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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Planning a trip to the snow this winter and having trouble deciding between Perisher and Thredbo? We’re here to help.

We’ve put the two Australian ski resorts head to head to see which one comes out on top. Looking at everything from lift ticket prices and the distance from major cities to which has more ski runs and a higher vertical drop, we’ve left no detail behind to ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for on your next ski holiday.

Perisher or Thredbo: Ski resorts compared

Feature Perisher Thredbo
Lift pass (price, options available) From $130 From $131

(See ticket options below)

Season pass $1,720 $1,699
Season dates 8 June - 7 October 2019 8 June - 7 October 2019
Dining in the village (restaurants, bars or cafés) 33 33
Accommodation options in the village 34 61
Distance from Jindabyne/Sydney/Melbourne/Canberra
  • Jindabyne: 30km
  • Canberra: 209km
  • Sydney: 486km
  • Melbourne: 605km
  • Jindabyne: 36km
  • Canberra: 215km
  • Sydney: 495km
  • Melbourne: 548km
Lifts 47 14
Runs 119 53
Breakdown of runs
  • Beginner: 22%
  • Intermediate: 60%
  • Advanced: 18%
  • Beginner: 16%
  • Intermediate: 67%
  • Advanced: 17%
Longest run 3km 5km
Terrain parks 5 5
Vertical 355m 672m
Night skiing Yes, Tuesdays and Saturdays (June to September) Yes, Twilight Riding on Friday Flat on Thursday nights (July and August only). Kids Flare Run on Thursdays from 28 June until 27 September and Adults Flare Run every Saturday.
Ski lessons From $61 (See more options below) From $75 (See more options below)
Is ski in ski out available? Yes Yes

Perisher and Thredbo lift pass options

Adult lift passes (advanced booking prices)

Prices obtained on 15 July based on passes from 1 August 2019.

Days Perisher Thredbo (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 day $130 $133
2 days $242 $249
3 days $348 $355
4 days $460 $469

Child lift passes

Days Perisher Thredbo (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 day $72 $71
2 days $134 $135
3 days $193 $179
4 days $255 $238

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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