23.9.16

Snow Report 22 September 2016 - Australia & New Zealand


The season is starting to wrap up on both sides of the Tasman, with some of the smaller ski resorts already closed.

AUSTRALIA

After a warm and fine start to the week, a few days of rain/snow mix, but mainly rain sadly.

Snow conditions:

Mt Baw Baw - Closed for season

Mt Buller Snow depth: 13cm, with skiing limited to Bourke Street, Summit, Family Run, Howqua and Little Buller Spur). Closing date - 2 October 2016.

Mt Hotham - Snow depth: 60cm, with the best skiing and riding in Heavenly Valley. Hotham is closing this weekend on Sunday 25 September 2016.

Falls Creek - Snow depth: 75cm, all lifts apart from the pomas are running and Summit and The Maze is closed. Still good cover in Sun Valley with lifts open until 2 October 2016.

Perisher - 19 lifts running at Perisher Valley only. Smiggins, Blue Cow and Guthega are closed. Closing date - 3 October 2016.

Thredbo - 10 lifts are open and Friday Flat base area is closed. Closing date - 3 October 2016.

Mt Hutt webcam
Selwyn Snowfields - Closed for season


NEW ZEALAND

Lots of sun this week and no snow. Things have been rapidly warming up and the snow melting. Skiing is fairly limited now at the main skifields in Canterbury.

Lots of patches now down south, even at Remarks and Cardrona and in the Treble Cone Saddle. However, the runs are holding up well and there should be good skiing into the NZ school holidays.

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow - Open
Mt Lyford - Closed for season

Canterbury

Mt Hutt - Open
Porters - 2 October 2016

The Mackenzie

Roundhill - Closed for season
Mt Dobson - Closed for season
Ohau - Closing 2 October 2016

Wanaka

Treble Cone - Closing 2 October 2016
Cardrona - Closing 9 October 2016

Queenstown

Coronet Peak -  Closing 2 October 2016
The Remarkables - Closing 2 October 2016
Remarkables webcam
Coronet Peak webcam

15.9.16

Snow Report 15 September 2016 - Australia & New Zealand


Snow returned to the Australian ski resorts this week, while New Zealand turned on some sunny days to enjoy the great snow that fell over the last few weeks.

Falls Creek 15.09.16 - Falls Creek webcams
AUSTRALIA

More rain damaged the slopes on Tuesday. Then some very welcome spring snow arrived on Wednesday afternoon, improving conditions immensely, although not enough to reopen areas closed in the previous weeks.

In Victoria, 10cm fell at Buller, 22cm at Hotham and 23cm at Falls Creek.
In NSW, 25cm fell at Perisher and 20cm at Thredbo.

School holidays begin this weekend. Perhaps some more snow to fall on and off into the weekend before the weather clears again.

Snow conditions:

Thredbo 15.09.16 - Thredbo webcams
Mt Baw Baw - Closed for season

Mt Buller - Snow depth: 23-36cm, with most of the skiing on the south side (Bourke Street, Summit, Howqua and Wombat)

Mt Hotham - Snow depth: 80cm, with skiing above the road and in Heavenly Valley

Falls Creek - Snow depth: 93cm, all lifts apart from the pomas are running and The Maze is closed.

Perisher - 23 lifts running at Perisher. Smiggins and now Guthega are closed.

Thredbo - 11 lifts are open.
Mt Hutt 14.09.16 - Mt Hutt webcams

Selwyn Snowfields - Closed for season


NEW ZEALAND

Fine weather dominated this week.

Hopefully it will stay fine this week as it is set to be quite warm.

Webcams should give a good idea about the conditions to be found around the South Island this week:

Cardrona 14.09.16 - Cardrona webcams
North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow 65-95cm
Mt Lyford - Closed for season

Canterbury

Mt Hutt 80-144cm
Porters 40-100cm

The Mackenzie

Roundhill Closed for season
Mt Dobson 30-46cm
The Remarkables 14.09.16 - Remarks webcams
Ohau 30-60cm

Wanaka

Treble Cone 20-94cm
Cardrona 65-110cm

Queenstown

Coronet Peak 25-100cm
The Remarkables 80-120cm

8.9.16

Snow Report 8 September 2016 - Australia & New Zealand

A big burst of Spring in the Australian Alps this week, while New Zealand was lucky to get a top-up of snow to freshen up the slopes.

Hotham 08.09.16 - Hotham.com.au
AUSTRALIA

It was another warm week of sunny skies and spring skiing. Temperatures up around 5-8c today and windy!

Looks like rain tomorrow, followed by some snow sometime during or after the weekend.

Snow conditions:

Mt Baw Baw - Snow depth: No snow

Mt Buller - . Snow depth: 40-60cm, with most of the skiing on the south side

Mt Hotham - . Snow depth: 88-93cm, with skiing above the road and in Heavenly Valley

Perisher 08.09.16 - Perisher.com.au
Falls Creek - . Snow depth: 97-134cm, all lifts running

Perisher - 35 lifts (down from 46 last week) running at Perisher.

Thredbo - 13 lifts are open.

Selwyn Snowfields - No snow (closed for season)


NEW ZEALAND

After some lovely weather, there were some good snowfalls this week.

Around Queenstown was the biggest dump. The Remarkables reported 55cm and the road is still to be cleared so the field can open. Coronet Peak - 45cm

Cardrona and Treble Cone, less with 15-20cm from the storm.

Rainbow 08.09.16 - Rainbow Facebook
In North Canterbury, Rainbow reported 15cm and Mt Lyford 10cm, which may at least double by tomorrow. Neither skifield is open today.

Nearer Christchurch, neither Porters (20cm) or Hutt (25cm) are open due to winds.

Dobson, Roundhill and Ohau got about 10cm each, maybe more.

The weather should clear tomorrow or Saturday for some fine days returning.

Snow conditions:

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow 55-85cm
Mt Lyford 105cm

Canterbury

Mt Hutt 60-120cm
Porters 40-100cm

The Remarkables 08.09.16 - Remarks Facebook
The Mackenzie

Roundhill 60cm
Mt Dobson 40-60cm
Ohau 40-100cm

Wanaka

Treble Cone 20-111cm
Cardrona 65-110cm

Queenstown

Coronet Peak 60-150cm
The Remarkables 50-110cm

1.9.16

Snow Report 1 September 2016 - Australia & New Zealand


Its the first day of Spring! Spring means warmer days on the slopes, melt-freeze conditions and - hopefully - the occasional dump of snow to keep things going through the school holiday periods that are coming up on both sides of the Tasman.

Hotham 23.08.16
AUSTRALIA

The torrential rain on Wednesday morning did a lot of damage to the snow cover at the Australian skifields.

Around 30-50mm came pelting down overnight. Lifts have closed at some mountains in this run of warm weather.

This storm ended a good run of days for those of us lucky enough to be up in the mountains at the end of August.

We arrived a few weeks ago during the previous storm that brought 50cm to the Victorian ski resorts over the weekend of the 19-22 August.

The snow was dry and chalky at the beginning of last week following the dump. Very cold nighttime temperatures kept the snow in fantastic nick during the week, when there were no crowds of course!

The Orchard, Hotham 23.08.16
We used the free afternoon lift access at Falls (with a multi-day pass) to check out what had fallen after all the weekenders had returned home. It was still cloudy and snowing, but there was great winter snow and very nice conditions off-piste.

Hotham was skiing beautifully on Tuesday with dry packed powder all the way down the hill. However, runs at The Orchard and the bottom of Blue Ribbon were still marginal, even after the dump. At the same time, the cover at Heavenly was complete and the snow fantastic with the snowmaking guns still going while we did our early laps.

The days turned glorious as the week went on, with nice, crisp nights and classic sunny days with light winds. But not too warm that the snow condition couldn't keep nice overnight.

Falls Creek 25.08.16
This fantastic run of days lasted right up until the weekend, when it started to get really warm on Saturday, continuing into Monday.

The chalky conditions were replaced by melt-freeze on the weekend, which was just as fun if you knew where to go as the runs softened up through the day.

By Monday this week, the runs were starting to get a little patchy down low, but until then Falls had complete cover save for a few dodgy bits lower down in The Maze. Hotham was struggling to keep The Orchard open even before the rain, and Blue Ribbon was marginal already.

Its amazing how much snow there is on the upper slopes at both mountains, with a marked difference as you go below 1600m. Heavenly Valley at Hotham and the great skiing across all of Falls were definitely a highlight though last week!

Unfortunately it looks like raining again into the weekend, with perhaps a few snow showers following.

Snow conditions:

Mt Baw Baw - Snow depth: 0cm No lifts running

Hotham 26.08.16
Mt Buller - . Snow depth: 65-83cm All lifts except for Boggy Creek and Federation

Mt Hotham - . Snow depth: 97-107cm All lifts except for Blue Ribbon, Orchard/Keogh's and Gotcha qhich closed this week.

Falls Creek - . Snow depth: 104-131cm

Perisher - 42 of 47 lifts running at Perisher, North Perisher and four lifts at Smiggins have closed

Thredbo - all 14 lifts are open but patchy snow on many runs.especially lower down.

Selwyn Snowfields - just the one chairlift open now at Selwyn.

19.8.16

Snow Report 18 August 2016 - Australia & New Zealand

Falls Creek 18.08.16 - Falls Creek facebook

AUSTRALIA

Very warm days this week but thankfully clear of rain ... so far! Snow loss has not been too bad.

After a mild night, the weather changes today with some rain arriving in Victoria this morning, spreading east. This will turn to snow later.

The sooner the colder air arrives the more snow will fall overnight. It will be interesting to see how much we get!

Snow continues through the weekend, clearing on Sunday night. Looks like a great top-up to come!

Snow conditions:
Thredbo 16.08.16 - Thredbo Facebook
Mt Baw Baw - Snow depth: 0-6cm

Mt Buller - . Snow depth: 48-80cm

Mt Hotham - . Snow depth: 94-111cm

Falls Creek - . Snow depth: 101-125cm

Perisher - 46 lifts running at Perisher.

Thredbo - all 14 lifts are open.

Selwyn Snowfields - just 2 of 9 lifts are open now at Selwyn.


NEW ZEALAND

Porters 18.08.16 - Porters Facebook
Last snow was on the weekend. Since then the skifields have mostly had nice clear conditions for cruising around and exploring the slopes.

The fine weather is set to continue into this weekend on the South Island, with just a chance of some light snow showers on Saturday.

Snow conditions:

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow 65-100cm
Mt Lyford 105cm

Canterbury

Mt Hutt 130-140cm
Porters 60-140cm

Ohau 12.08.16 - Ohau Facebook
The Mackenzie

Roundhill 60cm
Mt Dobson 40-60cm
Ohau 50-120cm

Wanaka

Treble Cone 50-113cm
Cardrona 70-100cm

Queenstown

Coronet Peak 75-145cm
The Remarkables 100-140cm

11.8.16

Snow Report 11 August 2016 - Australia & New Zealand


The next week or so will determine how long the Australian 2016 ski season continues into Spring. The snow level has been pretty high this year, making the lower slopes somewhat marginal and very vulnerable to warm, rainy days.
Mt Hotham 11.08.16 - Hotham Facebook

AUSTRALIA

The weekend was warm and mainly sunny, contributing to snow melt again. Again!

The snow depth numbers below only tell part of the story as it gets very patchy as you move down the mountain from where those measurements are taken.

This is turning into a season of what could have been, with great cover up high, but just a few storms or colder temperatures away from getting the cover complete over the whole mountain.

After a warm start to the week, rain arrived Tuesday night, turning to snow into Wednesday in Victoria for a few cms. Later on Wednesday, more snow fell bringing 5-10cm to the Victorian ski resorts and 3-5cm in NSW.

Perhaps another light snowfall early this weekend before a period of clear weather.

Mt Baw Baw - Snow depth: 8-20cm

Mt Buller - 4cm overnight at Buller. Snow depth: 57-95cm

Perisher 11.08.16 - Perisher Facebook
Mt Hotham - 5cm fresh for Hotham. Snow depth: 100-105cm

Falls Creek - 10cm overnight at Falls. Snow depth: 101-125cm

Perisher - Another dusting and all 47 lifts running at Perisher.

Thredbo - 5cm snow fell overnight at Thredbo and all 14 lifts are open.

Selwyn Snowfields - 2cm fell at Selwyn and 5 of 9 lifts are open.


NEW ZEALAND

Heaps of snow before and on the weekend, clearing at the beginning of the week for some great days of sunny skiing.

Mt Hutt 11.08.16 - Mt Hutt Facebook
The sunny skies continued until today but there may be some snow showers across the South Island on Friday and mixed weather on the weekend. Everywhere is skiing beautifully right now!

Snow conditions:

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow 65-100cm
Mt Lyford 90cm

Canterbury

Mt Hutt 115-125cm - the Rakaia Saddle Chutes and the South Face have been open at Hutt.
Porters 60-140cm

Mt Dobson 11.08.16 - Mt Dobson Webcam
The Mackenzie

Roundhill 60cm
Mt Dobson 40-60cm
Ohau 50-120cm

Wanaka

Treble Cone 60-117cm
Cardrona 70-100cm

Queenstown

Coronet Peak 75-145cm
The Remarkables 100-140cm

4.8.16

Snow Report 4 August 2016 - Australia & New Zealand


The rollercoaster mountain weather in Australia continues along on its merry way! In New Zealand, it has been a very snowy end to the week, even for the Canterbury skifields.

AUSTRALIA

Australia saw a mix of rain and wet snow on Monday which thankfully turned to snow in the evening. About 10-20cm fell into Tuesday morning as the weather cleared up. Good snowmaking weather has followed.

Mt Buller 02.08.16 - Mt Buller Facebook
It has been fine for the rest of the week and the next snow-bearing system isn't due until after the 10th August. Enjoy the weekend!

Mt Baw Baw

At least there is a bit of snow at Baw Baw after the washout at the end of last week. The rebuilding each time is frustrating! Snow depth: 3-12cm

Mt Buller

A good week for snowmaking should see all lifts open save for Federation and Boggy Creek. Snow depth: 60-95cm

Mt Hotham

With Blue Ribbon open, we just need Keogh's and The Orchard to open again for all lifts running. Snow depth: 100-105cm

Falls Creek 03.08.16 - Falls Creek Facebook
Falls Creek

All lifts and terrain open at Falls! Snow depth: 102-125cm

Perisher

Perisher has 46 lifts operating across its four resort areas and 91 groomed runs.

Thredbo

14 lifts open today at Thredbo!

Selwyn Snowfields

Selwyn has had a great week of snowmaking and has 5 of 9 lifts open.


NEW ZEALAND

After a fine start to the week the snow arrived Tuesday night, blanketing the South Island. Good falls were recorded across parts of the island bringing some joy to the Canterbury ski fields, especially on Wednesday night.
Rainbow 03.08.16 - Rainbow Facebook

It will be very cold in the coming days down south. Snow is set to continue until the weekend building a nice base for a longer season.

Snow conditions:

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow 45-75cm
Mt Lyford 25cm

Canterbury

Mt Hutt 75-90cm - a nice 21cm reported into Thursday morning
Porters 50-85cm

The Mackenzie

Porters 03.08.16 - Porters Facebook
Roundhill 40cm
Mt Dobson 30-40cm - with 12cm reported into Thursday
Ohau 50-100cm - another 30-40cm fresh reported Thursday morning

Wanaka

Treble Cone 60-120cm - another 10cm reported overnight into Thursday
Cardrona 70-100cm - reporting 15cm from the storm

Queenstown

Coronet Peak 75-145cm - reporting 15cm in last 24 hours
The Remarkables 100-140cm