Perisher, Australia, to Close Down Operations at Blue Cow and Guthega for the Season

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
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Panorama view over Blue Cow from the Blue Cow Cafe. | Picture: Julia Schneemann

Perisher Ski Resort, Australia, announced today, September 2, 2023, that this weekend will be the last weekend lifts will operate at the ski areas of Guthega and Blue Cow. The Perisher resort consists of four interconnected areas: Perisher, Blue Cow, Guthega, and Smiggins Hole.

Trail Map Perisher Resort. | Picture: Perisher Website

Situated in the Kosciuszko National Park, roughly 250 miles (400km) from Sydney, Perisher is Australia’s largest ski resort. The resort offers 3,076 acres of skiable area, which makes it about half the size of Park City, Utah, and the largest resort in Australia and New Zealand in acres. Guthega and Blue Cow were added to the Perisher resort in 1995, when the two resorts of Perisher Smiggins and Alpine Australia Group merged to form what was then called ‘Perisher Blue’, which was renamed Perisher Ski Resort in 2009.

The ski season in Australia has been suffering from below average snowfalls and even has been cut short in some ski areas as the country is on track to experience the warmest winter since weather recordings began in 1910. According to the Bureau of Meteorology (‘BOM’), the mean temperature for the season tracking at 1.54°C above average.


What a season it’s been so far! The low snowfall, warmer temperatures & limited opportunity for snowmaking we’ve seen recently has made it hard to remember the awesome pow days of mid-June & the string of stunning bluebirds in late July.
Given current conditions, it has quickly approached the time of the season when we need to wrap wrap operations in certain resort areas. We would like to inform you that Perisher’s lift operations in both Blue Cow & Guthega are expected to cease for 2023 from Monday 4th September. The last day of operations in Blue Cow & Guthega will be Sunday 3rd September.
Thank you for helping us make this season a ripper one. Don’t forget, Perisher Valley is still open & waiting for you to dig into some awesome spring riding right up until October.

Fun Fact About Perisher & Blue Cow

Folklore has it that Perisher Valley was named by James Spencer, who had settled in the area in the 1840s, when he was caught in a storm and promptly quipped “What a perisher!” James Spencer is also credited with naming Blue Cow, which was named as such by Spencer after one of his cross-bred cows with blue roan coats which would disappear after the thaw each year and would be found grazing on the mountain before the next winter.
Some fun turns in Blue Cow in June this year. | Picture: Julia Schneemann

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