Snow Report 23 June 2016 - Australia & New Zealand

There has been a whole lot of wild weather around! Warm days, windy days, wet days, and even snow! Yes, the snow has arrived and turned everything on its head. What looked like a great start for NZ has turned into a wash-out, while the warm wet in Australia has turned cold and snowy. You can't say they're predictable, these starts to our Southern Hemisphere ski seasons!


It was a wet weekend in the Australian Alps with rain falling at the ski resorts. This caused little damage, however, as there was no snow to wash away!

Some snow arrived Tuesday, blanketing the mountains in white. This continued on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing enough snow to cover the runs and start the season.

Mt Buller 24.06.16 - mtbuller.com.au
Friday should bring some more snow and we should have half a metre on the ground for the weekend and lifts opening up quickly over the weekend. A promising start in Australia!

Mt Buller

Mt Buller has skiing on Bourke Street with Blue Bullet the main lift open today. Snow depth: 22cm

Mt Hotham

The Summit Trainer and the Big D are open today and there will be more lifts up and running for the weekend. Snow depth: 41cm

Falls Creek

Falls Express and Mousetrap lifts opened today giving access to beginner areas including Wombats Ramble. Towers should open tomorrow and Drover's Dream is planned to open on Sunday. Snow depth: 46cm

Perisher Blue Cow 24.06.16 - perisher.com.au

Eight runs available at Perisher from the Village 8, the Quad Express midstation in Perisher Valley and the Early Starter Double at Blue Cow.


There is skiing at Thredbo's beginner area Friday Flat and the Cruiser Area is set to open tomorrow.


It has been warm, damp, windy and wet in New Zealand, and that has severely damaged the slopes in both Canterbury and Otago after such a good early start.

Mount Hutt, Cardrona and Coronet Peak started the week with lifts open, but Hutt and Coronet Peak had to close midweek as the winds buffeted the skifields and the snow washed away in the unseasonal warm temperatures and rains.

The Remarkables opened this week and has managed to stay open, but Porters and Mount Dobson had to go on hold after the warm weather while other openings have been pushed back again after the early optimism.

Looks like there might be some light snowfalls in the Southern Lakes and Canterbury on the weekend but nothing to shout about. At least the brown should turn to white again!

Updated (again!) opening dates for all skifields are:

North Canterbury and Nelson

Rainbow now opening 9th July 2016
Mt Lyford now opening 27th June 2016 


Mt Hutt opened 10th June 2016. Skiing and riding now very limited to a few runs down.

Porters Opening now delayed from planned 22nd June 2016 with no date fixed.

The Mackenzie
Cardrona 24.06.16 - cardrona.com

Ohau opening date of 25th June 2016 now rescheduled to 1st July 2016.
Roundhill is opening 2nd July 2016.
Mt Dobson opening now delayed from planned 18th June 2016.


Treble Cone opening is now postponed with no date fixed.

Cardrona opened 11th June 2016. Cardrona has managed to stay open but they've lost a bit of snow and Valley View Quad is now closed.


Coronet Peak opened 11th June 2016 but has closed after drenching rains.

The Remarkables opened 18th June 2016. Remarks has had to close the Shadow Basin today but has some good skiing and riding available around the skifield.

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