There are incredible powder snow conditions in Australia after the country received its third big snowstorm of 2019. This one has been given the hashtag #SlamminSAM
Thredbo officially reported its 72 hour snowfall total had reached 90cm (three feet) by Friday morning (with 60cm/2 feet in the previous 24 hours alone) but has since said it’s storm total has now passed the metre mark. It currently has the country’s deepest base at 2.2 metres.
The snow started falling on Wednesday and is expected to continue through the weekend, although easing a lot on Saturday and Sunday.
Next week is looking clearer but temperatures should still stay well below zero Celcius.
The storm has helped maintain the good cover that has been a consistent feature of Australia’s 2019 season with similar big falls in early July and late May. Almost all of the country’s ski areas are currently fully open with healthy base depths just past the midway point of the season.
This is in contrast to ski areas in normally powdery Chile and New Zealand, both of which are suffering below-average snowfall winters so far.