Perisher is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Located in the Australian Snowy Mountains, the resort is a combination of four villages and their associated ski fields which are Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Blue Cow.
The name Perisher is steeped in mystery, the myths surrounding its origin stem from the graziers attempting to rescue livestock trapped in the high country. Braving the full force of the blizzard as they crested The Gap, the feeling among the graziers were - "This is truly a perisher!"
It is the largest snow resort operation in the Southern Hemisphere. It has the highest terrain, the greatest number of lifts and the most reliable snow in Australia.
Perisher Blue covers a wide area and offers alpine runs, cross country skiing, as well as valley and bowl skiing. Snow boarding is also popular, with Perisher Blue offering its own snow boarding areas as well as snow boarding classes.
Perisher, which had a name change from Perisher Blue at the beginning of 2009, offers a selection of shops selling ski and snowboard equipment, clothing, jewellery and souvenirs.The resort also features a number of mountain restaurants which serve a variety of food and drink.
Other facilities include a post office, chemist and newsagent. In case of an emergency there is an ambulance service and medical centre.
Accommodation around the resort is slightly more expensive than some of the other nearby areas, although skiing passes and lessons are fairly reasonable.