Exploring the Thrills of Backcountry Skiing in Perisher: A Winter Adventure Like No Other

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Nestled amidst the stunning vistas of the Snowy Mountains, Perisher Valley stands as a beacon of wintertime allure. While it’s widely known for its sprawling ski resorts and the iconic Perisher Ski Resort, there’s a lesser-explored facet of this snowy paradise that beckons to the adventurers at heart – backcountry skiing. If you’re seeking a winter adventure like no other, where untouched powder, breathtaking scenery, and the exhilarating sensation of carving your path await, then backcountry skiing in Perisher is your ultimate ticket to snow-covered bliss.

The Backcountry Skiing Experience

Breaking Down the Basics

Backcountry skiing is a captivating blend of adrenaline and serenity. It’s the art of venturing beyond the boundaries of traditional ski resorts, away from the groomed slopes, and into the untamed wilderness of the mountains. Perisher Valley, with its pristine wilderness and proximity to Kosciuszko National Park, offers an ideal canvas for this exhilarating pursuit.

Why Backcountry Skiing?

Unparalleled Freedom and Serenity

One of the most alluring aspects of backcountry skiing is the boundless freedom it offers. No crowded slopes, no lift lines, and no rush – just you, your skis, and the untouched snow. As you glide through the undisturbed powder, it’s easy to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquil beauty of the snow-covered wilderness.

The Thrill of Exploration

For adventurers and nature enthusiasts, backcountry skiing opens up a world of exploration. In Perisher Valley, you can embark on a journey through the majestic Kosciuszko National Park, skiing through snow-laden forests and along frozen streams. Every turn reveals a new facet of the pristine landscape, and every ascent rewards you with breathtaking panoramic views.

Safety First

While backcountry skiing is undeniably thrilling, it’s essential to prioritise safety. Avalanches, changing weather conditions, and the remoteness of the terrain all pose potential risks. Before venturing into the backcountry, ensure you have the necessary avalanche safety gear, knowledge, and preferably travel with an experienced guide

At the end of the day, the goals are simple: Safety and security.” – Jodi Rell, former Governor of Connecticut

Preparation is Key

Before you set out on your backcountry skiing adventure in Perisher, here are some crucial preparations:


Invest in high-quality backcountry skiing equipment, including skis, bindings, boots, and avalanche safety gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). In fact, according to a comprehensive guide by Weston, when buying a touring specific ski, you’ll want to look at the following – Weight, Waist Width, Camber underfoot.


According to an article by Hiking & Fishing, you also must know about avalanche safety. You need to take a course with a certified instructor– self-guided online information is no substitute for a real instructor who has the experience to safely show you the signs of avalanches, how to avoid them, and what to do if you or someone else gets caught in one. Enroll in an avalanche safety course to understand the risks and learn how to use your safety gear effectively. 

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.” – Gail Godwin, an American Novelist with her books as finalists for National Book Award

Weather Forecast 

Check the weather forecast and avalanche conditions before heading out. Always heed advisories and warnings.

Route Planning

Plan your route carefully and inform someone of your itinerary. Stick to your plan and adjust if necessary.

Group Dynamics

Skiing with a group is safer than going solo. Ensure your group communicates effectively and is prepared for emergencies.

Backcountry Skiing: A Playground for Snow Lovers

Perisher Valley is a haven for snow enthusiasts, and backcountry skiing is the purest expression of that passion. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or new to the sport, there’s a backcountry adventure waiting for you. From gentle slopes to challenging descents, Perisher offers a wide range of options to suit your skill level.

The Beauty of Unspoiled Nature

One of the most remarkable aspects of backcountry skiing is the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unspoiled beauty of nature. As you traverse the pristine snowfields of Perisher, you’ll encounter an array of wildlife, from playful snow bunnies to majestic eagles soaring above. It’s a chance to reconnect with the natural world in a way that’s impossible on the groomed slopes.

Your Partner in this Adventure

After a day of exhilarating backcountry skiing, you’ll need a cosy retreat to unwind and recharge. That’s where Kooloora Lodge comes into play. Situated in the heart of Perisher Valley, Kooloora Lodge offers a warm and inviting haven for winter adventurers.

With its easy access, Kooloora Lodge is the perfect basecamp for your backcountry skiing escapades. After conquering the untouched slopes, return to the lodge and relax in the welcoming guest lounge, complete with a crackling fireplace that’s sure to thaw your chilled bones. Engage in friendly board game competitions, sip on a warm cup of cocoa, or simply savour the quietude of the snowy evening.

When your appetite calls, indulge in a delectable meal prepared by our in-house chef. It’s a culinary journey that perfectly complements the day’s outdoor adventures. Kooloora Lodge offers modern lodge accommodation with all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay, including free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.

Are you ready to embark on the backcountry skiing adventure of a lifetime in Perisher Valley? The untouched powder and breathtaking landscapes await your exploration. Book your stay at Kooloora Lodge, the ideal retreat for snow enthusiasts. 



What is Backcountry Skiing?

Backcountry skiing involves skiing in unmarked, natural terrain away from traditional ski resorts. It offers a chance to explore untouched snow and pristine landscapes.

Where is Perisher Valley located?

Perisher Valley is situated in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales, Australia, within Kosciuszko National Park.

Is Backcountry Skiing Safe?

Backcountry skiing can be safe with proper preparation. Take mountain safety courses, carry essential gear, check weather conditions, and consider hiring an experienced guide.

What Makes Perisher Ideal for Backcountry Skiing?

Perisher’s proximity to Kosciuszko National Park provides ample opportunities for backcountry skiing. Its unspoiled wilderness and pristine snow make it a haven for enthusiasts.

Can Beginners Try Backcountry Skiing in Perisher?

Yes, beginners can enjoy backcountry skiing in Perisher, but it’s essential to start with easy routes, take lessons, and always prioritise safety.

What Should I Pack for a Backcountry Skiing Trip?

Pack backcountry-specific gear, avalanche safety equipment, extra clothing, snacks, a first aid kit, navigation tools, and communication devices.

How Do I Book Accommodation at Kooloora Lodge?

Booking at Kooloora Lodge is easy. Navigate our website and follow the booking instructions.

What Can I Expect at Kooloora Lodge?

Kooloora Lodge offers easy access, comfortable lodge accommodation, a cosy guest lounge with a fireplace, board games, free Wi-Fi, and delicious in-house meals prepared by a chef.

How do I book a backcountry Guide?

There are several companies that offer backcountry guides.  There include;

Alpine Access 0423470090

Wilderness Sports (02) 6456 2966

K7 Adventures 0488 491 514   www.k7adventures.com

Snowy Mountains Backcountry 0400 349 319

How do I learn about Avalanche safety skills?

Alpine Access Australia runs Avalanche Skills Training AST1 courses accredited by Avalanche Canada.

I am interested in try backcountry skiing. How do I learn the skills to be safe?

K7 Adventures offer a new skills course. An introduction to ski touring with will set you up with the basic skills to start venturing out beyond the boundaries.

Ready to turn your winter dreams into reality? Book your backcountry skiing adventure at Kooloora Lodge today and experience the thrill of Perisher Valley. Secure your spot now and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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