Perisher Blue Ski Resort
Perisher Blue Ski Resort
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,631 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
For years we went to Thredbo and loved it, but we now prefer Perisher.
We were won over by the greater variety of slopes. It’s a much larger ski resort with something like double the number of trails.
For families or groups with a big range of skiing ability and interest, it works really well. There is a good combination of long, steep runs, easier slopes, challenging terrain parks, all with beautiful scenery.
Trails are reasonably well-marked (although signage for hazards is really bad). It’s easy to get all over the mountain although it’s fair to say that getting between the various connected areas of Perisher, Blue Cow, Smiggin Holes and Guthega can involve a lot of tedious traversing.
The Ski Tube makes Blue Cow very accessible if you don’t want to ski across to it.
Perisher does have its disadvantages, the main one being the lack of a village. This is not a problem if you’re staying at a lodge that provides meals and has a good community atmosphere but if not, you might miss having a Thredbo-like village vibe.
There are a couple of great apres-ski bars at Perisher. The Man is good for watching sport but my favourite is The White Spider at the Eiger Hotel.
The other disadvantage is the Perisher car park which is free for day-parking but it’s for day use only - no overnighting. If you’re staying at Perisher, you have to leave your car at the Bullocks Flats base and get the Ski Tube up.
TIP: If you’re thinking of spending longer than a week at Perisher, its worth considering the annual Epic Ski Pass but it really depends when you buy it. The price increases, the closer you get to the start of the ski season and the 2024 pass is already on sale. We find it works for us but we buy it very early. We have also worked out that we break even as long as we are skiing somewhere around the 5 - 7 days in the year. Less than that, and its not worth it. The pass is linked with overseas resorts like Whistler and Vail and allows you to pass some cost-savings on to friends, under the ‘buddy' scheme (although read the rules closely on this as it’s not straightforward). We also add on the ski-tube option to cover the cost of the train.
Written 14 January 2024
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julzinlondon
London68 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
I was astounded at the sheer number of cars in the bottom and top car parks considering it wasn't school holidays.
Snow wasn't great considering it was only first week of August. Too warm to make snow at night so each day the conditions were deteriorating. There was puddle at the top and bottom of the main chair. For two days it was too windy to operate the chairlifts so there were massive queues for the T bars (30mins) which is long time for kids. And especially when it only takes 1-2 mins to ski back down.
Signage for the runs was very poor, so had to keep getting my phone out to check the online app to see where I was. Even then the app was hard to follow as it wasn't always clear which direction a run was in so it was complicated trying to work out how to get between the resorts if you didn't know them.
The app tracking feature was fun and I did like looking back how many runs I had done and how fast I had gone. But I didn't like having to take my glove off every time I needed to check my phone to look at the map to find out where I was. There were a few dropped phones off chairlifts (not mine thankfully).
Signage for hazards (rocks and holes) was also very poor, so you didn't want to go too fast on runs that you didn't know.
Chairlifts were hard and not very comfortable and not many had foot rests. Staff didn't always help slow them down so some of them really whack hard into your legs.
Lift passes and gear hire seemed very expensive compared to other resorts. Didn't eat at any of the restaurants, so can't comment on those.
Ski school was relatively well organised and staff did well but the level of ability in my son's group was quite varied and he found it too easy and boring because they were limited because some of the other kids couldn't turn. I asked for him to be moved up but they didn't which was annoying. Im sure they have lots of parents telling them that their kid is better than the level that they are in but when I looked at the tracked runs they didn't do anywhere near as much as what I had anticipated that they would. My son liked his instructor though.
The last day we abandoned it early before 11am as the queues were far too long and the snow quality too poor to be bothered waiting 30mins in lift lines. We had only done 4 short runs in nearly 2 hours. We decided to pack up and leave, but then the ski tube had broken down so we had no way of getting back to our car at Bullocks flat. There were a lot of unhappy people who just wanted to leave but were stuck there waiting for a replacement bus service. Eventually this was arranged but took over an hour waiting for a bus. Then took 20 mins to load the bus with everyones luggage and a longer route back . Staff did their best but lots of people were stressing about making flights etc.
Ski tube was expensive too. If I was going again I would have got the bus from Jindabyne instead of using ski tube.
But I wouldn't ski Perisher again anyway. I feel that there are other resorts that offer better value for money with less crowds.
Written 9 August 2023
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Catalina Gana
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
these guys are absolute shameless scammers. bought 2 epic Australia passes last year and paid $49 deposit thinking I was locking in the price. I moved to another country and I’m currently unemployed., they have completely ignored my constant pleas. after 2 weeks of ongoing back and forth emails they still tried to charge my card. I’ve reported them to the ACCCand will have to cancel my card as I had to take my overdraft money out so payment wouldnt go through in case they ignored my forms, emails and compliant documents attached which I did. they’re absolute scammers and I’ll make sure I disperse the word to the whole world and warn people about their inhumane and shameless ways.
Written 9 May 2023
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andysa8888
Adelaide, Australia91 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Massive terrain But very expensive lift tickets and very little customer service so make sure you are tech Savvy to do everything online.

Personally, I think that Thredbo care about their customers more
Written 26 March 2023
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Sue K
Sydney, Australia40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Lovely last trip to Perisher for the season. Snow was still reasonably good (bit slushy in afternoons), and minimal lift queues - Yay! Only complaint is that Perisher appear to start closing down services, even when the snow and skiing is good. Was disappointed that there was no gluwein available at Blue Cow, and a very depleted food menu, the curry place was closed, and the Burning Log was not even open at all! Surely when the ski season is still open, all faclities should be still open!
Written 29 September 2022
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jason m
Noosa, Australia39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Welcome to perisher where your money will definitely leaves your account.
Spent over $900 on ski school and lift tickets dollars for a family holiday for 3 people skiing for 2 days. 1st day my 6 yr old bailed out of ski school before it finished as he did not want to ski anymore,this required a day lift pass which frankly should not be required for a 15m magic carpet. Day 1 $200 plus pretty much wasted. My son still had a lift ticket for the following day which perisher would not refund. Perisher stated a med certificate is required and even then you would only receive a credit
So day one wasted. We had picture perfect ski conditions so since my son didn't want to ski I thought a trip to the top would be a memorable experience in the snow. Perisher said no pedestrian traffic? So I said how about we wear our skis and go up and come back down.
Perisher says you can't do that either you must get off?
So if you go to perisher you can forget a refund if you need it. Take plenty of money for your food as a hotdog will cost you 15 bucks and a sausage roll over 8.
Another strange thing I witnessed was a child in ski school needing the toilet. His parents weren't allowed to take him? He was escorted by a female which i though strange in such a climate we have these days.
Another thing about ski school is that it starts at 10 and finishes at 1pm, kids in the 3 to 6 group have a hard time missing lunch and are more likely to become grumpy and disinterested as happened to my son. This set us up for failure.
Would I return. I don't think so. Apparently Thredbo caters for family's wanting a snow experience going up the mountain by letting you go on a chair lift, so good on them whoever owns that resort.
Written 20 September 2022
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John Currie
Greater Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Super spreader trip - I got Covid and my wife got the flu - not a mask in sight !
Great snow but I will wear a mask in resort areas next year
Written 6 September 2022
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Andrew L
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
I've been going to perisher since I was 5 yrs old.
Just finished a trip to the sundeck Hotel for 7 days (Sunday to Sunday). Highly recommend the sundeck, and I wish Cliff and his wife all the best for the future.

Now my mate, myself and members of my family have been buying the epic pass since it was called the freedom Pass. We've accepted its great value even tho its a gamble with the aussie snow season.

what I cant accept is the communication with perisher (or lack of it) and the general sense that our snow experience is more about keeping their staff happy as apposed to the persons who pay the coin to ski there.

my chief complaints are the communication, grooming and above all the ski tube!

you can only email perisher with questions (their FAQs are useless) and get a reply within a week if your lucky. pretty bad if your trying to find out if say night skiing is on!

The grooming is absolutely awful! some might disagree but compared to what I experienced in say 2015, it seems like its rushed which puts holes in the grooming which can be hazardous. while I stayed at the sundeck this week, there was 2 whole mornings that no run at blue cow was even groomed! What are we really paying for?

The ski tube is an absolute rip off now. At one point in my life, the ski tube was part of your ticket. since vail resorts became involved with perisher, its been an optional extra. Perisher and vail claim its the most convenient and safest way to the resort, well why does everyone I talk to on the mountain try to avoid using it at all costs!

Its because national parks pass is $30 per vehicle or $200 per year per vehicle. your charged the same per head for the ski tube!. you can have up to 5 people per car

good luck if your staying on snow.

They charged my father $120 for the return at any day ticket even tho dad is a pensioner and had a valid season pass which meant he could have qualified for the $51 day ticket! My dad isn't able to use the internet and the staff at the skiitube were less then helpful and charged him full price (probably to meet a quota!)

Id recommend going elsewhere as I know from a former worker of vail resorts they they could not give a $#%^ as long as they can get you to bend over and pay pay pay.

good luck if you have kids!
Written 4 September 2022
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Leeanne L
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very disappointed with the beginners lesson at Smiggins. My children had never been skiiing before and were ridiculed by one of the instructors. He said "everyone look at this biggest loser" to the group when my younger son fell over. And then he told everyone to laugh at my oldest son when he fell over. We were also told to buy the ski lift passes which cost us an extra $345 for 3 kids, when they didn't even take the kids on the lift. For just a day trip, it cost over $800. My husband and I could not find a seat anywhere in the cafes for the entire day, the queues for food and coffee were constantly ridiculous. We ended up standing out in the blizzard for most of the time because we were worried about the kids getting teased or sitting in the car. Was a miserable day overall. Please provide more warm indoor seating for your guests especially as it costs an absolute fortune.
Written 30 August 2022
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Kylie S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
40 min wait for lifts. Nowhere to sit for lunch. Lines for everything from toilets to hot chocolate. Great snow but lift infrastructure does not have capacity to handle crowds. Oversold at peak times. Waste of a season pass. Seriously Perisher do something about over crowding. Either restrict tickets or improve lift infrastructure and visitor amenities. No more season passes for me. Wont be back after many loyal years.
Written 15 August 2022
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