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Perisher for a blue noob (kinda)

Discussion in 'Perisher' started by peter_vod69, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. peter_vod69

    peter_vod69 Hard Yards

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    Hi all,

    Long time lurker here, decided to bite the bullet and sign up. I'm after some advice on runs to seek out at Perisher this year, and to give some background, I learned how to ski blue runs on the Captains side of Cardrona, and then last year got some confidence up skiing on runs like World Cup, Meadows, up around Karels and off Antons at Thredbo.

    So where should I be heading at Perisher?

    Cheers!
     
  2. Legs Akimbo

    Legs Akimbo Grumblebum Ski Pass: Gold

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    Centre Valley. Blue Cow (except Rock Garden). Guthega. Perisher is an intermediate heaven. You can pretty much go anywhere . Rather than places to go, there are a few places to avoid.
     
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  3. Nowada

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    IMO avoid Smiggins, Pleasant Valley at Blue cow, Pretty Valley and Front Valley at Perisher. You will love Guthega, Mt. Perisher and Blue Cow Mtn.
     
  4. Karen97

    Karen97 One of Us

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    Ski the whole mountain! You will like some areas more than others. I don't mind Smigs, Pretty Valley, Pleasant Valley etc, I can always find interesting lines somewhere.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Totally agree, but there are a couple of exceptions IMO. If you are up there in a gale and you still want to ski, Smiggins has good fun skiing in the trees and you avoid the huge queues in Front Valley. Pleasant Valley is a great run to retreat to once your legs turn to jelly and you can't link your turns. Avoid Front Valley unless you enjoy playing frogger with snowboarders.
    Like Karen says, ski as much of the mountain as you can.
     
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  6. WaitAwhile

    WaitAwhile One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    If your feeling adventurous and are confidant on blues, do a run or two up and down the quad, then move on as it can get quite busy in the mornings, then just make a decision to go skiers left or right from the top. Skiers left is normally my favourite when everything is open. I like to ski every lift at least twice(no traversing across to Blue Cow as that's cheating),down into Pretty Valley then do a few runs around interceptor, and North Perisher, then from the top of Interceptor drop into Pleasant Valley,then onto the Brumby bar for a few lines. From there you can either go to the Blue Cow Terminal Area (and a coffee) or head down upper and lower rollercoaster(another great run) to the base of the ridge(beware of long lift lines at certain times) do a few runs up and down the Ridge Area and from the top of that lift you can go skiers left and do a couple of nice short runs up and down the Summit and then back up to the Blue Cow Terminal for Lunch and then on to Guthega.Its a great way to spend a day when the sun is shining.
    The great thing about Perisher is its sheer size and even on busy days you can still find quiet areas .
    Enjoy.
     
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  7. Nowada

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    I forgot to mention on windy or snowy days try centre valley T-bar runs or go over to Interceptor and North Perisher, depending on the wind direction.
     
  8. Mr. Mook

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    After learning to ski & board at perisher in the 90's, and going there almost every year since, there are only 2 places we avoid.
    Pleasant Valley & Pretty valley. They are great for beginners but absolutely THE MOST boring runs in the resort.
    We ride everywhere else - even Front Valley is more entertaining than those 2 places, just not for very long.
    Mt Perisher, Blue Cow,Guthega (just avoid the beginners area immediately below the terminal building) , Centre valley, North Perisher and Smiggins.
    Smiggins has reasonable variety in a relatively small area and is the only place to be when the wind is blowing from any directions other than south east. You can take so many different lines they make it feel like you are doing different runs. But it is short and doesn't have a lot of challenging terrain. Sometimes it's good to start the day there for first runs, and always a refinish off the day with easy relaxing runs

    Mt perisher probably offeres the greatest variety of challenging terrain for intermediates with Eyre, International, Towers and Sun Valley.

    So far the only places we haven't tried are Double Trouble, Devils Playground, Rock Garden, Olympic and Parachute.
     
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    Slightly disagree with Pretty Valley. I'll avoid riding the chair at all costs, but there's some nice drops through the trees mostly skiers left along the ridge, not quite into Interceptor territory. From memory, anyway.
     
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    ^^^^ This!
     
  11. peter_vod69

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    Thanks for all the info folks! Looks like I've got some planning to do.
     
  12. nfip

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    Seek and ye shall find.
     
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    OK so I'm off to Perisher very very early tomorrow morning, and had one last question. Olympic, how hard is it compared to say, Antons or Sponars? Bearing in mind I'm fine on T-Bars, the run itself looks fairly wide.
     
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    T bar is fine , the run itself it's a reasonable steep grade , fair bit steeper than Antons and Sponars.
    Biggest thing up there is usually the bumps that get cut out right at the start of the run.
    Can avoid with bit of a traverse back to the dog leg then shoot down from there.
     
  15. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skiing Olympic is ..... IMO not worth the effort is the polite version. Most people ski it so they can say they have skied it. You are better off traversing around from the top of the quad.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can't agree soz.
    I have had a lot of fun off the top of the T over the years you don't get to from the quad.
    Granted you do have to pick your days.