Guess what - its now the middle of June and so the snow season should start to get moving! I have rarely skied in June, so things are looking good to me right now with colder weather forecast for Australia towards the end of the month (that's pretty normal) and excellent early conditions already in parts of New Zealand.
Some rain earlier this week has washed away what natural snow was left. The air started to cool on Thursday afternoon and in the evening the rain began to turn to snow. However, the showers then petered out through the night.
This weekend will be mainly fine, but there could be some snowfalls arriving after the weekend to allow the ski resorts to get more lifts running. We can only hope so.
Mt Buller is down to three lifts open today with skiing limited to snowmaking runs on Bourke Street. Snow depth: 20cm
|Source: Hotham webcam|
Mt Hotham is now only operating the Big D beginners area. Snow depth: 10cm
Falls Creek still has the Towers lift operating as well as the beginner runs around Cloud Nine and Wombats Ramble. Snow depth: 25cm
Perisher has 11 lifts operating for 10 groomed runs.
The groomed runs available on the weekend at Thredbo today are at Cruiser, High Noon, Friday Flat and the Beginner Bowl .
Snow on and off through the weekend gave way to a run of clearer fine weather. A storm arrived Wednesday with around 20cm falling early in the morning. It continued to snow heavily through Thursday in Otago and Canterbury.
|Source: Treble Cone webcam|
Snow depths of 30cm have been reported on the roads around Methven in Canterbury and snow has fallen to low levels around Queenstown and Arrowtown.
The weekend may see some snow showers mixed with fine weather, followed by some more unstable mixed weather next week.
North Canterbury and Nelson
Rainbow 4th July 2015
Hanmer Springs late Jun/early July 2015
Mt Lyford late June 2015
Mt Hutt closed today for avalanche control work. Snow depth 100/160cm
Porters was due to open on 19th June 2015 but this has been delayed due to too much snow.
Ohau 27th June 2015
Roundhill 27th June 2015
|Source: Cardrona webcam|
Treble Cone 25th June 2015
Cardrona opened last weekend. Snow depth 70/100cm
Coronet Peak opened last weekend. Snow depth 50/100cm
The Remarkables was set to open this weekend, but has suffered a setback. Delays by contractors finalising the construction of the new base building are to blame. The Remarkables says it needs a few more days to complete preparations. This means Coronet Peak will be very busy this weekend.