And on the seventh day ...

... there was snow galore, and all the ski bunnies did celebrate and shred up the mountains!

The storm lasted for a week and dumped snow across Southeastern Australia. Snowfalls were remarkable.

By the weekend, Hotham and Falls Creek had opened up all their ski lifts and the whole of each mountain is now skiable with over 1m snow depth. We will be driving up to Mount Beauty on Saturday to ski Falls this Sunday.

Mt Buller suffered a little with the wind direction, not copping the dumps that hit the northern ski resorts. However, snow up there is great and all that is really left to open is Federation and Lower Tirol.

NZ has finally got off the mark with the storms hitting there a few days after Australia. While the exposed situation of most NZ skifields combined with a lack of preparation has meant they have not been able to open during the storm, those that haven't yet should all be open in a day or two when the westerlies subside. And they'll open with a heap of snow!

We're heading up to Buller on the weekend of 22/23 July and there are beds available if anyone is interested. The two weekends after we may make a trip also, so if any of our friends are interested please let us know.

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