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Vail Resorts opens Perisher early for 2021 snow season

Vail Resorts opens Perisher early for 2021 snow season
June 4, 2021

Perisher opened today for the 2021 snow season instead of its usual opening on the June long weekend, with Vail Resorts announcing that winter’s early arrival with sub-zero temperatures throughout May have made it possible to welcome guests early this year.

Pete Brulisauer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Vail Resorts, Perisher and Australia advised “we are so pleased with the opportunity to open Perisher early for the 2021 snow season, especially given the late start last season.

“For skiers and boarders who were unable to make it last year, there is tremendous enthusiasm to get back to the snowy mountains this winter, with Front Valley now open for skiing and boarding with the Village Eight Express.”

The opening day for Mount Hotham and Falls Creek, is set for 12th June, subject to snow and weather conditions.

Perisher will continue to operate within relevant government regulations as and when they evolve relating to COVID-19 and resort operations. Cleaning and safety protocols will be in place to protect guests, communities, and employees consistent with public health requirements. Guests should expect to purchase products on-line and in advance, use QR check-in codes at indoor venues, and be strongly encouraged to wear face coverings, physically distance, and adopt good hygiene measures in the resorts.

New for the 2021 Snow Season
This season, Perisher is introducing two new additions for a more premium snow experience: the Leitwolf Grooming Machine and Snowmaking on the Chute ski run.

Adding to its grooming fleet for 2021, Perisher’s new Leitwolf - the first model of its kind in Australia - showcases the latest technology and creates a wider grooming pass leading to smoother groomed runs for our skiers and boarders to enjoy.

This summer also saw the completion of the installation of snowmaking on the Chute ski run in Perisher Valley. The Chute is a popular trail connecting the Village Eight Express chair on Front Valley to Pretty Valley Double & Interceptor Quad Chairs.

Events are back for the Long Weekend
To kick-off the June Long weekend, guests can look forward to:

  • Night Skiing & Boarding plus Fireworks: On Saturday night, Front Valley will light up for a firework display from 7:20pm. Night skiing and Boarding will run from 6pm to 9pm.
  • Family Fun: With Dan Druff the Clown, your little ones are welcome and perfectly catered for. Whether they’re experienced shredders or first timers about to jump on a beginner carpet, Perisher’s got you covered.
  • Rail Rampage: Guests can join Perisher for a ski and snowboard park progression session to start the season off, show off to win prizes and plenty of encouragement from the Perisher team.
  • The Perisher Snowsports School: Will offer lessons for those taking their first turns, or looking to sharpen their skills.
  • Free Live entertainment: Circadian Rhythm playing will be playing at JAX Bar and Chargrill on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon and from 6pm to 9pm on Saturday night with Smiggins Hotel featuring Hussy Hicks from 3pm daily plus DJ Freddie Fly Fingers on Saturday night from 9pm.

Booking for the 2021 Winter Season

For the best value, skiers and riders have less than two weeks to lock in their 2021 Epic Australia Pass, which will go off sale on 15th June.

2021 Epic Australia Pass holders can access runs from Perisher’s opening day, 4th June, through the 2021/22 snow season in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Epic Australia Pass also includes Epic Coverage for all pass holders, which provides refunds associated with certain resort closures, including those due to COVID-19, as well as personal events, including illness, job loss and injury.

Vail Resorts advise that “priced at AU$1049 for adults, AU$599 for students (up to year 12) and AU$819 for seniors (65+ years), the Epic Australia Pass pays for itself in just six days, with season-long skiing and boarding at your favourite Australian resorts, Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham. Additionally, Epic Australia Pass offers the best value for skiers and riders, with six Bring-a-Mate tickets and pass holder discounts available from early June.”

For more information for what’s on at Perisher this season, please visit the website for live updates


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29th May 2020 - 2020 snow season for Perisher, Hotham and Falls Creek to open on 24th June

16th December 2019 - NSW Planning and Environment Department hit with $200,00 for polluting waterway at Perisher ski resort

1st August 2019 - Perisher’s new Leichhardt chairlift gets official opening

31st March 2019 - Perisher commences construction of new chairlift

8th December 2017 - Perisher to invest $4.2 million in snowmaking and new chairlift

1st June 2017 - Snow falls prompt early season opening for Perisher

8th January 2017 - Environmental group challenges Perisher Village development

19th May 2021 - Vail Resorts announces deadline to secure 2021 Epic Australia Pass

29th January 2021 - Vail Resorts announces deadline to secure 2021 Epic Australia Pass for $49 upfront

9th July 2020 - Vail Resorts suspend operations at Mt Hotham and Falls Creek due to latest COVID-19 outbreak

11th June 2020 - Vail Resorts to implement COVID-19 Safe Operating Plan and expand 2020 Epic Australia Pass to include Epic Coverage

26th May 2020 - Vail Resorts to offer refunds for Epic Australia Pass and New Pass Options

22nd February 2019 - Vail Resorts confirm purchase of Victoria’s Falls Creek and Hotham ski resorts

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