As 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 Yet more snow over Australia over the past few days continued a fantastic wintery period of skiing. High winds have resulted in,,‘feel like,' temperatures being rather on the cold side, so ensure you are wrapped up warm. Almost every one of our featured resorts saw snowfall overnight, including 16cm at Falls Creek (170/196cm), 12cm at Mt Hotham (184cm), while Perisher (203cm) broke a the record for base depth so far this season.

The weather yesterday on Wednesday 15th was a mixed bag due to fluctuating temperatures; so much of the snow that fell was rather damp and has been through a freeze thaw process. Snowpack off piste tends to be windblown in places, with more substantial accumulations in places and exposed icy patches elsewhere, something to be aware of. Current conditions show no change in the forecast over the next few days, with consistent cloud and snowfall until the start of next week, with only a brief reprieve for resorts in New South Wales Thursday and parts of Friday 17th August

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Australia. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. 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

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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1448m — 1573m)

snow report 3 days ago

Ben Lomond webcam
5
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
800m 700m 1000m 1350m 1550m

(253m — 1167m)

clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 710 m
3100m 2900m 2050m 1400m 2300m

(1760m — 1954m)

Charlotte Pass webcam
13
27
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1857 m
1050m 1050m 1250m 1450m 1850m

(1506m — 1521m)

Dinner Plain webcam
16
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1514 m
1050m 1150m 1300m 1500m 1800m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report 3 days ago

196
170
Powder
Powder
16 cm
3 days ago
15
7
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1690 m
1100m 1100m 1300m 1450m 1800m

(1430m — 1520m)

19
1
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
1050m 1100m 1300m 1450m 2000m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report 3 days ago

70
35

Fresh

Fresh
3 cm
3 days ago
18
1
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1505 m
1050m 1150m 1300m 1500m 2000m

(1487m — 1662m)

6
4
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1574 m
1050m 1050m 1300m 1450m 1900m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Buller webcam
137
122

Fresh
Windblown
5 cm
3 days ago
14
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1590 m
1050m 1000m 1250m 1450m 1950m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Hotham webcam
184
184
Packed powder
Best up high
12 cm
3 days ago
15
3
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1652 m
1050m 1100m 1300m 1500m 1800m

(1219m — 1250m)

15
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1234 m
1050m 1150m 1300m 1550m 2050m

(1230m — 1300m)

Mt Mawson webcam
12
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1265 m
750m 850m 1050m 1400m 1750m

(427m — 457m)

rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 442 m
1050m 1150m 1300m 1500m 2000m

(1719m — 1749m)

17
10
snow showers
light snow
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1734 m
1050m 1000m 1250m 1450m 1900m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report 3 days ago

Perisher webcam
203
203

Excellent

Fresh
10 cm
3 days ago
Overcast skies // 16 Aug
11
31
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1867 m
1050m 1050m 1300m 1500m 1850m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 3 days ago

26
26

Good

Varied
1 cm
6 days ago
10
1
light snow
snow showers
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1460 m
1000m 1050m 1250m 1500m 1750m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report yesterday

Thredbo webcam
180
60

Excellent
Packed
1 cm
yesterday
14
17
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
Mid station 1701 m
1100m 1050m 1250m 1450m 1850m