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Perisher Resort

While staying at Smiggin Holes make the most of your holiday by checking out the 4 different ski areas available to you, including Perisher, Blue Cow and Guthega. During the majority of the ski season all these areas are accessed from Smiggin Holes via the Link Tee Bar. All 4 resorts allow for a range of beginner to advanced skiers and boarders.

Smiggin Holes is situated within the Perisher resort area. Located on the right when accessing from Jindabyne, it provides the perfect family ski area. Sitting at 1,680 metres above sea level, Smiggin Holes was established in 1939. The name 'Smiggin Holes' is of Scottish origin. The trampling of hundreds of cattle consuming rock salt that graziers had placed there, caused depressions that filled with water. These depressions were called 'the smiggin holes'.

Perisher resort (previously known as Perisher Blue) is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere, and is made up of four distinct areas. Perisher Valley, is the most commonly known area, allowing visitors access to the ski areas of Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega. Each area showing off the beautiful Kosciusko National Park to all those who venture here each Winter.

Blue Cow The highest lifted point of the Blue Cow area (also known as Mount Blue Cow) of Perisher is 1960m, reached by the Summit Quad Chairlift. This part of the Perisher resort is only accessible by ski or via the Skitube during the winter months. Established in 1987, Blue Cow was apparently named after a cross breed of cattle, imported black English Shorthorn, with white Shorthorns, which resulted in offspring with blue roan coats. One of these mysterious cows would disappear after the thaw each year and would be found on the mountain before the next winter. You can reach Blue Cow on snow from Smiggin Holes via Perisher Valley.

Guthega Resort was established in the 1950's, but was purchased by the operator of Blue Cow Resort in 1991. By 1995, the four ski areas had merged to become known as Perisher Blue. Access is by road or skiing, but the road conditions can vary so 4WD is recommended. The first rope tow was installed in 1957, which was then joined by the first t-bar in 1965. In 1982 the Car Park chairlift was installed, which made the resort more appealing to day visitors. You can reach Guthega on snow from Smiggin Holes via Perisher Valley.

Resort Statistics and Information

Characteristics

  • 7 mountain peaks
  • Summit height - Mt Perisher 2,054m

Lifts

  • 47 lifts (lift capacity = 51,305 people per hour)

Terrain

  • Grading of Runs
    • Beginner 22%
    • Intermediate 60%
    • Advanced 18%
  • Skiable area 1,245ha


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