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 What a week it has been for our featured Australian resorts. Fresh snow continued to fall during the course of the week, and combined with the use of snow cannons, it has left some lovely on-piste conditions. Off piste the snow is still variable in many places, and some natural hazards lurk underneath the fresh Falls Creek (18/73cm) has received 22cm so far this week, and at Mount Buller (20/39cm) there was 12cm overnight which has been compressed down to provide well-groomed pistes. Conditions at Mount Baw Baw (6/24cm) are still very poor due to the lack of snow, and unfortunately the Tasmanian resort of Ben Lomond is still yet to receive enough snow to allow them to open.

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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.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia

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Ski resorts of Australia, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1448m — 1573m)

snow report 6 days ago

Ben Lomond webcam
20
15
Fair
Varied
4
20
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1510 m
1700m 1000m 950m 1550m 2000m

(253m — 1167m)

rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 710 m
2550m 2400m 2550m 1850m 1450m

(1760m — 1954m)

snow report 3 days ago

Charlotte Pass webcam
88
40
Packed 6 days ago
2
11
3
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1857 m
2000m 1700m 1800m 2100m 2650m

(1506m — 1521m)

Dinner Plain webcam
2
10
4
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1514 m
1950m 1600m 1650m 2000m 2550m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report 19 days ago

Falls Creek webcam
73
18

Fresh

Fresh
2 cm
19 days ago
4
11
3
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1690 m
2000m 1650m 1650m 2000m 2550m

(1430m — 1520m)

Lake Mountain webcam
5
21
1
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1475 m
2000m 1450m 1550m 2000m 2450m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 19 days ago

24
6
Poor
Limited
2 cm
24 days ago
2
18
2
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1505 m
2050m 1450m 1750m 2100m 2450m

(1487m — 1662m)

2
16
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1574 m
2050m 1650m 1650m 2050m 2550m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report 19 days ago

Mount Buller webcam
39
20
Packed powder
Best up high
12 cm
19 days ago
4
22
1
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1590 m
2000m 1500m 1500m 1950m 2450m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report 19 days ago

Mount Hotham webcam
58
31

Good

Varied
1 cm
19 days ago
2
11
3
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1652 m
1950m 1600m 1650m 2050m 2500m

(1219m — 1250m)

3
6
1
rain showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1234 m
2050m 1400m 1700m 2150m 2400m

(1230m — 1300m)

7
17
2
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1265 m
1600m 1050m 1100m 1500m 1850m

(427m — 457m)

rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 442 m
2050m 1450m 1750m 2100m 2450m

(1719m — 1749m)

6
24
1
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1734 m
1950m 1550m 1500m 1900m 2450m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report 19 days ago

Perisher webcam
43
7
Packed powder
Best up high
5 cm
19 days ago
2
8
2
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1867 m
2050m 1750m 1800m 2100m 2650m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 19 days ago

30
20

Fresh

Varied
7 cm
19 days ago
1
6
1
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1460 m
2000m 1700m 1750m 2100m 2650m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report 4 days ago

Thredbo webcam
60
25

Good

Powder
5 days ago
2
9
3
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1701 m
2050m 1700m 1800m 2100m 2650m