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 Little has changed in Australia, and this is very much a good thing given that they have been having arguably the best season in a decade. 15cm of overnight snow takes Falls Creek (190/249cm) to a season best snow record, with as much as 249cm in windblown areas. Similar quantities were found in other Victoria resorts overnight.

Bitterly cold and blustery winds also led to substantial patches of drifted snow, with pockets of fresh powder far deeper than reported snowfall measurements in some places, while more stripped snow would be found in others. Lift operations were also impacted in some resorts on Monday 20th August. Perisher (203cm) also saw their largest recorded snowpack since 2004 with 52cm falling over the weekend, allowing the resort to extend its season, something which other Australian resorts may also take advantage of.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia - Victoria. Fresh snow is forecast at 3resorts. Powder is reported at 2 resorts and 4 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for Australia - Victoria

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Best powder (2)Best piste conditions (4)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1506m — 1521m)

Dinner Plain webcam
4
light snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1514 m
1400m 1450m 1850m 2100m 2100m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report yesterday

249
190
Powder
Powder
15 cm
yesterday
5
light snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1690 m
1350m 1450m 1850m 2100m 2100m

(1430m — 1520m)

6
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
1300m 1500m 1950m 2150m 2100m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report yesterday

80
60

Fresh

Fresh
15 cm
yesterday
5
light snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1505 m
1300m 1500m 1900m 2100m 2100m

(1487m — 1662m)

4
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1574 m
1300m 1550m 1850m 2100m 2100m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Buller webcam
170
152

Fresh
Windblown
8 cm
yesterday
5
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1590 m
1300m 1500m 1900m 2100m 2100m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Hotham webcam
184
184

Fresh
Windblown
7 cm
yesterday
4
light snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1652 m
1350m 1500m 1850m 2100m 2100m

(1219m — 1250m)

3
light snow
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1234 m
1300m 1500m 1950m 2150m 2150m

(427m — 457m)

light rain
light rain
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 442 m
1300m 1500m 1900m 2100m 2100m

(1719m — 1749m)

6
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1734 m
1300m 1500m 1850m 2100m 2100m