Going to the snow? Compare deals for Thredbo and Perisher

Andrew Munro 14 July 2016

Snowboarding Perisher

Compare the early bird discounts at Thredbo and Perisher Blue.

By the numbers, Australia's Snowy Mountains is the country's most popular skiing and snowboarding destination. Perisher Blue and Thredbo are the biggest names in the Snowies, and this year they're both offering big discounts if you book at least seven days in advance.

The Perisher early bird discounts apply to all lift tickets, with extra discounts being available if you're purchasing a 5 day lift ticket. The Thredbo early bird discounts are for the 1 to 7 of 9 Day lift tickets, which let you access the mountain for up to 7 days within a 9 day period, with discounts also applying to any bundles you include, such as equipment rental and lessons.

Similar conditions apply to buy early deals at both Thredbo and Perisher:

  • You must purchase online
  • You must purchase at least 7 days in advance

Both offers are slightly different though, so compare them side by side to find the one which offers you better value for money, or use a sneaky trick to combine the two.

Perisher Blue deals

Buy early and get 25% off all lift tickets. Buy a 5 day ticket early, and pay for the price of 4 days, with the 25% off deal.

These 5 day tickets are only valid on consecutive days, however. By combining both discounts your new price for a five day lift ticket at Perisher Blue might be:

Adult (age 14-65): $509 $379.50

Child (age 5-14): $279 $209.25

Senior (age 65+): $320 $240

Note: These prices are as of the initial time of writing, and are only intended to be used as examples of how much you save this way. Lift ticket prices change throughout the season, and your tickets might cost either more or less than the prices above.

Thredbo deals

Thredbo is also offering generous discounts for those who buy early, online and at least seven days in advance, with up to 20% off its "1 to 7 of 9" ticket packages. These tickets let you access the mountain for any 7 days within a 9 day period. Unlike Perisher, your buy early discount here also apples to the cost of packages lessons and gear rental. As of the time of writing you can get:

  • Lift pass only: Up to 15% off
  • Lift pass plus rental: Up to 15% off
  • Lift pass and lesson: Up to 20% off
  • Lift, lesson and rental pack: Up to 20% off
  • Beginner lift and lesson pack: Up to 20% off
  • Beginner lift, lesson and rental pack: U to 20% off
  • 1 to 21 day equipment rental: Up to 15% off rental packages and clothing rentals.

Note that these Thredbo buy early discounts cannot be combined with other promotional offers.

Which is better value for money?

If you're looking to save money on a lift pass, as well as either gear, lessons, or both, then the larger savings might be with Thredbo. If you're only looking for a lift ticket, then you might be able to save more at Perisher.

Also, Thredbo early-bird discounts only apply to the 1 to 7 of 9 day passes, which means you'll probably need to be going for at least a week in order to take full advantage.

The ultimate savings trick

For the biggest savings overall, relative to the normal prices, you can go down for 9 days and visit both Thredbo and Perisher, and pick up buy early discounts for both.

You can get the full lift pass, lessons and rental deal at up to 20% off with Thredbo, with a 1 to 7 of 9 day pass, for up to 20% of all of them. You can then ski the first 7 days consecutively at Thredbo, taking some lessons as you go. For the next two days, you can then get the buy early deal on a two-day Perisher ticket, and take your Thredbo rental gear over there as well.

By doing this, you're getting a 9 days on the snow, with up to 20% off your lift passes, equipment rental and lessons for the first 7 days. For the last two days, you can then get 25% off your lift tickets.

Ski hire can be a significant expense, so it can be well worth looking for ways to get it for less. Even if you don't want to take lessons, the Thredbo early bird discounts can help, as long as you get a 7 of 9 day ticket. The Perisher discounts, unfortunately, are only for the lift tickets, but have the advantage of being for any lift tickets you purchase far enough in advance.

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