Perisher has the most lifts and covers the largest area of any Australian resort. It is an amalgamation of four separate but interconnected ski areas: Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega, navigable by skiers and boarders can ski and board from one end to the other, assuming adequate snow cover. In early and late seasons and in bad seasons, the interconnections do not always have snow on them. Perisher is a huge resort and can be skied all day without having to catch the same lift twice. In 2008 and 2009, more summer snowmaking is being installed, particularly from the Midstation of the Forester Quad down Happy Valley and then up Towers (on Mt Perisher). A village plan is subject to government approval and may take years to start.
- 1 2009 name change
- 2 Location
- 3 Pros
- 4 Cons
- 5 Contacts
- 6 Planning
- 7 Resort facilities
- 8 Activities
- 9 Ride Guide
- 10 Other
- 11 History
- 12 Resources
2009 name change
For the 2009 season, resort managment changed the name of Perisher Blue to just Perisher. Along with the name change is a new logo and identity to reflect the amalgam of Smiggin Holes, Guthega, Blue Cow and Perisher. The name Perisher Blue had been in use since the early 1990s, when Perisher and Blue Cow officially merged.
Snowy Mountains in south-eastern Australia, about 500 km from Sydney and about 250 km inland.
- Higher base than other Australian resorts, which means it holds snow better in marginal seasons and late season.
- The place is big enough that, with a bit of thought and local knowledge, you can usually find a sheltered corner.
- The place is so big that you can always find an uncrowded spot.
- Friendly-family atmosphere.
- Has the best terrian parks and superpipe in Australia.
- Short runs.
- Takes a bit of local knowledge to get around efficiently.
- Even with local knowledge there are some flat bits, which makes things a bit tough for boarders, who tend to like the chairs and terrain at Blue Cow best.
- Limited nightlife and a geographically dispersed village can involve cross-snow walking. The new village development should improve this.
- Limited ski in/out accommodation, and some places are a long way from the lifts. There is oversnow transport to help you get around, but this costs extra.
Perisher Information/Guest Services: 1300 655 822
Perisher Group booking: 1300 655 844
Perisher Snow Holidays: 1300 655 811
International Bookings: 61 2 6451 4870
The Station Resort: 1300 369 909
The Perisher Valley Hotel: (02) 6459 4455
Fax: 02 6457 5485
Postal: PO Box 42 Perisher Valley NSW 2624
- Perisher is about 500 km and 5.5 to 6 hours drive from Sydney, and about 2.5 hours drive from Canberra. From Sydney, the road as far as Canberra is dual carriageway, and after Canberra is a good road with frequent overtaking lanes.
- Follow the Hume and Federal Highways to Canberra, then the Monaro Highway to Cooma and Jindabyne. About 5 km past Jindabyne there is a left turn onto the Alpine Way. This turn is signposted Thredbo and the Skitube. If you want to drive to Perisher drive straight ahead at this intersection. If you are looking for the Skitube turn left.
- There are no real sensible alternative routes. Turning off at Goulburn and travelling via Tarrago and Bungendore was a viable option when the road past Lake George and the ranges further south was not a divided road. Now the road is divided this route is slower. Although it is a pleasant diversion on a sunny day. There are some excellent arty crafty shops in Bungendore.
- There are two ways to avoid Canberra. One is through Queanbeyan and the other via Majura Road past the airport and Fyshwick. There is endless controversy about which is faster, but the difference is not likely to be more than 5 minutes. Note that construction of the Majura Parkway will commence in July 2009 which will eventually replace Majura Road.
- On Friday nights traffic can be heavy (particularly out of Sydney) and the journey may take longer. Returning on Sunday night can also be a bit slower because of traffic. Relax. Slow down. Overtake when safe. You will get there in the end.
- There will be speed traps. Driving anywhere, and particularly through Bredbo and Berridale, at more than the speed limit is foolhardy. There may also be at least one RBT in Jindabyne most nights. There are fixed speed cameras on the Monaro highway near the intersection with Hindmarsh drive in Canberra and near Hume.
- There is no overnight parking in Perisher. If you are staying overnight you must park your car lower down the mountain or at the Skitube. There is also no way to drive to your lodge as the roads are snow covered and closed to traffic. Access is by a private snowcat operated by your lodge, walking or by a snowcat taxi service called Hans Oversnow. On changeover days Hans Oversnow is very busy in the morning. You should book a cat well in advance (think days, not hours) to get your preferred departure time. If you help the cat driver load your luggage you are less likely to be charged for excess baggage.
- If you are traveling from Victoria, get to Albury then head to Khancoban via Tallangatta and across the Alpine Way via Thredbo. You will need to carry chains if you are driving the Alpine Way in winter. An alternative that may be faster, and which does not have the problem of possible snow on Dead Horse Gap is to travel through Gippsland to Cann Valley, and then following the Cann Valley Way to Jindabyne.
- Whether you choose the Skitube or drive for day visits (ignoring road and weather conditions) depends on how many people are travelling. The Skitube is a per person rate, whereas park entry is per car. If one person is travelling the tube is cheaper. For 2 or more driving is cheaper.
- The nearest airport serviced by regular commercial flights is Canberra it is serviced by Qantas, Virgin, Tiger Airways and Brindabella airlines. Note that only Qantas services the Sydney/Canberra route.
- Several bus companies offer tours to Perisher from Sydney and Canberra.
- Snow Alliance Canberra, Snowy Region and Jindabyne to Perisher
- Greyhound Sydney/Canberra to the skitube
- Lever Coachlines Snow Express - Day trips to the snowfields from Canberra (to the skitube)
- Murrays Travel - Interstate travel and day trips to the snow (to the skitube)
- Summit Coaches - Canberra and Southern region
There are many hotels, commercial and club lodges, details on the hotels and commercial lodges are on Perisher's website plus links to their booking service. Many of these commercial lodges offer special prices and packages, worth a look or call the Perisher Snow Holidays reservations team on 1300 655 811. Much of the on mountain accommodation is club lodges, which have varying policies on outsiders staying there, and varying levels of service from self-catering to fully catered. Information on the club lodges can generally be found on their websites. for example  There is not a lot of accommodation that is ski in/ski out. Much of Perisher requires a walk or cat ride to get to the lifts. The only self contained apartments are in The Stables development at Perisher.
Many people stay in Jindabyne, a town about 30 minutes' drive away (assuming good road conditions and no traffic). Or you can use the Skitube which takes about the same length of time if you get your connections right. Jindabyne has the full gamut of accommodation types from caravans to resort style hotels.
There is a camping area at Sawpit Creek on the road up to Perisher. It has some cabins and tent sites. There is also a motel at Wilsons Valley and Sponars Hotel, just below Smiggins.
If you are doing things on the ultra cheap, there are caravan parks and camping areas in Jindabyne, as well as the Sawpit Creek operation on the road to Perisher. They have civilised things like hot showers, but also have fees. There are recognised free camping areas at Island Bend on the way to Guthega and at Thredbo Diggings and Ngarigo on the Alpine Way between the park entrance and Thredbo. These have pit toilets and fireplaces, but little else in the way of facilities.
The usual selectiion of single, multiday, children's and beginner tickets. You can also get combined lift and Skitube tickets. Travel on the Skitube between Perisher and Blue Cow is included in an ordinary lift ticket.
If you buy a 5 day Monday start ticket on Sunday you can ski Sunday afternoon free.
In 2009 Perisher are offering a Perisher Card, which gives discounts here and there. With offers like this it is always worth doing some sums to see how the discounts pan out for your anticipated use.
Snow sports school
Perisher has an large ski and boarding school. They are particularly good with children. The under sixes have an excellent, purpose designed centre on the lower level of the Perisher Centre with instructors and staff qualified in childcare. There is a almost flat area just outside the door used to get first-timers used to wearing skis and getting around where no other skiers or boarders are. It is a very secure area, close to indoors and pitstops.
The snowsports school also has race training and freestyle programmes. The snowsports school has three bases - Front Valley at Perisher, Blue Cow and Smiggins. The school offers masters' courses, women only instruction and various clinics to work on specific skills.
Perisher has a snowmaking area of 53.4 ha covering Front Valley, Perisher Express to mid station, Excelerator, Lower Road Run, Lower Roller Coaster, Smiggins learner base area, Terminal Quad area and Zali's. These areas enable these lifts to open in poor snow: Ridge Quad Chair, Summit Quad Chair, Happy Valley Tbar, Mt Perisher Double/Triple Chairs, Terminal chair, Early Starter Double chair, Village 8 Express, Perisher Express (called by Perisher Blue Forester Quad - names often change with changes of sponsorship), Sturt Tbar and Mitchell Tbar.
Perisher has 271 snowguns and all new guns are automated. Perisher plans to increase snowmaking coverage to 110 hectares, aiming to have all the trails linking the four ski areas covered from the season’s start to finish. All new snowmaking at Perisher Blue will be automated to ensure that all snowmaking opportunities are maximised and that the snowmaking operation is as efficient as it can be. Some of Perishers existing snowmaking has recently being replaced by atomated Techno Alpin guns. The area of this replacement is Front Valley.
What's new in 2009?
For the 2008/2009 summer there is to be snowmaking to be installed around Happy Valley and up Towers on Mt Perisher
Perisher has the highest snowmaking of any ski resort in Australia and combined with some great summer grooming on Mt Perisher; skiing and boarding is set to be better than ever before. $5.7 million dollars has been spent in 2009 with new snowmaking covering the Happy Valley area and top to bottom on Towers Run on Mt Perisher as part of Perisher's three-year $19 million dollar investment in snowmaking upgrades. This extensive work, including significant rock removal on the popular Towers Run, will improve skiing and boarding, reliability and snow quality in these high traffic areas.
Wireless Internet coverage
Airlan wireless Internet can be accessed in the Valley, including at Perisher Valley Hotel, Mid Station Centre, Sundeck Hotel, Salzburg and Perisher Blue Staff accommodation. Prepaid cards are available at selected locations in Perisher Valley and Jindabyne.
For the most part, Telstra 3G coverage is available across the resort. Telstra's coverage is very good in the main terminal area of Perisher and at the Blue Cow complex however Smiggin Holes and Guthega can have erratic signal strength. A few isolated pockets around the resort have very poor signal or no signal at all.
If you're staying on-snow in Perisher, it is possible to walk between lodges and to restaurants and bars (such as they are), although some are a pretty far apart. There is an oversnow taxi service called Hans Oversnow (Phone 02 6457 5334 Mobile 0418 485 144) that will take you anywhere in Perisher for a price.
Most accommodation is not ski-in/out and there can be quite a walk to and from the lifts. Many commercial lodges operate their own oversnow transport and make regular runs to and from the lifts. Otherwise, you are stuck with Hans if you don't want to walk.
Smiggins and Guthega are smaller and more compact, and it is easier to get to lifts and between lodges.
You can travel between Perisher and Blue Cow, in both directions, via the Skitube on a standard lift pass at no extra cost.
For day parking there is a large, open carpark in Perisher, which often fills on weekends. There is also parking at Smiggins and Guthega. Parking at Smiggins is a good plan. You are a lot closer to lifts and ticket offices than you are in the Perisher carpark, and in most years you can ski from Smiggins to the rest of the resort. It is great when riding with a young family because you don't have to carry child and gear very far. And sometimes you don't have to fit chains to Smiggins when you do to Perisher.
There is no overnight parking in Perisher (except under The Man From Snowy River, for guests only). If you are staying overnight you must park your car lower down the mountain or at the Skitube. There is also no way to drive to your lodge as the roads are snow covered and closed to traffic. Access is by a private snowcat operated by your lodge, walking or by a snowcat taxi service called Hans Oversnow.
One option is Sawpit Micks Valet & Parking Service, Phone 02 6456 2321, Mobile 0412 045 894 or Fax 02 6457 2321. This service provides secure overnight parking off the mountain and a shuttle up to Perisher.
There is overnight parking in Guthega, and some Smiggins lodges have limited parking.
Fusion Parks & Pipe
Perisher has Australia's biggest, best and most progressive terrain parks and Superpipe. Innovative construction and grooming, state of the art equipment and snowmaking, Fusion Parks and Pipe consistes of four parks of different degrees of difficulty and a world-class superpipe that Torah Bright, Holly Crawford and Andrew Burton train on during the winter. The PSP Park has a wicked combination of awesome rails and boxes, huge jumps, hits and ever-changing challenges, which test the skills of even the best riders. If it’s urban street culture in the snow that you are after, then head over to the PlayStation Terrain Park tucked away near Leichhardt T-Bar. Just beginning? Then it is covered at the Columbia Fun Park, featuring smaller versions of the rails, boxes, kickers and table tops.
Tube Town and Snow Experience
A dedicated snow tube park is located at Perisher Valley. It has 2 lanes and is served by a couple of purpose built tows. Snow Tubing at Tube Town is the most awesome, family fun, snow experience around! Conveniently located on Mt. Piper, adjacent to the Perisher carpark, Tube Town has specially groomed lanes for all to enjoy a high-speed ride down the slopes with a purpose built lift back to the top. Perisher’s Snow Experience passes are a fantastic, low cost snow expereince in a fun and safe environment. Tube Town has specially groomed lanes allowing fun lovers and thrill seekers of all ages to enjoy a high-speed ride down the slopes and a ride back to the top on purpose built lifts. The addition of snowmaking and lighting will enable Tube Town to have more reliable snow in 2009 and night tubing on selected nights.
First Tracks Mornings
First Tracks allows a limited number of guests to experience the exhilaration of skiing or boarding before anyone else. From 7.30 - 9am on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July, August and September, guests of an intermediate to advanced level can enjoy the first runs of the day on Eyre T-Bar. Check with Guest Services for bookings and conditions. Conditions apply: subject to demand and weather conditions, bookings must be made by 3pm the day prior.
Groomer Tours are on Tuesdays and Saturdays throughout the season. A typical Groomer Tour takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours and is conducted on Perisher’s Front Valley. Pick-up is from the front of the Perisher Valley Hotel at 5pm. Bookings can be made through Perisher Guest Services by 3pm on the day of the tour. Limited spaces available. *Conditions apply.
Night Skiing and Boarding
From 6.30 – 9.30pm under the lights on Front Valley. At just $23 for adults kids free with a valid 5 or 6 day Mountain Pass and operating every Tuesday and Saturday night(conditions permitting), it’s a great way to get the most out of the day.
Call Wilderness Sports on 02 6457 5966. Some of the fun things to try include Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Perisher has an extensive system of groomed, undulating and sheltered trails that weave through the magical Snow Gums, suitable for a peaceful glide, walk or a heart pumping challenge.
There's something for everyone with Perisher's diverse range of eateries, a few are listed below:
- Aldo's Café and Pizzeria
Location: Upper Level, Perisher Skitube Terminal
- Brunelli's Café
Location: Shop 8, Upper Level, Perisher Centre
- Burning Log Restaurant
Location: Base of the Calf T Bar, Guthega
- Chicken N Kebabs
Location: Shop 4, Upper Level, Perisher Centre
- Cowpuccino Cafe
Location: Platform level, Blue Cow Skitube Terminal
- Eyre Kiosk
Location: Base of Eyre T-Bar, Mt Perisher
Location: Shop 2, Perisher Skitube Terminal
- Blue Cow Bistro
Location: Blue Cow Terminal
- Holy Cow Café Carvery & Sandwich Bar
Location: Blue Cow Terminal
- Mid Perisher Centre
Location: Mid Station Perisher Quad Express
- Aldo's Pittstop
Location: Mt Perisher Double Chair
- Li'l Orbits
Location: Platform 1, Perisher Skitube Terminal
- Nikki's Kiosk
Location: Wattle Lodge, Smiggin Holes
- Pretty Valley Kiosk
Location: Base of Pretty Valley Double Chair
- Sundance Bakery
Location: Shop 7, Upper Level, Perisher Centre
- Ski Rock Cafe
Location: Upper level, Perisher Centre
Bars & Entertainment
Restaurant, Bar & Nightlife Guide
Enjoy the aprés-ski celebrations at the various village pubs. Regroup, relax and share the day's adventures. Kick back, sharing a story or two and a sip of something special. If you're hungry - lucky you! There are dozens (for very small values of 12) of restaurants to choose from offering a variety of flavours from modern Australian cuisine, freshly made pizza or grill your own juicy steaks. Bubbling hot tubs. Fireside chats. Sparkling champagne. The flip side of Perisher ski resort is all about winding down the way you like to. Whether it is a romantic candlelight dinner, casual conversation in an intimate lounge, or dancing in a high energy nightclub, Perisher has something for everyone. Perisher will light up your aprés ski hours.
- Location: Skitube Terminal - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Italian and Pizza
- Trading Hours: 9am-5pm (7 days)
- Licenced Bar: 5pm to 9pm
- Contact: 6457 5032 (bookings preferred)
- Authentic Italian cuisine. Great atmosphere. Go for a quick bite or linger longer. Great Pizza.
- Bazil's Bar
- Location: The Perisher Centre - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Light bar snacks
- Trading Hours: Open 7 Days - Midday til late
- Contact: 6459 4430
- Tuesday nights are legendary party nights featuring live entertainment. Lucky seat draw on **Wednesday nights.
- The Top Spot Bar
- Location: Upper Level Blue Cow terminal
- Trading Hours: Licenced Bar Open 7 Days - 10am til 5pm
- Contact: 6459 4622
- Spectacular views, a great place for a drink with friends or to relax between runs.
- Location: Smiggin's Hotel - Smiggin Holes
- Cuisine Style: a la carte
- Trading Hours: Dinner 6.30pm to 9.00pm
- Licenced Bar: Open 7 nights from 6pm
- Contact: 6457 5375 (bookings essential)
- Good quality dining (children catered for).
- Clancy's at the Man
- Location: The Man - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Modern Australian 3 course set menu
- Trading Hours: Dinner 6.30 to 8.30pm
- Licenced Bar: 4pm to Late
- Contact: 6457 5234 (bookings essential)
- Children catered for. Popular bar, live music.
- Dini's Café Bar
- Location: The Perisher Manor
- Cuisine Style: Café style dishes (lunch only)
- Trading Hours: Dinner 6.30pm to 8.30pm
- Licenced Bar: Tuesday and Saturday night. 9.30pm to late (live music)
- Contact: 6457 5291 (bookings for large groups)
- Great atmosphere.
- Jax Chargrill
- Location: Perisher Centre - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Chargrill / Bistro
- Trading Hours: Lunch from 11.30am to 3pm | Dinner from 5.30pm
- Licenced Bar: 9am to Late
- Contact: 6459 4437 (bookings required)
- Offers a whole host of entertainment during the season.
- Base 1720 Bar & Restaurant
- Location: The Perisher Manor - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Modern Australian, Table d'hote
- Licenced Bar: 6.30pm to 10.30pm
- Contact: 6457 5291 (bookings essential)
- Ski in, Ski out. Classy piano bar.
- Smiggins Chargrill
- Location: Smiggins Hotel - Smiggin Holes
- Cuisine Style: Pizza and Bistro
- Trading Hours: Lunch 12 to 2pm, Dinner 6.30 to 9pm
- Licensed Bar: 10am to 12pm
- Contact: 6457 5375 (bookings essential)
- Inexpensive, convenient dining. Wednesday - band night.
- Sundeck Hotel
- Location: The Sundeck Hotel
- Cuisine Style: A la carte
- Trading Hours: 12pm to Late (Dinner res. required by 2pm)
- Licenced Bar: Open till late
- Contact: 6457 5222
- Comedy Night Tuesday night.
- Snow Gums Restaurant
- Location: Perisher Valley Hotel - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Australian and International
- Trading Hours: Lunch - 12noon to 3pm | Dinner - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
- Licenced Bar: 10am to 11pm
- Contact: 6459 4443 (bookings essential)
- Great views of the slopes. Buffet nights: Tues & Sat.
- The Gallery
- Location: The Marritz - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Table d'hote (changes daily)
- Trading Hours: Dinner 6.30 to 8.30pm
- Licenced Bar: 5pm to 12am
- Contact: 6457 5220 (bookings essential)
- Table d'hote, 3 courses. Extensive views from Mt Perisher to Front Valley. Open fireplace, cosy atmosphere.
- The Pub and Food Court
- Location: The Pub - Front Valley
- Cuisine Style: Food Court (and BBQ on fine days)
- Trading Hours: Food Court - 8am to 5pm
- Licenced Bar: Open 7 days
- Select from soup kitchen, pasta, kebabs, burgers etc. Keep an eye on the entertainment calendar for great bands featured at The Pub.
- The Stables
- Location: Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Australian cuisine featuring game
- Trading Hours: Dinner 6 to 9pm | Lunch - 12noon to 3pm
- Licenced Bar: 5 to 10pm (bar snacks available 6 to 9pm)
- Contact: 6457 5755 (bookings preferable)
- Lunches during July and August. Private functions also catered for.
- The White Spider
- Location: The Eiger Chalet - Perisher Valley
- Cuisine Style: Extensive
- Trading Hours: 6pm to 9pm
- Licenced Bar: 4pm to 10pm (with snacks)
- Contact: 6457 5209 (bookings essential)
- Extensive menu catering for all tastes and a cosy, relaxed atmosphere with open fireplace. Apres Ski Entertainment with Steve Whitmore, Wed, Sat afternoons.
There are boot and ski lockers for hire in several places around Perisher. Prices are pretty reasonable. They can be found on the left hand platform (facing uphill) of the Skitube Terminal in Perisher, behind the ticket offices on the bottom level of the Perisher Centre and on the platform level of the Blue Cow Skitube Terminal. The hire offices for the Skkitube sites are near the lockers, and the Perisher Centre lockers are hired from the nearby ski & board rental place.
A boot locker means that you have somewhere to leave gear and street shoes during the day, and a ski locker means you do not have to carry your skis up and down with you (although I would be a little nervous leaving my skis overnight where the public has access to them, even if they were locked up). The Blue Cow boot lockers are two different sizes - ask for a big one when you hire one if more than one person is sharing.
Perisher has a couple of dedicated beginner areas with magic carpets on Front Valley. After that, Front Valley itself is a high traffic area, and can be a bit daunting. It is also steeper than you really want for people one step removed from absolute beginner.
Happy Valley is gentle and wide, but the T-bar can have horrendous lines. Happy Valley is accessed easily from the mid station of the Quad Chair.
Pretty Valley is reasonably flat, except for the first hundred metres or so (and that is wide and not very steep). The runs can be accessed from front valley and the Perisher Express. There are a couple of points where riders are concentrated into narrow areas, which can be a bit worrying. The chair is as slow as a wet weekend, and is only a double.
Pleasant Valley, over at Blue Cow, is wide and gentle except for a disconcerting choke point at the bottom. It has a detachable quad chair, which makes riding lifts a breeze. The Early Starter chair at Blue Cow is another option.
Smiggins is almost all gentle. It has the advantage that there are few experts there. Lifted Wth a triple chair, two carpets and t bars.
Have a Go! Day Pass
Offering great value for first time skiers and boarders. Inclusions: 2 hour introductory lesson. Limited lift access at Smiggin Holes. Plus 50% of ski or snowboard equipment hire. Available at Smiggin Holes only
Adult - $78 Adult Including Skitube ex Bullocks Flat - $89
2.5hr Group Lesson only For the new skier or boarder, lesson includes introduction to the beginner carpet during lesson only - $61 for 2.5hr Group Lesson only, Single lesson upgrade with a valid mountain or season pass - $51
There are groomed runs off every lift (except Olympic). They range from easy(green)to blue(intermediate)and to hard(black).
There are many areas for off piste skiing. Out wide on Eyre is always worth a look after a fresh fall. There are some interesting but short shots in the trees in Centre Valley near the Leichhardt T-bar. Rock Garden off the Ridge Chair is a great run if there is enough snow to cover most of the rocks. Also try Outer Limits off Ridge. Kamikaze can also be good. There are some great turns to be had to skiers' left of the Interceptor chair, not to mention the distant delights of the North Perisher T-bar. Another popular off piste run is going left at the top of Brumby t-bar, through the trees and ending up at the ridge. Burnum Burnum, off the top of the Sun Valley T bar and dropping into Sun Valley below the bottom of that T bar has some nice tree skiing.
Out of Bounds
There are many options.
A popular run is from the top of the Blue Cow t-bar at Guthega down through to the trees on the opposite side of the mountain to the ski area. You end up finishing on the Guthega Road and can walk back to the Carpark Double chair.
It is possible to ski off the back of Mt Perisher down to Guthega, but the last bit is a bit flat.
Eyre to Guthega in 3 Lifts, and Other Tricks to Getting Around Perisher
The Eyre T-Bar and Guthega are at opposite ends of Perisher. Although the place is big, it is not hard to get around once you are familiar with the lift system (although calling what appears to be a random scattering of lifts a "system" may be a bit of a stretch).
From the top of Eyre slide down Sun Valley and cut through the gap in the trees to the bottom of Happy Valley. Ride Happy Valley, then cut under mid station on the Quad (or Freelander) Chair and then down into Pretty Valley. Go past the bottom of Pretty Valley Chair and head for Interceptor. From the top of Interceptor drop into Pleasant Valley to the Brumby T-bar. From the top of the T slide past Blue Cow terminal and hang a left to the Guthega traverse. Voila!!
Not steep. A few lift lines if done at the wrong time of day. Not exciting but doable, with not much traversing. There are quite a few pleasant diversions on the way to make it more interesting.
You can also go to the bottom of the Quad from the top of Happy Valley, and get around into Pleasant Valley from the top of the Quad. This is more direct, but the first route was intended to show that nowhere in Perisher is more than 3 lift rides from anywhere else.
If you go past the bottom of Brumby you are on Roller Coaster, which takes you to the bottom of the Ridge Chair.
To get to Smiggins go straight ahead past the bottom of Pretty Valley across to the Piper T-bar.
To get back from Guthega, take the return trail to the bottom of Terminal Chair. From the top of Terminal get across to Pleasant Valley (this bit is a bit flat). From the top of Pleasant Valley, take Copperhead Rd back to the bottom of Pretty Valley. From here, you can slide around to the bottom of Telemark (to get you into Front Valley) or Piper (to get you to Smiggins). You can get to the bottom of Sun Valley, and the Mt Perisher Chairs, from the top of Pretty Valley Chair. Unfortunately the Pleasant Valley Chair is the chair in PB most susceptible to wind. If it goes on wind hold a vital link in the return strategy is taken out, and you have to catch the Ski Tube back to Perisher.
There is a cross country hire shop on the lower level of the Perisher Centre. You can also arrange instruction for recreational and competitive cross country skiing, and lift served telemark lessons here.
Skiing up to and back from Charlotte Pass is one of the nicest introductions to cross country skiing around. There is a marked trail that takes you away from the Summit Road. About 10 undulating km each way, and pubs and cafes at the beginning and end and half way through. If you take a short diversion to Porcupine Rocks there are wonderful views into the Thredbo Valley and beyond. There is also a diversion across a saddle to Trapyard Creek, which is more interesting than Johnnies Plain. If it all gets too much you can bail at Charlottes and catch the oversnow back. What's not to like?
Guthega, either up Guthega Ridge (across the dam wall) to Consett Stevens Pass, or across the Snowy River at the Illawong suspension bridge, is one of the major departure points for ski touring and the back country in NSW. This area is outside resort boundaries and, in bad weather, is effectively remote. If you ski here you must be self contained and have the experience and equipment to survive the worst weather for up to 4 days.
Parks & Pipes
Many people consider Perisher's terrain parks to be the best in the country.
Yarrandoo off the Ridge Chair develops interesting bumps and is rarely groomed.
The real hero bumps are the first 3 turns off the top of Olympic, but they are generally pretty badly shaped.
- Out wide on Eyre.
- Outer Limits off the Ridge Chair at Blue Cow.
- The trees at Guthega.
- North P T-bar and Interceptor.
When the weather gets serious it is worth trying Centre Valley around the Leichhardt and Lawson T-bars, and the Interceptor Chair. The runs in the trees at Guthega are also worth a look. Sometimes the Ridge Chair at Blue Cow can be protected (except for the last few metres at the top) depending on wind direction. Because Perisher Blue has runs facing in every direction there is almost always somewhere out of the wind and with the amount of T-bars you can usually find lifts running as well!
There is a toboggan area between Smiggins and Perisher on Mt Piper, just at the back of the Perisher carpark. This is run by NPWS who will advise if the area is open and safe for snow players. Right next to the toboggan area is Tube Town, a lot safer and more fun as you don't need to walk up the hill!
Sun, snow, rain and wind, and any combination thereof, but because the resort is higher it tends to get more snow than rain. Average minimum temperature during winter is -3.7°C degrees Celsius. The percentage of fine weather days during winter is 70%.
Perisher is committed to achieving compatibility between the protection and maintenance of the natural and cultural environment, exercising social responsibility and providing high quality alpine recreation and tourism experiences.
Since 1995 Perisher have contributed in excess of $450,000 to a special Environmental Monitoring Fund which is administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). This fund is used for activities such as monitoring and evaluating any long term trends in the Mountain Pygmy Possum population and the effects if any of ski area activity on the possums and their habitat.
From 2007 onwards the Village 8 express powered is by 100% renewable energy
Main article: History of Perisher
Perisher was originally four separate resorts - Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow. Perisher and Smiggins amalgamated quite early. Blue Cow was developed in the 70s, and amalgamated with Guthega about 5 years later. The combined Blue Cow and Guthega were in turn taken over by Perisher to form what we now know as Perisher Blue. Details of all of the 68 lifts that have ever operated at Perisher Blue can be found in the Australian Ski Lift Directory.
useful website on the Guthega resort ski history http://www.christianacapital.com/Text/1201316577093-6700/