As 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


INTRODUCTION We briefly reached double-figures for the number of ski areas open in the Alps at the weekend as Saas Fee, in Switzerland, became the latest glacier to open for summer skiing. This took the tally across Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland to 10.


AUSTRALIA Australia is the place to be for powder lovers this week as snowstorm totals have now passed the metre mark at some Aussie ski areas after a week of almost non-stop snow.

Perisher (102/102cm), the country's biggest ski area, has reported the biggest accumulation of more than a metre and is also the first in the country to report a metre-plus base this season. Its number of open trails has more than doubled to around 70, more than half its total. Other resorts have largely reported 70-90cm totals. Falls Creek (73/73cm) and Mt Hotham (73/732cm) have about doubled their base depths and each has 50+ runs open as a result. The snow eased off at the start of this week bringing some epic fresh snow days, much to the delight of skiers and boarders lucky enough to be on Aussie slopes on Monday.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia - Victoria. Fresh snow is forecast at 0 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia - Victoria

All resorts

Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (1)

Ski resorts of Australia - Victoria, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1506m — 1521m)

snow report 2 days ago

Dinner Plain webcam
1 cm
2 days ago
4
11
4
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1514 m
1950m 2000m 1700m 2200m 1900m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report 2 days ago

74
58
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
2 days ago
5
11
5
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1690 m
1800m 1900m 1650m 1950m 1750m

(1430m — 1520m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
3
17
6
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1475 m
1950m 2000m 1650m 1950m 1600m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
1
11
7
clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1505 m
2000m 2350m 1750m 2350m 1850m

(1512m — 1676m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Buffalo webcam
1 cm
2 days ago
3
7
5
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
1850m 1750m 1700m 1900m 1650m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Buller webcam
59
41

Fresh

Fresh
3 cm
yesterday
4
14
6
clear
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1590 m
1850m 1850m 1650m 1900m 1600m

(1219m — 1250m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
1
8
5
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1234 m
1950m 2200m 1700m 2100m 1650m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Hotham webcam
70
40
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
2 days ago
5
13
5
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1652 m
1800m 1900m 1650m 2000m 1750m

(427m — 457m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 442 m
2000m 2350m 1800m 2350m 1900m

(1719m — 1749m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
5
16
7
clear
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1734 m
1850m 1850m 1650m 1850m 1600m