Perisher Blue is Australia’s largest skiing resort
Rundown:Celebrating ten years as Australia’s self-proclaimed super resort, Perisher Blue is the Mr Consistent of the local alpine scene. Big, reliable and probably the best place to get your first ski or snowboard experience.
New in ’05:A snowtube park, slope-style course for skiers and boarders at Blue Cow and an increase in snowmaking facilities.
The Good:Higher elevation means better total snow coverage and in lean years Perisher holds the white stuff better than most. With 50 lifts across the four inter-linked resort areas there’s plenty of variety and the space to handle the crowds.
The Not So Good: The mega-bucks master plan is well overdue. Before the new accommodation and centralised village area are rolled out the place remains uneasy on the eye and lacking any real vibe. Aspen in Australia this ain’t. A lot of lifts, yes – but not consistently good fall-line skiing.
$ Mad Mooses, Jindabyne: Good location and better prices. Under $200 based on twin share for a two-night stay with breakfast.
Website: www.madmoses.com Phone: (02) 6456 1108
$$ Lake Crackenback Novotel, Lake Crackenback: A handy option located near the ski tube giving you access to both Perisher and Thredbo. Weekend packages including breakfast and a three-course dinner from just over $400 per person.
Website: www.novotellakecrackenback.com.au Phone: (02) 6451 3000
$$$ The Stables, Perisher: Some of the accommodation at Perisher is a little on the dowdy side and not aging all that gracefully. Fortunately, Stables is not a case in point. It’s modern and features top-drawer facilities. A loft for the weekend starts at $900.
Website: www.deanes.com.au/stables.asp Phone: (02) 6457 5755