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

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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Ben Lomond webcam
1
clear
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
Mid station 1510 m
3950m 4000m 4000m 4350m 4700m

(253m — 1167m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 710 m
4350m 4250m 4300m 4300m 3950m

(1760m — 1954m)

Charlotte Pass webcam
opens in 144 days
partly cloudy
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1857 m
4350m 4400m 4550m 4700m 4650m

(1506m — 1521m)

Dinner Plain webcam
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
clear
Mid station 1514 m
4350m 4350m 4500m 4700m 4750m

(1600m — 1780m)

Falls Creek webcam
opens in 137 days
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1690 m
4300m 4350m 4500m 4700m 4700m

(1430m — 1520m)

Lake Mountain webcam
clear
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1475 m
4250m 4300m 4500m 4650m 4800m

(1450m — 1560m)

opens in 137 days
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 1505 m
4300m 4250m 4400m 4650m 4750m

(1487m — 1662m)

partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1574 m
4300m 4400m 4550m 4700m 4700m

(1390m — 1790m)

Mount Buller webcam
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1590 m
4300m 4350m 4550m 4650m 4750m

(1454m — 1850m)

Mount Hotham webcam
opens in 137 days
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
thunderstorm
clear
Mid station 1652 m
4300m 4350m 4500m 4650m 4750m

(1219m — 1250m)

clear
clear
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1234 m
4300m 4250m 4450m 4600m 4750m

(1230m — 1300m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1265 m
3650m 3650m 3900m 4300m 4500m

(427m — 457m)

partly cloudy
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
clear
clear
Mid station 442 m
4300m 4250m 4400m 4650m 4750m

(1719m — 1749m)

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1734 m
4300m 4350m 4550m 4650m 4750m

(1700m — 2034m)

Perisher webcam
opens in 123 days
partly cloudy
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1867 m
4350m 4400m 4550m 4700m 4650m

(1400m — 1520m)

opens in 137 days
light rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1460 m
4350m 4450m 4550m 4700m 4650m

(1365m — 2037m)

Thredbo webcam
opens in 130 days
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1701 m
4350m 4400m 4550m 4700m 4650m