Arguably Australia's best ski resort, Perisher comprises four distinct areas: Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega. Happily for boarders and skiers at the beginner/intermediate level, the valley's sinister name doesn't reflect the difficulty of the terrain. It comes from the high-country blizzards, which graziers used to refer to as 'perishers'.
Perisher Valley has the lion's share of tourist infrastructure, including bars and places to eat. It lacks Thredbo's village charm and year-round appeal (nothing much happens here outside ski season), but Perisher's army of snow-crazed fans will entertain no such criticism.
Aboriginal Australians such as the Ngarigo people lived here for thousands of years before European migrants moved into the Snowy Mountains.