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We operate year-round with a permanent workforce of around 150 employees – and during our winter season (June to October) our numbers grow to a whopping 1,200.
You're about to become one of those 1,200, as you join a brand new family for winter! It might feel a bit daunting – or perhaps you're just excited to start.
However you're feeling - Relax – you are in good hands. More than 50% of our employees return year after year, and it's our return employees who'll teach you the ropes helping you to feel confident in your new role and ensuring Perisher continues to deliver an Experience of a Lifetime to our guests.
We suggest you arrive in Jindabyne a few days before your first day or work so you can familiarise yourself with the area and check into your accommodation. Below are some of the key things to organise in the run-up to your arrival and during the first couple of days. We are positive you will have a great season as part of the Perisher family, and we're looking forward to welcoming you to the team!
While your body will acclimatise to the temperatures over the season, you're likely to feel the cold especially during the first few weeks. While one bulky item of clothing can be helpful at times (for walking between venues, for instance), it's not always practical. We suggest you bring a number of thin layers, so that as you warm up and cool down.
- Staff Passes
All Perisher employees are provided with a Ski Lift pass for you to access the resort on your days off. Your pass must be worn at all times whilst on duty and travelling on Skitube. As a Perisher employee you are provided with an all Lifts pass giving you access to all 47 Lifts around the resort, including night skiing, and free ski and snowboarding lessons during the season. You must show your pass at food and Retail outlets to receive your 20% discount.
Staff passes can be collected from a designated ticket booth at Bullocks Flat during business hours, unless otherwise advised by your Manager, and in consultation with the Ticketing Manager.
To pick up your staff pass, you must have completed all assigned on boarding activities.
- Purchasing Equipment
There is no shortage of options for purchasing equipment once you arrive in Jindabyne. Perisher Retail outlets offer Perisher staff discounts on a wide range of equipment as do most Retail stores in Jindabyne. If you are arriving over the June long weekend, be sure to check out the annual Ski sale held at the Memorial Hall in Jindabyne Town Centre where you can grab yourself a bargain or two in items ranging from boots, Snowboards, Skis, outerwear and plenty more.
If you've never been to the snow before, we suggest you hire your skiing or snowboarding equipment, take a few lessons and then decide which is for you.
- Equipment Check
It is a requirement for all Perisher employees to have ski and snowboard equipment checked by competent Perisher Hire technicians prior to undertaking any skiing or boarding. This applies to all skis, snowboards, boots and bindings. Equipment checks can take place at the Bullocks Flat Hire outlet.
- Living in Jindabyne
Most Perisher employees live in Jindabyne, which is the central hub of activity here in the Snowy Mountains. Jindabyne is a small country town with a local population of around 4,000 – and in the winter months this number expands dramatically with seasonal employees and holiday makers.
The town itself is compact and easy to get around. You'll discover a variety of restaurants, Cafes, Pubs, a supermarket, Retail outlets a cinema, Medical Centre, Mountain bike trails to name a few. Winter days in Jindabyne can be chilly with maximum daytime temperatures to be around 10°C to 12°C, while overnight minimums can be a bracing -5°C to 0°C.
- Living at Perisher or Smiggin Holes
Perisher employees who request staff accommodation may be housed in either Perisher Valley or Smiggin Holes basing you right on snow. One of the major perks of living on mountain is the handy access you get to the slopes and winter events held at Perisher – and it's also a very quick trip to get to work! There are plenty of events to keep you busy when you are not at work during the week and on weekends, from pool competitions, comedy & trivia nights to parties and theme nights at local pubs...
Perisher and Smiggins offer limited shopping facilities. Visit the Local Amenities tab further down this page to view a full list of outlets available to you while living on Mountain.
- Food and Entertainment
One of the benefits you receive as a Perisher employee is 20% discount at all Perisher owned Food and Retail outlets. Perisher hosts a number of events during the season at The Station and in Perisher Valley.
Perisher in conjunction with the community road safety initiative provide late night transport “The Brain Bus” in and around Jindabyne during the season. We advise you to make use of this form of transportation when you're ready to go home after a night out..
During the ski season, Perisher turns into a winter wonderland, with many things to see and do and an ever-changing events line-up. Visit the Perisher website for a full list of events on offer during the season.
- Road Conditions
For much of the season, Bullocks Flat is snow-free, as it sits below the snowline – though the road can be icy and occasionally snowy, even at this level. It is not compulsory to carry chains between Jindabyne and Skitube; however two wheel-drive cars may need to use them if the Alpine Way between Jindabyne and Skitube are snow affected.
It is compulsory to carry properly fitting snow chains when driving a two-wheel-drive vehicle between the June and October long weekends on Kosciuszko Road from the park boundary at Thredbo River. There are many places to buy chains in Jindabyne, and some will offer you a refund at the end of the season, should you wish to return your chains when you leave. Make sure you get your car serviced prior to heading to Jindabyne, as the cold can play havoc. Cars will require anti-freeze coolant – a good trick is to also add a little methylated spirits to your windscreen wiper water, to help stop it freezing.
Should you be in a carpool with a fellow staff member or housemate, don't forget your manners! The offer of a little cash towards petrol will no doubt be gratefully received.
- Travelling by Skitube
During peak times and most weekends, you're required as Perisher employees to take the Skitube from Bullocks Flat up to Perisher. Perisher’s Skitube is a safe and cost effective option for you and you may even consider this means of transport to and from work during the season rather than driving into the National Park. Chains are not required if you are travelling between Jindabyne and Skitube. Check the timetable here.
- On Boarding Requirements
To help you learn more about the resort before you start at Perisher, you are required to complete some e-training (also known as 'online induction'), These online tasks can be completed either in sections or all at once and include your Job Offer, Tax and Superannuation information, Season Pass Liability waiver, than any department specific information assessments. Start dates are unable to be issued until this training is complete.
How it Works
All your on boarding paperwork will be sent to you with an email notification, including a link to log into your online employee profile. This electronic system is designed to improve turnaround times for contract paperwork, while contributing to our zero foot print by 2030 initiative. We ask that you complete these in a timely manner prior to their expiry date so we can move forward with your employment.
Things to do
- e-Sign your Letter of Offer/Contract
- Update personal details, including:
- Emergency contact details;
- Australian bank account details;
- Superannuation information (include your membership number or complete the online application to join Hostplus as a new member);
- Staff accommodation request form;
- Tax Declaration form;
- Add your Working Holiday or Sponsored Visa Number and passport details (if applicable);
- Complete any additional department-specific on boarding activities. Please note: We require your e-Signature on all documents. Faxed or scanned copies will be considered incomplete.
- Season Pass Liability Waiver
- Park Entry
As Perisher is located within the Kosciuszko National Park, park usage fees (to bring your car into the Park) apply. Perisher employees are entitled to a Park Entry staff discount. The discounted cost of the pass is $38 and is valid during the duration of your employment.
To obtain a Park Entry pass for your car, you will need to visit a NPWS office at either Jindabyne or Perisher Valley with your car registration details and drivers licence. If you're not the owner of the car, you will need to provide a letter of authorisation from the owner. Retain your invoice for payment, as this can be claimed back on your tax return.
- First Day
We understand that your first day can be a little daunting. Details on where you need to go on your first day will be sent to you prior to your start date. Perisher’s HR team are available to answer any questions you have before your first day of work. If you would like to talk with your manager, you will find their contact details in your employment offer and are free to call them to discuss any operational questions you may have. Most start dates are snow dependant, and we will do our best to give you as much notice as possible to give you time to arrange travel.