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


AUSTRALIA It has been snowing once again in Australia as the country enjoys one of the best seasons of the century. Indeed local reports are claiming that with more snow forecast some ski areas are on the brink of setting “best for 20 years” natural snow depth levels. With resorts reporting 20-30cm more snowfall since the weekend the country's largest ski area, Perisher (202/202cm) has gone through the two-metre base depth mark joining Thredbo (127/218cm) which was already up there.

Both areas reported another 20cm of fresh snow on Monday and great powder conditions to start this week as a result. But conditions are looking good across the country and most areas are anywhere between 75% and 100% open as we near the final month on the season for most.

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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All resorts

Ski resorts of Australia - Victoria, alphabetically

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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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1506m — 1521m)

snow report 5 days ago

Dinner Plain webcam
13 cm
5 days ago
1
21
2
clear
light snow
light snow
rain showers
snow showers
Mid station 1514 m
2450m 1500m 1500m 1800m 1450m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

143
129
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
2 days ago
17
1
clear
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1690 m
2400m 1550m 1500m 1850m 1550m

(1430m — 1520m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
5
9
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
rain showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1475 m
1950m 1150m 1350m 1700m 1200m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 2 days ago

5 cm
2 days ago
9
14
clear
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1505 m
2000m 1100m 1300m 1700m 1200m

(1512m — 1676m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Buffalo webcam
1 cm
3 days ago
6
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
2300m 1550m 1650m 1850m 1600m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Buller webcam
119
88
Wet 2 cm
2 days ago
1
10
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1590 m
2200m 1250m 1450m 1850m 1450m

(1219m — 1250m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
6
11
partly cloudy
snow showers
rain showers
clear
moderate snow
Mid station 1234 m
1850m 1100m 1250m 1650m 1150m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Hotham webcam
141
110
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
3 days ago
20
1
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1652 m
2350m 1500m 1550m 1800m 1500m

(427m — 457m)

1
clear
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
moderate rain
Mid station 442 m
2000m 1150m 1300m 1700m 1250m

(1719m — 1749m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
1
12
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1734 m
2200m 1300m 1500m 1850m 1500m