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Perisher Blue
Resort Summary
Resort Name Perisher Blue
Location Near Jindabyne in Southern New South Wales
Resort Altitude 1720m
Winter Season June - October
Terrain Overall: 1245ha
Beginner: 20%
Intermediate: 80%
Advanced: 20%
Lift System 49
Highest Lift 2034m
Lowest Lift 1605m
Vertical 429m
Longest Run 3km
Avg Snowfall 1.7 average max snowdepth
Terrain Parks Halfpipe, 4 progressive Terrain Parks
Snow Sports downhill skiiing, boarding, snow tubing, snow shoeing, cross country, telemark, tobogganing
Facilities night clubs (1), restaurants (18), child care, supermarket (1), ski hire, ski school
Nearest Town Jindabyne
Lift Pass
Adult 5 Day $418
Adult 1 Day $95
Child 5 Day $241
Child 1 Day $52


Perisher Blue has the most lifts and covers the largest area of the Australian resorts. It is an amalgamation of four separate ski areas. They are Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega. These resorts are interconnected, and skiers and boarders can ski and board from one end to the other, assuming adequate snow cover. In early and late season, and in bad seasons, the interconnections do not always have snow on them. It's massive and you can ski all day without having to catch the same lift twice. There are plans to expand and update the resort and village, check out their website for details, it should all be starting next summer (2008/2009).

Location

Snowy Mountains in south east Australia, about 500 km from Sydney.


Pros

  • Higher base than other Australian resorts, which means it holds snow better in marginal seasons.
  • 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

Cons

  • 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, they tend to like the chairs and terrain at Blue Cow best.
  • Lots of surface lifts, which makes things tough for boarders.
  • Limited nightlife, and a dispersed village can make getting to it a bit of a walk. 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.

Contacts

Phone:

Perisher Blue Information/Guest Services: 1300 655 822

Perisher Blue Group booking: 1300 655 844

Perisher Blue Snow Holidays: 1300 655 811

International Bookings: 61 2 6451 4870

The Station Resort: 1300 369 909

The Perisher Valley Hotel: (02) 6459 4455

More Numbers

Fax: 02 6457 5485

Postal: PO Box 42 Perisher Valley NSW 2624

email: Marketing@perisher.com.au

Planning

Getting There

Driving
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 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 Mugga Lane 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.
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 new fixed speed cameras on the Monaro highway near the intersection with Hindmarsh drive in Canberra.
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 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.
Flying
sorry, out of luck this year due to pilot shortage. Nearest place you can fly to is Canberra.
Bus
Several bus companies offer tours to Perisher from Sydney and Canberra.

Accommodation

On Mountain

There are many hotels, commercial and club lodges, details on the hotels and commercial lodges are on PB'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 Blue 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 [1] 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. On mountain accommodation

Off Mountain

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 are also a few places in the Thredbo Valley along the road to Thredbo. The bottom terminal of the Skitube is along this road, so these places have convenient access.

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.

Off mountain accommodation

Lift Tickets

The usual selectiion of single, multiday, children's and beginner tickets. You can also get combined lift and Skitube tickets. New for 2007 is a 6 day ticket. 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 2008 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 Blue has an excellent 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. The snowsports school also has race training and freestyle programmes.

The snowsports school has three bases - Front Valley at Perisher, Blue Cow and Smiggins.

Equipment Hire

Perisher Blue Ski and Snowboard Hire is the way to go. 1. For whatever reason you can exchange your skis, board, boots or clothing at any Perisher Blue Hire location. 2. At any location you can upgrade from skis to snowboard or recreational to performance skis. 3. Problems can be solved quickly without wasting skiing/ boarding time. 4. The most up-to-date and largest hire range in the Southern Hemisphere. 5. Lockers for hire in every location. 6. More than 60 staff to service your every need. 7. You can save 25% by hiring your equipment at The Station Resort Jindabyne if pre-booked.


Resort Facilities

Snowmaking

Perisher has an snowmaking area of 43.9ha covering front valley, Perisher Express to mid station, Excelector, lower road run lower roller coaster, Smiggins learner base area, Teriminal Quad area and Zali's. Enabling to open in poor snow: Ridge Quad chair, Summit Quad chair, learners lifts in blue cow, Terminal chair, early Starter Double chair, Village 8 express, Perisher Express (called by Persher Blue Forester Quad names often change), Village Express Chair, Sturt Tbar and Mitchell Tbar. Has 188 snowguns all new guns are atomated. 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. There is plans to automate its existing snowmaking over time.

What's New in 2008?

On the back of a great season of snow in 2007, Perisher Blue has committed to further capital expenditure in the resort for improvements and upgrades in time for winter 2008.

=New Snow making

Snowmaking will be further expanded with an additional $9.75M investment in 2008. This will allow the introduction of a new water supply for Perisher Valley, an upgraded pump station and 34 new automated Techno Alpin (armani guns top of the range )snow guns (adding to the 154 existing snow guns). In total, 3.5 hectares of new snowmaking coverage (on top of the current 40 ha) will be included from Mid Station of the Forester Quad Express down to Front Valley covering Yabby Flat, Goats Gully and the Bullwheel run. This snowmaking modernisation effort will be up to 9 times more energy efficient than existing systems and improve reliability and snow quality in these high traffic areas.

Environmental enhancements

In it's on-going pledge to implement sustainable environmental practises and in further support of the Keep Winter Cool program, Perisher Blue will be offsetting the carbon emissions of its entire grooming fleet with Origin Energy in 2008 and beyond. This initiative will supplement and enhance the environmental performance of the resort. Approximately 5% of electricity for 2008 will be accredited renewable energy further improving environmental outcomes.


New Ski Carpet in Smiggin Holes

To assist first time skiers and snowboarders, a new $100,000 skier conveyor (or ski carpet) named “Harry’s & Herman’s” will be introduced at Smiggin Holes. This new lift will improve guest experiences as they learn and progress.

Snow Fencing enhancements

$140,000 will be invested on additional slope grooming and snow fencing to ensure better skiing and snowboarding experiences across the resort.

New Groomer

An extra addition to its already impressive grooming fleet will be a new Pisten Bully 600 groomer, thus further improving the efficiency and performance of the resort’s grooming fleet.

New Guest Information Screens

New guest information screens will be added in public areas enabling visitors’ access to up to minute information.

New Snowcams

New Snowcams will be included on Perisher Blue’s website for guests to see for themselves current resort conditions.

Terrain Park Improvements

In an on-going commitment to making Perisher Blue’s terrain parks the best in Australia, an extra $10,000 will be invested on new park features.

RTP Developments

New Resort Technology Partner (RTP) developments will be added to make the purchase of passes easier and quicker, these will include a ticket kiosk at the Bullocks Flat Skitube terminal building.

Shopping and Booking Snow Holidays Online

Perisher Blue Snow Holidays has partnered with Reslogic, a turnkey travel software provider, enabling consumers and travel agents to shop and book directly from the Perisher Blue website. This exciting new feature will increase customer service and enhance the booking experience of our customers by providing online booking and quoting functionality and the ability to package holidays specific to their specific requirements. Not only will guests be able to book accommodation and lift tickets online, but also Snowsports Programs for adults and children, ground transfers and travel insurance.

Check www.perisherblue.com.au for more info.

Airlan Wireless Internet can be accessed in Valley. Including Perisher Valley Hotel, Mid Station Centre, Sundeck Hotel, Salzburg and Perisher Blue Staff accommodation. Pre-paid cards are available at selected locations in Perisher Valley and Jindabyne.

Getting Around

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.

The majority of 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.

Parking

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.

Activities

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 Garnier Fructis 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 Blue’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 2007 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

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 Blue 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.

Nordic Activities

Call Wilderness Sports on 02 6457 5966 or drop by their store on the ground level of the Perisher Centre to discover the diverse range of invigorating Nordic experiences and activities on offer. Some of the fun things to try include Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing. Perisher Blue 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.

Dining

There's something for everyone with PB'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

  • Gingers

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 Blue 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 Blue has something for everyone. Perisher Blue will light up your aprés ski hours.

  • Aldo's
    • 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.
  • Bibi's
    • 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.

Lockers

There are boot and ski lockers for hire in several places around Perisher Blue. 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.

Ride Guide

Beginner Areas

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 can be accessed from front valley and the Perisher Express. 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

Lessons Only

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

Groomed Runs

There are groomed runs off every lift (except Olympic). They range from easy(green)to blue(intermediate)and to hard(black).

Off Piste

Mt P off piste

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 PB

The Eyre T-Bar and Guthega are at opposite ends of Perisher Blue. 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 PB 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.

Cross Country

On the Cross Country Trails in Perisher
There is an extensive network of groomed cross country trails in Perisher. The Svere Kaarten shelter is a purpose built nordic shelter, and is the hub of competitive cross country skiing in Perisher and NSW. There are marked trails of 2 km, 5 km, 10 km and 15km.

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 20 undulating km, 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 Blue's terrain parks to be the best in the country.

In most years there are 4 terrain parks and a superpipe.

The super pipe is located on Front Valley. It is usually around 120 metres long and 15 metres wide.

Bumps

Olympic

Perisher Blue gets bumps and the groomers flatten them. The best bumps are between the International and Eyre T-bars on Mt Perisher. These are generally left alone.

There is a proper mogul course under the Ridge Chair at Blue Cow, but it is usually being used for training and is closed.


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.

Powder Zones

Powder at Perisher
  • Out wide on Eyre.
  • Outer Limits off the Ridge Chair at Blue Cow.
  • The trees at Guthega.
  • North P T-bar and Interceptor.




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Sheltered Runs

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!

Snowplay

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!

Other

Weather

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%.

Environment

Perisher Blue 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 PB 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

History

Perisher Blue 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.


~1970 ski jump
There was a ski jump erected in the late 1960's at Pipers Gap and it operated until about 1972 when it was torn down as it was under utilised and considered too dangerous for beginners! There was a similar one at Falls Creek which was constructed and demolished about the same time.

useful website on the Guthega resort ski history http://www.christianacapital.com/Text/1201316577093-6700/

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