’s everything you need to make the most of your ski holiday including various dining options, equipment and gear hire, boutiques and bars making Perisher the complete location for the perfect ski holiday.


Explore Perisher Location Map

Interactive Perisher trail map and piste map. View the piste and trails as well as the surrounding terrain and mountain contours for backcountry action. Find and compare nearby resorts by clicking on the resort markers.


When's the snowiest month to visit Perisher?

AugustAverage: 3.1 snow days per week
The snowiest week in Perisher is week 1 of August. There are typically 3.1 snowy days during this week with 13cm of snowfall. Check out the Perisher Snow History graphs below.


Visitor Reviews of Perisher

Overall: 3.3 Based on 26 votes and 49 reviews

  • Snowsure 3.4
  • Variety of pistes 3.7
  • Off-piste 3.0
  • Scenery 3.8
  • Apres-Ski 3.2
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Schagne Venter from Australia writes:

Thredbo and Perisher refuse to acknowledge reality and move this weekend on a week or two, to a time when there is actual snow on the ground. In the seven years that I have lived in Canberra there has never been natural snow on the ground in the first week of July. And to add insult to injury, Thredbo has now even refused to offer the fake snow and toboggan rides which drew families to it. Oh, and they waited until a week before the day to announce that.

So what can you expect? At Thredbo expect zero snow, paying top dollar for ski-lifts, mechanical sled rides food and drink, a sad snow sculpture melting in the heat, empty pubs where one or two bored people watch footy, over-heated coffee shops closing early, a DJ playing house music to which toddlers and pre-teens dance while their parents stand around sipping over-priced beer and wine. The fireworks were such a non-event that we didn’t even realise they had happened. At Perisher expect some man-made snow, a few better musos, but not much more. Don’t expect a magical, fun-filled snow weekend as advertised in the brochures.

Don’t waste your money, time and energy on this over-hyped, over-priced kids party. Snow open weekend offers you zero snow and zero fun at full season prices. Despite the fact that Threbo and Perisher no doubt know, after so many years of having no actual snow on this weekend, that it will be snowless, they continue to promote this weekend as a funtastic opening to the snow. Too much to expect snow on a weekend claiming (and priced) to be the “start of the snowy season”? Apparently it is. Even Perisher barely has any snow at this time of the year and the reason those photos look so filled with happy people on the snow is because everyone is trying to squeeze onto the few man-made patches of snow for their instagram moment.

Until both Thredbo and Perisher start admitting that they are artificially extending the snow season in order to rake in extra money, and stop charging like there is actual snow on the ground, do yourself a favour and don’t fall for their lies. Show them the contempt they deserve by boycotting them for these first two weeks of June and go when there is actual snow and you are getting what you pay for. I for one will not be paying snow fees for a zero snow weekend again. Fool me once.....

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