Ski Season 2013 - What's Open


Perisher 14th June 2013 [Source: perisher.com.au]
I think it would be fair to say this wasn't exactly the start we hoped for in Australia. Warm sunny days were followed by rain which washed away all of the snow that fell in mid-May. While last year we had a good start to the snow season, this year's is unfortunately the far more common scenario ... so remember that its still early days.

The Front Valley run at Perisher is just about open for a few turns on the manmade snow. Elsewhere is snowplay only.

The good news is that the coming days look quite snowy, so hopefully that will kickstart the season and get some slopes open.


Queenstown's Coronet Peak was the first and only skifield to open in New Zealand on the 8th June 2013. Some of New Zealand South Island skifields scored up to half a metre in a timely storm in the week before but only a few have managed to hold onto any significant cover, notably Cardrona and Mt Hutt.

More snow is forecast this weekend after some rain on Saturday. The higher skifields and slopes should escape most of the rain.

New Zealand skifields usually open towards the end of June and early July, but here are this weekend's openings and the dates of the scheduled openings.

Coronet Peak - OPEN - 30-40cms snow depth. Opened on 8th June 2013 with the main lift to the peak running. Skiing is mainly on the groomed pistes. Rain in the forecast for this weekend is a concern.

Coronet Peak 14th June 2013 [Source: www.nzski.com]
The Remarkables - CLOSED (Opening 22nd June) - 30-70cms.

Cardrona - CLOSED (Opening 22nd June) - Cardrona has kept

Treble Cone - CLOSED (Opening 27th June) - 8-10cms.

Ohau - CLOSED (Opening 29th June)

Roundhill - CLOSED (Opening 6th July)

Mt Dobson - CLOSED (Opening 12th July)

Mt Hutt - OPEN - 50-70cms. Looks like getting some good snowfalls this weekend.

Porters - CLOSED (Opening 21st June) - no snow yet.

Mt Cheeseman - CLOSED (Opening 6th July)

Mt Lyford - CLOSED (Opening 22nd June)

Rainbow - CLOSED (Opening 6th July)

Whakapapa/Turoa - CLOSED (Opening 29th June)

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