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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 of work so you can familiarise yourself with the area and check into your accommodation. Below are some 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 free Ski Lift pass for you to access the resort. 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 will also give you access to 1x daily discounted staff meals at various Perisher food outlets throughout the season. You must show your pass to receive the “Staff Meal”.
Staff passes can be collected from a designated ticket booth at Bullocks Flat during business hours, unless otherwise advised by your Manager. All assigned pre-employment onboarding activities must be completed before your Lift & Skitube access can be activated.
- 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.
- 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 free for Perisher employees. As the resort is becoming busier every season you may even consider this means of transport to and from work during the season as a safe and cost effective option. Chains are not required if you are travelling between Jindabyne and Skitube. Check the timetable here.
- Equipment Check
This applies to all Ski equipment only. It is a requirement for all Perisher employees to have Ski’s and bindings checked by competent Perisher Hire technicians prior to undertaking any skiing. Equipment checks are free of charge and take place at the Bullocks Flat Hire outlet.
- 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.
- 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 Smiggins basing you right on snow. An advantage of of living on mountain is the handy access you get to the slopes and events held in Perisher, not to mention the very quick trip to get to work! Keep an eye on the Events page on the Perisher website for what’s on when during the season.
While there is a small supermarket located in the Perisher Valley Skitube building they do only offer limited supplies. We suggest you do a food shop in Jindabyne at Woolworths before checking into your on mountain accommodation to get you through the first few days. Visit the Local Amenities tab further down this page to view a full list of outlets available to you while living on Mountain.
If you are bringing a car and living on mountain for the season you will have to park your car at Bullocks Flat (Long Term carpark) for the season. Depending on when you arrive, you may be able to drive your car up to Perisher to unload your belongings. As there is no overnight parking allowed in the National Park, once you have unpacked your car you will need to drive at park your car at Bullocks Flat. Your staff pass will give you access on the Skitube from Bullocks Flat to Perisher so you can get back to your accommodation..
- Food and Entertainment
One of the benefits you receive as a Perisher employee is 20% discount at all Perisher owned Food and Retail outlets during the season. There are a number of “Staff meals” available to you during the season at a heavily discounted rate for the duration of your employment from various Perisher food outlets, so make sure you take advantage of this while you are working with us.
Perisher hosts a number of events during the season at The Station and in Perisher Valley, so be sure to check out the Events page on the Perisher website so you don’t miss out.
Perisher in conjunction with the community road safety initiative provide late night transport “The Brain Bus” in and around Jindabyne during the season. A timetable will be available once the season commences and advise you to make use of this form of transportation when you're ready to go home after a night out.
- 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.
- On Boarding Requirements
To help you learn more about the resort before you start at Perisher, you are required to complete a number of e-training activities (also known as 'online induction'). These online tasks can be completed either in sections or all at once. We are unable to assign a start date for you until your pre-employment training is complete.
How it Works
All on boarding paperwork will be sent to your employee profile with an email notification, including a link to log into the Talent Centre. 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.
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;
- A copy of your passport – To verify your Australian Working Rights;
- Add your Working Holiday and passport details (if applicable);
- Complete any additional department-specific on boarding activities. Please note: We require your e-Signature on all documents. We do not accept faxed or scanned copies.
- First Day
We understand that your first day can be a little daunting. Before you arrive your manager will be in contact with you to let you know exactly where you need to meet on your first day. Perisher’s HR team are available to answer any questions you may have before you arrive. We appreciate your patience during the time from when you receive your employment offer and start date and understand you are very keen to get started. Most seasonal start dates are snow dependant and we are eagerly waiting for the snow to fall as much as you. Rest assured we will do our best to give you as much notice as possible giving you time to arrange your travel plans.