Perisher is Australia's most popular snow holiday destination. Located in the picturesque Kosciuszko National Park in NSW, its four resort areas Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega make it the Southern Hemisphere's largest alpine resort. Perisher's varied terrain is suitable for all ages and ability levels from first timer’s right up to experts.
Perisher Valley has a great range of terrain from beginner runs through to advanced terrain. With one of our five terrain parks and Australia's only Superpipe housed on Front Valley, it's a very active and exciting place to be.
Perisher Valley has a large range of areas for beginner and intermediate skiers but also happily accommodates our advanced guests. With extra snow activities such as marked cross country trails, night skiing two nights a week throughout the season and tube town for extra fun, nothing compares to the terrain we have, it's just up to you to explore it.
It's definitely a name that gets you wondering about the story behind it, so this is how the story goes...
James Spencer obtained the lease for the high country on the main range back in 1840. They say that Spencer bred imported black English Shorthorn cattle with white Shorthorns which gave the offspring blue roan coats. One cross-bred cow would disappear after the thaw each year and would be found grazing on the mountain before the next winter; and so the mountain was named Blue Cow.
Blue Cow is accessible by the comfort of our Skitube where you can then ski directly out the door and start enjoying all that is on offer. With a great range of Green and Blue runs including Zali's, Pleasant Valley and Roller Coaster, as well as some great Black runs such as Kamikaze and Show Boat, Blue Cow really covers all bases for all ability levels.
Have you ever wondered where the name Smiggin Holes comes from? The name is Scottish and was the term used to describe the holes in the land created by hundreds of cattle when accessing rock salt left out for them by graziers. It's that simple.
The Smiggins that we know today now has excellent terrain for beginner guests and families with a bowl where everyone returns to the same place when finishing their runs. Smiggins is protected from the weather and has a variety of restaurants and lodging options for guests. Smiggins has easy access to Perisher and then on to Blue Cow or Guthega for those ready to explore our four resort areas.
Guthega as you know it in 2015 has undergone a big transformation with the Freedom chair being installed in 2014, a range of on-snow restaurants and views that will take your breath away. Accessing Guthega has never been easier, and with a total of 16 runs there really is something for everyone.
There is a reason why locals love getting to Guthega and end up spending most of their day there. The terrain ranges from Green, Blue, Double Blue and some Blacks for the more advanced skiers and boarders. With breath-taking panoramic views of the Kosciuszko mountain range, don't be surprised to see people stopped on the side of a run to grab a quick picture of the view. Guthega has some unique on-snow restaurants such as Guthega Inn and Burning Log and on-snow lodging options.