As Ski Australia

There are around 20 Australian ski resorts, a little under half of these are commercial ski centres, the remainder are club fields run by enthusiasts and generally volunteers.

Most of Australia's ski areas are located in New South Wales and Victoria, home to the country's highest peaks, as well as most of its population. There are two small ski centres on the southern island of Tasmania too however.

There has been heavy investment in resort development in recent years at the largest resorts, particularly Perisher, which measures itself as the largest ski area in the southern hemisphere (in terms of groomed terrain and number of lifts) but also at resorts including Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Mount Buller. So when you ski Australia you’ll find all the latest equipment on the slopes. Although uniquely Australian, the ski resorts typically follow the North American model of self-contained complexes with modern lift systems, all amenities on site and the opportunity for condominium ownership, most of them owned by a single company.

Snow cover can be an issue at Australian ski areas but, as in other countries where cold weather is not guaranteed through the winter, lots of coping strategies have been developed to ensure there is some snow even in the ‘bad times’ including snow farming, cloud seeding and traditional snow making. One resort has won awards for recycling ‘waste water’ in to snow after purification. And in fact Australian resorts typically have relatively good snowfall records from May to September.

Australian ski centres have hit media headlines in the country in recent years for a reason the centres are not so keen to promote – lift ticket prices have topped the world tables, sometimes overtaking the usual highest resorts in North America, as the most expensive anywhere. This is partly due to the high operating costs for resorts in Australia but more caused by the inexorable rise in value of the Australian dollar against other currencies (at least at the time of writing!)

Although Australia is one of the world’s newest major nations, skiing in Australia is as old as the sport itself anywhere in the world, thanks to immigrants bringing skiing to Australia with them in the nineteenth century.

Indeed Australia recently celebrated 150 years iof skiing – longer than most other countries – thanks to The Kiandra Snowshoe Club in Australia which lays joint claim to the title "world's oldest ski club" with a Norwegian contender.

The title may be a little academic, as the Kiandra Snowshoe Club's founder members were probably Norwegian immigrants anyway, as it is they who are credited with bringing skiing to Australia in 1861 during the gold rush. Since then Australians, along with New Zealanders, have re-exported their skiing talents world-wide, it's a rare ski school in the world's top resorts hat doesn't employ at least one antipodean ski teacher.

In more recent times the world's first indoor snowdome (arguably), Mount TheBarton, opened in Australia in 1987 although it closed after 20 years and subsequent attempts to bring indoor snow back to Australia are yet to prove successful. However several of the world's pioneering 'indoor snow' manufacturing businesses are also Australian.

Most resorts offer a good mix of accommodation from basic to high calibre. There's skiing here when 98% of the world's resorts are shut down through "lack of snow" in the northern hemisphere’s summer months but it can be a long trek to most of the resorts with few ski centres near major population centres. However increasingly good flight links from Melbourne and Sydney have shortened the trip.
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Australia: latest snow conditions round-up


AUSTRALIA Poor weather was a feature across the rest of Australian resorts on Thursday 22nd of September, with many experiencing showers overnight and waking up to cold, cloudy conditions. Rainfall was reported in Thredbo, Perisher and Mount Hotham, adversely affecting snow conditions. Better weather in Falls Creek and Mount Buller where a cold night led to some better conditions this morning. Mount Buller is suffering from very little snow cover, however, so conditions are far from perfect. Overall, the best conditions were to be found at Falls Creek, which retains an average snow depth of 75cm, but its end of season conditions across the board. Perisher and Threadbo have the best snow cover but rain resulted in soft, slushy snow. Ben Lomond, Mount Baw Baw and Selwyn closed for the season.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of Australia, alphabetically

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snow depth
top and bottom
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on-piste
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off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
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snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1448m — 1573m)

snow report 4 days ago

Ben Lomond webcam
1
22
7
light snow
snow showers
clear
heavy rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1510 m
1600m 1750m 1900m 2300m 1900m

(253m — 1167m)

rain showers
rain showers
light rain
clear
light rain
Mid station 710 m
2200m 1500m 1500m 2700m 1950m

(1760m — 1954m)

Charlotte Pass webcam
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1
33
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1857 m
1650m 1750m 2300m 2150m 1500m

(1506m — 1521m)

Dinner Plain webcam
6
22
1
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1514 m
1600m 1600m 2350m 2150m 1400m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report 4 days ago

90
70

Good
Patchy
23 cm
11 days ago
6
40
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1690 m
1600m 1600m 2350m 2100m 1400m

(1430m — 1520m)

Lake Mountain webcam
8
5
2
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1475 m
1550m 1500m 2250m 2100m 1450m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 4 days ago

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18 cm
31 days ago
5
5
1
snow showers
rain showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1505 m
1550m 1500m 2250m 2250m 1500m

(1487m — 1662m)

8
38
2
snow showers
clear
clear
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1574 m
1600m 1600m 2350m 2050m 1450m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Buller webcam
11
11
Fair
Limited
10 cm
11 days ago
13
20
1
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1590 m
1550m 1500m 2300m 2000m 1400m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report 4 days ago

61
61
Fair
Patchy
24 cm
11 days ago
7
27
1
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1652 m
1600m 1600m 2400m 2100m 1400m

(1219m — 1250m)

3
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1234 m
1550m 1500m 2250m 2150m 1500m

(1230m — 1300m)

6
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
heavy rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1265 m
1400m 1700m 1600m 2250m 2050m

(427m — 457m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 442 m
1550m 1500m 2250m 2250m 1500m

(1719m — 1749m)

16
25
3
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1734 m
1600m 1550m 2300m 2000m 1400m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report yesterday


Good

Varied
10 days ago
Clouds expected later // 25 Sep
1
31
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1867 m
1700m 1750m 2300m 2150m 1550m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 4 days ago

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1
62
rain showers
rain showers
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1460 m
1700m 1750m 2250m 2150m 1500m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report 4 days ago

144
114
Soft
Patchy
15 cm
11 days ago
1
28
snow showers
rain showers
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1701 m
1650m 1700m 2300m 2150m 1500m