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 REPORT After a mostly dry week last week Australian ski areas saw a return of, albeit, fairly light snow in the middle of last week. It was the third autumn snowfall this month and with temperatures staying fairly cool it meant anticipation levels remain high. Since then it has been rather warmer at 5 or 6 degrees above freezing and sunny for most. Those excitement levels were stoked further by the news that travel restrictions in New South Wales would be lifted soon and the province's leader specifically saying that he expected there would be a ski season this year; however, resorts including Thredbo said that whilst on the one hand they were delighted with the news, on the other clarified they wouldn't be able to open on the traditional season start weekend for Australia.

This being the 6th June. When centres will open remains uncertain at this point. Neighbouring Victoria province announced on Sunday that they'd allow ski areas there to open from 22nd June and Mt Buller immediately announced it would be opening on that day.

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

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1448m — 1573m)

snow report 3 days ago

Ben Lomond webcam
4 cm
3 days ago
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
1850m 1200m 950m 850m 1300m

(489m — 1099m)

snow report 29 days ago

2 cm
29 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 794 m
2750m 2700m 2700m 2700m 3200m

(1760m — 1954m)

snow report 2 days ago

Charlotte Pass webcam
7 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1857 m
2250m 2350m 1750m 1250m 1450m

(1506m — 1521m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1514 m
2300m 2350m 1700m 1000m 1150m

(1600m — 1780m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 18 days 8 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1690 m
2600m 2350m 1750m 1150m 1350m

(1430m — 1520m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1475 m
2650m 2100m 1350m 900m 1550m

(1450m — 1560m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1505 m
2550m 2000m 1250m 900m 1200m

(1512m — 1676m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Buffalo webcam
14 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1594 m
2650m 2400m 1800m 1400m 1750m

(1390m — 1790m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Buller webcam
opens in 18 days 14 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1590 m
2700m 2350m 1700m 1100m 1850m

(1219m — 1250m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1234 m
2650m 1950m 1200m 900m 1300m

(1454m — 1850m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 18 days 8 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1652 m
2600m 2350m 1700m 1100m 1400m

(1230m — 1300m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Mawson webcam
2 cm
yesterday
2
1
2
partly cloudy
snow showers
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1265 m
1800m 650m 500m 900m 1000m

(427m — 457m)

clear
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 442 m
2550m 2050m 1250m 900m 1200m

(1719m — 1749m)

snow report 2 days ago

15 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1734 m
2700m 2350m 1750m 1150m 1800m

(1700m — 2034m)

snow report 3 days ago

Perisher webcam
opens in 18 days 5 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1867 m
2050m 2350m 1750m 1200m 1350m

(1400m — 1520m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
clear
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1460 m
2250m 2500m 1850m 1200m 1350m

(1365m — 2037m)

snow report 2 days ago

Thredbo webcam
opens in 18 days 8 cm
2 days ago
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1701 m
2300m 2350m 1750m 1150m 1450m