Perisher Valley, Kosciuszko Australia,Perisher (known as Perisher Blue until 2009) is the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Located in the Australian Snowy Mountains, the resort is an amalgamation of four villages (Perisher Valley, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Blue Cow) and their associated ski fields, covering approximately 12 square kilometres (4.6 sq mi), with the base elevation at 1,640 metres (5,380 ft) AHD, and the summit elevation of 2,054 metres (6,739 ft) at the top of Mount Perisher. 4.4 square kilometres (1.7 sq mi) of this area is covered by 271 snow guns, which are used to artificially supplement the natural snowfall, particularly since the drought commencing in the early 2000s.
The resort is accessible by road and by the Skitube, Australia's only underground rack railway. The main skiing period is in July and August, with the official season running from the second weekend in June to the first weekend of October. Perisher consists of 49 lifts. The Village Eight Express- an eight seater chairlift (built in 2003), two high-speed Quad detachable chairlifts, four fixed-grip Quad chairlifts, two Triple chairlifts, four Double chairlifts, 21 T-Bars, four J-bars, four ski carpets, and eight other types of skier and boarder moving devices. The run difficulties are graded, 22% beginner, 60% intermediate and 18% advanced.