Ski Australia - New South Wales

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 - New South Wales: latest snow conditions round-up


AUSTRALIA REPORT Following the very snowy start to the season in Australia things snowfall-wise have quietened down considerably and there had been very little fresh snowfall for over a week now. But things started to change on Tuesday with initial 10cm (4") falls reported as we complete this report and more is in the forecast. Before then most of what we've seen this last week have been light flurries.

Skies have been mostly sunny too and daytime highs touching +10C down at resort level. However, it has not reached half that on the upper mountain and overnight lows well below freezing have allowed snowmaking systems to fire up and top up cover overnight. All of Australia's ski areas are open, most reporting a half to two-thirds of their terrain open and with the deepest snow of the main centres reported at Mt Hotham (60/94cm / 24/38"). Other centres are just a few centimetres below. The amount of terrain each centre has open is similar too but Thredbo (60/90cm / 24/36") was initially taking it for the most with 30km (19 miles) of slopes reported prepped and open going into the weekend. Then Falls Creek overtook it announcing it had its full 50km (31 miles) of slopes open, including its famous International lift and runs, which doesn't open at all some winters unless the snow is really good. So it's great news it is opening so early in the winter. In fact, Falls Creek can currently claim the largest ski area open anywhere in the world.

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

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Ski resorts of Australia - New South Wales, alphabetically

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Last Snow

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snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
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(1760m — 1954m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
8
1
3
cloud light snow light snow part cloud cloud
Mid station 1857 m
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(1700m — 2034m)

snow report yesterday

Perisher webcam
75
55
Old snow - last year 4 cm
8 days ago
8
1
3
cloud light snow light snow part cloud cloud
Mid station 1867 m
2150m 1550m 1450m 1450m 1250m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 8 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
9
2
1
cloud light snow light snow cloud cloud
Mid station 1460 m
1950m 1600m 1400m 1400m 1300m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report yesterday

90
60
Old snow - last year 2 cm
5 days ago
7
1
3
cloud light snow light snow part cloud cloud
Mid station 1701 m
2000m 1550m 1450m 1450m 1300m