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 It's been another remarkable week for snowfall in Australia with several areas in Victoria reporting snow totals passing the 1.2-metre mark (four feet) from the ongoing storm system. Ski areas in the state were however closed, as feared, for a further week after the initial five-day fifth lockdown in the state in the battle to suppress outbreaks of the Delta variant.

As we complete this report the news is that the lockdown is over from Wednesday, meaning ski areas should be able to re-open with much better conditions than when it began 12 days before. However, stringent rules will be in place including no arrivals from over the border in New South Wales where ski areas have stayed open. But with Sydney in lockdown, areas have not been seeing many skiers to enjoy the epic powder days of the past week. Skiers who can visit must also present a negative COVID test. Perisher (30/70cm / 12/28") has 103 of its 111 trails open and 45 lifts turning, that's almost everything of course, with most lifts running and amazing conditions. It's had the best part of a metre (40") of snowfall in the past 72 hours and is believed to have the most terrain open of any ski area worldwide at present. For ski areas in Victoria, the snow numbers are more impressive and we expect all to re-open if they have not by the time you're reading this. Falls Creek (95/147cm / 38/59") was posting the country's deepest base at the time of compilation but with the snow still dumping these positions may change.

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 2 resorts and 2 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia - New South Wales

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Best powder (2)Best piste conditions (2)

Ski resorts of Australia - New South Wales, alphabetically

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1760m — 1954m)

snow report today

3 cm
today
9
13
13
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 1857 m
1300m 950m 1050m 1350m 1700m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report yesterday

Perisher webcam
64
25

Fresh

Fresh
2 cm
today
9
13
12
light snow clear clear part cloud snow showers
Mid station 1867 m
1300m 900m 1050m 1400m 1700m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report today

1 cm
today
8
4
11
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 1460 m
1350m 800m 750m 1350m 1700m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report yesterday

70
25

Fresh

Fresh
3 cm
today
8
12
12
light snow part cloud clear part cloud light snow
Mid station 1701 m
1300m 900m 1100m 1300m 1700m