Ski Australia - New South Wales

Perisher Resort Reviews

Ski Australia - New South Wales

Perisher Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Perisher Ski Resort

Perisher Ratings

Overall: 3.3. Based on 24 votes and 49 reviews. Vote

Access: 3.3

(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.

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.

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: 3.9

(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: 4.0

(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.

Snowsure: 3.3

(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.

Snowmaking: 4.0

(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: 4.0

(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: 3.0

(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: 3.8

(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: 4.2

(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.

Variety of pistes: 3.6

(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.

Beginners: 3.8

(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: 4.2

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

Advanced: 3.1

(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.

Off-piste: 2.9

(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.

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: 1.8

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.1

(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: 2.0

(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: 2.4

(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: 3.0

(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: 2.7

(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): 3.0

(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): 2.1

(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 16, 2012
Adam from Ski Australia Australia
Well, I see Perisher has raised its prices for lift tickets again this year. $112 a day. Perisher obviously wants to turn skiing and snowboarding into a sport for the rich. I have been snowboarding at Perisher for 6 years now and when I first went tickets were $89, not cheap but not excessive. Apart from adding more snow guns nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure to justify this excessive rise in price. Same chairs that stop every time you get on them and spew toxic fumes while you're waiting to board them. I love snowboarding but I think I'm going to buy a new steamer and go do more surfing this winter and take a trip to Chile or New Zealand. It's just not worth it anymore and I know a heap of my friends feel the same way. Poor effort Perisher and the rest of the Aussie snow resorts are not much better.
April 09, 2012
Tracey Devon from Ski Australia Australia
How many people here know Australia had the worlds first Alpine Ski Club?... “The Holmenkollen Ski Museum confirmed in 2006 that the first two ski clubs in the world were formed by Norwegians in 1861, both in Australia and Norway”. Wikipedia. On reading the comments above I noticed this - generally the Australians bag Perisher out but skiers/boarders from overseas are pleasantly surprised. It is all about expectation. If you ski Australia because you need your adrenaline fix, you will enjoy it. If you understand that we have a fickle short winter, you will enjoy it. If you would like to continue to learn and hone your skills for those overseas trips, you will enjoy it. If you want to compare it to the rest of the world, you will not enjoy it and will find fault. Perisher might not be the greatest resort in comparison to other world resorts, but I say this... if you can ski Australia you can cope skiing anywhere else. It can be hard packed, icy and slushy at times and requires precision and skill to ski here competently. If you can carve it up here, you can ski anywhere in the world. Our snow groomers are also well respected overseas, we have to "farm" the snow and "build" a significant amount of the runs here as opposed to just grooming the snow elsewhere. Skiing in Australia in unique. You cannot compare it to OS resorts, we just don't have the same climate. If you just love to ski/board you will enjoy it no matter where you go.
August 27, 2011
Phil from Ski Australia Australia
Just back from skiing three days at Perisher. All blue bird days. All but a few lifts were open and the snow coverage was very good. This was the first time I had skied this area, and I was impressed with the lift access and the staff. I am not sure what people are expecting when skiing Australian resorts but I must say Perisher was well worth a visit. There has not been much snow of late, but all open runs had full cover and most were groomed. Lift queues were minimal which was surprising as there was such a great cover of snow with blue bird conditions. Access on to the hill was very easy from Jindabyne though one always has to pay the National park fee. Lift prices are expensive, but that is the price and with all the snow making I can understand that it cost more than some areas that have more natural snow. Certainly a good resort for those that are beginners to intermediate skiers. There looked like there was a lot of back country skiing available and more advance skiers could find a challenge if they know where to look. The half pipe and terrain parks looked as good as any I have seen. Not my thing but I can see why Australia produces some good free stlye skiers/boarders. Overall, a great few days, and if you like skiing/boarding and are in Australia, why would'nt you have a look. For me back to Europe in December and more skiing.
July 28, 2010
Mark from Ski Australia Australia
After being at Perisher last week, I'd like to congratulate the lifties for raising their previously poor standard. Whoever is briefing you guys has certainly got you to lift your game and it shows: the crowds are more respondant and it makes a big difference. So well done guys, I'm proud of you... MS
July 28, 2010
Mark from Ski Australia Australia
Had five days at Perisher last week and no doubt the natural snow could be better, but thanks to the extra $ spent @ Perisher the man-made snow was great. With more snow arriving next week it will be great to get all the lifts and runs open and I will be back then, hopefully to an extended resort. Also booked Whistler in Feb next year and can't wait to go back for our third trip. MS
July 24, 2010
sandra from Ski Australia Australia
I have to say that I'm very disappointed with skiing in general in Australia. Yes, we're lucky to be skiing at all, but like so many of you, I'm not sure how the likes of Perisher justify the lift prices when not even half the resort is skiable. The staff leave a lot to be desired and it's a great shame that management aren't more selective or stricter with their staff.
July 23, 2010
George Carey from Ski Australia Australia
Hi Guys and Gals, I live in Perth and have been watching intently on the webcams and foxtel. Mother nature knows what she is doing and surely the weak years are part of a healthy cycle. I am a half glass full type and I book my Perisher holiday well in advance of any idea about the snow conditions. I am just so grateful to know that when I finally arrive in Perisher that there will be some sort of snow. It's great about the intense work from the snowmakers and the grooming staff are contributing. It is a short season in Australia anyway but if you live on the east coast you don't have a massive airfare to go to Canada or USA for example. On average I usually get great snow at Perisher but, I won't be able to have access to Guthega this year. However, I am blown away by the half million++ cubic metres of snow by the Perisher team and have not lost my money or my holiday. Get real people because when Perisher does pump I would not want to be anywhere else and I have skied in Europe and Canada.
July 22, 2010
Leon from Ski Australia Australia
I know Perisher can't help the weather conditions & lack of natural snow falls, but it's a bit rude when you pay top dollars to board/ski there when the only runs are open are man-made snow runs with massive line ups & they still charge full price for the lift tickets when only half the runs are open! I have been there for the last 4 seasons with my young family & have had some good times & skiing thanks mainly to Barakee lodge & their great staff & management. We had a nightmare experience at Lodge 21 (Smiggins). But I am sick of getting ripped off at Perisher. Next year I will be spending my money overseas.
July 21, 2010
Lynette from Ski Australia Australia
I have skied Perisher for the last 8 years and had fun every year. I have to agree with the comments about management. I questioned them about the price difference between first time lift & lesson ticket & the non first timer lift & lesson ticket which is more expensive. Basically, after a lot of emailing back & forward I was told that the first timer lift ticket had a discount & the non first timer lift ticket didn't & that was just the way it is. No further explanation & the way the email ended was abrupt and just plain rude. True we have a short season but still I think return customers should be able to get some sort of discount on their lift tickets for their loyalty.
July 14, 2010
Adele Scott from Ski Australia Australia
Hey I love Perisher...but it's about time they replaced Pretty Valley chair with something that's easier to load with kids and that doesn't nearly knock you off your feet. Also the trip to the top is soooo slooooow on the old thumper. I have been skiing there for 30 years now with the same old same old chair and it's about time! My first lift ticket at Perisher was $14.00 per day - I wish the old days were back again.