Perisher Ski Resort – the largest alpine resort in the Southern Hemisphere. With 47 lifts and 7 mountain peaks, it covers the largest area of any Australian resort. Skiers and boarders can ski and board between four separate but interconnected resort areas and one of the best things about the resort is its varied terrain that is suitable for all ages and ability levels from first-timers right up to experts.
Our accommodation is at the ever popular Ski Rider Hotel, located on exclusive acres inside Kosciuszko National Park, only 11kms from Perisher snow fields – just a short coach ride away! All rooms have ensuite bathrooms, central heating, tea/coffee making facilities and ski/boarding drying racks. Accommodation is based on multi-share of 4, 5 or 6 persons per room. Twin and triple share rooms are available at an additional cost pending availability. You’ll find the staff at Ski Rider warm and welcoming and their meals are delicious and satisfying.
The official opening of the winter snow season is the June long weekend and the official close is the October long weekend, although depending on snow, Perisher can open earlier or extend the season.
If only we had a crystal ball! There’s no way we can say whether or not it’s going to snow. That’s up to mother nature! It’s hard to tell when it’s going to snow, for how long and where. Add plenty of other weather factors that can affect the snow once it’s fallen into the mix and great snow conditions aren’t always a guarantee. You can rely on great snowmaking facilities at Perisher to ensure that there is always fresh snow on the ground. Perisher has invested heavily in snowmaking to ensure guests are provided with the best possible conditions all winter.
A child is up to age 14. Once they’re 15 they’re classed as an adult.
If it’s your first time to the snow, we would definitely recommend lessons. This will ensure that your first skiing or boarding experience is safe and enjoyable. Lessons are organised when you purchase your lift ticket. Children’s lessons are 3 hours in duration, adults are 2 hours and start at 9am at Smiggin Holes which is where the coach parks.
Tobogganing is great fun for kids and parents alike and Perisher have dedicated areas for just this. It’s very affordable and you can hire them at Ski Rider or when you get to the snowfields.
You can also ride on the skitube from Perisher to Blue Cow – a train that travels through the mountain.
There is also a scenic chairlift ride (not available on weekends, so you’ll only be able to do this if you’re on our 3 day or 5 day tour). The Perisher Quad Express is a great way to experience the incredible vistas across the Snowy Mountains from a lofty height of 2000 metres above sea level. Take the opportunity to get off at mid-station and warm up with refreshments before riding all the way to the top. Don’t forget the camera (and a scarf!).
Perisher’s Tube Town is an exciting, low cost snow experience located right next to the Perisher Valley car park.
You don’t even need to climb back up the hill, just put your feet up and be towed, then sit on a tube and fly down the hill. Definitely fun for all ages!
We recommend travel insurance for all ski holidays. Check with your private health fund, car insurer or home & contents insurer as well as specific travel insurance providers. Just be sure to enquire whether snow sports are covered on the policy.
The coach departs our Anna Bay depot at 8.15pm Thursday or Friday night depending on whether you’re on our 2 or 3 day weekend.
We make various pick ups in Newcastle, Central Coast (Tuggerah & Kariong) and Sydney. Our last pick up point is Liverpool South around midnight with an approximate arrival time at Ski Rider around 6am.
Our 2 day/2 night weekends depart our Anna Bay depot at 1.30pm Friday afternoon with an approximate arrival at Ski Rider around 11.30pm Friday night. So no overnight travel on the coach on these weekends!
Our 5 Day Mid-Week Tour Departs our Anna Bay depot at 7am Sunday morning with an approximate arrival time at Ski Rider of 5pm. Check in with time to pick up any pre-booked equipment and clothing hire before enjoying a delicious dinner. Ski/board 5 days Monday to Friday with a late departure off the snow on Friday at 3pm.
Yes, you will need a valid lift ticket for each day you plan to ski or board.
If you want to save money, pre-book your lift tickets online directly with Perisher at www.perisher.com.au. Book them at least 7 days prior to arrival to receive the maximum discount.
If you already have a Perisher Card, you can re-charge it online. There is a one-off $5 charge if you don’t already hold a reloadable Perisher Card.
If you’re purchasing lessons, make sure you select Smiggin Holes for your lesson location as this is where the coach parks and you’ll easily make a 9am lesson.
Ski Rider offer quality ski, snowboard and clothing hire. We can organise this for you and by pre-paying, you will save time and money.
You’re on the coach for a long time and you want to try and get as much sleep as you can so we recommend you bring a small pillow and rug to help you sleep on the coach. Other things to pack are sun cream & lip balm, beanie and scarf/neck warmer, gloves, goggles (at least sunnies but goggles are better, especially when it’s snowing), munchies that will fit in pockets, water, long undergarments such as thermals that are tight fitting to wear under your snow jacket and pants. You would also add a fleece jumper or long sleeve shirt on the really cold days. You’re better off having too many clothes on than not enough. You can always strip off some layers! Waterproof shoes – not leather soled. If you don’t have any, I would highly recommend hiring a pair, especially if you don’t plan to ski or board. You don’t need to pack a lot of clothes. During the day, you’ll be in your snow jacket and pants. You really only need something casual to wear to dinner each evening and something comfortable for the coach travel.
Yes, the coach will stay with the group for the duration of the tour, along with the driver and guide. They will always be there to lend a hand or answer any questions.
The coach will park at Smiggin Holes which is where you will be dropped off in the morning. Inside the coach will be locked so you can leave any valuables inside the coach. The luggage bins underneath the coach are left unlocked so you can return to the coach at any time throughout the day to drop gear off/pick gear up. i.e you take a layer of clothing off or you’ve had enough skiing for the day and want to take your ski boots off.
We aim to be at the snowfields by 8.30am each morning. The coach will depart the snow to return to Ski Rider at 4.30pm. On Sunday, we depart at 3.00pm to return to Ski Rider and return hire equipment and change for the journey home.
Ski Rider operate a shuttle bus that can take you back to your room if you want to head back earlier (or later) than the coach. We will have timetables to hand out on the coach.
Cancellation fees will be applied if you have to cancel your booking.
If you cancel:
45 days or more prior to departure – $120 per passenger
7 – 44 days prior to departure – $270 per passenger
Within 7 days prior to departure – 100% of fare
Fare Inclusions -
Air conditioned coach travel, motel accommodation, admission into Kosciuszko National Park and meals as stated in the itinerary.
Fare does not include -
Lift tickets, lunches, dinner on Sunday evenings (except 5-day midweek tour) and items of a personal nature.
Alteration of Itinerary -
We reserve the right to alter itineraries without notice due to availability, weather, road conditions or any other reason we perceive to be in the best interests of our passengers.
Government regulations prohibit smoking on all modes of transport.
Travel Insurance -
We recommend you take out travel insurance to protect your investment in your holiday.
Please limit to one suitcase per person plus onboard travel bag. All baggage (including travellers own snowboard, ski equipment etc) is entirely at owner’s risk.
Special Note -
Snow tours are arranged by Port Stephens Buses Travel Pty Ltd and in co-operation with other principals and agents and is offered to the passenger and deemed to be accepted by the passenger on the understanding that no action shall lie against Port Stephens Buses Travel Pty Ltd or any other associated company whether by any act, default, or negligence on their part or that of their servants of any accident, delay, alteration in time or changes, re-arrangement, injury, misrepresentation, loss or damage whatsoever to the passenger arising out of the performance or non-performance of the tour.