Perisher, Australia, Report: Fantastic Base for Spring Skiing

Julia Schneemann |
A herd of kangaroos
A herd of Kangaroos on the Alpine Way, Australia, picture: Julia Schneemann

This week brought us some amazing snowfalls all the way down to Jindabyne. Unfortunately that meant traffic up to Perisher and the Skitube was challenging. Tuesday made for some great powder runs and from Wednesday the sun came back out to play. The groomers have been busy at work and there is just something very satisfying about the sound of a ski edge on perfectly groomed snow.

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Untouched groomed run at Blue Cow, picture: Julia Schneemann

Natural snow depths have reached 80.5 in (204.5cm) which is almost twice the average August snow depth. This means we have an amazing base that should see Perisher through the rest of the season without any issues. Who knows, maybe with some September snowfall the resort might even extend the season, which it did in 2018 and 2019.

We have reached the end of August and spring starts officially on Thursday in Australia and this is spring skiing at its best. The crowds on the mountain have started thinning out, so now is the perfect time to visit. All lifts are open and the run from Olympic was groomed down to Sun Valley, which I have not seen in years.

Julia skiing
Weaving your way down the mogul-side from Olympic, picture: Julia Schneemann
Perisher Resort Map
Trail Map Perisher Resort, picture: Perisher Homepage

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (“BOM”) has issued a weather warning for damaging winds for Monday night and Tuesday morning. A cold front is moving across the Snowy Mountain region. Hopefully, the temperatures will drop as forecast and bring us another flurry of snow tomorrow instead of the rain we had today. Pete ‘The Frog’ is forecasting a couple of inches of snow (2-5cm) for Tuesday. Temperatures will drop further during the week with night temperatures staying below freezing level again consistently from Wednesday.


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3-day weather forecast by Pete ‘The Frog’ Taylor, source:

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