Near Jindabyne between Melbourne and Sydney, the Perisher Blue area is a combination of four resorts (Perisher Valley, Smiggins Hole, Blue Cow and Guthega) on Mount Koscuisko. When snowboarding in the region, also check out Mt. Buller near Melbourne for a rowdy time.
Perisher Blue is an easy 5.5 to 6 hour drive from Sydney or 7 hours from Melbourne with half the distance on freeway standard roads.
From Jindabyne access by road to Perisher, Smiggins and Guthega is via the Kosciuszko Road, with snow chains required to be carried by all vehicles past the National Park entrance. Its an easy half hour drive from Jindabyne in good weather.
Between June 1 and October 10, motorists are legally required to carry properly fitting chains in any vehicle in a snow-ice risk section within the National Park.
There is FREE day parking for 1500 vehicles at Perisher, 526 (plus 64 coach spaces) at Smiggins and 60 day and 50 overnight spaces at Guthega. Snow conditions can affect these numbers.
Alternatively, Skitube is 20kms or around 15 minutes drive from Jindabyne via the Alpine Way, with no chains normally required. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Perisher Blue Ski Area is the 2nd most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 3 snowboarding resorts in Australia.