Perisher Blue Snowfields (26th August 2007)
Once again we’re up at 6.30am in the morning but we’re not heading the Mount Selwyn today – oh no – we’re going to Perisher Blue where there’s plenty of snow for the more experienced skiers and snow boarders amongst us – don’t worry though there are still beginners slopes.
After a 1 – 1 ½ hour trip from Anglers Reach, in the opposite direction, through Jindabine, we reached the packed car park at the Perisher Blue snow fields – it was so packed we had park our car down the road and wait for a bus to pick us up and drop us off.
The place was a hell of a lot busier than Mount Selwyn and I almost got knocked over a number of times – even on the learner’s slopes – while I was taking photos or videos.
Everyone who wanted lift passes rushed of and got them - $89 per day for an adult – you’d want to get good use out of it. We found and outdoor table directly opposite the learners slope and outside a small café and that was the last time we were all together in the same spot for the remainder of the day.
Perisher has everything for everyone whether you’re a spectator, a skier or snow boarder, a learner, a tobogganer, a tube rider, a hiker, or an experienced skier/board rider.
- There are shops, cafes, bars, and hotels. The price of food and drink is a lot better here than at Selwyn.
- There’s a large tube ride area.
- There’s a huge toboggan area.
- There are numerous runs and chair lifts linking Perisher Blue with places like Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthuca.
- There’s also buses and a ski tube (train) that links the areas where there are more shops and snow fields – the Ski Tube links Perisher with Blue Cow.
- There’s a half pipe and runs with all sorts of jumps and beams set up for those who have a bit of a daredevil streak. - There are numerous runs of varying degrees of difficulties
- There’s a learner slope and a learners school with easy ride on escalators that are good for learners – don’t have to contend with those t-bars and chair lifts until you’re ready.
- There are miles and miles for you to hike in – snow shoes are advisable although I didn’t bother and still managed OK
I hiked from the bottom Perisher to the top of the slopes at Smiggins and then up to the top of Perisher half pipe. On the way back down I stopped to watch some of the skiers and snow boarders using the half pipe – they’ve got balls. The walk took me about 3 – 3 ½ hours with a couple of stops to take in the scenery and people-watching.