Rachael Oakes-Ash finds out what Perisher has to offer this season.  Best for: Families and terrain-park rats.

Where is it: Perisher is in the Kosciuszko National Park, a six-hour drive from Sydney or an hour from Cooma airport. Aeropelican flies from Sydney to Cooma daily. 
Total skiable area: 1245 hectares.
Number of lifts: 47.
Number of runs: Perisher is spread out 
over seven mountain peaks with a 355m vertical drop. The 120 marked runs are divided into 22 per cent beginner, 60 per cent intermediate and 18 per cent advanced.
Lift pass prices: Adult $109; 
child under 15 $60.
Why this resort has always rocked:
When Perisher combined the resorts of Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Guthega and Blue Cow on the one lift pass, it was onto a winner. This is the largest ski field in Australia and New Zealand with some of the best terrain parks in the country, including an FIS-approved Superpipe. It doesn’t have the ski-village vibe of Thredbo or the Victorian ski resorts, but there are plans for an 800-bed village in the future. 
What’s new? 
* The new MyRide lift tickets feature radio frequency identification, meaning you can buy lessons and ski hire online before arrival, and track your vertical metres and chairlifts ridden. 
* Freestylers will love the new top-to-bottom lights and music on the PlayStation Slopestyle Park for night riding, while beginners can enjoy a 145m ‘magic carpet’ conveyor to get them up the slopes at Blue Cow. 
* For kids, there are new premium group lessons with no more than four children per instructor and a new Super-Glide skating rink at Smiggin Holes. 
Event of the season: The inaugural Perisher Night Slopestyle series in July will be the event to watch this season with a four-part competition series and an interstate Grand Final battle.
The details: www.perisher.com.au
1300 655 811.
 
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