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Perisher ski and travel guide

What you need to know about lift passes, accommodation, maps, things to do and more.

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As Australia's largest ski resort, Perisher offers over 1,200 hectares of skiable terrain across its four resorts: Perisher Valley, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega.

Located in the Snowy Mountains, its slopes are dressed in white from June to October – just waiting for skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers to push up its powder.

During summer, the region becomes a mecca for hiking, biking and horse riding.

Perisher travel guides

Getting to and getting around Perisher

Where is Perisher?

Perisher is on the New South Wales side of the Snowy Mountains. It's around a 2.5-hour drive southwest of Canberra and almost 5.5 hours from Sydney. Perisher itself has a small village at the base of the mountain with a handful of hotels, restaurants, a food court and hire facilities.

Staying at Perisher itself offers convenience to get to the slopes but is quite pricey. A popular alternative is to stay in the nearby town of Jindabyne. It's 33.8km from Perisher and has a wide range of accommodation, including camping, and facilities such as restaurants, a supermarket and hire stores.

How do I get to Perisher?

  • Car

Driving is the easiest way to get to Perisher. Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes and Guthega each have their own car parks, which are free for use during the day.

During peak season, Perisher Valley's car park can get full. In these cases, you'll be directed to park in an overflow area or to park at Smiggin Holes' car park where you can take the free shuttle to Perisher Valley.

Those staying at the resort may have on-site parking attached to their accommodation.

In the winter months, traffic in the area tends to be slow as roads can become icy. Anyone driving into Perisher at this time must carry snow chains. Those who don't may be turned back depending on the weather forecast.

The only exception is if you're driving a 4WD or AWD. By law, you're not required to carry chains; however, it's still recommended that you bring them due to the high level of road incidents in Kosciuszko National Park.

There is a national park fee of $29 per day per vehicle.

  • Coach

Those who'd prefer not to drive can book a spot on a coach service. Murrays Coaches offers a Snow Express service from Sydney and Canberra. This operates in the peak months from July and August on Fridays and Saturdays.

Snow Connect and Port Stephens Coaches also offer transfers from Sydney to Perisher.

  • Plane

Flights are another option. Rex Regional Express has direct services between Sydney and Cooma. From here, airport transfers are available to Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Jindabyne with Snowlink Shuttle and Snow Connect.

Shuttles are available from Canberra with Alpine Charters, Snow Connect, Murrays and Snoexpress Services.

How do I get around once I'm in Perisher?

If you're staying in Perisher Valley, you can get around easily on foot. The village is small with the hotels, ski lift and restaurants within metres from one another.

A free shuttle runs between Perisher Valley and Smiggin Holes. It arrives every 15 minutes from 7.30am to 6pm daily.

To get to Blue Cow, you can take the Skitube, which is an alpine train that travels between Bullocks Flat and Perisher Valley via Blue Cow. Prices vary depending on when you travel and how many days you wish to use the tube.

Those staying in Jindabyne have three main options. You can drive to Perisher Valley, drive to Bullocks Flat and connect with the Skitube or you can take a private shuttle.

Shuttle services that offer door-to-door service are Snowy Mountains Shuttles, Snowlink Shuttles and Snow Connect.

Perisher ski resort

Organise your game plan to make the most of your time on the slopes by sussing out the runs, lift pass options, equipment hire facilities and ski schools around Perisher early.

What you need to know about the resort

  • Number of chair lifts: 47
  • Number of runs: 119
  • Number of magic carpets: 5

Everything you need to know to hit the slopes at Perisher

  • Ski season dates: 4 June - 3 October 2022.
  • Snow report: Check the daily Snow Report for the most up-to-date details on snowfalls and conditions
  • Trail breakdown: 22% beginner, 60% intermediate and 18% advanced
  • Number of terrain parks: 5
  • Longest run: 3km
  • Skiable terrain: 1,245 hectares

Perisher trail maps:

Lift pass prices

You can pre-purchase your lift passes online or purchase at the resort. However it's recommended to pre-purchase, particularly in case there are capacity limits.

Epic Passes, which are season passes, are typically on sale before the season begins.

For more details, visit the Perisher online store.

These are the lift pass prices for 2022:

1 day$184$101
2 days$286$157
3 days$383$210
4 days$500$274

Perisher ski lessons

Group ski and snowboard lessons are available throughout the season.

At Perisher Valley, you can book 2-hour lessons for adults and half-day lessons for kids 6-14. Half-day lessons for kids 6-14 will also be available at Smiggin Holes.

Limited private lessons can be booked as two-hour, three-hour and full-day sessions.

Lessons include ski lift passes and can be packaged with rentals.

Equipment hire

There are snow sports rental stores in Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes and Bullocks Flats. Pre-booking your rental will secure your equipment and rental, which can sell out during peak season. Pre-booking can sometimes be cheaper than purchasing when you arrive.

Rental at the resorts is often expensive. To keep costs down, there are rental stores in nearby villages, including Jindabyne. A popular store is Monster Depot Ski Hire, which often has deals on Groupon that can save you up to 4%.

Importance of insurance

While health insurance may cover you for any accidents you have on your trip, ski travel insurance covers damage or loss of your belongings, such as your skis, even if they are rented. It can also take care of services such as airlifting and ambulance fees which health insurance may not.

What's there to do in Perisher?

What can I do if I'm not skiing or snowboarding?

Winter is peak season at Perisher for a reason, and snow sports are the prime reason people head to the region. If you're here over winter and don't wish to hit the slopes, you can toboggan on the baby hills at the bottom or snowshoe around the area.

What's there to do in Perisher during the summer?

Perisher is open year-round, and in the warmer months, it is a popular place for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing.

Latest Perisher travel deals


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Available on select dates until 1 October 2022. Includes stay at Lucy Lodge, breakfast, lift pass and return over-snow transport from Perisher Valley to Charlotte Pass.

Mt Buller snow equipment hires from $30

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Available as add on equipment rentals such as snow boards and skis when you book the full day Mt Buller snow tour.

2-day Mt Buller snow tour from $399

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Available on select dates from June – August 2022 and includes return transfers, accommodation and more. T&Cs apply.

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Christchurch: 5-day ski and snowboard trip from $1,699

Expires 30 Jun 2022
Available on select dates from 31 July – 28 August 2022. Package includes accommodation, breakfast, transfers, lift pass and more.

Segway eco tours in Snowy Mountains from $130

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2-Night Snow Mountain wilderness stays from $540

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Snowy Mountains escapes from $119

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