PRESS RELEASE. At 2pm today Perisher, Australia’s largest ski resort will be the first resort in Australia to open for skiing and boarding for the 2017 snow season. Perisher has a history of being the first resort to open and the last resort to close each snow season due to having the most reliable snow conditions in Australia.
This reputation is due to the high elevation of the resort and continued investment in snowmaking. Perisher has invested in excess of $22 million on improving and expanding the snowmaking system since 2007, and this combined with great natural snow has today seen the resort offering fantastic early season skiing and boarding for Perisher guests.
“Following a great snowfall on Monday and a favorable weather forecast, we were excited to announce we would open for skiing and snowboarding for the season on Saturday 3 June, one week before the traditional opening weekend. But, we’ve had so many of Perisher’s most passionate local skiers contact us urging us to open for a quick ski today, so we have decided to open the Village Eight Express for them to enjoy first turns this afternoon.” said Peter Brulisauer, Perisher’s Chief Operating Officer.
Perisher received 22cm of snow this week and very cold temperatures have provided ideal conditions for Perisher’s snowmaking team to pump out masses of snow across Perisher Valley, Blue Cow and Smiggin Holes. Last night saw over 199 snowguns working through the night as temperatures hit a chilly minus 6.5 degrees.
Skiers and boarders can enjoy their first turns on Front Valley this afternoon with the Village 8 Express Chair running from 2pm. Tomorrow the Village 8 Express Chair and a skier conveyor on Front Valley will provide a great range of beginner and intermediate terrain, whilst Perisher’s Snowsports School will offer lessons. Those looking for some early park action can hit the Playstation Slopestyle Terrain Park filled with a range of rails, boxes and small jumps.
You don’t need to be a skier or snowboarder to enjoy Perisher’s early opening, no trip to the snow is complete without building a snowman or throwing a few snowballs. Tobogganing will be offered for some fun sliding around in the snow.
There is more snow and cold temperatures in the forecast next week, making it ideal for the snowmaking team to continue making snow as Perisher builds up to the June Long Weekend when there will be plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy at Perisher. Events include the Playstation Rail Jam, massive fireworks displays, Night Skiing and Peak Music Festival.
Peak Music Festival is being held on 9-12 June in Perisher and will showcase 35 artists, with 120 performances across 10 stages over four fun-filled days. For more information about what’s happening at Perisher’s June Long Weekend celebrations visit Perisher’s website.