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Perisher or Thredbo: Which ski resort is best?

We've put the two popular resorts head to head to see which offers the better snowy getaway.


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Picking the ski resort which is best suited to you or your family can be a tricky task when there's so much to consider. Good news is we've done the hard work so you don't have to, with comparisons on everything that is on offer including pricing, accommodation and terrains.

Do keep in mind that the 2020 ski season will arrive toward the end of June.

TL;DR: Our verdict

Our winner: It's a close call but we have to give the top spot to Perisher. When it comes to skiing and affordability (especially if you're bringing the whole family), you can usually save a couple extra dollars on the lift tickets and lessons. Perisher also has its Neon Night Skiing and Boarding event running for guests.

Although Thredbo does have a higher drop for the more experienced individuals, Perisher offers more runs and terrain to ski down.

Perisher or Thredbo: Ski passes compared

Winner: Thredbo. At this point in time Perisher is not offering one or two day passes, which makes Thredbo the cheaper option if you wanted those time frames.

Lift pass (price, options available)From $349 (Three day pass)From $159 (One day pass)

(See ticket options below)

Season passUnavailable in 2020 (2019 price was $242)Unavailable in 2020 (2019 price was $249)
Season dates24 June - early October22 June - 5 October

Perisher or Thredbo: Dining and accommodation compared

Winner: Thredbo. Although they have an equal amount of dining options for guests, Thredbo has almost twice the amount of accommodation selection than Perisher.

Dining in the village (restaurants, bars or cafés)3333
Accommodation options in the village3461

Perisher or Thredbo: Location and terrain compared

Winner: Perisher. Thredbo does have a high ski drop of 672m, but Perisher offers more than double the amount of runs and lifts. It also works out closer than Thredbo from all cities aside from Melbourne.

Distance from Jindabyne/Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra
  • Jindabyne: 30km
  • Canberra: 209km
  • Sydney: 486km
  • Melbourne: 605km
  • Jindabyne: 36km
  • Canberra: 215km
  • Sydney: 495km
  • Melbourne: 548km
Breakdown of runs
  • Beginner: 22%
  • Intermediate: 60%
  • Advanced: 18%
  • Beginner: 16%
  • Intermediate: 67%
  • Advanced: 17%
Longest run3km5km
Terrain parks55

Perisher or Thredbo: Skiing compared

Winner: Perisher. Both locations are on par with one another but Perisher offers more option when it comes to skiing after dusk.

Night skiingYes, on Tuesdays and Saturdays you can enjoy Neon Night Skiing and Boarding. Once the sun goes down, it will be available from 6pm-9pm. (30 July to September 2020)No, the Kids Flare Run and Adults Flare Run has been temporarily suspended in 2020 due to a COVID-19 program revision.
Ski lessonsFrom $249 (See more options below)From $275 (See more options below)
Is ski in ski out available?YesYes

Perisher and Thredbo lift pass options

Adult lift passes (advanced booking prices)

These are the prices for the 2020 snow season as of 16 June. Perisher is not offering lift passes for under three days at this stage.

DaysPerisherThredbo (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 dayN/A$159
2 daysN/A$318
3 days$349$477
4 days$454$636

Child lift passes

DaysPerisherThredbo 5-12 years (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 dayN/A$85
2 daysN/A$170
3 days$192$255
4 days$248$340

Perisher and Thredbo ski lesson options

    Perisher and Thredbo trail maps

    So, which is best: Perisher or Thredbo?

    It depends on what you’re looking for. Both ski resorts are popular choices and have more than enough to offer to fill a ski weekend, but if you’re after better skiing or a better village atmosphere, then we have some suggestions for you.

    Best for skiing: Perisher. Although Thredbo does have a higher drop, Perisher has almost three times the number of runs available and skiable terrain.

    Best for its village and aprés-ski: Thredbo. There’s many more accommodation options and the village has a great alpine atmosphere.

    Best for affordability: Perisher. Lessons and lift tickets are a bit cheaper at Perisher than at Thredbo, and if you’re travelling with a group or family the difference can add up.

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      AlexApril 18, 2018

      What is the 1 and 2 day pricing on weekends if you do not purchase in advance for both Thredbo & Perisher?

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        MayApril 18, 2018Staff

        Hi Alex,

        Thanks for reaching out to finder. The pricing would vary depending on the pack you choose. Best to visit the official site of Thredbo and Perisher directly to get the exact price range for the 1- and 2-day tickets on weekends.


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