Perisher Valley, New South Wales

Perisher Valley, New South Wales

Perisher Valley, New South Wales

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Perisher Valley is a ski resort village in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, in the Snowy River Shire. It is primarily a winter only resort village, although all year round accommodation is available. It is within the Kosciuszko National Park, and is administered by The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. Access to the Valley is via the Skitube underground railway, or by road. There is an access fee payable to the Park's Service, and motor vehicles are not permitted to stay overnight in the winter months.

At the 2006 census, Perisher Valley had a population of 136 people. In winter, the population is approximately 2,500 guests.

Perisher Valley is one of four villages making up the Perisher ski resort. It is above sea level.

Skiing

The first Kosciuszko Chalet was built at Charlotte Pass in 1930, giving relatively comfortable access to Australia's highest terrain. The growing number of ski enthusiasts heading to Charlotte Pass led to the establishment of a cafe at Smiggin Holes around 1939, where horse drawn sleighs would deliver skiers to be begin the arduous ski to the Kosciusko Chalet. It was the construction of the vast Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme from 1949 that really opened up the Snowy Mountains for large scale development of a ski industry...
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