The Largest Ski Resort in the Southern Hemisphere

Ride between several mountain villages, over 7 mountain peaks, across a variety of slopes and linked by 47 lifts. With the capacity to transport over 50,000 skiers an hour, it truly is a massive resort! Comprising the four resort areas of Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega, and with over 3000 acres of skiable terrain you can ski all day and not catch the same lift twice. Skiing at a higher altitude means you’ll have great snow, in a huge resort, having fantastic fun at all levels!

In summer, Perisher offers some of Australia’s best bush walking and mountain biking tracks. Perisher is also located 11km from Charlotte Pass, gateway to the Blue Lake and Mt Kosciuszko walking trails. There are a variety of Perisher Accommodation choices, from family friendly lodges to superior hotels and apartments with some amazing value ski deals.

Perisher ski resort is Australia’s largest resort boasting 47 lifts over 7 mountain peaks, skiing or boarding between 4 mountain villages – Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow & Guthega.

Perisher offers the most variety when it comes to ski slopes with the villages linked by the largest lift network in Australia. With over 3000 acres of skiable terrain you can be skiing or boarding all day and not catch the same lift twice. With more skiing at a higher altitude you’ll be sure to have great snow across a variety of runs to suit all levels of riding!

Perisher offers a wide range of holiday accommodation including Self Contained Apartment or Chalets, Lodges or Hotels with Absolute Alpine offering amazing ski and snowboard packages.

There’s a whole mountain of activities to choose from. Explore tube town, night skiing or groomer tours to name just a few. The villages of Perisher and Smiggin Holes offer shopping and facilities, including a pharmacy, mini supermarket, photographer, newsagency, ATMs and a host of restaurants and bars.

Mountain Opens

  • From the NSW June Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.

Mountain Characteristics

  • Highest Lifted Point – Mt Perisher Double Chair 2,034m
  • Lowest Lifted Point – Base Ridge Chair 1,605m
  • Lift Capacity 53,103 skiers lifted per hour
  • Skiable Area* 1,245ha / 12.45sq kms / 3,076acres
  • Vertical Metres Skiable** 355m
  • Longest Run Approx. 3 kms
  • Mt. Perisher (2,054m)
  • Mt. Back Perisher (2,014m)
  • Mt. Piper (1,830m)
  • Mt. Blue Cow (1,994m)
  • Rocky Knob (1,900m)
  • Guthega Peak (1,924m)
  • Mt. Blue Calf (1,905m)
  • Village Heights Perisher Valley 1,720m
  • Smiggin Holes 1,680m
  • Guthega 1,640m
  • Blue Cow Terminal 1,890m
  • Summit Height Mt. Perisher 2,054m


  • Total number of lifts – 47
  • 1 x 8-Seat High Speed Chairlift
  • 6 x Quad Chairlifts (including 2 high speed)
  • 4 x Double Chairlifts
  • 2 x Triple Chairlifts
  • 21 x T -Bars
  • 4 x J-Bars
  • 4 x Ski Carpets

Mountain Closes

  • NSW October Labour Day Long Weekend.

Resort Statistics

  • Summit Height – 2054 metres – Mt Perisher
  • Terrain:
  • Beginner – 22%
  • Intermediate – 60%
  • Advanced – 18%
  • Number of Lifts: 47
  • Snowmaking: 271 Snow Guns covering 108.5 hectares
  • 2 Snowtube tows
  • Halfpipe
  • 1 Superpipe
  • 4 Terrain Parks
  • Over 100kms of marked cross country trails for all standards.
  • Snowmaking Snowmaking 43.9 ha / 108.5 acres (a 3.5ha increase in 2008)
  • Snow Guns 188 (34 new guns in 2008)
  • Grooming Machines 19
  • The recognised natural snow line is at 1,650 metres. Over the past 15 years, the average maximum snow depth throughout the Resort has been about 1.9m.
  • Temperature and Weather Average minimum temperature during winter is -3.7°C degrees Celsius.
  • The percentage of fine weather days during winter is 70%.
  • ATM’s
  • Ski & Snowboard Hire
  • Pharmacy
  • Newsagency
  • Supermarket
  • Retail Outlets
  • Police Station
  • Post Office
  • Medical Centre
  • Physiotherapy Services
  • Massage Services
  • Courtesy Shuttle Bus (between Perisher and Smiggin Holes)
  • Aldo’s Cafe & Pizzeria – Upper Level, Perisher Skitube Terminal
  • Brunelli’s Cafe – Upper Level, Perisher Centre
  • Burning Log Restaurant – Base of the Calf T Bar, Guthega
  • Chicken n Kebabz – Upper Level, Perisher Centre
  • Cowpuccino Cafe – Platform Level, Blue Cow Skitube Terminal
  • Eyre Kiosk – Base of Eyre T-Bar, Mt Perisher
  • Guthega Alpine Hotel – Off the Norwegian Trail, Guthega
  • Gingers – Upper Level, Perisher Skitube Terminal
  • Blue Cow Bistro – Blue Cow Terminal
  • Holy Cow Cafe, Carvery & Sandwich Bar – Blue Cow Terminal
  • Mid Perisher Centre – Mid Station Forester Quad Express
  • Snow’d Inn – Mt Perisher Double Chair
  • Li’l Orbits – Platform 1, Perisher Skitube Terminal
  • Nikki’s Kiosk – Wattle Lodge, Smiggin Holes
  • Avalunch Cafe – Base of Pretty Valley Double Chair
  • Sundance Bakery – Upper Level, Perisher Centre
  • Ski Rock Cafe – Upper Level, Perisher Centre
  • Curry’d Away – Mitchell T-Bar, Front Valley
  • Smiggins Bistro (Overboard) – Smiggins Arcade
  • Bazil’s Bar – Upper Level, Perisher CentreBibi’s – Smiggins Hotel, Smiggin Holes
  • Clancy’s At the Man – The Man from Snowy River Hotel, Perisher Valley
  • Dini’s Cafe Bar – Perisher Manor Hotel, Front Valley Perisher Valley
  • Jax Bar & Chargrill – Upper Level, Perisher Centre
  • Base 1720 Bar & Restaurant – Perisher Manor Hotel, Front Valley
  • Smiggins Chargrill – Smiggins Hotel – Smiggin Holes
  • Sundeck Hotel – Front Valley, Perisher Valley
  • Snow Gums Hotel – Perisher Valley Hotel, Perisher Valley
  • The Gallery – The Marritz, Perisher Valley
  • The Pub & Family Food Court – The Pub, Front Valley
  • The Stables – Perisher Valley
  • The White Spider – The Eiger Chalet, Perisher Valley
  • The Top Spot Bar – Upper Level Blue Cow Terminal

Tube Town

Tube Town is the most awesome, family fun loving, snow experience around! Come and spend the day with your family and friends at Tube Town for an experience you won’t forget!

Conveniently located on Mt. Piper, adjacent to the carpark, 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 purpose built lift back to the top. No skills required, only the desire to have fun!

Snow tubing is a fantastic low cost snow experience for first time Perisher visitors in a fun, safe and organised environment as well as offering an exciting experience for seasoned snow overs. Snow making has been added to Tube Town to allow season long reliability, although please check for opening times.

Cross Country and Telemark Skiing

Explore more of the picturesque Snowy Mountains and go on a cross-country skiing adventure. Perisher boasts over 100km of marked cross-country trails perfect for a peaceful walk, glide or a heart pumping workout

Grooming Tours

Groomer tours allow a limited number of resort guests the opportunity to ride in one of Perisher’s $450,000 snow groomers on night skiing nights: Tuesdays and Saturdays during July & August and Tuesdays during September. A typical Groomer Tour takes approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours and is conducted on Perisher’s Front Valley. Conditions apply, ask your consultant for details.

Perisher Night Skiing

Try night skiing and snowboarding under the stars! Open from 6.30pm to 9.00pm, the Village 8 Express chairlift will speed you to the top of Front Valley. You can have more fun while you squeeze in more runs! Night skiing is available on Tuesday & Saturday nights (weather permitting).

First Track Mornings

First Track Mornings are a truly special Perisher experience, allowing a limited number of resort guests to enjoy access to a selected area in the resort before anyone else. First Tracks provide great skiing and boarding often in fresh powder, while you watch the sun come up and enjoy the brisk mountain air. Conditions apply, ask your consultant for details.

Snow Shoe Tours

Experience the wonder of the snowfields at night under a full moon and learn about mountain fauna and flora. Open for all levels of fitness, no experience necessary.

Mountain Biking

Perisher is home to a variety of great riding experiences on some of the highest mountain terrain in Australia. From an easy 4km ride around the village to the challenging 20km return from Perisher to Charlotte Pass, there is something for everyone.
Unlike other resorts, Perisher do not offer lift access for Mountain Bikes in Summer, so challenge yourself and see how far you can get using your own pedal power!


During the weekdays, you can purchase lunches, drinks and snacks in Perisher Valley or cruise over to Guthega where the Guthega Alpine Hotel is open from 11am to 6pm with lunch from noon to 3pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)


If biking is not your thing, why not try one of the easy walking trails Perisher has to offer. The Perisher-Blue Cow Link Road is a 10km round trip. Take the Blue Cow Link Road from the Northern End of the Perisher Valley Carpark. This road slowly ascends through sub-alpine to alpine country. You will see fantastic views of Blue Cow Mountain, The Brindabella Ranges and Schlinks Pass. You will be amazed at the spectacular views and the unique vegetation you will see along the way.

Taking approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Blue Cow Mountain on foot, the walk travels alongside the Perisher Creek in part, and especially during spring while the snow is melting and after a good rain fall you will be in awe of the enormity of water pouring down, finally making its way into the Snowy River.

When you reach the Blue Cow Terminal you will find a cement path providing a short stroll leading out to the Blue Cow Lookout, from here, on a fine day you will see the main range and 7 of Australia’s highest peaks. If you are interested in Mountain Biking then this is a great route to experience. If you are planning to take this trip either on bike or on foot remember you must stay on access roads and off the fragile alpine vegetation. The Blue Cow Road is a maintenance road so remember to look out for traffic.

Another spectacular walk is the Porcupine Track. This walk starts at the reservoir which supplies water to Perisher Valley. To get there, turn up beside the “Man from Snowy River Hotel” and take the right branches of the road. The track follows in part the cross country ski trail. Because some areas of this track are often wet, some sections of the trail are constructed from raised metal mesh.

The track wanders through snow grass, snow gums and open fields, alpine wild flowers and small shrubs until it reaches a large group of granite boulders, “The Porcupines”. From atop these boulders the view spans 360 degrees from Lake Jindabyne, Charlotte Pass, the main range and Bullocks Flat, one of the most spectacular views in the area and particularly of the Thredbo Valley. There are plenty of grassy fields to take in some lunch while enjoying the sweet mountain air.