Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions that we get asked frequently

When is the best time to take my holiday?

The official opening of the winter snow season is the June Long Weekend and it officially closes on the October long weekend each year.  Depending on snow, resorts can open earlier or extend their season. In 2020 Ski Rider will be officially opening on 19 June and closing on 24 September.

I’m coming on X date, will there be snow?

If only we had a direct line to mother nature we’d give her a call! But to put it simply Mother Nature is fickle. It’s hard to tell when she’s going to deliver in the snow department, for how long and where. Add plenty of other weather factors that can affect the snow once it’s fallen into the mix and great snow conditions are not always a guarantee. Snowmaking is the saviour of all Australian Ski Resorts. Without it we would not have the consistent conditions we have today.

Do I need a lesson?

Having a lesson will ensure that your first skiing or boarding experience is safe and enjoyable. First Timer Lift Tickets include your Lift Ticket and a Daily Lesson program tailored to the needs of those who have never been skiing or boarding before. A first timer ticket is unrestricted and gives access to all 47 lifts across all 4 resorts at Perisher. Check out the Perisher Mountain information pages for details.

We just want to play in the snow…..where should we go?

One of the traditional childhood delights of the snowfields is tobogganing. It’s an affordable addition to your skiing and boarding holiday and it’s great fun for kids and parents alike. Speak with our staff regarding toboggan hire & areas for tobogganing.

Do I need travel insurance?

Ski Rider recommends travel insurance for all ski holidays. Numerous insurance brokers now offer domestic travel insurance policies. Try checking with your private health fund, car insurer or home & contents insurer as well as specific travel insurance providers. Just be sure to enquire whether snow sports are covered on the policy!

How long does it take to get to Perisher?

Ski Rider is just 11km’s from Perisher.  If you are driving your own car, there are free carparks at both Perisher and Smiggin Holes.  If you don’t want to drive, jump on the Ski Rider FREE guest shuttle for the 11km trip to Perisher.

Do I need snow chains?

All 2WD vehicles are legally required to carry snow chains within the Kosciuszko National Park. AWD and 4WD vehicles are not required to carry them, but they are still recommended. Check out more on Snow chains.

Are the rooms self contained?

Our rooms are not self contained but they do have private en suites, central heating, tea & coffee making facilities and ski/board & drying racks plus plenty of storage. Have a look at our rooms page to find out more.

Should I pre-book lift tickets?

Yes!  If you want to save money pre-book your lift tickets online directly with Perisher.  Click here for more information on Perisher Lift Ticket options.

Do I have to pay National Park entry?

Yes, you will need to pay a National Park entry fee for each day you are in the park.  Click here to find out more about National Park Entry.

Do I need a lift ticket to ski/snowboard?

Yes.  If you want to use the lifts to access Perisher Ski Resort you will need a valid lift ticket for each day you plan to ski or board.  Click here for more information on Perisher Lift Ticket options.

I’m driving from Sydney after work on Friday so I probably won’t be there until after midnight. Can I still check in?

Yes, you certainly can. Check in is normally after 2.30pm and check out is a 9.15am. If you expect to arrive very late in the evening, please contact us prior to arrival so that we can advise you of the check in procedure.

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