Visitor reviews for Perisher Ski Resort

Perisher Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 29 votes and 49 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.4

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Perisher is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 3.7

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Perisher has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 3.0

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 3.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.1

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Perisher.

Public Transport: 3.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Perisher, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.7

(1) No places to stay in/near Perisher, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Perisher.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.6

(1) There are no child care facilities at Perisher, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.1

(1) Perisher relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.1

(1) There are no snow groomers at Perisher, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Perisher are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.1

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Perisher is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 2.0

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Perisher, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.0

(1) Perisher usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.7

(1) The staff at Perisher are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Perisher are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 2.6

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.1

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.9

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.3

(1) No intermediate terrain at Perisher, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 3.2

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.7

(1) Not even a kicker at Perisher, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 3.8

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Perisher, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Perisher has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.2

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.7

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.2

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.1

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.5

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.9

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 2.6

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 2.9

(1) Overall, Perisher is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 2.2

(1) Overall, Perisher is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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June 12, 2018
Schagne Venter from Ski Australia Australia
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.....
September 06, 2016
Joe from Ski Australia Australia
Perisher is still the best resort In Australia when you compare the terrain of the other Auz resorts. The downside is a rise of the bogan demographic.
August 29, 2015
Peter Gare from Ski Australia Australia
For advanced skiers and boarders wanting fresh runs, down groomed slopes with steep terrain, such as the Accelerator run, forget it. If you are lucky they can open at 9am, providing it hasn’t been snowing. If it has been snowing they have to “de-ice” the chair, which they can’t apparently do before they open. Thredbo opens top to bottom at 8.30am regardless of snow fall. Of late, the Accelerator run is used by “athletes” to train before 9am, so by the time it opens the run is tracked out. If you want to go off-piste you’ll find that Ski Patrol has already completed many laps of the best slopes. You would think that for $122 a day, Perisher might consider you, guess not. You are left with a feeling that Perisher wants to extract as much money from you as they can while providing the minimum amount of service.
October 16, 2014
Felicity from Ski Australia Australia
I had my 7 month old in the Snowy day care at Perisher. I was NOT happy with my experience. Firstly, I was not allowed to take my baby into the room myself and twice when I opened the door (because there was no one at the front desk after I waited for some time), I saw that my baby was strapped in a pram and just left to cry (unattended) and I was quickly let out of the room and the door closed. It is also very concerning when your baby is sent home with 1 full bottle of formula which hasn't been given. So I can only assume he was given one bottle all day. The feedback I was given both days was -"he was very unsettled today". Well of course he was, he wasn't fed! It does make me very suspicious of the way things are run when you don't let parents come in and check children or put them to bed yourself when you arrive. I think the young girls you have working there are too inexperienced to look after the number of babies you have in there.
August 17, 2012
PJ from Ski Australia Australia
Just got back from the best weeks skiing we have had in Perisher for at least 10 years. Great snow, great company and no hassles. Like most punters are saying, if you get there a little earlier and plan your day then there is no problems with crowds. Love the new ticketing system except for one problem. Not all the lifts have an electronic gate (as yet) so my sixteen year old son got the wood on me for the week, because I spent too much time @ Nth.P. The only place that really needs attention is getting back from Mt.P.via Happy Valley T-Bar, where a lift is desperately needed. P.S even got 15% off beer @ Jax bar using my cheap season pass.
August 09, 2012
Anne Bourke from Ski Australia Australia
Look out for "The Pole Planters Ski Team 2012" - week commencing 12 Aug 12, we have definitely timed it right with this latest dump. We have skied Perisher on about 6 occasions and have enjoyed it immensely. My son Sean has cerebral palsy and last year he skied unaided after the wonderful instruction from the Adaptive Ski Instructors. The staff all over the mountain make our holiday a wonderful experience. The Man from Snowy River Lodge is a home away from home, and I agree with previous reviews, if you get up early and plan your day, you can miss the queues. If the weather closes in there is always somewhere to ski. We are Queenslanders and we love coming to this winter wonderland. Two more sleeps. Yeehaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!
August 05, 2012
Kerry Putland from Ski Australia Australia
Just spent a week in Perisher, first time in decades and have to say the electronic pass readers were fantastic and efficient. We did not have to endure waiting for a lift for more than 2 minutes in any part of the resort and the snow quality was exceptional. Lift operators were always on hand to offer out smallest skier help onto the chair. Ski tube was a great and safe way to access the mountain enabling us to use off snow accommodation. Only problem we encountered were a lot of snowboarders who just did not stop and hoped the skiers would get out of the way so that they did not have to, not a fair way to share, very dangerous and not necessary to board as though the mountain is for them only. Other than that a great time and we will be back.
July 18, 2012
Gerry from Ski Australia Australia
Hello Everyone, I've just read previous comments about Perisher, good to see that most were positive and enjoyed their snow holiday. I've skiied Perisher every season for the last 43 seasons and greatly enjoyed every one of them. Having also extensively skiied America, Canada, Europe and Japan I feel I'm well qualified to make comparisons. Perisher is without doubt a world class resort and the management and staff do a wonderful job of providing us with the best possible ski experience every day despite a very challenging environment (no, I don't work there). I'm still blown away by the discounted season pass deal which makes Perisher's prices comparable to a lot of overseas resorts which have much longer seasons. As for crowds, yes it can be a pain waiting in long lift queues, but as a previous reviewer mentioned if you arrive early and plan your day you can usually avoid the worst of them. Here's my tip; Make a point of getting on the V8 for first lift, cross to Mt P when lifts open there, hot choc at halfway by 10am, when most day trippers are arriving. If you have kids take them on a tour to Blue Cow before lunch and even to Guthega. On crowded days avoid Blue Cow like the plague, you'll spend a lot of time waiting in queues, Mt P is generally the best option. Don't be afraid to have a look at Smiggins, it can be surprisingly uncrowded. Most of all, just enjoy being in the high country, breathe some clean air and leave your stress behind.
July 06, 2012
Nic from Ski Australia Australia
Hey all. Sunny days,stress free. It is what it is. I left Sydney this week from a busy week to now play in Australia wonderland. Oh what a difference a few days can make to your life if you just enjoy your every day. Look at it this way, you ski as little or as much as you like. Use someone else's power water. Heat up by the open fire. Chill den with a few drinks with friends. No need to cook a meal as that is also supplied for you. Just relax. Don't think of it as money, think of it as well earned rest in the winter playground called Perisher. You will quickly forget about the cost when you return home. Back into your everyday existence. Exist to live, not live to exist! Think about it. Be happy.
June 26, 2012
Andy from Ski Australia Australia
Will all the wingers about prices stop and think about how expensive their flights around the world are!!!! Perisher has such a varied terrain, stacks of lifts and if you avoid the main areas,and or plan your day, small waiting times. Sure tickets are not cheap but I get value for money each and every day on the snow. Early season obviously has less snow than August {just look at the snow depth graphs}. Start taking overseas trips and get buses or drive to the slopes each day instead of just going outside the door of your accommodation. Suck it up and enjoy what we have!!