Ski Australia

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: latest snow conditions round-up


AUSTRALIA REPORT It's been quite a week for skiers in Australia with a massive storm hitting the country in the latter half of last week bringing very strong gales and torrential rain which caused some flooding and saturated the snowpack. A bit of a return to earth after the predominantly great conditions of the first half of the season. A number of areas including Thredbo (80/130cm / 32/52") shut down whilst it blew through, others closed most of their slopes.

Temperatures were not that far above freezing (3-7 degrees Celsius) but the rain and gales were a big issue. The good news was by Friday afternoon temperatures had dropped again and the rain turned to snow. Mt Hotham (70/120cm / 28/48") reported 28cm (11") of fresh and Perisher (75/110cm / 30/44") 15cm (6") of snowfall overnight on Friday/Saturday, Falls Creeks (80/115cm / 32/46") 17cm (7"), while. Things have calmed down since Sunday with some further, lighter, snowfalls, Things are pretty much back to normal with Perisher posting all of its slopes open again and the most terrain open in the country and top two I the world at present with 65km (41) miles of slopes skiable. Thredbo has the deepest snowpack in the country but they're all pretty close and pretty healthy.

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

All resorts

Ski resorts of Australia, 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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1448m — 1573m)

snow report today

Ben Lomond webcam
2 cm
7 days ago
10
23
3
rain showers cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1510 m
1650m 1700m 1700m 1600m 1500m

(489m — 1099m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
9 days ago
clear light rain clear clear rain showers
Mid station 794 m
2850m 1750m 1850m 2800m 1750m

(1760m — 1954m)

snow report today

8 cm
6 days ago
4
13
4
snow showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1857 m
1800m 1550m 1350m 1300m 1400m

(1506m — 1521m)

snow report today

4 cm
6 days ago
4
3
4
rain showers light snow light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1514 m
1650m 1600m 1400m 1300m 1100m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report today

125
85

Fresh

Fresh
7 cm
6 days ago
5
6
8
snow showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1690 m
1650m 1650m 1400m 1250m 1150m

(1430m — 1520m)

snow report yesterday

Lake Mountain webcam
3 cm
6 days ago
4
17
8
rain showers light snow light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1475 m
1600m 1600m 1450m 1250m 1250m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
6 days ago
4
17
6
part cloud light snow light snow mod snow light snow
Mid station 1505 m
1800m 1600m 1450m 1200m 1400m

(1512m — 1676m)

snow report today

6 cm
6 days ago
4
8
9
snow showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1594 m
1650m 1700m 1400m 1250m 1300m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report today

Mount Buller webcam
100
50

Fresh

Fresh
3 cm
6 days ago
4
10
8
rain showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1590 m
1650m 1650m 1400m 1200m 1200m

(1219m — 1250m)

snow report 5 days ago

2 cm
6 days ago
1
16
cloud light rain light rain light snow rain showers
Mid station 1234 m
1800m 1700m 1450m 1250m 1300m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report today

Mount Hotham webcam
128
75

Fresh

Fresh
4 cm
6 days ago
4
5
6
rain showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1652 m
1650m 1650m 1400m 1250m 1100m

(1230m — 1300m)

snow report today

Mount Mawson webcam
1 cm
6 days ago
5
3
light rain cloud mod rain light rain light rain
Mid station 1265 m
1500m 1700m 1600m 1600m 1550m

(427m — 457m)

1 cm
on 25 Jul
part cloud light rain light rain mod rain light rain
Mid station 442 m
1850m 1600m 1450m 1200m 1400m

(1719m — 1749m)

snow report today

4 cm
6 days ago
5
11
11
snow showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1734 m
1650m 1650m 1400m 1200m 1150m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report today

Perisher webcam
146
90

Fresh

Fresh
5 cm
6 days ago
4
11
3
snow showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1867 m
1800m 1500m 1450m 1350m 1400m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report today

5 cm
6 days ago
3
10
1
rain showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1460 m
1750m 1500m 1450m 1350m 1400m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report today

146
85

Fresh

Fresh
7 cm
6 days ago
3
12
3
rain showers snow showers light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1701 m
1750m 1550m 1300m 1300m 1350m