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.

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

Lift pass (price, options available)2018 prices not yet releasedFrom $127

(See ticket options below)

Season pass$889 (Until 12 June)$1,399
Season opening date9 June9 June
Dining in the village (restaurants, bars or cafés)3232
Accommodation options in the village2668
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 parks$55
Night skiingYes, Tuesdays (all season) and Saturdays (July and August only)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 lessonsFrom $70 (See more options below)From $54 (See more options below)
Is ski in ski out available?YesYes

Perisher and Thredbo ski lesson options

Adult lift passes

DaysPerisherThredbo (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 dayTBC$129
2 days$180$250
3 days$267$360
4 days$347$474

Child lift passes

DaysPerisherThredbo (+$5 My Thredbo Card)
1 dayTBC$73
2 days$99$136
3 days$147$192
4 days$191$257

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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