First Timers Guide

Top tips to help you plan your trip to the snow – Perisher lift tickets, driving safely…

Planning a snow holiday takes careful preparation. Follow these useful tips to reduce the stress so you can enjoy your first time snow experience. Some of the key areas to address for every snow holiday starts with getting here, and general ski slope safety rules.

Perisher Lift Tickets

Perisher lift tickets need to be pre-purchased online directly with Perisher.  Book at least 7 days in advance for some great savings, otherwise you can buy tickets from a Perisher Ticket Office when you arrive at their in resort pricing. Beginner Lift and Lesson packages are highly recommended if you have never skied or boarded before. For more information on lift tickets and lesson options please see Perisher Lift & Lesson Tickets.


Driving in the snow

Driving in the snow requires all your attention and can often cause tiredness, particularly when conditions demand a high level of concentration. Remember to be patient and enjoy your trip. When driving in snowy or icy conditions, leave double the normal distance between you and the car in front. Don’t break hard and avoid sharp steering movements: stopping on icy roads takes a lot longer. The speed limit in many areas of Kosciuszko National Park is reduced to 80 km/h during winter. Take extra care around snow ploughs. They may be operating on the wrong side of the road and are not easily manoeuvrable. To protect your vehicle ensure that your radiator has effective antifreeze. If in doubt, have your service station perform an electrolyte test. If you drive a diesel vehicle you will need a ‘winter’ diesel mix. Winter mix has special additives which stop the fuel freezing. If you still have plenty of fuel in your tank on arrival in the mountains, it may be sufficient to top it up and run the vehicle for 10 to 20 minutes. Check with a local service station. Some helpful tips for safe motoring on the snow can be found on the following websites:


Snow Sports Safety Tips

Getting to the slopes safely is an essential part of your holiday and so is being safe on the snow.  Make sure when you are out on the snow that you are aware of other skiers and snowboarders so that you get home without injury. Watch this quick video to address fundamental mountain user rules:



What to Pack

Here are some helpful packing lists Ski Rider has found for you as downloadable PDFs  that you can save or print off to use as a check list.

Your snow holiday is a trip to remember, so we hope this gives you the confidence to start planning today! If there is anything you would like more information on, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful staff!


The Checklist

Snow holidays can be one of the most fun, memorable, rewarding holidays and should also be simple and straight forward. It’s all about being prepared, so we have an important checklist for you to cross off before you get here:

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