Another good weekend of snowfalls followed by some persistent cold weather to encourage lots of snowmaking on the groomed runs has seen Australian skifields in the great position of being able to open most of their terrain at the beginning of July. There is just a little concern about a possible rain event next week, however.
Snow Depth: 84-101cms
|International @ Falls Creek [Source: Falls Creek Facebook page]|
Still a little to do at Buller with more snow needed to get more than half the skifield's terrain open. For intermediates, Wombat, Summit and Howqua are the go. Good snowmaking is making up for the lack of natural snow so far this year.
The skifields in the South Island of New Zealand got a little snow last week, but have since then basked under a big high pressure system which has delivered clear, crisp and sunny days, but not a lot of new snow. Not a great deal on the horizon either, so a slower start for New Zealand particularly in the Southern Lakes, although Canterbury has done better early and will get a little extra snow this week.
Snow Depth: 85cms
Some extra snow for Mt Lyford this week and most of the ski area open.
|Looking down at Ohau [Source: Ohau Facebook page]|
Snow Depth: 40-50cms
Treble Cone has lost some snow in the sunny, dry spell down south but has kept its fantastic groomed runs open with snowmaking cannons. I'm not sure about TC's Facebook marketing spin about skiing "manmade pow" on Wednesday!
Snow Depth: 50-60cms
Cardrona has now opened the Valley View chairlift (which I am yet to ski but itching to get a go at this year!). It doesn't take much to get most of this fun mountain open.
Snow Depth: 50-80cms
Lots of manmade snowmaking has given Coronet Peak an edge in Queenstown. All of the main runs are groomed and open
Snow Depth: 55-65cms
Fairly limited skiing at Remarks.