Snow Report 22 August 2012 - Australia & New Zealand


Half a metre of snow in a great storm towards the end of last week brought fantastic skiing to Falls, Hotham AND Buller. Falls and Hotham in particular are having their best ski season since 2000!

There is some warm weather currently midweek before a return to snow again. Looks like there could be some fantastic weekend skiing again if the winds hold off!

Mt Hotham
Natural Snow Depth: 165-188cms
As predicted in last week's report, the wonderful Blue Ribbon area opened providing a wealth of new terrain to explore. See my trip report for more on Hotham.

Falls Creek
Natural Snow Depth: 153-165cms
All lifts open and all terrain open - see my trip report for more on Falls.

Mt Buller
Natural Snow Depth: 94cms
There has been a progressive opening of new areas although snow is pretty thin low down still. We'll check out Buller this weekend and report back next week.


The Canterbury and Mackenzie fields in the centre of the South Island continue to get top-ups of snow, while the skifields in Wanaka and Queenstown get a measly few dustings. Hopefully the weather patterns will improve soon for a run of snowfalls. Snow is forecast for this weekend ... lets hope it delivers!

North Canterbury

Rainbow (45-90cms) and Mt Lyford (150-200cms). Both skifields are fully open.

Mt Hutt 22 August [Source: Mt Hutt Facebook Page]

Porters (70-150cms) is having a promising year. Continued snowfalls will keep it skiing well into Spetember. Mt Hutt (200-210cms) continues to shine with its good snow base and is currently skiing really well.

The Mackenzie

Ohau (100-160cms) is still looking great with full cover. Mt Dobson has 220-260cms.


Treble Cone (91-114cms) and Cardrona (70-100cms) have some good cover up top but lower down is a bit of a worry. Valley View at Cardrona has not been able to reopen and the lower Home Basin at Treble Cone looks very green.


In Queenstown, more snow is needed at both Coronet Peak (30-70cms) and the Remarkables (66-86cms).

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