Perisher Valley is Australia's largest skiing and snowboarding destination. It is located in the south east corner of New South Wales in the Snowy Mountains region. It is about five hours drive from Sydney and two hours drive from Canberra. You can fly into Canberra and then take a shuttle service or hire your own vehicle for the trip. Perisher Valley is made up of a number of ski resorts that are all interlinked with lifts and runs so you can stay in one area but ski to any of the other interlinked resorts.
Perisher Blue is the hub of activities in the valley. This is where the main commercial center is with its shopping village and the main ski hire and ski schools operate from here. It is also the apres ski centre with plenty of great restaurants, night clubs and cafés to choose from. The other accommodation villages and ski areas are at Smiggin Holes, Charlottes Pass, Guthega and Blue Cow. These centers all have their own lifts and facilities and then they are all interlinked to provide a massive skiable area. Jindabyne is at the foot of the mountain on the shores of Lake Jindabyne and this is a massive accommodation center. From here you can access the ski slopes shuttle bus or by driving to Perisher in your own car or you can take the ski tube, which will take you direct to the ski slopes that you have chosen to ski at for the day. The ski tube base is a few kilometers from Jindabyne along the road towards Thredbo and there is a large free car park. If you do not want the higher expense of on snow accommodation then the ski tube is a great option.
Perisher Valley has a comprehensive shopping village. There is a post office, supermarket, chemist and ski shop with all the latest gear so if you forgot to pack something you can certainly get it here. The ski and snowboard hire shop has all of the latest gear. Perisher Valley has more lifts and express chairs than you can imagine. You could ski in a different area every day for weeks and still be finding another new run to try. Perisher valley has a skiable area of 1245 hectares and a vertical drop of 355 meters. There is night skiing, half pipes and great terrain parks for the enthusiasts and the resort has the most up to date snow making equipment to ensure that you can always have great skiing even if nature takes a holiday.
If you are looking for a great Australian ski holiday then come and ski among the snow gums at Perisher Valley.