Ski Australia - Victoria

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 - Victoria: latest snow conditions round-up


AUSTRALIA REPORT Australia's ski area have seen a final blast of winter as the season there enters its final week. Forecast rain arrived last Thursday but it was fairly brief for most areas and soon followed by the snowstorm which dumped fat flakes providing plenty of fresh cover for skiers arriving on Friday morning. Accumulations of 10-15cm (4-6") were reported in the first 12 hours of the storm. The snowfall continued through Saturday and had largely cleared on Sunday to be followed by some good, cold, blue sky days to enjoy the fresh snow.

By then though a number of areas were reporting 60cm (two feet) of fresh up high. Temperatures have been fairly cool overnight the past few days, down as low as -6C, but are climbing back up towards double figures at the base of slopes in the afternoon. Despite the fresh snowfall, most areas have reported a 10-20% drop in the snowpack thickness over the past week, but that said most still have good bases lying for this late in the season. Ski areas in New South Wales continue to post the deepest snowpacks and the most terrain open in the country with Thredbo (65/183cm / 26/73") having about 48km (30 miles) of runs open still, Perisher (70/183cm / 28/73") about 10km (7 miles) more and the second most in the world at behind Argentina's Catedral.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia - Victoria. 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 - Victoria

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Ski resorts of Australia - Victoria, 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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1506m — 1521m)

snow report 10 days ago

18 cm
12 days ago
snow showers light rain part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1514 m
1950m 1700m 1700m 1950m 2400m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

129
60
Spring snow 18 cm
12 days ago
snow showers light snow rain showers clear part cloud
Mid station 1690 m
2000m 1850m 1800m 1900m 2400m

(1430m — 1520m)

snow report 10 days ago

9 cm
12 days ago
part cloud part cloud rain showers clear clear
Mid station 1475 m
2000m 1900m 2100m 2250m 2350m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 10 days ago

6 cm
12 days ago
2
2
snow showers light snow rain showers clear clear
Mid station 1505 m
1850m 1750m 1800m 2300m 2450m

(1512m — 1676m)

snow report 10 days ago

15 cm
12 days ago
part cloud part cloud rain showers part cloud clear
Mid station 1594 m
2400m 2100m 2000m 1950m 2500m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report yesterday

70
30
Spring snow 12 cm
12 days ago
part cloud part cloud rain showers clear clear
Mid station 1590 m
2150m 2000m 2000m 2150m 2500m

(1219m — 1250m)

snow report 10 days ago

4 cm
12 days ago
part cloud part cloud part cloud clear clear
Mid station 1234 m
2250m 1850m 2100m 2300m 2450m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Hotham webcam
131
50
Spring snow 19 cm
12 days ago
snow showers light snow part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1652 m
1950m 1800m 1800m 1950m 2450m

(427m — 457m)

1 cm
on 25 Jul
rain showers light rain rain showers clear clear
Mid station 442 m
1850m 1750m 1750m 2300m 2400m

(1719m — 1749m)

snow report 3 days ago

15 cm
12 days ago
part cloud part cloud rain showers clear clear
Mid station 1734 m
2100m 2000m 2000m 2150m 2550m