So now that you have decided to take the leap from everyday life to go and live and work in an Aussie ski resort, which resort do you choose? Much to the surprise of our fellow ski loving brethren in North America and Europe, Australia has some pretty top-notch ski resorts!
The top 5 Aussie Ski Resorts include Perisher and Thredbo in the Kosciuszko National park in NSW and Mount Buller, Hotham and Falls Creek in Victoria’s Alpine National Park. No matter where you go, if you love snow sports you are going to love all 5 of these resorts.
So how do you choose?
Now you could jump online and look up the resort stats to compare each resort by Highest elevation, number of lifts, blah blah blah! [insert a bunch of numbers here……..] Don’t get us wrong these are all very important deciding factors (which is why we have included them below). But we know that there are a few more important features you look for when choosing the place for your Ultimate Ski Bum winter.
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to put together our own stats for each of the above Aussie Resorts one resort at a time. Our stats will include your usual numbers but also some more interesting factors such as best Bars and coffee shops, live music/ apre scene and event calendar as well as some insider tips and tricks.
Lets start with Perisher Ski Resort in NSW:
So your thinking you want to work at Perisher this winter? there is a few things you will want to know before getting there so you can feel like a local right off the bat.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Perisher Ski Resort is located in the Kosciuszko National Park in the Snowy Mountains NSW. It’s closes major city in Canberra, 210km away on the Monaro Hwy and its closest town is Jindabyne, 32km from Perisher Village. You can get to Jindabyne either by car or bus, you can find contact details for the different bus services here http://snowymountains.com.au/transportation
If you are coming from Sydney Rex (Regional Express) Airlines also run flights from Sydney Airport to Snowy Mountains airport in Cooma, you can find airfares and schedules on their website http://www.rex.com.au
Getting from Jindabyne to Perisher you can drive to the Resort car park or the more recommended and easier drive to Bullocks Flat where you can get the Ski Tube up to the Resort. A day pass for the Ski tube can get a little pricy so if you are there for the season definitely invest in a seasons pass, it will save you heaps!! There is also long-term parking at the ski tube for those staying in the Resort for the season. If you have staff accommodation in the Resort and are arriving to Jindabyne by bus then you can book the Snow Link Shuttle to get you there.
NOTE: There is no over night parking at Perisher Ski Resort only at the Bullocks Flat Ski Tube terminal, if driving, snow chains are required to be carried inside the national park all winter long.
Perisher is the largest Ski Resort in Australia in terms of Skiable Area giving you a lot or bang for your buck! here are the numbers:
- Highest Elevation 2,054m
- Total number of lifts= 47 across 7 mountain peaks
- Skiable Area 1,245 ha and 355 vertical metres
- Longest run approx. 3km
- terrain parks 5
- snow making YES, 240 guns over 53.4 ha
- grooming YES
- Grading of runs= 22% beginner, 60% intermediate, 18% advanced
- over 100km of marked cross-country trails
BONUS: You can get all of this all season long for $819 for an adult early bird epic pass. Another bonus of the epic pass is that Perisher is owned by Vail resorts in the USA and offer you access to ski their resort in the USA and Canada on your Australian epic pass for the corresponding season. Pretty epic huh!
EATING AND DRINKING:
There are some pretty top-notch eateries and drinkeries (I think I just made up a word there!) across all areas of the resort with something for everyone. One cool thing about eating in Perisher is that there is a lot of old school European influence in the resort so mixed in with your Burgers and fries you get a pretty kick ass Bratwurst, schnitzel and a tall frosty German beer. Our insider tips are Alpine Eyre Hut for a kick ass burger and beer located at the bottom of the Eyre T-bar, Aldo’s café and pizzeria for coffee and pizza located in the ski tube terminal and Guthega Inn for a bratwurst and German beer overlooking the stunning Main range and Guthega Dam.
APRE SCENE AND ENTERTAINMENT:
Perisher brings the goods when it comes to apre entertainment. For your afternoon live music scene head to the White Spider bar and restaurant attached to The Eiger Chalet or The Man From Snowy River general bar for all of your after ski live music and beverage needs, the perfect way to end the ski day!!
If you still have energy after a full days ski, afternoon of live music and no doubt a delicious meal to top it off then there is still plenty to do after the sun goes down. Each establishment seems to have their own night of the week so you are sure not to miss out. On Tuesday nights head up to The Sundeck for an evening of comedy followed by live music, Wednesdays Smiggins Hotel puts on a DJ and don’t forget night skiing on Tuesdays and Saturdays (with fireworks during school holidays). For big live music events then Jindabyne does not disappoint with its winter event schedule, we will cover more of Jindabyne in another post.
So in conclusion, Perisher Ski Resort is a pretty epic place to spend the Aussie Ski Season. To browse job opportunities see our website and search jobs by location https://seasonseekers.com.au/jobs/. Don’t forget to create an account so that you can track your applications on your job seeker dashboard. Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks we will be covering all 5 major Aussie Ski Resorts with more insider tips. Our next post we will be covering Mount Hotham in VIC.
See you next time!