About the project

As you drive into Perisher Valley, look to the left for a different point of view. The Perisher cross country (XC) ski trails and the Sverre Kaaten Nordic Shelter are located on the south side of the road. You will see XC skiers of all descriptions and skill levels skiing along the new Valley Trail. On weekends you are likely to see masses of skiers around the Nordic Shelter competing, training, socializing and having fun. The Nordic Shelter is a day-use shelter for XC skiers, located at the trailhead for the Perisher XC trail system. It is warm, welcoming and offers a base for XC trail users for the day. If you are a new skier, an Olympic athlete, have a young family, are part of a school group or are any other type of XC skier, the Nordic Shelter will provide information, ski waxing facilities, a hot drink, a place to fix your lunch and other skiers with similar interests. The Nordic Shelter is freely available to XC skiers. It is a community-owned facility that has been built and is maintained by volunteer members of the XC community. All running and maintenance expenses are met through fundraising and donations. The volunteers also work closely with Kosciusko National Park staff on summer and winter ski trail grooming. Summer work parties help KNP staff establish new trails, improve old trails and erect snow fencing. During winter, XC volunteers work with the trail grooming contractor and KNP to co-ordinate trail grooming and distribute daily grooming reports to skiers and media. Volunteers also ensure that the Shelter is ready every day during winter for skiers and other users. XC volunteers and organisations run a full calendar of XC events throughout the winter. These events range from the hugely popular Interschools competitions through citizen events and officially sanctioned competitions. And there are events that are just for fun. The NSW XC Team and Squad are based at the Nordic Shelter during winter. On most days you are bound to see a number of enthusiastic and skilled young skiers who make it all look so easy! There are many learning and training opportunities available for all levels of XC skiers. And there are lots of trail options for any energy level. Stop by the Nordic Shelter any time during the day (open from 7am to 6pm when there is snow on the tracks). The access trail starts between the Perisher Fire Station and the Man From Snowy River Hotel. For the winter XC event calendar, contacts and more information about XC skiing programs, events and facilities go to www.perisherxcountry.org.


  • Susan Tracey

    Such a great resource for cross country skiers. People so friendly and helpful

  • David Backhouse

    Although we could not make full use of the facilities because of Covid, the shelter was a base for a great week on the trails. I have always appreciated its presence and the hard work of the volunteers.

  • Mandy Meredith

    Thank you all at the Nordic Shelter and Luke the groomer

  • Lynwen Connick

    Donating to Nordic shelter fudge appeal. Love the shelter !!

  • john sim

    Go the Waffle Queen

  • Bruce KAY

    Thanks for the work done by everyone providing the facilities at the Nordic Ski Shelter. Much appreciated. Have a good season. Keep safe and keep healthy.

  • JAMES J Finnie

    JAMES FINNIE making this donation as a thank you to all those wonderful cross-country skiers who contribute to the maintenance of the trails and provision of amenities at the Nordic Shelter.

  • Michele Corin

    So appreciate this great little spot in the mountains!

  • Lachlan Kennedy

    Hope the trails turn white this winter AND we are allowed to ski!

  • Judy Jenkinson

    Thank-you for the shelter which is invaluable in inclement weather, thank you to the people who keep it clean and maintained, and thank you to the skiing community for welcoming newcomers to \"the club\".

  • Bruce Marshall

    In support of the sport of Cross Country Skiing in NSW

  • Julie-Ann Craig

    Thanks for providing athletes, visitors and recreational users this amazing facility.

  • Tobi Edmonds

    Thanks for everything that you do.

  • Pavel Sakov

    Great facilities, thanks (Pavel and Irina, Hobart, Tasmania)

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