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


INTRODUCTION The southern hemisphere's 2023 ski season is expected to start this coming weekend with ski areas in Australia and New Zealand scheduled to open. Mother nature has been playing her part with fresh snowfall reported in the Andes and New Zealand this week, among other areas, so hopefully, there'll be enough for the first centres to open by Friday.

Australia has been having a less promising period of warmer temperatures after its frequent May snow showers but things are still forecast to come good again for the upcoming opening weekend with colder temperatures and snow forecast.


AUSTRALIA REPORT It's the start of Australia's 2023 ski season this coming weekend - a long one to celebrate King Charles III's birthday, with next Monday a public holiday in most Australian states. The good news is the country saw several good pre-season snowfalls in May and low temperatures for snowmaking. The bad news is that a spell of warm, sometimes wet weather ushered in June and it's not clear how much, if any, of that May snow survives. Cam images from the past 24 hours show slopes back to green, although with patches of machine-made snow. Things are looking up with significant snow expected to return, along with older temperatures, just in time for the planned season start. But again there's a 'but' …which is that it's not looking like it'll be as cold as hoped a week ago. So currently it looks like there'll be some skiing but not a lot this weekend. In the longer term, meteorologists are split as to how the 2023 season will play out, warning that a likely El Niño could be bad news - keeping things warm and wet. Or perhaps not… One good thing to celebrate is the reopening of Selwyn Resort this weekend, for the first time since winter 2019, even if there'll be no skiing initially. The resort was destroyed by bushfires in January 2020 but has been rebuilt over the years since. It was due to reopen last year but heavy, early snowfalls stopped the last bit of work being completed in time.

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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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia - New South Wales

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Ski resorts of Australia - New South Wales, alphabetically

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Last Snow

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

snow report 11 days ago

2.0 cm
11 days ago
5.0
7.0
15.0
snow showers light snow clear clear clear
Mid station 1857 m
1950m 1350m 1300m 2150m 2000m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report yesterday

Perisher webcam
opens in 2 days 1.0 cm
11 days ago
3.0
6.0
11.0
snow showers snow showers clear clear clear
Mid station 1867 m
2050m 1350m 1300m 2150m 2050m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 11 days ago

2.0 cm
11 days ago
4.0
5.0
13.0
snow showers snow showers clear clear clear
Mid station 1460 m
1850m 1300m 1300m 2200m 1900m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 2 days 1.0 cm
11 days ago
6.0
6.0
15.0
snow showers light snow clear clear clear
Mid station 1701 m
1900m 1350m 1300m 2150m 2000m