Perisher, Perisher, Perisher. It’s like Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. Perisher is a Brady Bunch resort of integrated areas.

The largest resort in the southern hemisphere combines the linked areas of Guthega, Blue Cow, Perisher and Smiggin Holes, resulting in 1245 hectares of riding accessed by 47 lifts. That’s serious room to move.

What it’s good for?

This is a freestyler’s paradise, with five terrain parks, a full and mini half-pipe and two X Rider courses.

But you don’t have to be an X Games competitor to enjoy the slopes – from the undulating, protected runs of outpost Guthega, to the steeps of Mt Perisher, the experiences on offer cover a smorgasbord of flavours.

Where to stay in Perisher

The jewel in the crown is the ski-in, ski-out Perisher Valley Hotel (book via, Torah Bright chooses the luxe The Stables apartments (don’t miss their stellar restaurant) or retreat to Lake Crackenback Resorts & Spa, a handy 15 minutes to both Perisher and Thredbo.

Perisher Après

With no central village, Perisher misses the magic village atmosphere of Thredbo and Victorian resorts.

The Man from Snowy River is the pick for après or head to Perisher’s The Station in Jindabyne, which features big name acts like Pete Murray and Grinspoon.

Get and ski there

REX recommences Sydney to Cooma flights this year to access the NSW ski fields.

Otherwise, it’s a 5.5-hour drive from Sydney – drive direct to Perisher (chains required, day only), or park for free at the short- and long-stay at the Skitube railway, 20 kilometres from Jindabyne.

This takes you straight to the slopes. Make a saving and buy the Skitube and lift ticket together.

Hot tip: On a busy weekend or powder day, head to North Perisher for a bit of solitude and snow stashes.


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