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 24, 2005
Mark Vogel from Ski Australia Australia
An amazing place to ski for what it is. A real winter play-ground full of rolls, bumps, rocks, trees small and BIG wind blown cornices; and a considerably large area to discover. Infrastructure is big and the village itself is set to improve. To ski in Australia is a truly unique experience and if you receive the right conditions, a real special memory. Downside is anytime may be not enough, wet or icy snow with freezing winds. It usually snows at about a 90 degree angle here (hence creating some awesome drops and cornices) great atmosphere to be found in lodges and bars around the resort or if you stay at the lead in town to the mountains, Jindabyne down below at 1000m. Excellent under-the-mountain train system will get you to the resort rain, hail or snow and is a significant feature of the resort. If you are prepared to hikew a little outsiode the resort there is even better untouched virgen wilderness to be experienced. Don´t die without knowing that we love to ski in Australia as well.
May 03, 2008
Justin from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Perisher June/July 07 for a few days;I found the resort to be very nice and the people very friendly. The weather was amazing (for snow lovers) it snowed heavily pretty much for 2 days so many of the runs where closed. They don’t take any risks so in weather where most lifts would be open in European ski resorts, here they close them. Having traveled half way across the world to visit Australia I had not expected to go skiing but I am very glad I did but I did not have my own equipment, however, the rental equipment in this report is the best by far I have ever come across and very well organised. If you find yourself in Australia during June – September find the time to go there. There is something quite surreal about skiing in what should be summer. For me one of the highlights was relaxing after a hard day skiing, with a drink watching Wimbledon tennis on the TV while a blizzard was raging outside.
August 25, 2008
Shaun from Ski Australia Australia
I live in Queensland and have made the trip to Perisher Blue each year for the past 5 years. The 4 villages combined (Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Mt Blue Cow and Guthega) make for excellent value on your lift pass; a total of 3076 acres. After 8 years, I'm still discovering the nooks and crannies of Mt Blue Cow and the absolutely stunning Guthega. This is the most accessible ski field in Australia and what an amazing landscape change from Queensland to Perisher Blue. Many European visitors are stunned at the facilities and the amazing weather in the Australian Alps, heavy snowstorms overnight and crystal clear days.... reminds me of north Queensland.... except stinking hot!
July 02, 2009
good skier from Ski Australia Australia
I believe Perisher is one of the, if not the, most overpriced skiing resort in the world. To think you can ski from one country to another in Europe for less than the cost of a 1 day pass in Perisher. And it's not as if you are paying for better snow here. The snow is ten times better in Europe. I will continue to go to Perisher but only due to its convenience.
July 14, 2009
iain morrissey from Ski Australia Australia
Perisher is the bomb. From challenging the experienced skier, to teaching my kids, the service, choice of terrain and quality of the groomed slopes is outstanding. Yeah, I hope they sling me a free day pass for being so nice. It's an expensive sport, (wait until you walk out of the ski shop with 3 kids kitted out), but I get to surf for free all year round and they have a limited season to make a dollar. I guess what I mean is there is always Xcountry if you like travel across boarders. It's a long way to Hotham though. Good skiing everyone ski with a smile.
July 15, 2009
ray nichols from Ski Australia Australia
I have been skiing for almost 30 years and have been to America, Japan and Canada during the Christmas holidays. I have been to Perisher for a week in our winter. Unfortunately, Perisher's lift prices and the national park's entrance fee are too expensive. If you want really good snow go overseas. Kind regards, Ray Nichols.
July 21, 2009
Jenny from Ski Australia Australia
Lift tickets at Perisher are twice the price they are in resorts in Switzerland, France and Italy for starters. In fact, I have reduced the number of days I ski in Australia to 2 days per season purely because of the cost of the lift tickets. Instead, I'm going overseas as I get a much better whoosh for my buck.
July 22, 2009
mick hunt from Ski Australia Australia
I have been a season pass holder, at Perisher, for 4 years now and been going for six years. It is the most expensive thing I do and a complete rip off considering the amount of snow, the quality of snow and the vertical drop. It is laughable what they charge. The only reason I still go is because I am totally addicted to the sport. P.s. Guys, offer some discounts to long term pass holders.
July 22, 2009
ROGER from Ski Australia Australia
Perisher is obviously the best skiing in Australia. I've worked and skied all the hills and only Perisher offers so much new ground to explore. The crowds are minimal and the prices are to provide a vast lift system that covers a huge area. It's excellent value.
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.