Now, if you're in Australia for some decent snowsports, Perisher Blue is the place for you!
The Perisher Valley Ski Resort has the most expansive groomed terrain in the country and that's
because it comprises 4 interlinked resorts. The one Perisher Valley Ticket gives you get access to:
resort has the largest groomed terrain in Australia and while the mountains are
not high, meaning the descent is quite short, you'll find more than
enough challenging variety of terrain.
Blue Cow Resort has modern facilities having been developed in the 1990's with modern chair lifts, a modern purpose built cafeteria and train terminal and direct access by train. It is not possible to drive up to Blue Cow.
All these areas once used to be Alpine pastures hence the agricultural flavor to its name.
Now, this has to be the very best location in the resort. It is right on the slopes and merely steps from the ski school. The hotel is rivaled in location and quality by the Perisher Manor, another 4 star hotel across the other side of the lifts.
While the Perisher Valley Hotel is convenient as it is in the same building as the ski center, food court, ski schools, I happen to think this lends a somewhat grubby feel to what otherwise would be a premier spot.
There's an excellent restaurant in the building but my own experience is biased. When I dined there, the owner and his entourage came in for lunch which meant service stopped for all the guests while the Big Fella was being attended to. No, I never returned.
Having said that, the location is unsurpassed.
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I love this property! It's another we've enjoyed staying at over the years, because it is more like a large home rather than a commercial ski lodge. In fact, it used to be the ski resort manager's home with an design, I think evokes Frank Lloyd Wright with floor to ceiling picture windows all along the lounge overlooking Perisher Valley.
The big downside to the Valhalla is its location - it really is too far to walk back uphill at the end of the day but the management do have free pick ups at certain times in the afternoon. Otherwise catch the Hans Oversnow, the local oversnow taxi service. At the start of the day, it's an easy downhill ski to the lifts and if you're into cross country skiing this lodge could not be better located - it's right next door to the groomed nordic ski trails.
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The Marritz is well located just a short walk from the Ski Tube Terminal and the lifts. It is right opposite the Man From Snowy River Hotel, a landmark property on the main thoroughfare through Perisher Valley.
It even has its own swimming pool and unusually, the rooms are generously spacious, many with its own large glassed in verandahs. It's a gracious hotel, with a fine dining restaurant.
A classy property.
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Must Know Info
The snow quality at Perisher and Blue Cow as with all Australian Alpine Resorts, varies considerably from light and fluffy snow cover to slushy or else, icy and hard. That's why Aussies are great flexible skiers as they are able to quickly adapt their skiing technique depending on the snow quality.
With climate change, there's no certainty whether the season will start early or late. But, from many years experience, the best time to go skiing or boarding, when there is the best cover of snow, is from mid-August to mid-September.
All four resorts are purpose built resorts and while the skiing experience is good, there is no village atmosphere. They're really functional, practical buildings.
If you want a lovely, alpine village atmosphere with a good apres' ski experience, Thredbo would be a better place to visit. The skiing here is not as extensive, but the village is pleasant and there is a good selection of retail stores and restaurants.
Toboggan Slope At Perisher blue
At Perisher Valley
Perisher Blue is the country's largest resort and Perisher Valley is the main entry point.
There are a number of commercial lodges and most of the lodges are private member lodges. You'll find ski-in, ski-out lodges at Perisher and many will arrange free transport pick up in the afternoon.
There are two main buildings in the resort:
The Perisher Ski Tube Terminal houses the train or tube, to go down the mountain to Bullocks Flat, where you can park your car; or up to Blue Cow, the next resort.
This is also where you catch the oversnow transport to your lodge or accommodation. Hans Oversnow runs an efficient transport system to the lodges for a modest charge. When you get off the train, all you have to do is wheel your trolley of luggage into the goods lift. This goes directly to the main level on level 1, where you can book your Hans Oversnow Transport. Incidentally, this is the only transport service in this resort...but they are efficient.
This is a functional centre, with a police station, the post office and the medical centre.
The pizza place here, Aldo's Pizza is pretty good for inexpensive meals.
The food outlets located in the Perisher Centre, are mostly mass produced cafeteria style food. For a decent coffee and panini, visit Brunelli's. This coffee house is lively and just a pleasant place to take a break.
Jax, the pub has a good outlook over Front Valley. It's the best place to be for a view of the night skiing, while you're enjoying a thick steak on the BBQ.
There is a fine dining restaurant at The Perisher Manor, a short walk across from the Village Eight Chair. The Perisher Hotel also does lunches but I've found it pricey and the service variable.
The White Spider Restaurant is located in the Eiger Hotel along the main road. Now, this is a really excellent restaurant and has a lovely bar.
Most skiers meet at "Mid-Station". This is a cafeteria at the mid level of the Quad Chair. Pedestrians can go up the Chair to meet up with skiing buddies. On a sunny day, the deck at Mid-Station is particularly pleasant.
Perisher Blue Cross Country Skiing
Cross Country Skiing at Perisher Blue
The cross country trails and Nordic Shelter are just across the road from the Perisher Ski Tube Terminal. Cross the road, over to "The Man from Snowy River Hotel", walk along side it on the right hand side, up the hill and you'll soon come to the nordic trails.
It's quite wonderful skiing in the middle of the natural bush, and the experience is very different from racing downhill. You'll get to see animal tracks of rabbits, wombats, birds, and small mammals that burrow in the snow. Take the time to admire the unique Australian Snow Gums and the reds, greens and greys of the Eucalyptus Trees.
Perisher Blue's Cross country skiing and touring across the Main Range is about the best in the Country. You can get lessons from K7 Adventures. Besides snow shoeing and XC lessons, they also do back country tours and ice climbing.