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 08, 2010
leo from Ski Australia Australia
Perisher may be several thousand acres in size, but lets get real, there are only a few lifts worth skiing on (Mount Perisher & racecourse in Guthaga) all other runs are 1 minute long & flat, big deal. Like a lot of Australians I go to Canada/USA in our summer for a real ski holiday. One thing that really stands out in North America compared to here and that is staff attitude; Perisher lifties are so up them selves. I don't know how Perisher finds these guys, mind you senior management isn't much better, try winning an augment with one. Now guys, I know the price of fuel has gone up a lot over the last few years but so has your lift tickets, so why don't you start your groomers up every now and again. Except for the kiddies runs you leave everything else to nature, haven't any of you managers ever left Australia, people love North America mainly because of the fantastic grooming (and the huge runs, cheap lift tickets, great staff attitude plenty of good cheap food & drinks).
June 04, 2010
Barbie from Ski Australia Australia
Sweet Perisher - are you insane?? You say that your experience at Perisher equals your experience in Switzerland or Colorado - what a crock! Zermatt, in Switzerland, is a wonderland that Perisher doesn't come close to touching and as for Colorado - are you telling me that the regular 4ft of powder at Breckenridge or Aspen is comparable to Perisher? Sweet Perisher, when you wake up from your fantasy, I suggest you revisit Colorado mate.
October 06, 2009
Sweet Perisher from Ski Australia Australia
At Perisher you can stay on snow and play with the kids after skiing with friends, or enjoy the lake side view from Jindabyne. You can enjoy long scenic runs and not have to sit on a chairlift for 8 minutes getting a cold butt. I love catching the Interceptor early and making 'first tracks' through the long runs down to Gutherga. I'm almost the only one there, and I feel like it is my own. My experiences at Perisher give me wonderful memories for the years to come. Corny? Yes, but true. I only really got into skiing as an adult, and have come to know and love Perisher. And after skiing in places like Switzerland and Colorado, I know that Perisher offers an equally good time without travelling two days to get there. My gorgeous kids are just starting out and already love Perisher as much as I do.
September 17, 2009
George from Ski Australia Australia
I returned to skiing in 2006, after a long absence, with a trip to Canada and skied in Vancouver and several weeks at Whistler. I had a ball and the runs were long and the snow was great but, I have to say, I really rate Perisher. You manage a long run in Whistler but then you have 20 mins of lifts to get back up there. In Perisher you can have a real blast on Eyre or Excelerater and hop on a lift and have just the right amount of recovery time to go again. Also in Canada the lifts started much later than in Australia and closed much earlier. Because Perisher is so vast we easily find places to ski that are not too busy. I can guarantee that I do way more top to bottom in a day at Perisher than a day at Whistler. I love my country and especially Perisher.
August 18, 2009
Top CAT from Ski Australia Australia
I have been skiing for more than 35 years all over the world. I have lived & worked in Perisher. I have a membership of one of the oldest ski clubs in Perisher. I love skiing in Perisher because it costs less than a trip to South America and I can stay at my own ski-out ski-in lodge. That convenience is only available at one resort in New Zealand. I ski a different resort in Europe every (Aussie) summer. I also love Perisher in summer because there are no tourists, just true "alpinists". Perisher costs a lot to ski because it has the same quality and size of infrastructure as many European and North American resorts for, at best, a 12 week season. Most northern hemisphere resorts are at a higher altitude and/or latitude with 16 to 20 week seasons (some are on glaciers and operate for 52 weeks). They are also mostly located close large population centres. Therefore the operators can get a reasonable return on investment at lower charges to their customers.
August 17, 2009
Lee from Ski Australia Australia
What I want to know is, why does this forecast differ from the Perisher site? This basically says rain whereas their site says light dusting of snow. Perisher can't give an honest snow report to save their lives. I don't mind paying all that money for a lift pass, but it annoys me how they have to exclude info from a snow report to get tourism. Yes, when conditions are right its great down there, but that's been not often at all this season. Don't think I'll be back next season.
August 13, 2009
Glen from Ski Australia Australia
This is the first season in the past 10 that I have not bothered to go to Perisher. After boarding the last 3 seasons in either Europe or the USA, I cannot go back to the over priced Perisher. I cannot understand why they do not offer loyalty programs and discounted ski days when the weather is not so good. If you want to market the slopes better then you need to fluctuate the pricing to the conditions to minimise the risk for the people who travel long distances and risk the snow not being good. The staff at Perisher wonder why people head to NZ or O/S: less risk for money spent.
August 05, 2009
Paul Clarke from Ski Australia Australia
Perisher is great when the conditions are right and if your attitude is right you can have the time of your life there. Yes, Perisher is expensive, but you can spend the same staying in the city for a weekend. Good things come at a price. Just pick your time. If you get icy, wet conditions or no snow then you're not going to enjoy yourself. Do go night boarding, it was the highlight of our last trip.
August 04, 2009
Tom from Ski Australia Australia
All of the Australian ski resorts are a joke. I recently stayed and skied in Chamonix in the French Alps and the difference in quality and price is ridiculous. The lift passes over there are cheaper and there is far more variety on offer with a whole lot more snow cover. I am planning my ski holiday in Japan next and I have found that I can do a month for $8000 with a little change left over, less if I wanted to stay at one resort. New Zealand is cheaper in all areas. No, our snow area really is a joke. There are huge crowds and rubbish snow conditions. I won't be doing many more trips there, not when you can do so much better and experience another country at the same time.
July 24, 2009
Good snowboarder from Ski Australia Australia
Australian snow fields are way over priced. Having boarded in Europe for 2 years coming back to Oz is a bit of a let down. Although it is still fun, you definitely don't get what you pay for compared with other destinations.