School holidays begin this weekend for Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The ski resorts will want to stay open for the 2-week holidays if they can, although some have set an earlier closing date.
In New Zealand, holidays begin a week later and also run for two weeks. Lots of ski fields will be open through this period.
A warm and sunny weekend came and went, with strong winds contributing to the snow melt. Mount Hotham recorded maximum temperatures of 12.5c and 15.3c at the summit on Saturday and Sunday!
|Perisher 17.09.15 [Source: Perisher website]|
Mt Buller has nine lifts running with the Grimus, Boggy Creek, Bonza, South Side and Bull Run areas now out of action. Mt Hotham still have Heavenly Valley, the Village loop and Summit areas open. Falls Creek has good coverage in Sun Valley and Ruined Castle. Perisher has 29 of its 46 lifts running for the weekend. At Thredbo, all 14 lifts are operating.
It has been a bit windy as the prevailing spring northwesterly winds dominate. There is some fresh snow in the forecast through the weekend and conditions are still excellent at many fields.
North Canterbury and Nelson
Rainbow is closed today but has good cover. Hanmer Springs and Mt Lyford are closed for the season.
Mt Hutt is closed today in the strong spring northwesterlies but has good cover to keep going well into October. Porters has lost a bit of snow in the warmer weather, but has good cover up the top.
|Remarkables 16.09.15 [Source: Remarks FB page]|
Ohau has great cover for the time of year. Roundhill is closed for the season. Mt Dobson is closed today in the wind but will reopen.
Treble Cone and Cardrona both have some of the best coverage I have seen at this time of year.
Coronet Peak and The Remarkables also both have great cover with all lifts and runs open.